A full moon is that phase of the moon when it is completely illuminated as seen from the earth. During this time, the earth is right between the sun and the moon, with all three in a line. This full Moon occurs around the end of the seasonal monsoon rains in the Indian Subcontinent. For Buddhists, this full Moon is Pavarana, the end of Vassa, the three-month period of fasting for Buddhist monks tied to the monsoons (Vassa is sometimes given the English names “Rains Retreat” or “Buddhist Lent”). In Laos this full Moon corresponds with Boun Suang Huea or the Boat Racing Festival (which will occur on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020). In Sri Lanka, this is Vap Poya, which is followed by the Kathina festival, during which people give gifts to the monks, particularly new robes (so this lunar month is sometimes called the Month of Robes).
Full moon has always been a sacred time for spiritual practices in many ancient religions and cultures. In fact it is believed that full moon is a time of opportunity. Because of its magnifying effects on earth and its people, it has been observed by generations that whatever activity is being done during the full moon, will be magnified in effect and intensity. Meditating during full moon has been recommended from long ago, which can help us harness the magnifying effects of the full moon for greater spiritual activities and helping the mother earth.
A full moon always falls in one specific astrological sign. Every sign carries different energies and themes, and we can use this information to connect us with the cosmos. Here are some keywords associated with each sign to help you get started on your journey:
Aries: Aries is all about fierce individuality. Celebrate what you love about yourself, and release any negative vibes around your self-image!
Taurus: Taurus is the most sensual of the earth signs and is ruled by Venus, planet of love. Take time to appreciate nature and engage your senses. Think walking outside barefoot and inhaling the spring air.
Gemini: Gemini, a mutable air sign, is curious and flirty. Chat with your friends and activate your throat chakra.
Cancer: Cancer is the moon’s home and represents the waters of the womb. Take a bubble bath, honor the women in your life, and most importantly: Nurture yourself.
Leo: Leo loves to see and be seen. Connect with your inner lion(ness) and bust out the bling; wear clothes that make you feel regal and glamorous; and dance, dance, dance.
Virgo: Virgo likes to make order out of chaos. This is a stellar time to organize your physical and energetic space. Decide what’s working for you and what’s got to go.
Libra: Libra is represented by the scales of justice. How are you creating beauty, harmony, and balance in your life? What’s holding you back from these Libran ideals?
Scorpio: The Scorpio energy is subterranean: the deepest, darkest, most magical waters. Activate your inner witch on this full moon.
Sagittarius: Sag is the eternal adventurer, and the full moon here wants you to broaden your horizons. Embrace the unknown and try something new.
Capricorn: Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, planet of discipline and structures. How can you create abundance and growth through embracing structure. Ditch whatever structures aren’t working for you.
Aquarius: Aquarius is an air sign represented by the water bearer (confusing, we know). This water is meant to wash away the past and make room for newness. Say goodbye to what needs to get washed away, and make space for new opportunity.
Pisces: As the final sign of the zodiac, it represents mystical oceanic waters. If you live near the ocean or a large body of water, take a dip or listen to waves via audio recording.