How To Survive The Full Moon

Do you ever notice that, once a month (right about now, actually), you’d find yourself feeling a bit emo, sobbing at everything for nothing? If not, then you feel as if you’re losing your keys — and your mind; missing a train stop even when you thought you were paying attention; and all your electrical appliances and gadgets seem to be conspiring against you. Emotions run H-I-G-H and it’s not PMS.

What’s going on? Chances are, it’s the full moon wreaking havoc. This is no lunacy, friends. As the moon waxes and wanes, there are powerful

cosmic energies at play, affecting our emotions, among other things.

As the next full moon is upon us — October 6 (Singapore time) — it’s imperative that we all get a crash course on the moon cycle: What does it mean? When does it occur? Why should we care? And how should we prepare for it? And we need to get it now. So we paid Joan Koh, holistic health practitioner and founder of Globe Skimmer, a visit as she sheds light on how to mindfully survive this darn full moon, keep our emotions in check and “slow it the eff down”. Here it is, in her own words.

THE FULL MOON IS THE TIME TO LET GO OF ALL THAT IS NOT SERVING YOUR HIGHEST GOOD.

The Moon Cycle Explained

  1. The lunar cycle is 29 days long — about the time it takes the moon to orbit around earth.
  2. The distinct lunar phases, determined by their relative position to the sun, begin with the new moon.
  3. The moon waxes after the new moon, growing fuller in size.
  4. It wanes after the full moon, progressively diminishing in size.
  5. As the moon cycle affects ocean tides, perhaps unsurprisingly, the human, being made up of mostly water, can be prone to an emotional roller coaster ride as the moon waxes and wanes.
  6. It’s helpful to be acquainted with the lunar cycle so you can flow with the rhythm of nature, not against it.
  7. In fact, practitioners of Ashtanga yoga refrain from practice on new moon and full moon days, when the alignment of the sun and the moon exert a gravitational pull that affects the mind and body.
  8. Farmers who practice biodynamic agriculture believe that solar and lunar rhythms affect plant growth. They sow during new and waxing moon phases, and harvest during full and waning moon phases.

Why You Should Care

  1. Astrologists believe that the astrological sign which the moon is in at the moment of your birth is a good gauge of emotions you are predisposed to.
  2. Taking a cue from nature, the new moon is a time to manifest new beginnings and start afresh.
  3. The period between new moon and full moon is the time to soldier on with intentions set during the new moon. The burst of energy following the new moon fuels the growth of the buds you want to grow.
  4. When the moon is at its fullest and brightest during a full moon, literally illuminating all dark hidden corners, take the opportunity to look inward, dig deeper and weed out all skeletons in the closet.
  5. The full moon is the time to let go of all that is not serving your highest good.
  6. Full moon is about completion, endings and healing.

Take the opportunity to look inward, dig deeper and weed out all skeletons in the closet.

Is Every Full Moon The Same?

“Planetary alignment and misalignment impact the intensity of a full moon. When, for instance, a full moon falls in intuitive Pisces, we are guided to observe and examine our heart and soul more deeply.”

Is There A Full-Moon Myth?

“None! I used to tell people I was always on the verge of turning into a werewolf every full moon. I was a slave to the turbulence of the lunar cycle until I found tools to manage my emotions.”

What To Expect? How To Survive?

“On days leading to a full moon, you may be hypersensitive, irrational even, and notice intense and emotional communication between yourself and another person, especially those you live and work closely with. It’s not uncommon to completely reassess relationships.

Frustrations and discontent are amplified. Some experience bizarre dreams. Others may have physical symptoms such as bloatedness, extreme fatigue and a general sense of malaise not unlike a woman experiencing PMS. Be aware it’s the wretched moon wreaking havoc.

Instead of responding with sensitivity and irritation, consciously choose a non-response while you ride the wave. The worst thing you can possibly do is to react at the slightest provocation. Silence is really golden during full moon days.

Slow the eff down.

The energy of a full moon takes about three days to wane. If you have an existing spiritual practice, deepen it. More yoga, more meditation, more journaling.

It helps to avoid fiery food such as curries.

In Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, practitioners begin sadhana at ambrosial hours. That’s two-and-a-half hours before sunrise, when the electromagnetic energy of the earth is at its strongest. At this hour, your subconscious surfaces and can be banished easily.

The two to three days leading to the full moon and two to three days after is also the time to charge your crystals and energetic jewellery. Leave them by the window. It does not matter that you cannot see the physical moon on cloudy nights – it’s the energy that counts.

What Do You Do Or Avoid?

“On days leading to the full moon, I cleanse all my crystals physically and energetically before I place them by the window. They love the energy of the full moon. My crystals always appear brighter the next morning. When the moon energy is especially intense, I leave them by the window for several nights.

When it’s cloudless and the house is lit by moonlight, I park myself by the window and bathe in the soft glow, visualising the light healing and recharging me.

I definitely spend more hours on the yoga mat, moving, chanting and meditating, so that I stay balanced, calm and sound.

Sometimes, though rarely, I find it necessary to pamper my physical body, so I’ll visit a spa.”

PHOTOGRAPHY  //  KARMAN TSE