The full Harvest Moon means no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise for days in succession. In the days before tractor lights, the light from the Harvest Moon helped farmers to gather their crops, despite the diminishing daylight hours. As the sun’s light faded in the west, the moon would soon rise in the east to illuminate the fields throughout the night.
What is the energy of a Full Moon?
Generally speaking, full moons are a time to reflect on the results of new moon wishes (more on this soon!), focus on forgiveness and fill the space created with gratitude.
At this time, wishes (manifestations) should be coming to fruition somehow, or at the very least clear direction and guidance from the universe, be ready to keep your eyes and ears open.
Full moons are yang energy that can sometimes make things feel forceful, like coming to a head with past traumas or events that need healing. It is forceful in the most loving of ways, though, encouraging and pushing you to release and let go because, in the end, it is what is best for your higher self and purpose.
It will encourage you to reflect on all of the events that happened in the weeks of a full lunar cycle, what has happened? what worked? What didn’t work? What emotions do you feel ready to release? Is there anything you are willing or able to forgive? When we can forgive events, situations, and people, you can release karma and detox your soul from those negative vibes. That will help you to release negative patterns, toxic thoughts, habits, ways of being that are negative, and even toxic people.
When we release and forgive, it gives our energetic body room to grow. Fill the spaces and growth with gratitude; this will create a very high vibration that will help bring in all of the good stuff the universe has waiting for us.
What Should I Focus on During a Full Moon
Full moons are essentially about a “clean slate”; release what you don’t want – holding on to low vibrational emotions will attract more of it. If you have guilt, fear, disappointment, and jealousy; you need to acknowledge the feelings, forgive them, and let them go; It is a process.
When we hang on to these low vibe emotions, it brings energy into our aura that creates blocks in the chakras, which will block your ability to manifest our new moon wishes. Releasing and letting go of those emotions will take inner-work, and not everybody is ready for that, and that is ok. If you can even find just one little minor thing to release that has been taking up any brain space, you will feel a shift, and you will begin a beautiful connection start with the moon and the earth.
Just be willing to look within, heal, shift blocks, and shed the past. The full moon can sometimes shine or “illuminate” the darker side of ourselves. Do no fear it; we all have this side of us because, without the darkness, we cannot appreciate the lighter side. See it, and shift it as best as you can – always choose to have the bright side win.
I know that forgiveness can be a challenging topic for some. I 100% get it. I never thought I could find myself forgiving someone that physically and emotionally abused me, so honestly, I understand. BUT here is the thing about forgiveness. Forgiveness is NOT for the other person; it is not for the person you are forgiving. This forgiveness is for the self because this allows you to move beyond the anger or resentment that is taking up space in your energetic body. Holding on to these energies will only hurt the self; the person or event on the other side of it is likely completely unaffected by your feelings towards whatever transpired. Keeping the energy in the body gives the person or event the power to hurt you repeatedly. Take your power back by forgiving, letting go, and moving forward.
Forgiveness work is probably the main focus of the full moon, as it is through forgiveness that we can heal, move on, raise vibration so that we can fill ourselves with love and hope, happiness and joy.
Harvest Full Moon & The Fall Equinox Energies
New seasons are always exciting to me, I love the change in the air, energy, and it just feels like a fresh new start, almost like a New Year kind of vibe.
Usually, we have the Harvest full moon before the Equinox. However, this year, the October 1st Full Moon was closer to the Equinox. This doesn’t affect the moon much, other than it is in a different zodiac than “usual.” Typically every three years, our Harvest moon will fall in October.
This full moon is in the firey Aries sign. These signs will benefit the most from this moon: Aries, Geminis, Leos, Librans, Sagittarians, and Aquarians – other zodiac signs may have more difficulty in this energy.
So, what is this moon energy asking of us?
This energy wants us to put some focus on the self. Audit your actions over the last month. What kind of things have been done or said that hasn’t necessarily been helpful to self or others. Ask yourself this:
1 – Have I been hot-headed, selfish, or argumentative this month?
2 – Have I been going too fast or been impulsive this month?
3 – Have I been bold, blunt, or too competitive?
4 – Have I ignored other people’s more refined sensibilities?
5- Have I had enough fun this month?
Remember that life is not a race or a competition; accept yourself exactly as you are, even if the answers to the above questions are less than desirable.
This energy also wants you to put some focus on your relationships. Make the time for your friends, and connect. If you feel you have no friends, find your tribe! It may take some time, but remember that what we put out is what we get back. So, if you make it seem like you have no time for friends, there will be no time. If you feel you are not able to make friends, you won’t. Make yourself a list of affirmations to help you attract the people you do want in your life. And if any of them don’t feel “true,” be willing to investigate and question why.
As an example:
Thought: I feel like I am too shy to make new friends
Affirmation: I am willing to make new friends
Tail ender thoughts: but I am too shy
Investigation: Why do I feel I am too shy?
