Full Moon Rituals – Ideas, activities and what to do during a full moon
Full Moon rituals are done everything 28-30 days, when the moon travels closest to the earth and showers us with light and her strong feminine ‘yin’ energy. For centuries the moon has been linked with the psychic, playing a symbolic role in many cultures and religions from the Egyptians to the Greeks and the Mayans. The moon’s changing phasing have profound effects on our bodies, oceans and tides, and other natural rhythms of life. Our behaviour, health and physiology run on the 28-day cycle of some kind, most notably the women’s menstrual or “lunar cycle”. It is said that the full moon brings all our emotions, both good and bad to the surface, with the word ‘lunatic’ having its roots planted in these superstitions.
Where the New Moon is all about setting intentions for the new cycle ahead, a full moon is about going inward. It is a great time to pause and check in with yourself, purge anything that doesn’t serve you, let go, and make space for the new. It you found yourself on this page and it is a New Moon, go to our New Moon Rituals page to get inspired.
It is wonderful that you have found yourself here with the intention to set aside sometime during this beautiful and powerful full moon. Below you will find some full moon rituals, steeped in custom and tradition, to harness this beautiful new energy into your life.
Full Moon Keywords: Results, forgiveness, gratitude.
The moon is the earth’s oldest temple. Holding the potency of countless prayers since the dawn of time… a bell whose ringing brings you into the field of the Mother, where body and soul can quietly drink.
– Dana Gerhardt, Mooncycles
In the years following the 2020 pandemic, many people are becoming increasingly introspective and keen to manifest change in their lives. So tonight join me as I bathing under the full moon in the ocean on my surfboard. Roll out your yoga mat for a juicy hip-opening yin class. Clear the energy in your home by opening all the windows and doors and cleanse your space with delicious Palo Santo and sage (known as smudging). I will even be writing and burning letters to people and energies that no longer serve me. These are just a few of the full moon rituals that we practice each moth – Will you join us?
Full Moon Rituals – What to do during a Full Moon?
Take a moonbeam bath or an actual bath
If you can get outside and bathe in the moonlight in either the ocean or freshwater, this is a wonderful way to connect yourself with nature and the energy of the full moon. If bathing outside doesn’t sound like your jam, run yourself a nice hot bath with a good amount of pink Himalayan Salts, Epsom Salts or Magnesium Bath Salts for your muscles. Make the space sacred by lighting some candles. Surround yourself with healing crystals (see the crystals below that are good for going inward). Burn some incense or Palo Santo, or add a few essential oils drops in to the hot running water with you. I love sandalwood essential oil or relaxing lavender oils in the bath.
Cleanse your space
The full moon is the high point of the lunar cycle when the moon is closest to the earth and its cleansing energy can be felt full beam! Take an hour out of your day to put clean, fresh bedsheets on your bed, declutter your space, water your house plants (see this list of house plants that purify the air in your home), wipe surfaces clean, open the windows and let fresh air in. You can spritz the room with cleansing essential oils, and then burn some incense, Palo Santo or Sage in a smudging ceremony … see below!
Do a Full Moon smudging ceremony
This is one of my favourite full moon rituals. Smudging is an ancient cleansing ceremony and spiritual ritual practiced by indigenous Native Americans. It involves burning sacred herbs and walking the smoke to all corners of your home to purify the air. Sage bundles are most commonly used for their purifying qualities as is Palo Santo – a beautifully smelling and grounding wild tree that is native to Peru and Venezuela. To start, light a candle and set an intention. Light your sage or Palo Santo (or incense if that’s all you have), and blow it out so just the smoke billows. With both hands, move the smoke towards your heart, over your head, and down the front and back of your body to cleanse yourself. Then walk the smoke around your house to all corners, including cupboards, wardrobes, and bottom and top corners of rooms. Never extinguish the lit embers with water.
Use crystals in your home
Crystals have been used for thousands of years by practitioners of healing as they are believed to help strength, change, or balance a vibration. Have you ever wondered why clear quartz is used in clocks? Well there you go! You can use crystals in a myriad of different ways. From wearing them on your body (I often inter-change different crystals in my bra!), to placing them around your home, meditating with them, or using them in other rituals. The full moon is all about going inwards and receiving downloads from the Universe.
Here are a few good crystals to use in full moon rituals:
- Selenite – Intuition, clarity, decision-making, 3rd eye chakra, calmness & dispelling negative energy
- Moonstone – Feminine energy, psychic abilities, intuition, crown, heart & 3rd eye chakras, fertility.
- Amethyst – Intuition, emotional balance, 3rd eye chakra & dispelling negative energy
- Labradorite – Decision-making, throat chakra, higher consciousness, anxiety & depression
- Clear Quartz – Immune system, calmness, clarity, metabolism, aura & crown chakra
- Black Tourmaline – Grounding, root chakra, nervous system, confidence, dispels negative energy & EMF
The energy of the full moon is incredibly powerful, so be gentle with yourself and allow yourself to be fully immersed in this energy.
