The Best Full-Moon Activities, According to an Astrologer

Updated 11/26/19
A blond woman lighting candles on the full moon.
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The full moon can be a moody time, so if you're feeling keenly aware of your emotions, it might be because it's written in the stars.

Meet the Expert

Based in Madrid and Los Angeles, Rose Theodora is a celebrated astrologer, writer, and curator. She believes astrology should be "empowering and aesthetic."

The full moon is a time for purging bad habits and letting negative thoughts go, and it invites you to say goodbye to anything that's not serving your higher self. On the next full moon, cancel your plans and undertake these cleansing activities instead.

Our resident astrology expert, Rose Theodora, recommends specific activities best undertaken during the light of the full moon. From a fire ceremony to a mineral bath, these nine rituals will catalyze major positive changes in your world—think of them as a super-sized detox routine.

Illustration of the 9 Best Rituals for the Full Moon.
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The fire ceremony has enjoyed a celebrated history as a powerful cleansing ritual. "The key to navigating full moons is to let go, surrender, and focus on purging," says Theodora.

One of our favorite ways to conduct a fire ceremony involves freewriting for a set time, then sending the handwritten thoughts up in flames once time is up. (We're all about burning out the bad vibes.)

Fire Pit

Urli Firepit
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This one has a screen so all of your half-burnt private thoughts don't wind up littering the neighbor's yard.

Meditative Scent

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Sage smudging is sometimes too strong for sensitive noses. Palo santo, wood from a mystical tree that grows along the South American coast, is a pleasantly fragrant, Frankincense-related alternative.

"The moon is called a luminary in astrology, which means that it is a light body; it represents our emotions and the subconscious," says Theodora. "Whenever there's a full moon, our subconscious becomes illuminated; it's the reason for chaotic or heightened emotions." In other words, go easy on yourself during this period and practice self-care.

Detoxifying Mask

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Draw out excess oil and impurities with a clay-and-activated-charcoal detoxifying facial mask.

Comfy Robe

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Spend the day in this comfy, jersey robe and channel a full-service spa vibe without leaving the house.

While you're mentally making room for all good things, Theodora recommends turning your attention to your abode. Feng shui your space to attract financial abundance or mental focus, for example.

Feng Shui Bagua

Feng Shui map based on a home's floor plan.
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Unsure of the location of your career sector? Submit your home's floorplan, and receive a custom map that spells it all out.

Inspiring Book

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Let this bestselling book on the power of placement inspire more than a few meaningful tweaks.

Theodora suggests further cleansing and detoxification via a sweat lodge ceremony. Shape House, an urban sweat lodge with locations in L.A. and New York City, offers private sweat sessions inside an infrared sauna—no workout needed. (Unless you want to try a bit of hot yoga...)

Infrared Sauna

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If you can swing it, a personal infrared sauna is a detox solution that'll last for years to come.

Yoga Mat

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No space for an in-home sauna? Check into a hot yoga class; this lunar-themed mat will remind you of the reason why you're putting yourself through it.

"Cleanse and detox your body via an Epsom-salt bath," advises Theodora. When the moon is full, it's the optimal time for soothing minerals to be absorbed. Make the most of shifting energy by soaking up good vibes.

Relaxing Salt Soak

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Dried lavender buds and cornflower petals are combined with Epsom salt for a mineral-infused, relaxing, and aromatherapeutic soaking experience.

Nourishing Body Oil

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Fragrant body oils like this jasmine-neroli blend calm the nerves and leave skin nourished and super-soft.

Bask in nature's beauty: Camp out under the stars. Apparently, full moon activities become even more powerful when practiced outdoors.

Suspended Sleeping Quarters

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Hang this badboy up in a tree or suspend it from the company's metal tripod, and enjoy all that nature has to offer—no tent needed.

Coffeepot

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Wake up to a mug (or two) of cowboy coffee; this eight-cup percolator will serve you well.

"Purging things you no longer need, including bad habits (dietary, behavioral, habitual), is most beneficial during the full moon," says Theodora. So, donate unwanted items to charity and/or invest in new organizational accessories. And, in the spirit of Marie Kondo, if it doesn't bring you joy, then simply toss it.

A Decluttering How-To

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Japanese cleaning consultant, Marie Kondo, teaches you how to declutter via the one technique she uses and swears by—the KonMari Method.

Stylish Storage

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Lidded baskets and bins keep unwieldy belongings under wraps and look effortlessly stylish, too.

"Drink a lot of water," advises Theodora, "and eat vegetables and foods with high water content, such as celery and cabbage." From giving you everything from increased energy to flawless skin, foods like garlic, avocado, and asparagus help to instantly detox your body, ensuring that an otherwise tedious process will actually be delicious. (Psst: Pass the guac!)

Detoxifying Tea

A box of Yogi DeTox tea.
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Start your day with a cup of this caffeine-free dandelion and burdock-infused tea—it helps to cleanse your system of impurities—to jump-start your detox plan.

Herbal Supplement

A jar of Spirit Dust adaptogens for mood.
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Add a spoonful of this sweet, nutty-tasting adaptogenic powder to matcha, tea, milk, water, or a smoothie to help, "combat the effects of stress, expand peaceful awareness, and align you with bliss," per the company's site.

"Dance is a great way to let go of stored emotion," Theodora says. We couldn't agree more: Gather your posse, turn up the tunes, cut the rug, and burn everything each of you wants to let go of.

Moon Cycle Garland

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Hang this 5.5-foot garland to get everyone in the party mood.

Millions of Songs

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Gift yourself unadulterated access to music whenever you want them, without annoying ads ruining the lunar vibes. Create a full moon party mix before guests show up, or, in keeping with the spirit of the occasion, let the playlist evolve in real-time, wherever the rhythms take you.

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