We see only
the moon’s fixed face,
as you know. It never turns aside
in pain, in anger or disgust. It is thus
the good parent, holding the earth
at arm’s length, gripping its shoulders
with cool white hands, turning
and turning around as if it were
saying goodbye, as if it were taking
one last look. But the moon
with its homely, familiar face,
has been wishing that we fare well
every evening for millions of years,
fully knowing that we would be back
in the morning, ready to try.
This month, we explore the Moon in what one could argue is its most prominent form, the form in which it arrives most often in our oldest folklore, and in the form it is most likely to take our breath away. We celebrate the Moon in the fullest form, where the energy is most vibrant and abundant.
The Full Moon can be thought of as the culmination point in the moon’s cycle. Throughout the month, from the New/Dark Moon to the Full, energy has been growing as we take steps towards achieving our goals.
As the Full Moon glows with abundance, radiating brightly in all of her glory, we can sit atop the mountain of our efforts, and bask in the glow of all that we have achieved. And it is at this point where we should be intentional about expressing our gratitude – particularly for those that helped us along the way, and for the path that led us here
It is often a time in which we may feel most sensitive; energetically, spiritually, and psychically speaking. The Full moon is the epitome of spiritual energy, and the time in which being clear in our intentions has the most power. Where the New Moon marks a beginning, the Full Moon represents the peak of the mountain we have been climbing. At this point, we can step unapologetically into that which most serves our highest potential, and fully embrace what we have been working towards. At this time, the path toward our goals is the most crystal clear.
Some practices to align with the energy of the Full Moon include:
As we have explored previously, the Moon is highly influential in our natural world, and in addition to having an effect on water, is strongly connected to our plant friends. Utilizing the lunar energy for gardening is as ancient a practice in many cultures as is sharing stories and tales about the Moon.
According to Caren Catterall, who is the creator of the Gardening by the Moon calendar, which was originally developed in 1997, there is very much a scientific perspective behind moon phase gardening. She states:
“The Earth is in a large gravitational field, influenced by both the sun and the moon. The tides are highest at the time of the new and the full moon, when the sun and moon are lined up with earth. Just as the moon pulls the tides in the oceans, it also pulls upon the subtle bodies of water, causing moisture to rise in the earth, which encourages growth. The highest amount of moisture is in the soil at this time, and tests have proven that seeds will absorb the most water at the time of the full moon. Planting by the phases of the moon will keep in rhythm with the alternating gravitational pull.”
When considering an astrological perspective, the Moon is a key player, and a combination of the Moon and its place in a lunar astrological cycle can help guide us in our gardens – or the place in which we can connect most intimately with our plant allies.
Unlike a solar cycle in which we move between astrological signs each month, the Moon moves through all of the signs within the lunar cycle, or in 28 days. Dependent upon the astrological energy that the Moon is passing through, this can have an influence on the success of our gardening strategies. Examples of these include:
The energy of the full moon in the garden is associated with high gravitational pull, and subsequently, this increases the moisture content of the soil. The full moon energy puts an emphasis on the roots, as energy starts being drawn downward, especially following the full moon as we move into the waning phase. To connect with full moon energy in the garden, one can focus on sowing root vegetables and plants.
The full moon is also associated with release, letting go of barriers that hinder one’s metaphorical growth. In the garden, the full moon is an excellent time for pruning plants, allowing their growth to flourish.
Gardening by the moon allows us to return to our roots, and our ancestral lineage. It also brings us closer to the natural cycles and rhythms of nature and gives us yet another way to celebrate the moon throughout the month!
As we move into one of the final phases of learning about the moon and its connection to herbalism, here are some plant allies for aligning with the Full Moon:
The Full Moon truly is a magical time. Look to your calendar and find when the next full moon falls and plan out some activities to embody this phase. If you choose to try to work in your garden along with the Moon, great practices for this time include getting your hands in the dirt and doing a good old-fashioned weeding. This helps to ensure our bounty can continue to flourish, and the energy of this time helps to ensure that metaphorical boundaries stay away for good!
Thank you for joining us as we explore the beauty of the Full Moon. We hope that in a few weeks you choose to go outside and dance beneath her, seeing her in yet another new way!