Charge your crystals
The light of the full moon is the best time to re-charge your crystals. Wash your crystals first under running water and then place them outside in the moonlight to purify them and strengthen their individual energy. The light of the full moon is strong for around three days either side of the full moon, so leave them out for longer if you feel called to do so. Crystals can hold the energy of people and places, electronics etc. It is important to regularly cleanse your crystals, especially the crystals you wear on your body. Don’t forget those!
Indulge in your journal
Full Moon is a great time to check in with the goals and manifestations that you set on the New Moon. Journaling is a great way to get what is blocked up inside of you, out. The process of writing, while seeing the words in front of you is as cathartic, as it is magic. We have been loving this stunning journal from Magic of i. The beauty and quality of their pages and butter soft cover with magic symbols and holograms invoke our spirit and inspire us to stay on track with our manifestations. Their Astrological Planners have all the intimate movements of the moon mapped out through the zodiac, across the calendar. We find these physical tools really help us help create magic in our daily practice and live in alignment with the cosmos. We highly recommend using them. The more beautiful and special your journal, the more likely you are to be attracted to write in it. The same could be said from your pen!
I ask myself the below questions as part of my full moon ritual:
- How do I feel right now?
- What do I wish to let let go of?
- What is holding me back and no longer serving me?
- Does anything or anyone need releasing?
- What feels out of balance?
- What is on my mind right now?
- What new experiences do I wish to have?
Write a release letter & then burn it
Now is the best time to release and let go. No ritual is stronger than writing down your deepest inner thoughts and then releasing that energy by watching it go up in flames. If you are stuck with what to release or write, you could write include a letter to yourself about the things you are worried about or want to rid yourself of (habits, negative thoughts etc), or write a letter to someone whose energy or friendship no longer serves you and you want to let them go. I used to do this a lot to ex-boyfriends, wishing them well but releasing them from my life.
Count your blessings
Full Moon is the time when emotions come to the surface. Let go of any unresolved feelings by thinking about who and what you are grateful for. Fill yourself up with gratitude by making a list of everything that comes to mind. Then re-read this list. Having a tough time finding something to be grateful for? Just focus on one thing that you may take for granted and explore that from all angles. You’ll be surprised how much happiness writing down what you are grateful for will bring you.
Do an emotion releasing Yin Yoga class
The full moon and yin yoga are a beautiful partnership. As the full moon brings emotions to the surface, what better way than to release them from your body than with a deep hip and heart-opening yin class (the hips is where we store a lot of our emotions). I invite you to join myself and good friend Allie from the Journey Junkie in this 20 minute Yin yoga class.
Or raise your energy with a forgiveness Full Moon Ritual yoga class
If Yin isn’t your thing or you don’t feel like getting too emotional right now, I invite you to reflect and releasing karma and energy with a yoga class designed to celebrate the moon and bring the healing powers of yoga to your body through movement and breath.
Read your cards
The full moon has long been associated with magic, divination, and fortune-telling. So do as thousands of civilisations have done before us and channel the intuitive energy of the moon by doing a Tarot Card reading or get your Angel Cards out. Give the gift of reading cards to a good friend and use what comes up as food for thought over the coming month.
Take advantage of the energy that the full moon offers and take time in meditation for introspection. Full Moon is a time when emotions come to the surface, so take note of what thoughts keep appearing and use your breath to promote feelings of calm and stillness. If you struggle to meditate on your own, some great tools include the HeadSpace mobile app.
There are many amazing guided meditations on YouTube that will be specific to the calendar month that you find yourself in. Have a look and find one that speaks to you. Below is one of our favs.
Tie up loose ends
As the full moon is about completion (of the moon’s waxing phase), it’s a great time to bring things to a close. Finish off odd jobs, tick of the last annoying things on your to-do list, or complete projects and make space for the new. Look back on what you have achieved and give yourself thanks.
Make a wish / manifestation
The full moon with its intense energy is a great time to manifest or make a wish. Roll out your yoga mat outside and light a candle and some incense. Close your eyes and center yourself with your breath. Imagine your wish, goal or manifestation coming true. How do you feel? How does your body feel thinking of this wish? Take a pencil and write on some paper “I manifest…” and then write your wish, goal or whatever it is that you want to manifest. Sit with the words on the paper in meditation for as short or as long as you wish. Place the paper in the moonlight overnight, on the windowsill or outside by your cleansing crystals. The next night while the full moonlight is still bright, burn your paper and release your wish to the universe.
The moving moon went up in the sky;
And no where did abide:
Softly she was going up,
And a star or two beside.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Enjoy your beautiful Full Moon evening – Alexa x