Meditation can be one of the most potent methods of service to one's self, community, the earth, and humanity. Intensified emotions and actions have long been associated with full moons. We've noticed that our meditations during full moons often appear to have an amplified impact, as well. The magnifying effects of full moons have been written of throughout history, marking auspicious occasions; in folklore, mythology, spiritual celebrations, and harvests.
Full Buck Moon
July is the month of the Full Buck Moon, as bucks begin to grow new antlers around this time of year. The most recent full moon is also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during the month of July. It's also called the hay moon because it signals to farmers it is time to harvest the hay before the rains come.
Full moons have been associated with insomnia throughout time. Research shows that the pineal gland does more than regulate sleep cycles. Many believe that the iridescence of the moon is a powerful light source that not only suspends sleep, but can stimulate inspiration and divine connection. Artists, shamans, healers, and seeker all look to the moon for light, externally and internally.
What is a Full Moon?
"A full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the moon is completely illuminated, when viewed from Earth. This is when the Moon is opposite the Earth from the Sun. This means that the (ecliptic) longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is in opposition with the Sun. Lunar months, synodic months, average about 29.5 days."
Samantha is of Native American descent and has always felt a special connection with the moon. We find that, not only, our planting cycles follow the moon, but our ritual cycles. When the moon is high and bright in the sky, you can find our entire family enjoying this special luminous, illuminating time. We enjoy smudging each other, incense rituals, planting, watering, and grooming our green friends, spending time meditating in the moonlight, and watching Tesla twirl in the moonlight. Oh, but to see through a two year old's eyes on a full moon! Watching her be allowed and encouraged to appreciate the fullness of the moon, her decreased desire to sleep, and her increased desire to create excites me to no end.
We've attempted to allow her to follow her body's natural circadian rhythms since birth, including full moon inspirational
“but the fully-lighted orb of the moon indicates a free and unimpeded alignment between our planet and the sun, the solar center, the energy source for all life on Earth. At such times we can make a definite approach to God, the Creator, the center of life and intelligence.” ~Alice A. Bailey
Five Day Moon Cycles
As you might have recognized, the impacts of the full moon are usually considered to strongly impact five days. The two days preceding, the day of the full moon, and the two days following each full moon.
One line of thought is that the two days prior to the full moon, one should look to release the ego and remove thoughts of one's own issues/problems, whether they impact the mind, body or spirit.
The day of the full moon is a day for connecting the external to the internal and the internal to the external. Turning within can have a very powerful outward result.
The two days following the full moon are days of action and activity. These are days upon which creative ideas abound in the face of virtually all challenges.
* The Full Moon is when the moon is seen as a full circle of light. As the sun’s light aligns to create this bright mirror we may choose to think of the full moon as the sun’s child or companion as did the ancients so long ago. The pull of the power of the full moon can be readily felt a day or two on either side of the actual calendar time. The full moon period is historically associated with endings and the release of energy and the unveiling of mysteries as the light of the full moon increases.
Moon FactsThe moon has long been regarded as a mark of femininity. In past times the moon was revered and is considered by many as an influential source of energy. Many individuals are also of the belief that there is a connection between the moon and the unconscious mind as well as humanity's femininity. The holiness of the moon is also believed to be linked with most elements in a life's cycle. Besides being associated to the growth and re-growth of crops according to their timely seasons, the moon's varying phases is also seen to play an important part in a female's menstruation cycle and thus, indirectly have power over fertility. Since the beginning of time, the moon calendar holds a vital role in people's lives especially as varying festivals are celebrated in its different phases.
Hindu full moon festivalsSee also: PurnimaIn Hinduism, most festivals are celebrated on auspicious days. Many of the Hindu festivals are celebrated on days with a full moon at night. Different parts of India celebrate the same day with different names, as listed below:
Some very interesting names of full moons:
- Chaitra Purnima - Gudi Padua, Yugadi, Ugadi, Hanuman Jayanti (April 15, 2014)
- Vaishakh Purnima - Narasimh Jayanti, Buddha Jayanthi (May 14, 2014)
- Jyeshtha Purnima - Vat Savitri Vrat Vat Purnima (June 8, 2014)
- Guru Purnima - the full moon of the Ashadh month
- Vyas Purnima - important day for starting education and honoring teachers
- Shravan Purnima - good day for starting Upanayan day, Avani Avittam, Raksha Bandhan- conceptually Onam also comes on this day.
- Bhadrapad Purnima - start of Pitrupaksha, Madhu Purnima
- Ashvin Purnima - Sharad Purnima
- Kartik Poornima - Thrukkarthika
- Margasirsha Purnima - Thiruvathira, Dathatreya Jayanthi
- Pushya Purnima - Thaipusam, Shakambharee Purnima
- Magha Purnima
- Phalguna Purnima - Holi
JanuaryFull Wolf MoonThis full Moon appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February.
FebruaryFull Snow MoonUsually the heaviest snows fall in February. Hunting becomes very difficult, and hence to some Native American tribes this was the Hunger Moon.
MarchFull Worm MoonAt the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.
AprilFull Pink MoonThis full Moon heralded the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.
MayFull Flower MoonFlowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Algonquin tribes knew this full Moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.
JuneFull Strawberry MoonThe Algonquin tribes knew this Moon as a time to gather ripening strawberries. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.
JulyFull Buck MoonBucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
AugustFull Sturgeon MoonSome Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon.
SeptemberFull Corn MoonThis full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.
OctoberFull Hunter’s MoonThis is the month when the leaves are falling and the game is fattened. Now is the time for hunting and laying in a store of provisions for the long winter ahead. October’s Moon is also known as the Travel Moon and the Dying Moon.
NovemberFull Beaver MoonFor both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the Frost Moon.
DecemberFull Cold MoonThis is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.