The First Quarter and Waxing Crescent Moon phases hold the energy of the fire realm. Fire is an element that takes both caution and intention when used, making it a powerful element for manifestation and gratitude.
Keep a gratitude candle on your daily altar and light the candle with the intention of gratitude and appreciation. Never allow the candle to go unsupervised by keeping it on your main altar and in a place you can watch it often, remembering its intention and listing something you are grateful for each time you see it.
During the First Quarter phases, or whenever you are unable to leave the candle at home lit for long periods, sit and meditate with your candle. Staring at a candle flame is a wonderful “anchor” for meditation use. Meditating on gratitude, while watching the calming flame and listening to beautiful music or nature sounds can help put you in the attitude of gratitude leaving you feeling positive and energized for the day.
Random acts of kindness or small acts of love will not only improve someone else’s life, they will help you stay mindful and grateful. It’s surprising what a simple “thank you” to someone can do!
Happy Full Harvest Moon!
Gratitude is both a practice and an attitude. Taking just 5 minutes out of a bad day to focus on gratitude can help shift your mood very quickly… but it also has many long-term benefits if done on a consistent basis!
Consistent gratitude is shown to boost overall happiness levels, but it’s more than just that… On a physical level, gratitude helps strengthen your immune system, improves sleep function and increases energy levels. Socially, you can connect deeper with others, and empathy, understanding, and appreciation in relationships increases. Long-term practice of gratitude causes one to feel more productive and feel overall stable and more secure. (Source)
Practicing daily gratitude helps create a positive feedback loop in your brain, which then helps create a positive feedback loop to manifest in your outer world as well. Consistent gratitude helps us align with our highest potential.
It is important to continue your daily gratitude practice. Change can take time, and consistency is needed when it comes to creating new habits and adopting attitudes. So, daily practice is important! Because of that, we felt more than one ritual for this moon wasn’t as helpful as focusing on creating a cycle of gratitude.