Happy Full Honey Moon!
We know this is a bit early for our usual full moon post, but we wanted to be sure you had time to gather any supplies you may need for this Full Moon Ritual.
This Full Honey Moon takes place in the sunny and optimistic sign of Sagittarius. The Archer archetype helps us reach for our goals and lights the way towards expanded awareness.
The Honey Moon is an active, productive cycle and the last Full Moon of Spring here in the Norther Hemisphere. Bees are buzzing and life is churning all around. This is a time for abundance, production, and collaboration.
The Honey Moon asks us to stop and take notice if we are working too hard, or not enough! Do you need to collaborate with others in order to get what you need done? Or perhaps it's time to slow down and enjoy the sweetness life has to offer. Allow the bees to show you the path to fulfillment. Follow that magnetic pull towards your passions the same way the bees feel drawn to the flowers.
Now is the time to pollinate and plant the seeds and needs of your soul. For tonight's Full Moon Ceremony we are not only doing some candle magic, we are making candles!
We are working with all four of the elements, patience and time, and Honey Bee medicine as we create this sacred tool.
It's a good idea to set an intention as you go about creating this candle! You can revisit your intention from the last New Moon, or create this candle for a specific intention.
Remember to give thanks to the Honey Bee and all of the life giving gifts they offer us. Aside from their sweet, healthy honey and purifying wax, Honey Bees account for 1/3 of the food here on earth! Bees are currently under threat and need us to take precautions in order to save them. For tonight's ceremony, please try to find beeswax from a local or organic source if possible and always try to find local organic sources! Here are more ways we can help.
Full Moon Beeswax Candle Making Ritual
Beeswax candles are a wonderful substitute for the artificially scented candles that are currently on the market.
Their natural aroma is something you just can't beat or fake. The wax's color is naturally light yellow and turns to a deep honey yellow as it melts.
It's more than just the soothing scent and glow of a flickering beeswax candle that comforts us. These candles emit negative ions that help boost our mood, increase levels of serotonin and gives us relief from stress.
Burning your candle right before bed can help improve your quality of sleep!
Negative ions also purify the air of mold spores, odors, dust and other particles in the air. They combat the Positive Ions that come from electrical appliances that are often trapped in our house. Read more about the benefits of Beeswax candles and Negative Ions.
Before you begin, take some time to quiet your mind and create sacred space. Open a circle if you wish, or prepare with a clean blessed workspace. Remember we are connecting with the 4 elements deeply for this Full Moon. Listen to your intuition and set a strong intention for your magickal candle before you begin.
What you will need:
(We found a lot of our supplies at thrift shops, Hobby Lobby and Michaels. These craft stores both have a weekly 40% off coupon that can help make things a lot cheaper!)
12 oz beeswax pellets (Or any wax of your choice, just follow their directions)
1/3 cup coconut oil
12-16 oz glass jar or containers *
Clothespin to prop up the wick
Double-sided tape or hot glue to keep the wick in place
Double boiler (I used a thrifted pot & thrifted glass measuring pitcher for my double boiler.)
Wooden skewer for stirring
Ribbon and other decorations. (charms, crystals
*Because we are adding coconut oil to the beeswax, we will have more wax than can fit in a 12 oz jar. You can choose to use a bigger jar, or make a second smaller candle, or follow the bonus tutorial below where I explain how to turn the left over wax into a Honey Moon Healing Balm! *You will need cocoa butter or shea butter and some small containers to put it in.
Melt the beeswax. Using a double boiler system melt your wax. A double boiler warms the contents of the glass container slowly. You will want to put enough water in your pot so that it covers most of the area where the wax is, and so when it starts to bubble and boil, it will not get into the wax. You don't want to mix the two.
Turn the burner on low and stir it often.
Melting the wax can take several minutes and the stages it goes through are reminiscent of some very delicious foods, so you could probably grab a quick snack as things melt.
After you finish watching your wax turn from melting dippin' dots to mashed potatoes and gravy, and then finally gravy with no lumps what so ever the wax is finally ready.
While the wax is melting and in between stirring sessions, secure the wick to the bottom of your jar.
You can use hot glue, e6000, or double-sided tape. I happened to have some double sided wall mounts that did the trick.
Using a skewer or a wooden tooth pick push down around the edges to make sure it's good and stuck.
Beeswax is hard to clean up, so it’s a good idea to put some newspaper or paper bags down around your workspace at this time.
Remove your wax from the heat and add in your coconut oil. Stir and mix thoroughly so everything is the same temperature.
Beeswax burns very hot, so adding coconut oil will bring down the melting point of the candle, making for a longer smoother burn. This process will keep your candle from “tunneling” and burning down only around the wick. So be sure to not skip this step!
(Beeswax candles and essential oils don’t go well because of that heat ratio... so it’s best to not add any scent to the candle. Beeswax already has a wonderful scent, so there is no need to mess around with it. You can save your essential oils for the bonus tutorial!)
Once everything is mixed together, take your inner pitcher out of the water and wipe the bottom with a towel so you don’t splash boiling water on yourself or your work surface.
Pour in about 1 inch of wax into the jar and put the pitcher back into the hot water and keep on a low heat to keep from hardening.
Using a clothespin, or something else big enough for your jar or container, prop the wick up so it stands straight. Allow the candle and the 1 inch wax to set for about 20 minutes.
I kept turning my burner on and off during this time while stirring the left over wax pretty often to keep the wax from setting.
Once the bottom layer is set, slowly pour the remaining wax into your jar until you get to the height you want.
Let it set for a bit and add more wax if a pit begins to form around the wick.
Using the clothespin, prop or hold the wick in place while you allow the candle to rest and sit somewhere warm.
Beeswax can crack if it cools and hardens too quickly,
Place the candle someplace warm to let it set. You can place the candle in your oven while it cools after baking something or put it in a sunny place while it sets. My house doesn’t have AC and it was already about 88 degrees inside, so I just sat it on my stove while I made dinner and used the oven. I didn't have any problems with it cracking or curing.
It’s best to let the candle rest over night before trimming the wick or burning the candle.
If you have extra wax and chose to not make a second smaller candle, you can add a bit more coconut oil and some shea butter or cocoa butter to your wax to create a healing salve!
Just return the beeswax to the double boiler pot and add equal parts shea or cocoa butter and coconut oil to your mixture. The final mixture will be 1/3 beeswax (left over wax), 1/3 Shea or cocoa butter and 1/3 coconut oil.
You may need to "shave" or cut your shea/cocoa butter in order for it to melt properly. Add everything to the wax and stir it all together until everything is the same consistency and temperature again. Remove from heat and add in a few drops of essential oils if you want.
Pour into smaller containers and allow to cool before using as a lip balm, lotion or general healing balm infused with Full Honey Moon energy!
When you candle is finally set and cool, trim the wax to about a half inch above the wax line. It's time to decorate!
Using ribbon, beads, charms or crystals, decorate your new candle!
Pick a charm that matches the intention you’ve chosen on the New Moon, or pick something new just for this candle.
On the night of the Full Moon, burn the candle on your altar as you charge your cards and crystals.
Beeswax candles burn for a long time, so you can relight the candle often!
Use this candle to burn intentions, light your sage or incense. Re-light it on the New Moon, or whenever you may need a boost!
Remember, to never burn your candle unsupervised.
When the candle is done burning, you can either reuse the candle jar to make a new one, or wear the charm as a necklace or keep it on your altar as a reminder!
We would love to see your candles! If you follow along and make a candle with us, please share your photos with us here or by tagging #Spiritdelalune on instagram!
Don't forget to charge your crystals and deck under the full moon and light your candle!