In India, on the eve of this full moon, the Holi bonfires are lit in the streets and burn throughout the night until morning. These purifying fires symbolize the collective burning of ill-will and resentments that have accumulated in relationships, families, and communities over the year.
On this full moon, we might do well by lighting our own Holi fires and throwing any past grievances into the flames, whether personal, family, or work related. This is a prime time to dissolve the negativity of the past and open the flood gates of the heart, allowing the colors of creativity to shine unhindered in the days to come.
- You can simply light a candle and symbolically place all that no longer serves you into the flames
- Or indeed light a small fire in a Kund and write on pieces of paper and place them into the flames …
For a full article on this full moon then read this wonderful article from Anandashree Astrology
Revered the world over
The moon has always played an important part in human culture. The moon’s phases were the most important way of measuring time before other methods were developed, and still are in many cultures today.
In India the full moon is referred to as Guru Purnima and is considered a source of great wisdom. A Guru is someone who can guide us in our spiritual journey from the darkness of ignorance to the light of self-realisation & Purnima means full. It is said that the ascended Masters who live in other dimensions visit the earthly plane to bless all beings on full moon days.
Buddhists honor the full moon as it was said that Gautama the Buddha – was born on this day – renounced and was enlightened on this day – and also died on a full moon day.
Most cultures honor the moon in some way
- Native Americans defined the year as 12 moons and gave each one a name depending on the effect it had on the season.
- The Chinese celebrate the Moon festival (corresponding with the autumn equinox) by watching the full moon in the sky and eating specially prepared round moon cakes – the roundness symbolizes family unity and harmony and hopes for a happy life.
- At the end of Ramadan each year countless Muslims gather to sight the moon, in the evening. As the sight of the Moon will justify the onset of Eid-ul-fitra
- The Jewish calendar is rooted in the cycles of the moon. Jews celebrate the first day of the month, the new moon or Rosh Chodesh, as a minor holiday.One of the words for “moon” or “month” is chodesh, renewal. The traditional Jewish blessing over the waxing moon says to the moon: “You are a crown of glory for those who are borne in the womb, for they, like you, are destined to be renewed.” Jewish tradition sees the cycles of the moon as a metaphor for the renewal of life.
Working with Moon Energy
Many people feel the energetic buzz of the Full moon. It’s a supercharged time for sure – so we need to be mindful of our attitude, as whatever is going on in our body, mind & spirit can be amplified. If we are holding on to anger – we may feel angrier, alternatively if we are peaceful we can enhance this feeling too.
It is important to prepare – the energy of a full moon is very powerful, so it is vital to direct it with positive intention. You can:
- Compile a gratitude list of all you have to be thankful for
- Write a thank-you note to the universe for all the gifts you receive
- Look in the mirror – recognise and affirm your positive qualities
- Take a walk in nature and notice the beauty around you.
Make it real, with tangible actions – perhaps a ritual that signifies you are ready to integrate your intent.
- Gather photos – inspirations – make a vision board
- Place what represents your intention in a prominent space to bring your focus to it.
- Journal – become aware of the things you do out of habit or fear – of all you no longer need
- Connect with water – take a bath or swim to encourage the element of fluidity and align deeper with the pull of the moon on your internal tides
- Paint, draw or craft – not to create a masterpiece but to allow expression to move through you
- Dance, play instruments or listen to music – vibration is amplified on the full moon and is a powerful form of healing
- Build a small fire – write on a piece of paper aspects of your life that bind you – place them in the fire and as they burn to ash – claim your freedom!
Whatever you choose – make it simple and well intended, giving your actions great significance and meaning. Above all seek your inner guides and surrender fully to the potential of closure and re-birth.
Chant in the light of the Full Moon
This moon mantra vibrates with the energy of the moon. It helps us see things more clearly and look beyond “illusions” to see the deeper meaning in things and the truth that lies within. Sit quietly in the light of the full moon with your Japa Mala if you have one and chant along with the beautifully meditative recording below, which is approximately 30 minutes long.