Growing up I paid no mind to the moon. I did not feel its pull or calling. I think I was too busy being in love with the sun (needed that tan you know!) which makes sense since it represents ego and the material world. Fast forward many (unnumbered) years and now I am in love with the moon too!
I know there is some scientific explanation for the full moon phase and its position in the solar system but I don’t really give a care about that. To me the Full Moon is a time of amplification of feelings and sensuality, a time to find and express your true essence. To wit it is the perfect time for following your bliss!
If you use Crystals (and I highly recommend that you do!) then this is a perfect time to cleanse and refresh them through the natural lunar energy. Simply put them either on a window sill receiving the moon’s light or even better place them outside in direct rays overnight. Be sure to collect them in the morning before the sun gets too powerful because the sun’s rays will sap the life out of them.
Cleanse Yourself and Your Space
Declutter your physical space by ridding yourself of junk and/or things you haven’t worn or used in 6 months or more. Donate these items to a charity for added benefit. Declutter your energetic space by burning some incense or sage in your home, workspace, car, etc., take an epsom salt bath, ring some bells/chimes in your spaces and absorb the sound. Consider also completing a food fast and or doing a detox for the day or week of the full moon.
If you’re new to meditation see this. Choose one type of meditation and bring it outside under the full moon. You can simply inhale the moon’s energy and let it warm you and open your heart and as you exhale connect yourself further to the earth. If it’s warm where you are, sitting on the ground is ideal or if you’re doing walking meditation walk barefoot! If it’s wintery weather maybe sit inside at a window with moon light streaming in or do a more active meditation outside like Breath of Joy.
Dance to your choice of music (Classic Moon Tunes: Cat Steven’s Moon Shadow or Neil Young’s Harvest Moon or Van Morrison’s Dancing in the Moonlight, Bad Moon Rising by CCR) Whatever moves you will do. Consider also dancing to night’s nature sounds: the crackle of leaves and branches , the hoot of owls, howl of coyotes or even silence. Move freely, let go and be wild! Another option if it’s warm is to dance naked. There’s really nothing more free feeling than this! Finally ‘dancing’ with a friend amorously under the full moon is exquisite.
Forgive yourself and forgive others. Write down on a paper something you feel guilty for or some anger or grudge you hold. Hold those feelings for a moment and ask the moon to help you release and let go these feelings/situations that are not serving you. Burn the paper in a fire and as you watch it burn say goodbye to these unhelpful feelings. Let them transmute into ash. One other thing I like to do after this is to Howl at the Moon! Try it! When I do my howling I am thanking the moon and other forces for assisting me in moving forward and/or I am releasing more of the feelings I just burned.
The Full Moon phase is a perfect time to pray for others and send them good wishes and vibrations. Metta Meditation (Loving Kindness) is my go to for this but you can do your own method of Love sending. Metta: Start by sending the Love to yourself first –
May I dwell in safety.
May I be happy and healthy.
May I be at peace.
Move on then to someone you love and send this prayer to them using their name – May “name” dwell in safety, etc. Next send it to someone who pushes your buttons! And finally send the prayer to all human beings or all sentient beings whichever seems right for you.
Intentionally Absorb the Lunar Energy
Simply sit directly under the moon and absorb whatever it is sending you. It is helpful to be in a calm state to absorb this energy so perhaps take a few deep breaths or a few minutes watching your breath and then communicate with Mother Moon in whatever way that feels right for you. Stay open!
Make a Wish or Set Intentions
Write your wish or intention on a piece of paper and put it in a small wish jar. I like to use clear glass. Set the jar out in the moonlight and let the moon do its magic. Take the jar in in the morning and put it away until the next full moon when you can revisit your original wish/intention and note any progress. Re-do it if necessary.
Take a Moon Bath
You can just bathe in the moon rays either clothed or naked or actually take a bath with water and moon rays. For this you can use a sprinkler, hose or my favorite – a kiddie pool! So fun and purifying. Get clean!
Invent Your Own Full Moon Ceremony
Get creative! Listen to your gut and go with it. Each time I do my own ceremony I add something new as the spirit moves me. Think about banging a drum or other percussion instrument, dance, yell, use fire, do yoga, sleep outside, etc.
Pick one or 2 of these activities that call to you, give them a try and let me know how you make out. Most important is to feel creative and FREE!
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