Answer: My mother used to tell me all of the time, I needed to be more outgoing to make friends.
This process will help you get to the bottom of your feelings and find the root. When we do this, we can heal from those thought patterns and change them to what we want, in turn changing our lives into what we really want.
Take the energy of the new season as a chance and opportunity to redefine your thought patterns, emotions, and traumas.
The ritual for this full moon is going to have a few parts to it. We will start with a forgiveness practice, gratitude, and a couple of other recommendations.
First, to prepare for this practice, use the questions above to reflect on and journal your results. This is something you can easily do before the full moon if you want to take some time to get clear on what you are ready or willing to forgive and anything you may be willing to release or take responsibility.
Now that the journaling process is done and you have made a list, or the “forgiveness list,” it is time to start the forgiveness process.
- Have your page with the list ready
- Cleanse the space with Sage or Palo Santo
- Sit comfortably, and get ready to begin.
- Take long, deep breaths until you feel calm and at ease, send breath to any tension in the body as well.
- Close your eyes and begin to visualize each person or event listed that you are willing to forgive.
- Visualize each person or event being wrapped up in a bubble – you get to chose the colour.
- See all of the bubbles and begin to create a good feeling towards them.
- Say silently or out loud, “I forgive you.”
- Now see all of the bubbles float away. If you have any bubbles that are having trouble leaving, forgive yourself for not being ready to release it, and we can try again at the next moon.
- Take your forgiveness list and burn it; this will signify and solidify the release.
- When you are ready, open your eyes, and recite this to close the forgiveness practice and bring in karma release.
“Under the glorious Full Moon, I forgive everything, everyone, every experience, every memory of the past or present that needs forgiveness. I forgive everyone positively. I also forgive myself for past mistakes. The universe is love, and I am forgiven and governed by love alone. Love is now adjusting my life. Realizing this, I abide in peace.”
Now that we have forgiven, we have created space within our bodies. We want to fill these spaces with gratitude; this will raise our vibration and attract more joy, happiness, and love.
- Take a moment to think of at least three people, places, events, etc., that you are grateful for; feel the joy run through your body as you begin to think about all that you have to be grateful for.
- Write out a list of what/who you are grateful for.
- Read your list out loud or in your head three times.
- Now say out loud, or in your head, “I know that I am blessed, and I live my life within that knowing. I live my life with gratitude and from my heart. I am a conscious creator, and being grateful is at the core of my being for balance.”
Moon Water – You will notice that I will recommend this every time. Moon water is a powerful way to keep the full Moon energy flowing after it has gone, and it is super simple to make.
- Get a glass jar or bowl that can be covered, fill with water.
- Place water outside overnight to soak up the energy
- In the morning, place the water in your fridge – drink from it any time you feel the need for some illumination.
- If you have a spray bottle, put some of your moon water in it and spritz your room or space. This will help keep the energy positive in your space and remind you of the beautiful forgiveness and gratitude practice you did.
Crystals – two things I want to mention about crystals. First, get all your crystals outside to charge for the night. If you cannot put them out safely, a windowsill that gets moonlight will also work. Crystals can cleanse and charge under a full moon. The Full Moon can amplify their energies as well. Secondly, I have some recommendations specifically for this moon energy.
The crystals that can help you the most through this full moon are crystals that can help you speak your real truth and to help you look at the parts of the self that have maybe hindered goals or progress on your journey, and if “having enough fun” was answered no, I have a crystal suggestion for that too.
Amazonite – The ultimate speak your truth crystal. It can calm and balance the mental body, allowing you to hear what that inner-voice is actually saying. It aids with the communication of thoughts and feelings so that you can be heard, but it will also help you listen to what others and self have been trying to communicate with you. It brings in self-awareness and self-confidence, so when it does come time to speak your truth out, it can be heard without emotional energy behind it.
Black Tourmaline – This crystal will help keep you grounded through all of the emotional feelings that may come up as you do this ritual. It will help you determine what is real and what is true. It has potent earth energy that can help you feel supported, even if you are “alone.” (I quote alone because nobody is ever truly alone ) It can purify and cleanse the emotional body of negative thoughts, anger, and feelings of unworthiness.
Blue Kyanite – This crystal has a high vibe with a rapid transfer of energy. If your vibe has been low and you feel lost on what to do, how to do, RESISTING to do the work, this crystal will help you. Blue Kyanite can bridge the gap between the bodies that can sometimes create anxiety, but it can also provide a bridge to your higher self and the spiritual realm to help you find the answers to the questions you have been asking. It can align the chakras in the bodies, and it encourages self-expression—aids with breaking negative patterns and cycles of self-destruction.
I hope you have enjoyed this Full Moon blog, and if you have read this far, please leave me some comments below. I would love to hear your feedback, and even shifts if you’re willing to share <3
Until next time,
Relevate the day – Anna xo
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