The full moon is a powerful time for mystics of all denominations. It is the culmination of the cycle, before the turning of the wheel takes us through the next cycle. Harnessing that energy is possible through the creation of full moon water. Learn how to make moon water and use moon water to enrich your connection with lunar energies.
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Throughout history and cultures the Moon has been revered for its power and influence on the Earth. The duality between the Sun and Moon is a power balance that is recognized by mystics, pagans, astrologers and witches around the world. One does not need to look far to see how people throughout history have recognized and worshipped the immense energy and influence of the moon.
The lunar energies felt here on Earth are powerful, especially when we look at how they influence tides and water. This power and energy make moon water an incredibly potent tool for manifestation and magic.
The Moon rules over the subtle, subconscious, and intuitive aspects of the inner self. Just as the moon waxes and wanes, we find this pattern reflected in our own energies and patterns. Women in particular can see this alignment in a powerful way with the syncing of their menstrual cycles to the moon cycles. When we intentionally align ourselves with the Moon, we’re tapping into an ancient, universal energy. One simple way to do this is by making moon water.
What is Moon Water?
Moon water, to put it simply, is water that has been charged by lunar energy.
It is created by leaving water in the moonlight to absorb the energies, and is aided by the practitioner’s own intentions and energies.
The moon has such a strong energetic connection with the element of water here on Earth (as can be seen in how it affects the tides), that harnessing that power within our own waters becomes a very simple and intuitive process.
Moon water can be used for a large variety of purposes to foster a greater connection between a person or sacred space and the Luna.
How To Make Moon Water
A glass jar or container (I like to use one with a cork top).
Water (this should be safe to drink, like tap water, if your intentions are to drink it, but it can also be rainwater, lake water or any other source that calls to you.)
Crystals (water safe if you are planning on submerging them).
Essential oils or herbs (optional) Some ideas include: mugwort (ruled by the Moon), lavender (healing), rosemary (protection), or sweetgrass (positive energy), or whatever calls to you.
Cleansing source – this could be herbs or incense or palo santo plus a burn safe bowl. Or could be a cleansing spray such as Florida Water.
An intention to focus on. Your intention could be something like strength, harmony, prosperity or love. Or it could simply be the intention of connecting with the energies of the cosmos.
Ritual tools such as candles, a wand or athame (optional)
Timing – Full Moon Water
Moon water is traditionally charged at night under the Full Moon, when lunar energy is at its most potent and we’re easily able to connect to our intuition. I prefer to find the exact moment when the moon reaches its peak and work at exactly that moment. I usually spend about an hour consecrating my moon waters.
Astrology and the Full Moon
Knowing which astrological sign the full moon is in, can guide you in how to work with the specific energies of that moon. Those energies will influence the energies of your moon water.
Each full moon will be in the sister sign of the current astrological season. For example, the sister sign to Virgo is Pisces. That means that during Virgo season, the full moon will be in Pisces and during Pisces season, the full moon will be in Virgo. Once you know the sister signs, you will always know which sign the full moon is in!
Here is some information about how the astrological sign the full moon is in can be incorporated into your moon magic.
Full Moon in Aries:
Aries is the pioneer, the individualist. This full moon carries a lot of those fiery Aries emotions, such as anger. Occurring during Libra season, we see the emphasis on both our relationships with others and with others. This is a good time to release old angers or burning resentments, as well as releasing what holds you back from pioneering what you wish to start in your life.
Full Moon in Taurus:
This full moon is about our physical embodiment of our health, self-love, and spirituality. This is a good time to release stubbornness that you hold in the body. As they say, issues are in the tissues!. It is a good time to reflect on your values, as well as material assets. Taurus builds things to last and they appreciate value in themselves and what they do. Releasing blocks and behaviours that inhibit you from valuing yourself is also beneficial at this time.
