When I was a kid, the only time I heard any reference to the moon was when something weird happened (“must be a full moon”), when it was a mandatory mood setter in a scary story, or when discussing werewolves (obvi). Other than that, it was just a giant flashlight in the sky.
Cut to today and it seems like my entire generation has gone loco over la luna (myself included), so much so that you could say the moon has gone mainstream, with phrases like “Stay Wild, Moon Child” or “Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon” popping up on graphic tees everywhere from gypsy boutiques in LA to Targets in the Midwest. There are even apps for your phone to track the phases of the moon (not that I would know anything about that…).
For the record, I love this. You don’t have to be a yogi or a pagan or a Halloween aficionado to get all kinds of obsessed with the night light in the sky, and I’m all for inclusivity.
But why I really love all the attention Mama Moon is getting is because the moon is the ultimate symbol of the feminine. She represents the concept of cycles (many women’s bodies actually intuitively sync up with the moon phases...I’m not making this up), plus she’s pretty freaking powerful (just, you know, controls the tides...nbd.)
So it makes sense that in a time when feminine energy is rising that we have collectively started paying more attention. Noticing the different lunar phases and tapping into the energy surrounding those phases is just one more tool to empower yourself and celebrate all your natural-born awesomeness.
Since tonight (September 6) is a full moon, I’d like to share a couple ways you make the most of this moon energy, even if you aren’t one to be charging your crystals in the moonlight (but if you are, that’s awesome….I will be too).
The full moon is the perfect time to release things that are holding you back, whether these are physical things (like household clutter), emotions (like shame or guilt), beliefs (like not being pretty/successful/thin//fit/popular/rich enough) or habits that are dragging you down (like perfectionism or being judgmental).
Journaling: In order to focus in on what you want to release, I suggest writing it out. If you don’t know where to start, ask yourself, “What is holding me back?” and then write. Don’t edit, don’t proofread. Keep your hand moving, keep your critical self out of it. Don’t be surprised if the waterworks start. That’s good though. RELEASE.
Once you’ve written out what you want to release, it can be cathartic to let that paper go in some way, whether that means tearing it up and flushing it down the toilet or burning it up in your fireplace (if you do decide to burn it, please make sure you do so safely).
Movement: Thoughts and emotions live in our bodies as well as our brains, so doing something physical to release this can be very powerful. Do whatever physical activity calls to you (running, walking, lifting, yoga, etc.) but with the intention of letting go of whatever it is that is no longer serving you. A personal favorite is a Qoya movement ritual that involves shaking it out! It’s like a grownass woman version of the Hokey Pokey dance, and it just feels so good!
Breathing: Breathwork is another potent way to release. In fact, I wrote a whole article on it for SMV earlier this summer (with a link to a video by awesome breathwork practitioner, Erin Telford). If you’re interested, read the article here.
When you learn about how to use lunar phases for intention, reflection, and release, you are learning one more way to listen to, love on, and accept yourself—and just imagine how powerful we’d be and how high we’d rise if all women did more of that!
Happy Full Moon, Beauties!