The Best Full-Moon Rituals According to an Astrologer

Updated 07/10/19
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The full moon can be a moody time, so if you're feeling keenly aware of your emotions this week, it might simply be because it's written in the stars. We consulted with our resident astrology expert, Rose Theodora, about which activities are best to pursue under the light of the full moon.

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."

A time for purging bad habits and letting negative thoughts go, the full moon invites you to say goodbye to anything that is not serving your higher self. During the next full moon, cancel your plans and get in on these cleansing activities. From mineral baths to fire ceremonies, these full-moon rituals will catalyze some major positive change in your world. Think of it as supersizing your detox routine.

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

One of our favorite habits involves a technique that our editors swear wards off all illness. It involves free-form journaling for a set time, then sending your handwritten thoughts up in flames. We're all about burning out the bad vibes. Check out our full guide to the health benefits of free-form journaling.

Urli Firepit
CB2 Urli Firepit $349

An outdoor fire pit is the perfect addition to the patio to prepare for cooler months.

Unearthen Palo Santo Holder $100

Burning palo santo, a sacred wood, adds a fragrant aroma and meditative scent to any abode.

"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 is a full moon our subconscious becomes illuminated; thus, the reason for the chaos or heightened emotions." In other words, go easy on yourself during this time and hit up the spa for some self-care.

Generation Clay Detoxifying Charcoal Clay Mask $20

Draw out impurities with an all-natural detox clay facial mask.

Shangri-La Robe
Natori Shangri-La Robe $98

Go ahead and spend the day in a robe to channel the full spa vibe at home.

While you're mentally making room for all good things, Theodora recommends turning your attention to your home. Consider trying feng shui in your space to boost everything from financial abundance to mental focus. Our list of things an energy healer says should be in your bedroom is full of inspiration.

West Elm Lennox Velvet Bar + Counter Stools $240

While you're rearranging the furniture, feel free to add in some chic new upgrades.

Karen Rauch Carter Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life $12

The best-selling book on the power of placement within a home is sure to inspire a few room adjustments.

Theodora suggests participating in a sweat lodge ceremony to detoxify and cleanse. Urban sweat lodge Shape House offers private infrared sauna sweat sessions. The treatment is at the top of our list of the most insanely awesome ways to detox without working out. We guarantee you'll love it.

Yoga Zeal Moon Phase Combo Yoga Mat $83

Clock in for a hot yoga class with this lunar mat to bask in the power of nature.

Dynamic Infrared 2 Person Ceramic FAR Infrared Sauna $1140

Investing in an at-home infrared sauna is a detox solution that promises to last for years to come.

"Cleanse your body. Take an Epsom salt bath," says Theodora. During the full moon, soothing minerals are optimally absorbed into the body. Make the most out of the energetic shift by soaking up the good vibes in the tub.

Leif Leif Bath Soak $38

Add minerals and aromatherapy to your bathtub for extra relaxation.

Olio Lusso Jasmine/Neroli Body Oil
Rodin Olio Lusso Jasmine/Neroli Body Oil $130

Fragrant body oils calm the nerves while leaving your skin feeling nourished and super soft.

Bask in the beauty of nature by planning a camping trip under the stars. Pack your journal and some camping supplies and you're good to go. While you're enjoying nature, feel free to engage in any number of Theodora's full-moon activities for an even more powerful vibe.

Cacoon Double Cacoon $292

We're mildly obsessed with this treetop camping companion. Camp under the stars from the comfort of your own backyard via this chic addition.

GSI Outdoors Enamelware Percolator Coffee Pot, 8-Cup, Blue $25

No nature trek is complete without cowboy coffee. Curate your equipment accordingly.

"Getting rid of things that you no longer need, including letting go of bad habits (dietary, behavioral, habitual), is perfect for the full moon," Theodora tells us. Donate to charity. Invest in new organizational accessories. If it doesn't bring you joy, toss it.

IKEA Elvarli Shelf Unit $253

Organization can actually be fun with the right tools. Upgrade your closet situation with more storage.

The Citizenry Mercado Basket $125

Colorful, stylish baskets and bins provide discreet storage that is effortlessly portable.

"Drink a lot of water," says Theodora. "Eat vegetables and foods with high water content like cabbage." Our list of favorite foods that will instantly detoxify your body ensures the process will be mighty delicious. Pass the guacamole.

Gaia Herbs Golden Milk $15

Turmeric is among our favorite anti-inflammatory foods. Start your day by fighting inflammation with the power ingredient in golden milk.

Spirit Dust(R) 1.5 oz/ 42.5 g
Moon Juice Spirit Dust $38

Do the body good with thoughtful supplements and health-centric dietary tweaks.

We saved the best for last. "Dance is a great way to move your body and let go of stored emotion," Theodora adds. Obviously, we couldn't agree more. Invite your squad over, turn up the vinyl, and write down everything you want to let go and set it on fire. Cool?

Amazon Echo Plus $150

Amazon's voice-activated command means never having to flip the record. Simply shout out your requests and Alexa will keep the dance party going.

LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening $23

For the times when only analog will do, break out the hits on vinyl and dance yourself clean. 

This story was originally published on September 16, 2016, and has since been updated.

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