The universe calls us to pause and consider what we’re manifesting in our lives every 28-30 days. It accomplishes this by bringing the monthly full moon into the picture. Moon phases start with the new moon and end with the full moon in astrological terms, indicating that the end of the lunar cycle is when the seeds of intention you planted (consciously or unconsciously) are beginning to bloom. It’s almost as if the universe is telling us to take a break—or at the very least slow down—for a few days to learn more about the path we’re on and, if necessary, correct our course.
Full moon rituals—how you choose to spend this full moon—should feel a little conclusive, a little reflective, because full moons are about endings. Focus on what you’ve done, where you’ve been, and how you’ve spent the most recent lunar cycle rather than jumping into the next new thing. What kind of seeds have you planted? What advantages have you reaped as a result of your efforts? What is worth holding on to and what is worth letting go of? Full moon rituals that include evaluation, assessment, cleansing, and recharging are at their best. Relax for a moment and save your energy for the next new moon, which will arrive before you know it.
7 THINGS TO DO WHEN THERE’S A FULL MOON
1. CLEAN UP YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL SURROUNDINGS
The full moon usually signifies a significant build-up of energy, both light and dark. This is the ideal time to cleanse your space, body, and mind, removing or letting go of any built-up energy you no longer want to harness, capture, or hold onto. Smudging your home, taking a relaxing bath, or re-watching your favorite Netflix show are all options. Even if it’s just for tonight, live by the mantra “let everything that doesn’t belong to me go.”
2. CHARGE YOUR CRYSTALS
Many people believe that the full moon’s light is ideal for charging and cleansing crystals. This makes sense—the full moon is all about bringing our intentions and emotions to the surface so we can process them, heal what needs to be healed, and let go.
3. FIND OUT HOW TO MEDITATE
Because full moons are about endings rather than beginnings, I usually advise people to avoid starting anything new during this lunar phase. Full moons are about endings, making them the ideal time to reflect—and meditation is an excellent way to do so. Sit with your thoughts for as long as you want, and remember to carry some of this reflective energy with you on other days, regardless of the lunar cycle.
Those of you who already practice meditation on a regular basis may notice that your meditations become deeper or more fulfilling during this full moon. And, of course, that’s fantastic.
4. DANCE TO RELEASE ENERGY
Do you remember how I mentioned the energy build-up earlier? Why not let it all out on the dance floor? Dress up or relax in your pajamas. The goal is to spend some time in your body and release some of that energy.
5. EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE MUST BE RELEASED
You may notice patterns, behaviors, or relationships that aren’t getting you any closer to the life you want as you engage in self-reflection. They might even be detracting from it. Use this full moon as a reminder to let them go—or at the very least, as a chance to reflect on why they’re still there.
6. EXAMINE YOUR TO-DO LIST
Have you made a to-do list since the last new moon? Or was it only recently? Now is a great time to go back over it and see how far you’ve come. Are you any closer to reaching your objectives now than you were a few weeks ago? If this is the case, keep taking steps to improve your situation. If this isn’t the case, consider why. Make a plan to get there and be proactive about it.
You may also notice that some of those objectives are no longer relevant to you. That’s fine; after all, that’s what full moons are all about. Allow them to go or make changes as needed. Accept yourself as you are now, rather than the person you were when you first made this list.
7. RELAX FOR A WHILE
Because energy is abundant during a full moon, merely sitting down is a fantastic way to commemorate this lunar period. Allow yourself to unwind. Cleanse your environment, your body, and your thoughts, then relax. Stillness can help us thoroughly watch what’s going on around us, notice how we’re feeling, and discover opportunities that have been hiding right under our noses. Remember, you’re precisely where you’re supposed to be, so take a moment to appreciate it.
3 THINGS TO STAY AWAY FROM DURING A FULL MOON:
1. DON’T JUMP INTO SOMETHING NEW TOO QUICKLY
This full moon is likely to leave you feeling very energized—and motivated to start something new. Refrain from starting new initiatives, trying new things, or making major decisions. Instead, focus on appreciating the seeds you’ve already planted. Allow time for the ideas that are running around in your head to percolate. Waiting two weeks for the next new moon won’t hurt—in fact, it’ll probably help you think more clearly and quickly about your next moves.
2. DON’T GET TOO WORKED UP OVER MINOR ISSUES
This full moon, you may notice that your emotions are at an all-time high. The good news is that you’re not alone. The bad news is that you’re not alone. Your emotions, like everyone else’s, are at their peak, and out-of-control outbursts are very much on the menu. Refrain from snapping, chastising, or otherwise lashing out. Instead, take a deep breath. Maintain a cool demeanor and take your time to consider everything. This full moon’s theme is peace, therefore go after it.
3. AVOID MAKING ANY HASTY CONCLUSIONS
Full moons, as you may have guessed, are an energizing, emotional, and impulsive time. However, the same decision that appeals to you right now might not appeal to you in two weeks, so take it slowly. Before you commit to something, give yourself time to thoroughly process it. Patience is required. You’ll be glad you did it afterward.