Full Moons are potent and powerful.
The expression of Loony, and Lunatic came from the thought that the moon makes our minds, energy, and emotions go a little out of sorts at this time.
We just finished binge watching this Australian TV series with our in-laws over the holidays called 'Wolf Like Me' which is about about serendipity, coping with emotional baggage from our past, and one of the main characters is a woman who turns into a Werewolf during the full moon. It's so well written, we couldn't get over it.
This First full moon of the year in January is called the Wolf Moon, which symbolizes our need for self-protection, community support of a pack, and heart energy. our ancestors would hear the cry of the wolf in the cold winter nights outside their communities. The wolves need their own community too - the pack, to survive the harsh winters. Keeping each other warm and doing group hunts and meals.
Full moons are about water energy. The moon pulls the water higher up from the depths of the earth's surface and we see this with rising tides at a full moon. But did you know that the trees and plants hold more water in their trunks and branches during a full moon? They are able to draw more up from the soil at this time, which helps nourish and replenish them throughout the year. The water and the moon bring abundance to earth, abundance and manifestation of Shakti energy in Ayurveda. As Women, the full moon can be a time of Menstruation, or ovulation.
In Ayurveda, the Full Moon Time is called Purnima. Here are 7 self-care rituals you could enjoy at this time to honour the full moon are:
Journal a gratitude list of what you are grateful for at this time. Feel the abundance in your life that you have created for yourself and what you are grateful for at this moment. Gratitude is everything. The more you notice it, the more it shows up in your life.
Take a moment and do some moon gazing in the late afternoon/evening or whenever you get a chance. With the dark early nights, seeing the moon at this time of year is a lot easier than in the summer months.
Take your favourite crystals to place out under the moonlight. This is said to recharge and purify them. When working with crystal with our bodies that can take on our energies and absorb negative emotions and hold them for us, so taking time ot give them a cleanse can allow them to further support us in our self-care. If you have any of our Gua Sha stones, these would be good ones to take outside for a moon bath.
Full Moon Salt Soak
Taking time to welcome the water energy into your self-care is a great way to honours the full moon. I love taking a bath bomb, or adding a scoop of my salt soaks like the Warming Winter Salt Soak, or the Boreal Forest Salt Soak and enjoying the water time.
Moon Milk Latte
In Ayurveda, this time is a time of sharing and enjoying sweet foods, ones that are Ojas building. Ojas is our life blood, our juicyness that makes us who we are.
A recipe for a Golden Latte Moon Milk that I love is as follows:
- Soak 1/4 dates in bowl of warm water overnight or for 4 hours, then peel skins. (Almonds are very Ojas building as well as dates)
- 4-5 medjool dates
- 1/2 tsp. Mushroom powder
- 1 tsp. Turmeric
- pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1-2 tsp. butter, ghee, or coconut oil
- 1-2 c. water
- 1 tbsp. honey (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, and blend on high for a minute or so. The almonds should blend up with no pulp left, but you may find a little bit at the bottom of your mug. You can eat with a spoon if you wish.
The last ritual - connect with your community
It's an abundant time of feminine energy and it is nice to find others who want to celebrate the full moon time together. We will be offering full and new moon ceremonies online in the coming months so watch out for that and tell us what you think of that idea!
I hope you enjoy these rituals and would love to know which ones you try. If you would like to know more about our upcoming offerings of full moon and new moon ceremonies!