Full Moon in Gemini:
There is an emphasis on communication and learning with this full moon. Notice not only how you speak to others, but how you interpret what others say to you. Reflection upon your self-talk is also valuable at this time. Gemini is curious and has an active mind. Resist the urge to be mentally scattered, but do enjoy some curiosity. Releasing unhealthy communication patterns or blocks to learning and mental growth is beneficial during this full moon.
Full Moon in Cancer:
The moon is at home in the sign of Cancer. This is a great time for intuition, honouring your emotions, and nurturing yourself and your loved ones. You may be feeling very sensitive and reflective during this time, so again, nurture your emotions without letting them take you over. Family, home, emotions, and intuition are major themes. Honour your feelings and practice forgiveness and release in regards to blocks in these areas.
Full Moon in Leo:
Leo wants to shine and shine bright, and this full moon is no exception. Where do you shine bright in your life? Honouring the culmination that you currently stand in while releasing blocks to your radiance is helpful at this time. Leo is creative, so feel free to get creative with how you do this! Be mindful that your desire to shine bright isn’t tinged with the desire to shine brighter than others. Leo in alignment understands that when we all shine, the world glows much brighter. No need for comparison or jealousy.
Full Moon in Virgo:
Critical Virgo may help you out with this full moon, as long as you don’t let the critical mind take you over. Critical thinking about your health and your dreams is helpful at this time. However, if you find you constantly think critically about yourself and others, this is an ideal lunar cycle to exercise compassion and forgiveness, releasing unhelpful critical habits that bring you down. Attention to your diet, to-do lists, and basically getting your wellness game in order are all in alignment with these energies. And ideally, you will also experience that Virgo authenticity and independence of spirit that Virgo embodies when they are in their element.
Full Moon in Libra:
Libra craves harmony and love, and this full moon is no exception. Emotions relating to harmony, or lack thereof, in relationships will be brought to light. This moon cycle brings the opportunity to creatively clear out what no longer serves you when it comes to your relationships. How can you facilitate more self-love and compassion? This full moon will guide you there with that Libra eye for beauty and detail.
Full Moon in Scorpio:
Scorpio is associated with the Death card in the tarot, and these energies of release and transformation are very much in alignment with this full moon. There is a call to your shadow side, your inner darkness at this time. This isn’t scary darkness, rather it’s the part of ourselves that we disassociate from because it is not acceptable or tamed. But that is where true healing and transformation lies. As Scorpio is also associated with mystery, spirituality and divination are powerful tools at this time. Bring up what needs to be released from the darkness and release it so you may transform into the next version of yourself.
Full Moon in Sagittarius:
Sagittarius loves higher learning, philosophy, and adventure. This full moon is a great time to assess your relationship with these. What inhibits you from taking an adventure? How can you view life as an adventure rather than a destination? Seek freedom and release what holds you back from doing so and being yourself. Sag is also known for speaking your truth. If you do not feel you can do this, reflect on why during this full moon. It’s hard to follow an authentic call to adventure when we don’t feel safe to honestly answer the call.
Full Moon in Capricorn:
Capricorn brings your awareness to your emotions around the structures and foundations in your life. This can be applied to not only your material goals (career, finances, etc) but also your relationships and spiritual practices. How are the foundations? Are they built on authenticity and solid knowledge, bound together by love and trust? Or are there cracks? Reflect on and release the flimsy foundations so you may build them better and stronger.
Full Moon in Aquarius:
What makes you unique? How are you very much your own person? This full moon invites you to detach from the idea that you have to be a certain way or follow a certain path in order to succeed. By forging your own authentic path, you will best help the collective, which is an important aspect of Aquarius and this full moon. What is your impact on the collective? What inhibits you from doing it? If you do not know what it is, ask for the blockages to be released so you may better know and pursue it. Wave your freak flag high, and the right people will join you.
