Astrology

An Exhaustive List of What *Not* To Do During Full Moons, According to an Astrologer

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In astrology, each planet is associated with a different meaning. And though the moon isn’t scientifically characterized as a planet, it is astrologically significant and, thus, is included in the framework of planet meanings: It signifies our emotions and is said to reflect our true selves. (This tracks, since a person's moon sign rules their emotional personality.) Now, each of the phases of the moon connects with specific intel for how to act in alignment with our highest selves during the respective phase. For example, during full moons—which are times of ending, not beginning—we stand to benefit from taking a cleansing bath to release what isn't serving us. But, knowing what not to do during full moons stands to be as powerful as knowing what to do.

“All lunar phases offer equal opportunity for manifestation and intentional ritual work,” says astrologer and numerologist Jasmin Alejandrez-Prasad, also known as Estoteric Esa. “However, full moon phases tend to receive a lot of importance because it is a time of culmination.” This makes full moon phases a great time for subtly implementing powerful, positive change in our lives, particularly as it relates to letting go of negative energy. But, it's not a powerful time for all possible activities.

Just as full moons mark a powerful time for certain practices and habits, they're an ill-advised timeframe for others. Ahead, find five suggestions for what not to doing during full moons, according to an astrologer.

What not to do during full moons, according to an astrologer

1. Seek new beginnings

“This is a time of releasing, welcoming closure, and allowing things to complete,” says Alejandrez-Prasad. “Creating new beginnings will backfire and won't gain the momentum deserved.”

If you’re itching to launch any given project, you can be mindfully productive during full moon phases by considering what habits, people, or beliefs you might need to let go of in order for that venture to be successful. Be as honest with yourself as possible, because, again, full moons are a perfect time for release, she adds.

2. Initiate intense discussions

According to Alejandrez-Prasad, arguments are more likely to ensue during full moons. With this in mind, it's best to avoid heated discussions during this lunar event, so you can avoid getting yourself into hot water.

Since the energy of the full moon encourages you to let go (not have intense discussions with someone in your life), table the urge for now, and if you still feel strongly to bring it up at a later time, go forth. If you observe that you’re significantly less upset after a few days, channel the full moon energy to let your grievance go.

3. Consume mind-altering substances

While even the world’s longest-living people have a favorite wine and folks have various reasons for partaking in other recreational substances, this tip's aim is to protect you from diminishing your intuitive powers, says Alejandrez-Prasad.

“Try to avoid alcohol or drugs [during] full moon phases, as you'll miss messages from your third eye,” she adds. You want to be fully aware during full moon phases to truly identify what would serve you best to release.

4. Overextend your schedule

During full moon phases, Alejandrez-Prasad recommends staying home and relaxing as much as possible.

“Full moon phases tend to cause more accidents and chaos,” says Alejandrez-Prasad, perhaps because release often comes with grief. To circumvent the havoc that’s associated with full moon energy, she recommends turning your focus introspectively to yourself. Consider it a welcome opportunity to do an at-home facial.

5. Rush the process

According to Alejandrez-Prasad, full moon energy typically lasts two weeks—which means it’s important to exercise patience as you allow your full moon intentions to materialize. She recommends using the days after the full moon event “to keep working through intentions in order to bring them into fruition.” As the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day, and manifestation via moon energy works similarly.

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