Full moons are a time of celebration, but also for releasing that which does not serve us, forgiving those who have wronged us, and ultimately for letting go of the old to make space for the new.
Happy Full Moon!
The Full Moon is the most powerful and exciting of the lunar phases – don’t @ me! We can see it about every four weeks (~ once a month) and it occurs whenever the Moon is in a position directly opposite from the Sun.
The Full Moon can be visible for three or four days before it starts waning, a time during which we are surrounded by dazzling energy. Just as the Moon has reached her full expression, it’s time for us to do so as well.
Full Moons are a time for celebrating life in all its wonder, reflecting on what has been accomplished in the last cycle, and letting go of what is no longer needed. This is not the time to set new intentions or focus on our goals, but rather, of making space in our lives for all that is to come.
The June Full Moon
Tonight’s Full Moon is also known as the Strawberry Moon. In North America, it was usually around this time that wild strawberries started to ripen and were ready for harvest by the natives.
In Europe, the June Full Moon represented the perfect time to wed. As it was early summer, couples were given honey and mead as wedding gifts, giving this Full Moon the name Honey Moon. This is where the now infamous term ‘honeymoon’ comes from!
The June Full Moon is one of my favorites; it’s summer. Life is sunny, warm, and full of life. The longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, is also just a few days away (Friday the 21st). This Full Moon will thus give us a very fun, light, joyful, and adventurous energy. It might also provide a sigh of relief for many of us as the first half of the year comes to a close. (That was fast!).
The Sagittarius Moon
Each year, the June Full Moon falls in Sagittarius — the sign of study and travel. If you want to go a little more in-depth with tonight’s energy, focus on how you can celebrate these areas in your life in a way that is fun, lighthearted, and joyful.
If you’re a student, for example, you probably just finished another semester at school or might even have just graduated. Studious Sagittarius celebrates your accomplishments! You’re out for the summer; celebrate that.
How to Celebrate
Whether a spiritual meaning is attached to them or not, Full Moons are celebrated all around the world. Beach drum circles and parties are very popular, as well as outdoor yoga or meditation classes held under the moonlight. Do your research to find Full Moon activities in your area! This is a great time to connect with your community.
If you use crystals, Full Moons are a great time to ‘charge’ or ‘cleanse’ them. Many people like to leave their crystals outside overnight in order to bathe them under the moonbeams. Others like to perform rituals, which might include writing everything they want to let go of in a piece of paper and then burning it, or taking a cleansing bubble bath.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, take a little time tonight to reflect on your accomplishments and to let go of things or people that no longer serve you.
MAKE SPACE in your life so that everything that is meant for you can reach you. Let go of resentments, grudges, and regrets, as these all represent blocks that won’t allow you to move forward. Go all-out with a drum circle or spend a quiet, reflective night at home. Maybe take a sexy bath and eat some strawberries? Whatever you do, spend time with yourself, and have a joyful, bright, Strawberry Moon night!