The full moon culminates the full-moon cycle and is associated with all kinds of potent energy; it symbolizes the end of one chapter, asking us to both identify how far we’ve come and come to terms with things we may not wish to see. And, according to astrologers, there are ways in which we can mindfully harness its energy to usher out negative energy and empower ourselves positively for the month ahead. One way to do this is with the help of moon water, which you can learn how to make and use during each full moon.
“Moon water has been used for centuries to help humans embrace and absorb energy from the full moon,” says astrologer Jennifer Racioppi, author of Cosmic Health. “Ayurveda, which originated in India over 5,000 years ago, is considered one of the world’s first healing sciences…in Ayurveda, people would bathe in moon water in order to fully absorb the prana or energy of the moon.”
Now, astrologers say you can drink–or bathe in, or spritz your home with–moon water to harness its energy.
The benefits of using moon water
It’s evident that people have been making and using moon water for thousands of years–but why is that and what, exactly, does doing so stand to offer you? Well, according to Racioppi, the moon “has a calming influence over the mind and body, as well as aids in treating certain ailments,” which means attracting its energy may superpower that effect.
“Full moons are the time to cultivate your power and expedite the manifestation of goals,” Racioppi says.
When to use moon water (and when to absolutely not use moon water)
The mind- and body-benefitting effects of using moon water may well manifest differently for each full moon, because each moon cycle itself is different. “Each full moon has its own unique properties, some you may want to harness, some you absolutely do not,” says astrologer Chani Nicholas. “As a general rule, eclipses are absolutely not moons you want to harness the energy of. Eclipses cast shadows, revealing to us what lurks there, usually revealing things that are toxic or in need of cleansing. We want to work with eclipses in ways that help us gently remove impurities from our system.”
All of that’s to say that eclipses, despite being full moons, are a time to edit out cosmic energies that aren’t serving you–not drink them in (and in the case of moon water, literally drinking them in).
New moons are also not the best time to use moon water, because they tend to carry different energy. “The intentions you set during a new moon can influence the power you harness in your moon water from a full moon,” Nicholas says. “Thus, new moons are the beginning of the cycle, and not the time to absorb the power of the cycle.”
If you’re in the clear, so to speak, with the type of moon upon you, the celestial body can charge your water with whatever energy you need to get through the next month or so. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to learn how to make full moon water.
Here’s how to make moon water in 6 simple steps.
1. Learn about the particular full moon’s energy
First, since each full moon is different, it’s important to understand the particular energies swirling for the particular event. For instance, a full moon in Leo might be different than a full moon in Taurus, and those differences might inform the ways in which you connect with your moon water. To understand the energies happening surrounding a particular lunar event, consult an astrologer or read an online forecast.
2. Choose a container that’s reflective of the intentions you want to set
It could be one of your many, many, many mason jars. Or maybe you want to be a little decadent and austere with some vintage glassware from your bar cart. Whatever it is, make sure the ethos of your vessel captures what you’re looking to embrace in the coming month.
3. Fill your container
Racioppi suggests sourcing your water from a fresh, natural source. “If you live by a nearby stream or river, gently dip your container in the water source and fill it with fresh water,” she says. “If you don’t live near fresh water, tap water or bottled water will also work. If you are planning on making consumable moon water, I recommend using tap, filtered, or bottled water.”
4. Infuse your moon water with your intentions
Ask yourself what you want and need from this full moon, and consider writing down your intention as a manifestation exercise. You can place the written manifestation next to, taped to, or situated underneath the container, or simply take a meditative moment near the water thinking about your intention. Once you feel you have infused your water with your intention, the step is complete.
“You also have the choice of surrounding your moon water with crystals, herbs, and any trinkets that relate to your intuition and intentions for your moon water,” says Racioppi. “If you are making non-edible moon water, feel free to place crystals and herbs inside of the water. If you are making edible moon water, you may try wrapping the top of your container with a cheesecloth and securing it with a string or band, then placing your special items on top of the cheesecloth.”
5. Place the jar where it can absorb moonlight
Outside placement is ideal for this overnight arrangement, but if you’re apartment-bound or have limited access to the outdoors for any other reason, near a window sill works (even with a closed window).
6. In the morning, retrieve it, and use it however you see fit
Drink it straight, boil some for your tea, put it in a spray bottle and charge your home while you’re cleaning–do whatever you’d like. The charged moon water is your oyster, essentially.
With reporting by Alexis Berger.
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