Connecting With, and Celebrating, Full Moon Energy

Each month, Full Moon is present (sometimes twice a month – opening and closing the month with its presence!).

I have been blogging for around eight years now (through this site and previous ones). I love the energy of Full Moon so I typically write Full Moon articles sometimes explaining the energy of Full Moon, in general, sometimes sharing insight and guidance about that specific Full Moon. I finally ‘got smart’ and decided to share the general Full Moon information on one page (this one!) so that you can access each month you choose to! (This would be one example of organic growth probably knocking me upside the head – I needed a “bit of time” for it to flow through me *grin*)

(If you would like to review Full Moon information, you can do so here: “Connecting With, and Celebrating, New Moon Energy“.)

Understanding Your Thoughts About Full Moon

We are probably all familiar with some associations around Full Moon (although our associations might differ a bit). I don’t want to put ideas in your mind (because I’d like you to love Moon’s energy) but sometimes people say things like “Full Moon makes the energy of the day ‘wonky’ ” or people blame Full Moon for less than lovely energy and often horror movies are set on Full Moon eve or night.

It stands to reason, if you hold any of these associations, you most likely feel ‘wonky’ and ‘less than lovely’ when you are aware of Full Moon’s presence. (When you are not aware of Full Moon’s presence, even if she is out, I bet you don’t feel those dynamics, either at all or as strongly).

I invite you to examine your personal beliefs about Full Moon energy. Perhaps stream out what you think about Full Moon. I bet you find some surprises – thoughts you didn’t even know you were holding! That’s okay, simply acknowledge them and, if you feel they don’t fit, let them go (tear up the paper and throw it out and/or create a new thought that feels better).

If you are afraid of an energy, you are less likely to want to understand it, let alone desire to connect with and celebrate it.

As with any energy, understanding brings peace. 

Why Would You Want to Connect with, and Celebrate, Full Moon?

I don’t know if you want to *grin* but you are reading this information, so something within is desiring understanding and connection.

Perhaps ask yourself why you wish to connect with and celebrate Full Moon? Then, listen carefully to the answer.

I can tell you why I love connecting with and celebrating Full Moon.

I don’t know how much of this is true as far as the dynamics of my parents, but this is what I have pieced together from what I have been told: When I was an infant, my mom left my dad, giving him custody of me. When she came for a visit, she took me and kept me with her for a few years ‘underground’ geographically far away from my dad and his family.

My dad and his family worked the legal system. Eventually, I was returned to my dad, who then had permanent custody. I don’t remember any of that. What I remember is the first day I was transferred to my dad. I remember a policeman at the car, assisting me to walk to my dad. I remember feeling scared because I loved my mom and she was familiar to me, and my dad was a stranger. My dad had re-married and this woman was with him, asking me to call her mom. I was less than delighted with any of this.

I don’t know if I was at the hotel room, or had just arrived at my dad’s but I do know that I looked outside and saw Moon, and I knew (even though I had neither the maturity nor the vocabulary to articulate it) that grace was available. Meaning, what was happening between the adults wasn’t really about me or loving me (or not). It was about whatever patterning and power struggle was handed to them. I was merely the ‘chess piece’ they were playing with.

I knew that in my heart. That knowing allowed me to experience light-filled moments and days, even in the midst of years of chaos and abuse.

I knew I could look to Moon at any time (except for the few days she was dark) and I could feel that grace. I could remember that my ‘divine dna’ trumped this poop (and patterning). I could breathe in that magic, peace and possibility and feel calm and joyful and love life, regardless of whatever was in it (at that time I had minimal control over my external, but I wanted to feel my heart-light in each moment). I looked to Moon as my ‘mother’.

I could always look to Moon and know that as long as she was there ‘everything was okay’.

As an adult, one of my biggest blessings was living on a sailboat for five years with my two children. During that time, I learned unfolding and depth of presence to energy and cycles. We literally slept bathed in moonbeams almost nightly (moon shown through our upper hatch and the boat cabin windows pretty consistently). During daylight savings time, when sun set early in the evening, we would end each day ‘in town’ by walking down the dock to our boat, under the moon and stars.

This blog was born while I lived on the boat – you can type in the keywords ‘full moon’ or ‘moonlight’ to the search bar on this site to read of some of those earlier experiences.

The Gist of Full Moon Energy

In the past decade, I chose to learn about the energy of Moon because understanding her natural cycle helps me to understand natural cycles in my daily life.

Everything we create, every connection we make – follows this cycle of beginning with ‘nothingness’ (dark moon), growing from seed to blossom (the stages of waxing through Full Moon), losing a bit of its luster and breaking down a bit (waning through New Moon), then taking that energy and creating something new/fresh/different as the cycle begins again.

So you see, when we understand this, we might embrace the cycle more fully and resist it less.

Which means that we might:

  • feel ease and joy in the flow of the process,
  • trust in depth of connection
  • listen to our heart whispers more
  • experiment with creative expression
  • feel peace, in our physical body, in our home space, in our work, in our relationships, in our life.

We might blame (life, world, the moon) less and instead celebrate this precious gift of life we are experiencing.

The energy of moon teaches me about grace – the release of all that is no longer resonant, along with the embrace of all that is (eventually understanding that truly, everything, is a ‘blessing’ because it can act as a heart-opened and heart-healer, when I am centered and on-purpose).

Maybe this is why Moon’s energy sometimes scares us – grace can be a challenging concept and practice for many. And, if we also invite peace and possibility into the moment (which increases our sense of empowerment and often supports ease and joy in daily life, love relationships and manifesting), it can be overwhelming to our senses, until it becomes familiar (and fun!).

