Here she comes again, rising up out of the clouds like a beautiful marble balloon. The Full Moon has arrived.
A large chunk of my family works in the healthcare field, and believe me, they have every reason to say that when the Full Moon rises, the energy in the hospitals gets a little more…intense. As it does everywhere! Of course, that can be a good or a bad thing, depending on how you choose to harness and handle the energy. Does it fill you up with energy and motivation to get things done? Or is it overwhelming, sending your emotions into a tailspin? There is no right or wrong here – just awareness. I find that a large part of what makes a Full Moon helpful or detrimental for me depends upon what astrological sign it happens to become full in. If you know your own astrology, you’ll be able to understand why some full moons affect you a lot and why others, not so much. For example, my natal moon is in Pisces. Whenever the moon becomes full in Pisces, I always feel like there’s a magnifying glass on my emotions – blowing them up bigger and louder than ever! And I feel more or less the same when it’s in the other water signs – Cancer and Scorpio. When the moon becomes full in the fire signs – Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius – I feel so good. Warm, motivated, driven, and ready for a good time! When the moon becomes full in the air signs – Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius – I feel more like myself, comfortable and airy (my natal Sun is in Gemini). And then, when the moon becomes full in the earth signs – Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn – I definitely feel grounded and supported, moving slowly but steadily through my routines. So! It all depends on how you choose to work with the energy. And remember, sometimes ‘working’ with the energy means surrendering to it – resting is just as important as moving.
Full Moon Practice
This is a basic framework for a Full Moon practice that you can adapt to your personal practice to suit your tastes. If you are not sure what you like yet, just try a little of everything until you find something that feels right to you!
Full Moon Bath or Shower
Before any practice, ritual, or energetic work I do, I always want to cleanse myself first. Since I am usually at home for lunar practices, I opt to take a bath (if you prefer a shower you can do this as well). Make your bathroom cozy – dim the lights if you can, light a candle or two, have a fresh towel waiting for you. If you are drawing a bath, consider adding Himalayan or Epsom salts to the water – they are great detoxifiers and can relax your muscles. You may also add essential oils if you wish (being sure to check if they are safe to use in the water). When you get in your bath (or shower), visualize yourself being cleansed from the inside out. If you are in the shower, imagine the water washing away any negativity or energetic debris and allowing it to run down the drain. While you are bathing or showering, you could listen to a guided meditation or a magical ambient playlist via a Bluetooth speaker, or simply relax in the stillness of silence. If you are in the bathtub, pull the plug and stay in the tub until all of the water has drained out – taking with it any negativity or energetic waste. When you get out, gently dry yourself off and do anything else that makes you feel fresh and clean – like moisturizing your body, washing your face, drying your hair…etc.
Full Moon Practice | Ritual
Prepare a quiet, sacred space. Light a few candles or special Full Moon incense if you like. Connect with your Higher Power(s), however you know them as. Up until now, you have been working with the intention(s) you crafted at the New Moon. Now is the time to reflect on how they have been evolving in your life. The Full Moon is special, because you can use this abundant energy to add a final push or extra *oomph* into your intention, but you can also use this time to let things go. If you go over your intentions and feel that they are growing and evolving, you may want to take this time to combine your and the moon’s energy into a manifestation practice for said intention. However, if you reflect on your intention and come to the conclusion that perhaps it is better to to let it go for now, or there are heavy, negative energies or emotions in your body, you may choose to focus your energy on cleansing and letting things go. It’s all up to you – you will come to the right conclusion of what to do at this time.
If your focus is on letting go, reflect over the past two weeks and write down any blocks, limiting beliefs, negative feelings, lessons, or observations you’ve had. Hold this paper in your hand and state your intention to let it all go. Once you feel ready, burn the paper in a heat-proof bowl in a safe area to release all of these things from your energetic field. Visualize them being released to the Full Moon, on the smoke and embers. Allow yourself to fully let go, and receive new, inspired energy from the Full Moon.
Full Moon Journal Prompts
I love writing things down. It gets them out of the jumble of my thoughts and clearly onto paper that I can physically see, and therefore, better organize. Consider answering these Full Moon questions in a journal:
- What has been going well for you since the New Moon?
- What blocks or self-limiting beliefs have come up for me?
- What intention(s) or energies do I want this Full Moon to amplify and strengthen in my life?
- What am I appreciating in my life right now? (Write as many things as you can!)
- Tonight, I choose to release ________________.
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Full Moon Correspondences
‘Correspondence’ is a word you will encounter a lot when reading about magic and spellwork. I explain energetic correspondences as objects, ideas, or practices that carry complimentary energy. The more correspondences you can layer onto your magical work, the more energetically powerful it becomes. So, here are the common correspondences of the Full Moon:
- Colors: white, silver, blue
- Gemstones & Crystals: selenite, moonstone, peach moonstone, rainbow moonstone, clear quartz, opalite, lepidolite, and amethyst.
- Herbs: cedar, chamomile, frankincense, jasmine flowers, juniper berry, lemon balm, lotus root, milk thistle, mugwort, myrrh, oats, orange peel, peppermint, rose buds, rosemary, sandalwood, star anise, white sage, and yarrow flowers.
- Oils: bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, frankincense, hyssop, juniper, myrrh, peppermint, rose, rosemary, rosewood, sandalwood, sweet orange, tangerine, tea tree, and white sage.
- Deities: iNyanga (Zulu), Khonsu (Egyptian), Artemis (Greek), Diana (Roman), Luna (Roman), Mani (Norse), Selene (Greek).
This is not an end-all, be-all list, of course. Always listen to your intuition. If you have strong feelings to use a certain tool for Full Moon energy, then by all means – use it!
Happy Full Moon!