What is it about the moon that fascinates us so much? This celestial body connects us all, for when we look up into the night sky, we are all looking at the same moon. There’s something about the different phases of the moon that makes each night feel special.
However, there are few greater sights in the starry sky than a beautiful full moon. The full moon has been said to cause people to act differently — it’s long been said that emergency room visits increase during a full moon. So, it only makes sense that there are full moon rituals that help the practitioners harness that potent energy to benefit their lives.
The moon is said to make people crazy — it is called lunacy, after “luna,” the Latin word for moon, after all. That means you need to practice these rituals with an open mind and a pure heart.
Here are 20 Full Moon rituals that you can use to bring some extra umph to your life.
What is a moon ritual?
Moon rituals have been practiced throughout the ages, with their origins appearing to be in ancient times in epic olden civilizations like Egypt, India and Babylonia. The point of a moon ritual is to harness the special power of the moon during its different phases in order to focus that energy into the manifestation of your desires. These rituals create a sacred space in which the practitioner should focus their energy internally, using the time to set intentions and cultivate empowerment.
Why do people do moon rituals?
A moon ritual is all about tapping into the natural rhythm of the world around us and the universe beyond. The moon itself has a quantifiable effect on our planet as its gravitational pull affects our tides, causing rises and falls in sea levels that we can predict. So, when you think about the fact that our bodies are mainly composed of water, it stands to reason that the moon would have an impact on us as well, however small.
What rituals do you do on a full moon?
Full moon rituals center around setting intentions to bring something you desire into your life or to send something you do not want in your life away. If you are sending something away, as the lunar light gets smaller after the full moon, it mirrors your intention to shrink the problem in your life. Grounding is a big part of full moon rituals too, which is the centering of oneself, helping one to find the true self and the best intentions moving forward.
What should you not do on a full moon?
Just as it is powerful to do a full moon ritual, it is just as important to make sure to avoid focusing the full moon’s energy into the wrong things. While reflecting on your life and yourself and setting intentions is a great use of the full moon energy, jumping in to a new endeavor is not a good idea. Because the full moon is a great time for releasing and finding closure, starting something new at this time could backfire and prevent whatever it is from truly taking off. Instead of starting this new adventure, try focusing on the things you need to let go of and/or the areas you need to feed in order to make it a success.
As the full moon is a time of very potent energy and it can cause people to act differently, it is not a good time to try to initiate an intense conversation. Emotions can be at a monthly high, which means it is more likely that a heated discussion will escalate. See if you can focus your energy toward letting whatever the issue is go, and if not, bring it up at a later date.
You will also want to avoid any sort of mind altering substances like drugs or alcohol as these can cloud your intuition. Because the full moon is a time when you may be receiving signs from the universe, you will want your intuition to be as sharp as possible.
The full moon is a perfect time to focus on self-care, so it is best not to fill up your schedule too much. As you are releasing and as certain energies are at an all time high, your emotions can be more volatile, so it’s best to try to have as relaxing a time as possible. You will also want to practice patience during this time as the energy you harness on the full moon can last for a couple weeks and your intentions can take time to come to fruition.
The full moon is also a great time for karma, so whatever you put out into the universe will be coming back to you, good or bad.
What brings good luck on a full moon?
The full moon is said to bring about good luck, so it makes sense to try to maximize your luck during this time. To have the best luck during the full moon, make sure to set the right intentions, find the best mindset, and focus on pushing out the negative. Keep a relaxed and open mind. It is also said that a full moon that falls on a Monday is extra lucky, as it is the “moon day.”
What’s the full moon 2022 schedule?
You must be itching to practice a full moon ritual on the next full moon by now. Don’t worry, we have you covered with this schedule of the full moons for the rest of the year:
20 Full Moon Rituals to Try
- Eat Clean, Healthy Food
Because the full moon is a time of letting out the bad and bringing in the good, eating a meal that is pure, healthy and fueling for your body is a great way to maximize this energy. Healthy food can help you set the intention to give your body what it truly needs while expelling any of the chaos caused by anything unhealthy you have been consuming.
- Give Your Tarot Cards a Full Moon Bath
If you are a seasoned practitioner of tarot or you’re looking to get started with your first deck, you should try utilizing the energy of the full moon to enhance your practice. Before using a new deck of tarot cards, open the pack and leave the cards sitting under the full moon overnight. Not only will this cleanse the pack of any remaining energy from its journey to you, it will charge the pack with the potent energy of the full moon.
Use the powerful full moon energy to look inward and energize the parts of yourself that need feeding while letting go of any negativity that has been lingering. See if you can bring yourself to a calm, close to neutral state. Many people find standing barefoot in grass to be grounding as it is said to cancel out some of the other energies we encounter in our lives. So, it can be extra beneficial to do this inward introspection while standing barefoot in the grass.
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- Commune With Nature
Speaking of grounding, a great way to harness the grounding energy is to spend time immersed in nature. Not only is nature grounding, it can have a calming effect as well. Many people feel their intuition is at an all time high when surrounded by nature, so you may be able to listen to the serene sound of the wind, the plants, and the animals, and clear your mind to give way to your intuition. You may find clarity for some lingering issues or just find that you reach a state of calm and a return to the natural rhythms of your body. You can take a hike or a walk through natural surroundings or sit still and take it all in.
- Charge Your Crystals
If you are someone who keeps crystals for meditation, chakra work or just for good luck, the full moon can help make them their most potent. Leave your crystals out under the full moon overnight to send the good energy back inside them. This is said to recreate the pressure inside of the crystals’ magnetites. Your crystals will be cleansed of any energy that isn’t fueling you and filled with the positive energy you need.
- Practice Meditation
Whether you are a daily meditator or are looking to try it for the first time, the full moon is the perfect time to meditate. Meditation is the perfect time for introspection, reflection and the letting go of thoughts and feelings that you do not wish to carry moving forward — all things that are best to do during the full moon. You can meditate in just a matter of minutes, though you may need longer if you are newer to the practice or have been going through a rough patch that is hard to shake. There are many apps and online resources you can utilize to help your meditation practice.
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- Breathe the Full Moon In
Breathing exercises are a part of meditation and many yoga practices. Breathing helps to calm the body and to connect with oneself. Learn how to take full, deep breaths. You can find resources online or through apps that can help you get started. Practice your breathwork under the full moon, either directly outside under the stars or in an area where you feel safe and distraction-free. You can use your full moon breathing to bring energy into yourself and fuel your own energy centers and your inner power. Connect with the universe and the energy in all of us, in everything, breathe it in. You should feel a heightened awareness and intuition, and may even find yourself in a trance-like state.
- Put It in Writing
A great way to look inward and learn about yourself is to journal. You can journal about your emotions in order to find a deeper understanding of yourself and your circumstances. Journaling is a great way to figure out what you need to leave behind. You can also journal about your intentions and what you want moving forward to help you set the exact intentions to focus your full moon energy on that will be the best for you. It will help to give you clarity and to set your goals.
- Do a Deep Clean
Take a page from Marie Kondo and use the full moon energy to clean the space around you. Physically throwing away anything that isn’t fueling your life can be empowering and can help to keep you centered moving forward. You can physically remove negativity and things that trigger unhelpful or unhappy feelings. Removing belongings that do not serve you will make room for what will serve you moving forward, physically and metaphorically. It is also a great time to open the windows and air out your home as well as to change out your towels and bedsheets. Dust, wipe down surfaces and vacuum if you wish and you will give yourself a literal clean slate for your revitalized self.