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How to Use the Moon to Your Advantage

With the Wolf Moon lunar eclipse following hard on the heels of not just a new year but a new decade, a full moon meditation sounds like the most magical way to tiptoe into January.

The January full moon is also known as the Wolf Moon and kicks off the first of 13 full moons in 2020. Other applicable names for this particular full moon include Moon After Yule, Old Moon, Ice Moon and Snow Moon. Cryptic historical names aside, full moons present an opportunity for introspection. What better place to experience an inward, spiritual journey than Curio, Craft & Conjure in NoDa? It’s a metaphysical supply store that provides goods and services; full moon circles included.

Led by Meliea Black, a midwife and intuitive coach, the circle’s intention is to better explain the energy of the full moon/lunar eclipse in Cancer this month and how to work with that energy. According to Black, the full moon is a beautiful time for release and making space for the things we want to manifest in our lives. Witchy invitation: accepted.

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As we explore this full moon/lunar eclipse in Cancer, we come to understand Cancer is a water sign, which may lead to more intense emotions than usual. Black recommends not fighting these energies but instead embracing them. Feeling like you’d rather cozy up with a book and blanket? Follow your intuition and cancel those dinner plans. Downtime is critical to recharging your batteries.

Another notable takeaway is that water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) and fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) tend to be the most sensitive and are ruled by emotion. Why is this important? Because the next time someone (husband, family member, friend or boss) says I’m acting overly emotional, I can simply allow the fact that I’m a Leo to speak for itself. It’s written in the stars, friends; I’m an emotional hot mess by astrological design.

Black guides us through the phases of the moon cycle, and essentially instructs us on how to harness the energy of each. Understanding and incorporating the moon cycle into life plans can be advantageous when it comes to decision-making, she says.

For example, during the new moon and waxing gibbous, the moon’s presence signifies a fresh start and renewed intentions. Listen up, procrastinators — mystic wisdom suggests this time is ideal for tying up loose ends and finishing outstanding projects.

Then as the moon grows larger through the waxing phase, we can expect it to expose issues connected to looming decisions that need to be made. I may or may not be speaking for myself here, but when considering asking for a raise, gather the facts, stand in your power and submit the request during this phase of the moon cycle.

Lastly, the illumination of the full moon is said to be nourishing for creative energy and breakthroughs. The best full moon rituals include assessment and recharging.

Now is the time to cleanse your mental and physical space. Open the windows and sage the corners of your home to release negative energy. However, keep in mind the words of Aristotle, who stated “horror vacui,” or “nature abhors a vacuum.” According to the laws of nature and physics, empty spaces are unnatural, so wherever there is a void, the universe seeks to fill it. Approach your full moon ritual with intention and don’t forget to call in what you’d like to manifest as you release what’s no longer serving you.

If this all sounds like too much, start slowly with an organizer that tracks the phases for you. If you’d prefer a more old-school alternative, check out the Best Days calendar in the Farmers’ Almanac, which recommends specific lunar days to do basically anything.

Whether you’re a full moon energy skeptic, supporter or somewhere in between, it’s important to remember we are organic beings consisting of mostly water. According to Health Central, “The moon being closer to the Earth than the sun has a strong gravitational effect on the planet. One of the main arguments in relation to the full moon’s effects on our emotions and thoughts is that given the fact that our bodies are made up of approximately 75% water, its ability to impact the ocean/tides infers that it may very well have the same subtle effect on us.”

Lunar calendars have been dated as far back as 32,000 years ago, so why not give our ancestors the benefit of the doubt? They were probably more attuned to working with the universe’s energy than their descendants will ever be.

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