BASIC YOGI 101: WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE FULL MOON?
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On the last new moon, we wrote about the significance of a new moon, and why yogis around the world get all excited about the lunar cycle. Let’s round out the topic a bit more by talking about tonight’s full moon a bit, shall we?
The full moon is the energetic climax of the month and the moon’s 28-day cycle. Full moons are intended to bring things to a head, or to a close. It’s a time of intense intuition and psychic energy; a time to release things that no longer serve us; a time where we are encouraged to begin to wrap-up goals or intentions set on the last new moon; and, of course, a time to charge your crystals in the full moon light. Basically, the full moon is about adulting and prioritizing things that are important.
Here are a few of the rituals yogis around the world might be participating in on a full moon:
- Charging/ cleansing crystals (a very small bit on that, below)
- Sealing intentions set during the new moon
- Writing in a journal what is no longer serving us, and then pulling the paper out of the journal and tossing it into a fire (talk about liberating!)
- Saging with a spray or a smudge stick- for more information, this article is helpful.
- Spending time outside- it’s said to be super important to spend time outdoors, and in nature, during a full moon.
CHARING AND CLEANSING CRYSTALS
This deserves its own post, and someday, I’ll get a better understanding of why people charge their crystals and what, exactly, that’s all about… but for today, here’s your mini lesson: during the full moon, people will take crystals (including precious jewels like an engagement or wedding ring, and also malas) out to charge under the full moon light. It’s said to cleanse and also charge them with the power of the full moon. The “charging” of these crystals intensifies the characteristics of the particular crystal… one time (only) I set my diamond engagement ring out during a full moon, while at a yoga retreat, and set an intention for it to bring me even move love and happiness into my marriage. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A BLOOD MOON IN LEO
Back to astrology again- these things just go hand in hand. With Mercury retrograde and entering Leo yesterday, it’s said that this moon can really affect us, whether we’re a Leo or not.
Leo season is said to be a time where we are confident, positive and more sure of ourselves, but this blood moon and lunar eclipse might just try to dull our shine a bit. When we combine EVERYTHING that is going on right now with Mercury, the full moon, and also being Leo season where we tend to be more outspoken, it can be a tricky combo.
Astrostyle says, “Leo is ruled by the proud and regal Sun, the center of our solar system. During Leo season, we may occasionally, um, forget that the world doesn’t revolve around us. Egos can run amok. Defending our ‘honor’ or ‘principles’ can start to sound a lot like bullying and bigotry.”
In short, the energy from both the blood moon and the Leo season vibes can result in us saying some things we might end up regretting.
SOME FACTS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR FULL MOON (JULY 27)
- This full moon is a blood moon, buck moon and lunar eclipse rolled into one.
- The moon will officially be at its fullest phase at 4:20 p.m. Friday, July 27 in New York City (EST), when it’s still light outside.
- In other words, the rest of the world is getting a bit more of this moon than we’ll get to see in the United States. Those in the US will miss out on the blood moon and lunar eclipse. Enjoy it, international bad yogis!
- Why is it called a Blood moon? Any time there is a lunar eclipse, people will refer to the moon as a blood moon due to its reddish in color hue. In short, as the moon passes across the earth’s shadow — which creates the lunar eclipse — the moon’s brightness starts to fade and its color turns into a rusty-reddish hue.
- Why is it called a Buck moon?: Nothing to do with money. Everything to do with animals. Male deer shed their antlers annually, and it’s around this time of the year that they begin to regrow them. This comes from Native American tradition. Other names we’ve heard this moon called: thunder moon, for the month’s many summer storms, and hay moon, after the July hay harvest.
- Where can I see the lunar eclipse? Like mentioned above, sadly, those in the United States will miss out, as it’ll happen while it’s still light in our part of the world. Experts say the best view of the eclipse will be in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Also, this is the LONGEST lunar eclipse of the century, so people are getting super excited for its energy.