Releasing with Full Moon

Please understand that in my personal practices of presence and energy movement, I tend to release by centering as deeply and fully as possible and naturally allowing that which isn’t resonant to fall away (during the joy of the center/embrace).

This is how I teach and guide as well. It may differ greatly from what you understand and practice as release. I invite you to try it, if you wish.

The idea is that our body naturally resists release – we tend to think it will hurt, or lack or doubt come in and we cling and in clinging we create and amplify pain (and sometimes suffering).

My way of releasing while centering and embracing works for me because it is gentle and not a shock to my system. It does require thought, intention, attention and awareness, which can take time.

I then celebrate my choice to consider releasing and my action of releasing (and/or embracing). Joy dissolves fear (and pain) – choosing to celebrate ensures I won’t ‘cling’ and opens the door to more possibility.

(What do I mean by ‘celebrate’? Sometimes I say ‘thank you for this choice and your presence to this practice’. Sometimes I reward myself in a simple way – like reading a few moments for pleasure, or viewing Instagram for fun. Sometimes, if it was a big release or required lots of energy and awareness, I buy myself a small token of my appreciation.)

I’m not afraid to release, because I understand how it feels, I understand its purpose and I understand its part of the cycle of creating and connecting.

Choosing to celebrate is a way of encouraging and appreciating myself for my choice (instead of berating or criticizing myself – which sometimes happens for people during the fear of release).

Does release hurt? Sometimes, especially when it’s unexpected. But, releasing to Moon can be a joyful, fun practice, when you allow it to be.

I ask you to consider that – perhaps bring it to your heart space and see how your heart feels about it.

And, please understand that when you practice releasing in an ‘easy, fun’ way, then those more challenging, sometimes unexpected releases won’t be as painful and can eventually serve as a point of connection/creation.

And, also remember, you may release at any time, in any way. Please listen to your heart and intuition and take your own preferences and style of learning and being into consideration.

My Personal Practice of Releasing to Full Moon

There are many ways you can release to moon. I consistently experiment with what way feels easiest and ‘best’ to me (because if it’s easy and fun, I am more likely to do it).

When it comes to releasing to Full Moon, I either choose what I wish to fully embrace or I choose what I wish to release (sometimes both) and I write a letter to Full Moon stating these things. I live by the ocean, so I take the letter to ocean’s edge, bury it where the moonlight hits the sand, then share gratitude for my life.

I breathe in grace, magic, infinite possibility and peace. I invite it all into each area of my life. I bless my children and I as individuals and as a family. I send that energy out to anyone who it resonates with.

I created this very short (one minute) video to give you a feel for the energy of Full Moon; you may tap into the magnificence of Moon if you wish:

Full Moon Readings

I say this in each full moon article I have written:

While we don’t “need” readings, we may consider the astrological energies within a reading to act as signs and direction markers, if we wish.

Please remember when practicing presence and energy movement to turn all of that external information inward, exploring how it feels to you as you run it by your intuitive knowing and your heart truth. You have the choice to integrate that which resonates and release that which doesn’t.

There is so much information out there. I recommend that you find a guide or two that you trust and that have a style that resonates with you and tune in to what they are sharing (and tune out what everyone else is sharing).

You can overwhelm yourself by reading and trying to apply *everything*. Allow your practice to be easy and fun.

Does choosing to connect with and celebrate elemental energy interfere with religious or spiritual beliefs and practices?

One question I often receive about Full Moon (or any elemental energy or practice) is can one choose to connect with and celebrate elemental energy even if they hold certain religious or spiritual beliefs?

Elemental energy is natural and ever-present. Choosing to understand the dynamics of the element is, at base, independent of your religious and spiritual beliefs and practices – and can even support your beliefs and practices.

The confusion seems to be around the idea of rituals and practices that some people use when connecting with elemental energy. You can understand the energy and how the cycle and season potentially affects you, without creating rituals or practices.

For example, you can look to Full Moon and choose to release something from your life and/or to breathe in grace, without creating a ritual or practice – your thought, intention and presence are more than enough to connect and celebrate with!

On Rituals and Practices

The idea of a ritual or practice is to connect with, tap into and celebrate the energy. 

If you do choose to explore and/or experiment with different rituals and practices, please remember to have fun!

Please also remember to not get caught up in the ‘rightness’ or ‘perfection’ of the ritual or practice (meaning, some people create a practice, then get caught up in the doing of the practice or feel guilty for not doing the practice).

The point is to connect with and celebrate the energy. We are completely missing the point if we get bogged down in the detail of a ritual or practice (or if that ritual or practice becomes a barrier to fullness of connection).

There are many styles of rituals and practices. Please understand that what feels good and right for you today, might feel boring or less resonant in the future – as you evolve, allow your practices to evolve,

Practicing can be as ‘easy’ as *I see you Moon, thank you for your presence* and as complicated as a multi-layered ritual involving many different tools and words. 

Just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s not effective! (Likewise, just because it’s complicated, doesn’t mean it’s better.)

Thank you!

Thank you for reading through this information!

If you have any questions or feel I have left anything out that you’d like to know, please email me at joy@facetsofjoy.com.

If you would like personal support and guidance on connecting with and celebrating Full Moon energy (or anything I have discussed here – like the energies of grace and releasing with ease and joy), I do offer personal sessions.

Each month, I celebrate Full Moon in some way in my social media outlets (usually via Instagram or Facebook) so if you’d like to join in that celebration, please do (by liking and/or commenting on what I have shared).

If you feel someone you know would enjoy this Full Moon information, please share this page link with them.

Much peace and abundant love,

Joy