Our Wellbeing Expert, Sam Sargent, shares her five favourite rituals that embrace the natural cycle of the moon.
‘It must be a full moon’ is a common phrase that we pass around whenever crazy things happen. But is it just a throw away line, or is there some validity in the effects of the cycles of the moon?
The moon and the sun work in harmony to create the tidal effects on Earth via gravitational pull. Considering our bodies are approximately seven tenths water, it makes sense to me that the moon could influence our bodies, as subtle or profound as its effects may be.
There are numerous examples of how man has been working in harmony with the waxing and waning moon to bring about favorable results, whether that be farming, spiritual practices, or beauty rituals.
Following are my five favourite ways to embrace the natural rhythm of the moon.
1 : NEW MOON INTENTIONS
The evening of a new moon is the ideal time to create intentions for the coming month. Write down on a piece of paper what you would like to create in your life over the next four weeks. Are there any new habits you would like to focus on? Keep it positive and realistic. Take a moment to visualise yourself actually being, feeling and doing what ever it is that you desire, as if you were already there.
2 : GARDENING WITH THE PHASES OF THE MOON
Planting by the phases of the moon is as old as time itself - and it’s not just folklore. There is extensive scientific data to back it up. The biodynamic farmer embraces not only the moon, but also the subtle influences of the wider cosmos. A simple way to embrace the influences of the moon with your backyard veggie patch is as a time-guide for planting. A new and waxing moon is the best time to plant seeds for ‘above ground crops’, such as lettuce, spinach, celery and tomatoes. After the full moon, as the moon wanes, the energy is drawing down, so this is a great time to plant root crops such as potatoes, beetroot, carrots and onions.
3 : LETTING GO WITH THE FULL MOON
On the evening of a full moon, write down all the things you would like to let go. Whether that be unhelpful thought patterns, bad habits, or anything else that you wish to cease or release. Symbolically discard this list, either by burning the paper or tearing it in to tiny pieces before throwing it in the rubbish bin. As you do so, visualise all you wish to let go of, drifting up and away to the moon.
4 : FULL MOON CLEANSE
Since the full moon is a time to release and let go, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a home spa ritual to help cleanse your body of toxins. Run a warm bath and add a generous handful of Himalayan salts that not only help to release toxins but also help re-mineralise your body. You may wish to add a crystal to your bath water, such as rose quartz for self-acceptance and self-love. Lay back in the bath and relax. With every exhale release any stress or worries.
5 : CLEANSE AND CHARGE YOUR CRYSTALS
Crystals take on energy, just like we do, especially if they are frequently handled. So it’s essential to care for your crystals and cleanse them regularly. The energy of the full moon is the perfect time to cleanse and charge any crystals that you have at home. On the evening of a full moon wash your crystals in salt water, preferably in the ocean, but not imperative. If you can’t get to the ocean, then gently rinse in a bowl of water with a sprinkle of sea salt. Then lay your crystals out on a natural surface (preferably the earth) under the full moon’s light.
Do you have a favourite moon-time ritual?