Tonight in North America is the Harvest Moon. This name refers to the first full moon after the autumnal equinox. The harvest moon rises about 20 minutes earlier than a typical moonrise, and its name comes from its ability to illuminate the night sky for farmers as they worked into the night harvesting their fall crops.
Full Moons are a powerful and magical time. Here are some ways you can harness the power of the full moon:
1. Supercharge your intentions
The moon amplifies our own energies, so if you’re feeling angry that will be amplified. Instead, decide how you want to feel, and stay focused on positive thoughts. This amplified energy is also why the full moon is a great time for manifestation. Spend time imagining and journaling about your goals and dreams. Create a vision board, or spend time energizing a vision board you already have. Supercharge your goals and dreams by spending some time to time positively focusing on them during the full moon.
2. Cleanse your crystals
Crystals hold onto the energy they take in from you and from their environment. In order to cleanse old energy from your crystals, it’s a good idea to cleanse them on a regular basis, and the full moon is a great time for that.
o Clean your crystals
Not all crystals can withstand being washed under water, so I prefer the salt method. Create a dedicated jar of salt (any kind will do) that you use just for this purpose. Fill the jar, leaving room for the crystals, and submerge the crystals into the salt. Overnight is best, but just a few hours will do the trick.
o Set your crystals out
Put the crystals outside just after sunset. A natural surface, such as a rock, is best. Putting them near a window where they will get direct moonlight will work, too. What are you ready to release with this full moon? As you set down your crystals, set an intention to let go of that which no longer serves you.
o Bring them in the next morning
Allow your crystals to stay outside the next morning until the sunrises to give them a little boost of energizing sunshine.
o Recharge your crystals with intention
Once you have brought your crystals back inside, charge them with your intention. What do you want them to help you with? What energies do you want them to hold? Charging crystals helps them to hold a higher vibration. Use your intuition when recharging your crystals.
3. Make moon water
Making moon water is a fun and powerful way to harness the power of the full moon and enjoy its energy even after the moon wanes. I love to drink moon water, but you can also use it for blessings, clearing your chakras, or making tea. Use your intuition to decide how to best use your moon water.
How to make moon water:
o Pick a glass jar or container
Use a clear container so that the moon beams can permeate into the water. Avoid plastic if possible. My favorite moon water containers are my purple and blue mason jars. You can even write on the jars or decorate them if you feel inspired to do so. Fill the container with filtered water and put it outside on the eve of the full moon.
o Dedicate the water
Use your intention to send blessings to the water by holding the container in your hands and visualizing the water absorbing the powerful energy of the moonlight. Set an intention for what you would like to charge the water with and use it for. Do you want to create more love in your life? Harmony? Abundance? Dedicate the water with your intention.
o Place it outside
Place the container where the moon can shine into the water all night. If you cannot place it outside, once again, choose a windowsill where it can gather as much moonlight as possible.
o Collect it in the morning
It is best to collect the water before the sun shines on it to lock in the moon power. Bless the water again and thank the power of the moon for blessing the water with light and energy. Then take a sip! Keep it in an air tight container and enjoy throughout the month.
4. Send blessings to others
Since the full moon is a powerful time of month, use that power for the good of all. Send healing energy, forgiveness, white light, love, and blessings to friends, family, and the world. Imagine those people and places receiving the soothing and healing energy of the moon light. Sending out this positive intention raises your vibration and helps to raise the vibration of the world around you.
However, you choose to harness the power of the moon, be sure to give thanks. Thank God and the Universe for all of the blessings in your life and thank the moon for her powerful and consistent cycles. Happy Harvest Moon!