Full moon blessings

August 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm (Magic, Moon phases) (, , , )

Wishing you an enchanted full moon, and a month to come full of magic, inspiration and passion. For me, this month will be filled with finishing up the new book – editing, writing those last little bits, checking images, all that kind of stuff. Can’t wait for it to finally be ready to send out into the world!

Harnessing the energy of the phases of the moon can add magic to your life and help bring a goal to fruition. These phases are determined by the moon’s position in relation to the earth and the sun, as it orbits our planet every 29.5 days. The moon has no light of its own – it’s illuminated by the light of the sun reflecting off its surface, and its phases are created by the amount of the illuminated side we can see. The full moon occurs when the moon is on the other side of the earth from the sun, with the earth in between. The whole of the side that is visible to us is reflecting back sunlight, so we see a round moon in all its shining, golden glory.

The full moon is the high tide of power and energy in a lunar cycle, and is the perfect time for any kind of magic. Cast spells for completion, for things you want to achieve, and for anything that requires an extra boost of intensity, such as healing work, job hunting and love. You can also invoke mother goddesses such as Arianrhod, Isis, Selene, Diana, Lakshmi, Quan Yin, Demeter, Epona, Ishtar, Mama Quilla, Chang-O, Gaia, or simply the Great Goddess or Mother Earth, who all represent the full moon, motherhood, fertility, the earth and creation.

Midnight is the most powerful time for magical work, as the full moon is directly overhead. Stand beneath the golden orb and give thanks for what you’ve achieved so far, and breathe in the energy and power so you can harness it for self-expression and inner strength. Perform a Drawing Down the Moon ritual, bringing the energy of the moon, and the moon goddess, into your heart and soul. This is a great time to charge crystals and amulets with the moon’s energy, and cleanse your own physical and etheric bodies. Psychic abilities are also at their strongest, so practise any divination methods you are drawn to, looking within to find answers to your questions and clues to your future.

The full moon rises as the sun sets, which is why it’s so obvious and clearly seen, because it sails across the sky all night, contrasting with the velvety blackness, before setting around dawn, just as the sun is rising. The three days of the full moon – the day of, the day before and the day after – can be used to boost any intention or project. It represents achievement, culmination and abundance. The world is filled with energy and potential, so it’s a great time for healing and manifestation.

 Lunar phases are printed in newspapers, moon diaries and websites like Sunrise Sunset, which is great because you can type your city in and get the correct time zones. You can also determine the phase of the moon by its shape, as well as the time it rises, which occurs about 50 minutes later each day. It can be remembered by the old adage: “The new moon rises at sunrise, and the first quarter at noon. The full moon rises at sunset, and the last quarter at midnight.”

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