Full Moon in Pisces:
Our empathetic and dreamy Pisces energies will bring up many emotions and fears during this time. Pisces has a tendency to try to escape or avoid that which makes them uncomfortable. And yet, it is only by facing discomfort that we can start to become free of its hooks. Releasing addictions at this time is also ideal, as well as releasing any victim stories that are holding you back. This is also a good time for spiritual activities and exploration, particularly focusing on your dreams.
Making Moon Water
Start by cleansing your jar with smoke from the herbs or incense, or by spraying it with a cleansing spray such as Florida Water. Visualize a washing away of old energies as you do this. Use this time to also ground yourself. You may also wish to cleanse yourself at this time.
Add water to your container. Next, if you feel inclined to do so, add crystals, essential oils or herbs to the water. While doing this you should state your intentions for how you wish these additions will empower your moon water. Always work with great intention and clarity.
If you haven’t been doing these first steps under the moon, head out now to a place where your waters can absorb the moon’s energy.
I like to set up an altar as part of my own ritual. I use candles (sometimes scribed with sigils and anointed), burning herb bundles, crystals and ritual tools to create my altar and align it with my intentions. Then I place the moon water jar in the centre of my altar.
A note about the weather:
I live in Canada, and many of our moons are very, very cold. I have made moon ice many times! However, you do not need to make your moon water outside, you can do it inside on a windowsill. Also, if it is cloudy, don’t worry, the lunar energies can still be effective. If it is raining you can even collect the rainwater by leaving your open jar in the rainfall and infuse it with your moon waters.
Charging the Moon Water
Once your moon water is charging under the moon take a moment to still yourself and meditate on your intentions and connection to the moon.
Hold your palms face up under the moon and feel the lunar energies entering your being. Feel it entering your hands, turn your face up and feel it flowing into you and through you. Then turn your hands palms down to guide the energies and intentions into your moon water.
If you are using a wand or athame, you can use it to direct your energies in a more powerful and intentional way.
As you work, give voice to your intentions, say a blessing or prayer. Invite the moon’s energies to infuse your water.
When you are finished, ensure you thank the moon and the universe for letting you connect with the cosmos and access these powerful energies.
You can leave your water out to charge if you wish, but ensure you bring it in before dawn. You do not want your moon water exposed to sunlight. Once you do, it starts taking on the solar energies.
Moon Water Uses and Benefits
Now you have completed your ritual you might be wondering how to use moon water? There are so many ways! Here are just a few ideas to get you started. Use your own intuition to find uses that align with your greater good.
- Use it to cleanse your altar, sacred space, crystals, or any ritual tools (ensure they can be safely exposed to water).
- Add it to a ritual full moon bath to connect with lunar energies.
- Use it to cleanse your home. You can add it to your mop bucket, or into a spray bottle to power up your cleaning agents.
- Use it in your creative process in place of plain water. For example, In our blacksmith forge we use moon water in our quench bucket. It has a powerful influence on the energies infused into our creations.
- Spray your plants with moon water, they love it!
- Use it to create ritual sprays by adding essential oils and alcohol to freshen up your sacred spaces.
- Use it in your essential oil diffuser.
- Drink it or use it to make tea so you can realign from the inside out (ensure you used safe drinking water in your ritual!)
- Use it to anoint your body, as a way of energetically cleansing yourself.
Storing Moon Water
Once your ritual is complete you will want to ensure you are storing your moon waters properly until you can use them. The most important thing is to protect your moon water from sunlight. If you expose your moon water to sunlight it will immediately start taking on the energies of the sun. The sun and moon have this incredible duality that is always working to balance each other. But once exposed to sunlight the lunar energies in your waters will be tempered and weakened. And with enough exposure you will end up with Solar Waters.
Making moon water can be as simple or as complex as you wish to make it. Taking the time to connect with the moon every month, going through the ritual of making moon water, can have a powerful influence on your own energies. This month take the time to make some moon water and see how it energizes you, your space and your month.
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This article is a joint collaboration between Shelley of Forging Magic and Jenny of The Mystic Mermaid. Thank you so much Jenny for infusing your wisdom into this piece!