Moon-curious? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about full moons and how to harness their powerful energy from down here on solid ground.
Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder or more intense, well, um, October happens. Here’s what’s in store for your October 2020 horoscope.
This month will be packed with not one but two full moons.
. The first, in fiery Aries, lights the skies on October 1, charging into the month like a headstrong Ram. Here in the U.S., as we count down to the historic and nail-biting November 3 Election Day, the race to the polls (and hopefully the mailbox) will be on.
Then on Halloween (October 31), a second full moon arrives in Taurus, astride changemaker Uranus at an exact degree. Who needs a costume and a mask? With Taurus, what you see is what you get, and in the spotlight of the full moon, that could be a whole lotta in-your-face energy, mixed with curveball plot twists served up by Uranus.
This is all against the backdrop of the Sun moving through Libra, the sign of balance, until October 22, which we hope can help bring some semblance of temperance to our lives. Take things as slow and steady as you can. When chaos is in the air, the best thing you can do sometimes is either ease off the gas or even stand still.
Why do full moons happen again?
Full moons happen once a month when the sun’s rays fully illuminate the surface of the moon. The moon has no light of its own, and when the moon is shining at its brightest and fullest, we’re receiving maximum light and vitality as the sun’s rays bounce off of the lunar surface. While the energy of a full moon lasts for about three days before and after the lunation, the moon is technically only full for a moment—when the sun and the moon are directly opposite each other in the sky
What’s the spiritual meaning and significance of the full moon?
Humans have been living by lunar cycles for centuries, and in our modern world, connecting to these energies can give us
The full moon is a time of culmination and fruition. Starting with the “dark” phase of the new moon, the lunar surface gathers light over a two-week period, then manifests as a full moon. When the moon is completely full, it’s a spiritual and energetic pinnacle of whatever you started when the sun and the moon united at the new moon.
As the moon waxes (increases toward full light), our energy builds and we collect information. The waxing moon means a forward-moving energy and momentum that’s great for building things, working toward a goal, or bringing the first phases of a project to fruition. Once the full moon arrives, the waning (decreasing) moon phase begins. As the moon wanes and the light starts to dwindle, we can begin to release what’s no longer working for us. It’s a great time to reflect on what you’ve built during the waxing phase while shedding anything that doesn’t feel right. As the moon wanes, we can tie up any loose ends and say goodbye to what’s not serving our own highest mission.
Eclipses are agents of change and growth, often prompting sudden turning points in our lives. Where have we been procrastinating or avoiding a decision? The eclipses will reveal that and can force our hands. In fact, their energies can play out for several months! Solar eclipses happen at the new moon when, from our vantage point, the moon appears to cover the sun, either partially or fully. Lunar eclipses fall at the full moon when the earth stands directly between the moon and the sun, casting a palette of red, brown, and black shadows on the moon! In essence, eclipses are intensified new and full moons that force us to level up our game!
What to do during the full moon:
Full moon meditations are a powerful way to tap the luminous lunar energy and harness the energetic power of the moon’s light. You can do a full moon meditation before any of your rituals to set up the right mindset and align yourself with what you want to accomplish:
• Sit comfortably in a space where the moonlight is visible.
• Close your eyes and feel the moon’s beams fill the room and your body.
• Focus on your breath and the intention you’ve set.
• Imagine the moonlight enveloping and purifying your body, mind, and spirit.
• Slowly bring your attention back to the room and open your eyes.
• Repeat as many times as you’d like in the three to five hours before or after the full moon.
Words are powerful, and the full moon is a potent time for letting go of what’s no longer serving you. Write down a list of everything you want to release from your life, and read them aloud with intention, either in a full moon circle or solo. Say, “I release you!” or “Thank you for your service—you are free to move on!”
3. Hold a moon circle.
What is a moon circle and why would I host one?
A moon circle is exactly what it sounds like: a group of people—typically women, but moon circles are all-inclusive—gathering in the evening to harness the potent energy of the moon. If it sounds a little witchy, it is! Typically, new moons and full moons have the most poignant energy, and moon energy can be harnessed three days before or after it passes through the full or new phase.
“I think people resonate with the moon because of the themes. It highlights something particular in their lives that they want to work through and people are realizing more and more that meditation is the key to unlocking our potential and clearing blocks,” says Desiree.
People come to moon circles to set intentions, clear energy, work through through something, gain clarity, and connect with themselves through communal energy. The main difference between a moon circle and a women’s circle is that a women’s circle is primarily sharing stories and discussion, where as moon circles are largely based in communal ritual and personal reflection
Fact vs. fiction: how does the moon affect people?
As you can probably imagine, there is no comprehensive body of research to show the effectiveness of moon circles (…yet). But if you piece together a what’s known about our physical bodies and the subtle but powerful effects our moon has on the Earth, it’s logical to conclude that we aren’t immune to the moon. As beings living on this Earth, we’re just as affected by the lunar forces as everything else. In fact, it’s illogical to think that we’d somehow escape them.
Of course, lunar forces are invisible and subconscious so they’re tough to measure, but a few studies have shown how the moon affects water. Consider that our bodies are mostly made of water, at least 70 percent just like earth. If you live near a body of water, you know that the tides are very exaggerated during a full or new moon. Another study found to affect lunar due to air pressure changes based on the moon’s positioning.
When it comes to showing concrete and significant affects that the moon has on human beings, one study found that people have a harder time sleeping during a full moon, suggesting once again that we’re affected by lunar energy.
Female menstrual cycles are often referred to as “moon cycles” for good reason.
Oh, and we’ll have a Mercury Retrograde.
Transformational Pluto turns direct on October 4, ending a retrograde backspin through Capricorn that began on April 25. The icy dwarf planet will zoom ahead in good company, traveling alongside expansive Jupiter and structured Saturn, which both ended long retrogrades last month. With this trio powering up the zodiac sign of governments, hierarchies, business and the economy, there’s even more intensity ahead.