Do you feel a full moon coming? I do and it’s not just for teenage American werewolves in Paris. The moon can have profound effect on how we feel. In times past, farmers used it to plant their crops and women used it to plan their cycle and fertility. ‘Not tonight dear, the moon is full’, they may have said. I’m well into the woo-woo but didn’t really give the moon much thought until I noticed how it impacted on my sleep, mood and the children in my class (though I’m always looking for a reason behind their craziness. Full moon? Windy day? A Monday? Too hot to sleep? I’ll take anything…). And good old Shakespeare loved it too;

Juliet: O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circle orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.

Getting techy with it: Forewarned is forearmed so it’s handy to have a moon calendar so you can prepare for all the waxing and waning. I have a moon app on my phone so I can see what’s the go with the moon maiden. Alert! Full moon today 4.28pm. Drop everything and meditate. There are also good moon times for gardening, optimal health and beauty appointments. Today for example is not a good day for visiting the dentist and yesterday was a particularly good time to wash your hair (damn! Missed it.). I’ve been trying some moon rituals when the moon is new and when it’s full.

New Moon Ritual: The new moon is a good time to set new intentions. I get into the twilight zone by slowing down my breathing, focusing on my heartbeat and thinking about what I’m grateful for. I light a candle and dream about what I’d like to see in my life, visualise it happening and try to feel how I’d feel then. I write down these intentions, usually about 3. This new moon I create with joy…..a tall, dark handsome stranger and bulletproof coffee for all et al. I read this note aloud outside under the moonlight and by candlelight (the neighbour probably thinks I’m a nut, I’m a nut! I’m crazy in the coconut! ) and I place my crystals in a bowl of water to recharge with the note underneath them. The next day the crystals are sparkling. This hippy s##t works!

Full Moon Ritual: The full moon is a good time to let go of anything that no longer serves you. I get myself into the afore-mentioned beautiful state and think about what I was grateful for this cycle. Then I think about things I’d like to let go of and visualise how much better my life would be without them. I write “this full moon, I lovingly let go of…self-doubt, caffeine addiction et al.” I read this note outside by candle light (cue curious neighbour) and then burn the paper in the flame (but remember kids-safety first). Apparently if it burns quickly, you are ready to let go. If it burns more slowly, you might be resisting letting go. My last note seemed to almost spontaneously combust! Others were more of a slow burn so I considered I’m still holding on in some way. Be gone damn it!

Do you have any moon rituals friendsies? Do you turn into a werewolf or dance like a zombie from the Thriller video? Do you see the whole of the moon? Sing along now:

I sighed. But you swooned, I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon

 Love and light and the moon made me do it! xxx Yvette

More mooniness:

Moon app

Lunar health & beauty calendar