I’ve been writing Full and New Moon rituals for witches for over a year, but I have also been wanting to change how I write them for just as long. A lot of Full Moon and New Moon rituals that I write have a lot of the same components to them and, because of that, I’ve decided to take the framework I use and make a basic Full Moon Esbat that can be used any time. Witchcraft is very personal, so pick and choose things that you like to do, test it out, change it, and find something that works for your Craft.
What is Full Moon Magick?
A Full Moon ends a lunar cycle that last roughly six months (aka lunations) long. A New Moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle and each New Moon occurs in a specific sign of the zodiac. Two weeks after that New Moon there is a Full Moon in a different sign, but six lunations (months) after that there is a Full Moon in the same sign as the original New Moon. That Full Moon is the end of that lunar cycle. While New Moons are used for setting intentions, Full Moon are manifestation points. Full Moons are an excellent time for cleansing, charging, reflection, and spell work, all of which will be explained in more detail below.
Be aware that a lot of people do Moon work without being witches at all. Ezzie Spencer’s Lunar Abundance practice has nothing to do with witchcraft and is closer to The Secret. This guide, and all of my Moon Magick posts, are based on my own practice of witchcraft; while they can probably be used by anyone, they are designed specifically for witches. Hopefully, this guide can be used by any denomination of witch, but if anything feels like I’m excluding anyone, please leave a comment and I will do my best to remedy it.
A Full Moon is a great time to cleanse your space and magickal tools using your preferred method. As a general rule, it’s nice to dust off the energy in the house during a Full Moon, too. Fights, illness, and hardship all leave their energy in your home. How many people have you known who moved after a bad breakup? It’s a natural response: too many memories may also mean too much bad energy. I think of a Full Moon energy scrubbing like basic home maintenance. My article on how to magically cleanse a space can be found here if you are new to cleansing. More spaces to cleanse include your car and work space.
Other magickal things to cleanse on the day of a Full Moon include your altar and magickal tools. This can include tarot and oracle cards, other divination tools, pocket rocks and crystals, magickal jewelry, and anything on your altar that you use for witchcraft. Some items will benefit from smoke or smokeless cleansing, while other can be cleansed with water, or even sound. The best method depends on the item and the witch. Once these items are cleansed they can be charged under the Full Moon (see below) to replace the energy that has been cleared away, and preparing them for a new lunation worth of use.
Do magickal tools need to be cleansed? Yes. The reason why will be self-evident to any witch who does not cleanse their items because those items will begin to be affected. Some items will start to ‘jump’ out of your hands, you just cannot pick them up or hold onto them for the life of you! Pocket rocks, crystals, and crystal jewelry will break when they are overloaded with energy. If items are used to store or conduct energy, that means there can be either a drain or a buildup of too much energy, the item can get ‘dirty’ with energy, or contaminated by the energy of others who have touched them or been around them. That’s why the cleanse/charge combo is so important to magickal tools.
When I think Full Moon my mind goes right to charging, probably because it’s the easiest Full Moon activity to complete. A Full Moon charge imbues items with energy, like (re)charging a battery. Once the energy is cleansed (see above) the energy needs to be replaced. Charging those items under the Full Moon gives them the energy that is associated with the astrological sign that the Moon is in. For example, if the Moon is in Virgo, the items charged under it will have a Virgo energy charge. This can be very useful if items are charged ahead of time and stored awaiting a specific use, like Moon water.
My favorite magickal tools to charge are my crystals. While I recommend cleansing pocket rocks every day (running them under water is fine since pocket rocks are almost always tumbled stones) they should also be charged under the Full Moon. While many people argue that crystals never need charging, I do believe that constant magickal use does ‘drain’ them. In the end, however, always go with your gut.
For magickal tools that you use on a regular basis, it’s good to give them a Full Moon charge. This includes pretty much anything on your altar, magickal jewelry, crystal grids, and any magickal divination tools. The items that need to be charged are the items that have been used during the current lunation. To charge them, simply put them in a place where they will be exposed to moonlight. When my house faced east, I put my items on the porch, but now that the house faces south, the items go on my east-facing windowsill. Items will get a charge even if it’s cloudy.
At the Full Moon the Moon’s energy is at it’s peak, making it a great, all-purpose time for spell work. Many spells and charms advise you to wait around for a specific Moon phase such as waxing or waning, while others are even more detailed. I like things to be a little more straightforward; the Full Moon is a great time for all spellwork. Specifically using the Full Moon for spells also means that you’re setting aside one day every four weeks to actually work magick. We’re all so busy all the time, it’s nice to have the Moon remind us to slow down and actually work magick.
I like to journal on the Full Moon, reflecting on my Grimoire (Book of Shadows) entry from the corresponding New Moon, doing a final analysis of the results of the divination, and seeing how the intentions that I set manifested and how. It’s also good to look at the intentions from the recent New Moon. Another recommended writing for the Full Moon is a gratitude list. Your Book of Shadows is the perfect place to write your gratitude list, which will help attract more of the same, positive energy into your life. This is a good time to work on your Grimoire, too, if you have one. Even if you only add one page every Full Moon, that’s 12 new magickal nuggets a year that you’re adding to your book.
I hope you all found this guide helpful, I will do my best to get a New Moon guide up as well. I would love to know how you commemorate the Full Moon and if you have any ideas for magickal workings. Please feel to share any (positive/constructive) thoughts that you have in the comments.
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