by Zani Tsabedze
The moon plays a significant role in many ancient religions, spiritual practices and belief systems. High tides and low tides are caused by the moon. The moon’s gravitational pull generates something called the tidal force. The tidal force causes Earth and the water to bulge out on the side closest to the moon and the side farthest from the moon. This same effect that the moon has on the water and earth is believed to affect us as human beings. This is not difficult to understand if you consider that our bodies consist of 75% water.
The moon is believed, by some ancient cultures, to carry female energy, as a goddess symbol that represents the spiritual aspects of femininity, such as intuition, psychic abilities, creativity and wisdom. This rare moon phase goes by several names, (Lunar Eclipse, Supermoon, Blood moon etc.) depending on what aspect of this phase you want to focus on. A Supermoon takes place when the moon approaches its nearest proximity to the earth. The phrase ‘once in a blue moon’ is inspired by the rare nature of this occurance. This month’s full moon takes place from Jan 19 – Jan 23, whilst the blood moon occurred this morning (Jan 21, 04h30 – 05h30).
A Supermoon “offers enlightenment regarding unrealized aspects of our souls and provide access and insights into unexplored emotions and alternative life paths. Feelings tend to flow more freely, and drive for change is fortified.”
In this lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the shadow of the earth. It is said to highly increase people’s levels of insight into their own lives. It is highly likely that in the week leading up to this full moon, we found ourselves assessing our lives more, self-evaluating, reflecting and looking at more drastic ways to better ourselves. We may be focusing less on mundane activities during this time and just focus on the main, big issues such as our health, career, relationships etc. Which suggests that, for a lot of us, this has been a week of self-discovery, experiencing a sudden deeper understanding of ourselves and the way that we want to live. Girl Boss is all about encouraging that self-awareness and self-improvement, so if the moon is influencing us to Boss Up in any way, we are absolutely here for it.
According to astronomical and astrology studies, the best way to take advantage of the moon is to submit to the process it is taking you through and allow the change to happen. The light the full moon is said to illuminate those things that are interfering with our spiritual advancements. Once we have become enlightened to ways that are blocking us, the easier to let go.
“The full moon is for releasing or purging the things in our lives that no longer serve us such as addictions to food, drugs, or sex, relinquishing suffering involved in hurtful relationships, discharging physical and emotional pains, etc.”
I personally like to detox and fast during full moons. The week that I flushed all animal products and toxins from my life was under the influence of the full moon, and that has since been the best decision I’ve ever made. A vegan lifestyle completely turned my life around, so I can vouch for the full moon energy being transformative if you take advantage of it. No matter what kind of decision you’re led to make, it can be for the benefit and betterment of your position in your journey. Tuning into moon energy promotes self care. Change and growth are essential in ensuring a wholesome life.