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Refocusing Our Energy During The Full Moon

Jun 30, 2020 09:40AM ● By Kristin Pugh

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COVID-19 has brought struggle and stress, and many are grappling with residual hardships due to the complete upset of our daily routines. In the midst of the stress this type of change brings, it is good to remember to pause, take some deep breaths and focus on the things we have to be grateful for. The full moon is an excellent signal for slowing down and creating space to reconnect to ourselves, our family and our friends.

Traditionally, the moon has been associated with emotions, intuition and the cycle of death and rebirth. It commands the tides, charts the passage of time and has strong ties to human behavior. The full moon provides energy by means of its soothing light that can be used for self-care. It is a time of harvest; a time to reap what we have sown since the new moon.

Creating a mindfulness ceremony during the full moon is one way to connect with nature and release that which no longer serves us. It is a great way to focus our energy and plan for what lies ahead for the next 28-day cycle. Here’s an easy ceremony to do in the comfort of home:

Create a quiet space and include anything that feels special or powerful—crystals, candles, flowers, incense, etc. Find a comfortable seat, take some cleansing breaths and invite the energy of the divine—be it God, Goddess, Spirit, Earth, Mother Nature or simply the energy that connects us all.

Take the time to focus on an intention. This can be anything you would like to illuminate, or bring light to, during the full moon. Set this intention mentally and write it down—naming the intention helps give it life and meaning.

Release anything you no longer need. Much like creating an intention, old energy, thoughts or feelings can be released at this time and replaced with new intentions and the energy of the full moon. Think about the things no longer serving you and imagine letting them go while you are filled with the moon’s light of strength and renewal.

If it feels right, take a bath. This helps to cleanse away the old and is a great way to relax and prepare for the new. Epsom salts and essential oils can be nice additions.

The most important thing to remember is that there are no rules. The practice of mindfulness and healing belong to each of us, so do what feels right and remember to look up at the moon and be grateful for her shining light.

Kristin Pugh is a licensed clinical social worker and evolutionary astrologer with more than a decade of professional experience. For more information, visit