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Full Moon Symbolism

Full Moon Symbolism

Shining bright the Full Moon reflects the rhythms of life enduring an endless process of death and rebirth with its 28-day cycle. The moon embodies the qualities of receptiveness that are necessary for our intuitive process. It symbolizes imagination, intuition, dreaming and represents transition and renewal.

Often linked with the acquisition of insight, the Moon is more heavily associated with feeling, as it pulls on ocean tides, it pulls on our emotions. 

Stonehenge is believed to have served to astronomically measure the phases of the moon. During its 28 phases in rising and setting daily, it passes through the entire zodiac. The four phases are commonly referred to as waxing, waning, new, or full.

The Moon has been associated with feminine energy since ancient times and is also symbolic of fertility and birth. The Egyptian goddess, Lady Wisdom, was believed to be the personification of divine knowledge. The Chinese moon goddess, Mañjuśrī was referred to as perfect intelligence and the Virgin Mary is sometimes called "the moon of the church" who is said to have perfect wisdom.

Feminine Energy

What to do During a Full Moon

When the moon is full its energy is strongest, representing the fullness of female energy and its circular shape symbolizes wholeness.

During a Full Moon, it's time to review your intentions and release any subconscious blocks. If you've been keeping a Meditation Journal, this is a great time to reflect on your thoughts and clear out any narrowing beliefs or behaviors that block your ability to manifest.

Positively restructure your goals as needed based on the things that are working for you and release unproductive habits, negative impacts, and "anchors" that are not benefiting you.

Full Moon Crystals

Recommended gemstones and crystals for meditation when the moon is full and bright are:

Full Moon Meanings & 2020 Dates

The Native American tribes of North America keep track of the seasons by relating unique names for each recurring full moon. Here are the dates and name meanings for each full moon in 2020. The hourly time provided is Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight.

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Wolf Moon - January

The Full Wolf Moon begins the new year on January 10th at 2:21 PM. Packs of hungry wolves howl amidst the cold snow of midwinter. 

Snow Moon - February

Full Snow Moon is on February 9th at 2:33 AM. The heaviest snows are known to fall during this month and native tribes noted it was difficult for food hunting among the harsh weather.  

Worm Moon - March

The Full Worm Moon begins just before Spring on March 9th at 1:48 PM. This is the time when the frozen ground begins to thaw and earthworms appear, indicating the return of nature. To settlers, this moon is referred to as the Lenten Moon and signaling the end of winter.

Pink Moon - April

Full Pink Moon is on April 7th at 10:35 PM and gets its name from wild ground phlox, a widespread flower of Spring. 

Flower Moon - May

On May 7th at 6:45 AM, flowers are abundant during the Full Flower Moon. 

Strawberry Moon - June

The Full Strawberry Moon is on June 5th at 3:12 PM and signals the harvesting of strawberries. In Europe, it is called the Rose Moon because roses are in full bloom.

Buck Moon - July

The Full Buck Moon on July 5th at 12:44 AM is when deer sprout new antlers covered in velvety fur.

Sturgeon Moon - August

On August 3rd at 11:59 AM the Full Sturgeon Moon signals tribes that it’s time to visit large bodies of water to catch larger fish before the end of Summer. 

Corn Moon - September

The Full Corn Moon on September 2nd at 1:22 AM lets the tribes know it's time to harvest corn. The Harvest Moon usually occurs in September, when it's closest to the autumn equinox.

Harvest Moon - October

The Full Harvest Moon is on October 1st at 5:05 PM and this represents the time of harvesting and preparing the bounty for the winter ahead. The harvest of pumpkins, squash, and wild rice are now ready for gathering.

October usually finds the Full Hunter’s Moon or Blood Moon. The Native Americans named this bright moon for the falling leaves of autumn when deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up food.

Blue Moon - October

When two full moons within the same month occur it's referred to as a Blue Moon. In 2020, the Blue Moon appears on October 31st at 10:49 AM. This phenomenon happens every two or three years giving the phrase "once in a blue moon" its meaning.

Beaver Moon - November

The Full Beaver Moon is November 30th at 4:30 AM. Beavers are preparing for the winter and signal a time to gather supplies for the cold weather ahead.

Cold Moon - December

The Full Cold Moon on December 29th at 10:28 PM symbolizes long winter nights and cold weather.