Full Moons & Crystals
They say that if you’ve ever worked in health care or with children, you believe in the powers of the full moon. As someone who has done both, I am a firm believer that the full moon is a powerful time that affects us humans. The moon controls the tides, and we as humans are mostly water! This part of the lunar cycle can also be an important part of your crystals’ energy cycles. The full moon is when the moon is at its brightest and is focused on internal work, rather than making changes outside of ourselves. Many cultures have customs around the full moon that involve celebration and intention setting. In this post, I’ll outline some ways to care for your crystals and yourself during this powerful time, as well as crystals to use with descriptions right from the Crystal Council!
One major aspect of celebrating the full moon is releasing and forgiving. It is a time for reflection and deciding what is becoming too heavy to carry with us. When we’re looking to attract bigger and better things into our lives, it is difficult to do so while tightly gripping the pain of past hurts. I’m not advocating to “forgive and forget” and reimmersing ourselves into painful cycles; rather, it is a chance to say that we are done giving emotional energy to negativity in our lives and are ready to move on. As you’re in the process of reflecting on habits and grudges you’re ready to release, there’s no better helper than your crystal collection. While either journaling or meditating, consider either surrounding yourself with crystals meant to absorb negative energy, or placing crystals over your heart or body parts where you feel the “weight” of your stressors that you are ready to part with. Some crystals to combine with your practice could include:
Selenite: helps identify and clear blockages in our chakra system
Amethyst: purifies the body as well as the room it is placed in.
Aquamarine: pushes you towards removing toxicity around you
Moonstone: helps clear the aura and activate the chakra column
My personal full moon practice: Surrounded by a circle of crystals and some chakra-specific candles, I generate first a list of habits or thought patterns that no longer serve me. Then, I create a list of people I would like to forgive. It is not uncommon to see that the habit may line up with some of the people we need to forgive, like poor boundaries and forgiving a very demanding person. This is also therapeutic, as during this time I write out all that the person has done that I would like to let go of. I then visualize myself forgiving each person one by one, and burn the page at the end to signify that it has all been released. The final step is to sage the whole house to release any negative energy before starting the next part of my full moon practice.
The second important aspect of the full moon is expressing gratitude. Gratitude has been shown through numerous studies to increase our feelings of joy and well-being; so, even if you’re skeptical about the full moon’s strength, you can rest well knowing that a gratitude practice is great for mental health. After we’ve released all of that negative energy, gratitude practices replace that negative energy with positivity. Therefore, the stones we use should be amplifiers that boost those positive vibes. Consider creating a circle of crystals around you as you generate a list of things you’re grateful for, or holding the crystals as you visualize your list. Crystals to use might be:
Green Aventurine:This stone allows the heart to flow freely and in sync with our own energies
Epidote: A strong enhancing stone that amplifies whatever energy it is near. Be cautious and do not use if there are still lingering resentments in the air.
Angel Aura Quartz: a very high vibration stone that helps us to reach the best version of ourselves.
My personal gratitude practice: Once I’ve completed all of the forgiving and releasing, I create a new note with a list of all the things I am grateful for. I start with three, but notice that as I build momentum the list grows and grows, during which time I feel more and more joy. The list includes people, pets, events, objects, and emotional experiences from the past month. When I’m finished, I burn the page to release that gratitude into the universe.
When all is said and done, an important full moon step to take is to charge your crystals. I do this because it’s easy to remember if I have it on a specific schedule. The full moon gives off strong energy, so place your crystals outside (if it’s safe) or on a windowsill to cleanse and recharge. The full moon allows for a lot of fresh starts, both for ourselves and our crystals.
If you have ever asked “Is it a full moon??” while there is chaos in your environment, consider trying a full moon practice in order to keep yourself grounded and give yourself some self-care during this high-energy time. Your crystals would be happy to help.
Diana Fuller is the host of Watered Grass, a podcast that introduces different self-care services and strategies. She is also a children’s yoga instructor and co-founder of Self & Sisters, a self-care platform for women. You can find out more at www.wateredgrass.com and www.selfandsisters.com