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Happy Full Moon, mystics!

And what is there to celebrate the big white blob in the sky you ask? Why is this day any different than yesterday or tomorrow? What's so special about the moon? Stop glorying the moon - it's a dead star for God's sake!


I know I know - I know all of that and a bit more that will maybe convince you to take Luna (the Roman personification) a tad bit more seriously.


Full Moon magick

The moon is, in terms of distance, the closest heavenly body to earth. We can see it in the sky for three weeks out of four, and for thousands of years, people have used its light to guide them in the dark. In addition to the personification of the moon as deity, there are all kinds of fascinating legends and myths associated with the moon and it's cycles.


Did you know that the word lunatic comes from the Latin luna, because it was believed that people were more likely to exhibit aberrant behavior during a full moon? Although studies have been done showing that emergency room visits and accidents are increased during the full moon period, there has yet to be conclusive evidence for causation.


The moon seems to have an effect on animals as well as people. Dr. Frank Brown of Northwestern University, an expert on animal behavior, reports that hamsters spin in their wheels far more aggressively during the moon's full phase. Deer and other herbivores in the wild tend to ovulate at the full moon, and in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the full moon is mating time for coral.




Other Lunar Superstitions

  • The first time you see a crescent moon for the month, take all your spare coins out of your pocket, and put them in the other pocket. This will ensure good luck for the next month.

  • Some people believe that the fifth day after a full moon is the perfect time to try to conceive a child.

  • Many cultures throughout history have honored lunar deities, including Artemis, Selene, and Thoth.

  • In some Chinese religions, offerings are made to the ancestors on the night of a full moon.

  • In some Native American legends, the moon is held captive by a hostile tribe. A pair of antelope hope to rescue the moon and take it the village of a good tribe, but Coyote, the trickster, interferes. The antelope chase Coyote, who tosses the moon into a river each night, just out of reach of the antelope.

  • The night of the full moon is believed to be a good time for divination and scrying.


There's a great piece over at History.com that looks at some even more outlandish myths, including the ideas that aliens inhabit the moon, that the moon is actually a hollow spacecraft, or that there was a secret Nazi base there during World War II.


"The new and first-quarter phases, known as the light of the Moon, are considered good for planting above-ground crops, putting down sod, grafting trees, and transplanting. From full Moon through the last quarter, or the dark of the Moon, is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops."

Moon Magic


The full moon has long had an aura of mystery and magic about it. It is tied to the ebbs and flows of the tide, as well as the every-changing cycle of womens' bodies. The moon is connected to our wisdom and intuition, and many Pagans and Wiccans choose to celebrate the full moon with a monthly ritual.


“The full moon is the Moon’s most powerful phase, when we see her entire illuminated face. This is a time of fulfillment, activity, increased psychic ability, for perfecting ideas, “getting your act together,” celebrations, or renewing commitments to people or projects. The best time for spells of any kind.”

Excerpt From: Diane Ahlquist. “Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want”. Apple Books.


Full Moon Ritual


Still not convinced that the moon is powerful? Here is a simple full moon ritual you can try to change your mind about the Moon being just a blob in the sky.


What you will need:


Incense

Lighter

White Candle

Paper & Pen


Method:

  1. Go out to a place where you can see the moon (if possible). If not, choose a place where you can have some peace & quiet. Even a bathroom works just as fine, just claim your space & have intent.

  2. Cleanse your space with incense, singing bowl or music - whatever floats your boat.

  3. Light the candle with an intent of wholeness - this spell is to manifest abundance.

  4. Take your paper and write down whatever is it that you wish for in your life in the near future - could be love, success, opportunities, family time etc.

  5. Visualise this goal for a while while staring into the candle flame, imagine that you already have it.

  6. Once you feel it wholeheartedly, you can fold the piece of paper & keep it in your notebook or purse where you are reminded of your wishes whilst you work towards them.

  7. Let the candle burn down or snuff the flame out.

  8. Say a word of thanks to the Universe for listening & be on your way.



This ritual will help you be motivate, inspired & newly charged to chase your dreams and goals. Reemeber, whatever it is that you want or wish for, will have to be worked for. The results will surely show - the effect of your work & a dash of magic from Luna.


Try it out and let us know if it worked for you!

Happy Manifesting Mystic :)



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