Updated: Sep 4, 2022
Many spiritual traditions throughout history have given special importance to the moon, knowing its various cycles affect our moods and physical well-being.
Rituals for harnessing the moon’s energy have existed for centuries. One of these is collecting moon water.
This water is charged with lunar energy, which can then be used to cleanse negative emotions or aid in spiritual transformation.
Water is a supremely programmable substance, which means it takes on the energetic properties of things around it quite easily. Since we are 60 percent water, moon water can help us integrate, connect with, and manifest the intentions we have via the water.
A 2014 study concluded that the full moon was associated with lower sleep efficiency, or percentage of time spent asleep while in bed.
A small 2012 study with males found that the gravitational pull of the moon may affect the cardiovascular functions of the human body, making people more physically efficient during full and new moon.
A small 2017 study found that individuals with bipolar disorder were affected by lunar patterns, and a larger 2017 study found that 81 percent of mental health professionals offered anecdotal evidence of a relationship between full moons and human illness.
New Moon - Reset and Set Intentions
Waxing Crescent - Nurture Yourself and Your New Ideas
First Quarter - Create Action
Waxing Gibbous - Root Into Your Plans and Refine Where Needed
Full Moon - Illuminate and Manifest
Waning Gibbous - Express Gratitude and Reap the Benefits of Your Work
Last Quarter - Release Energy and Let Go of Stagnancy
Waning Crescent - Celebration Completion and Cultivate Rest
Moon water ritual Supplies
jar or bottle
crystals and other sacred items
pen and paper
incense or smudge stick
singing bowl or bell (optional)
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Gather supplies, like your jar, crystals, sacred items, and pen and paper.
Cleanse the space with incense, sage, singing bowls, or a bell.
Fill your jar with water, preferably distilled or spring.
Place your jar in a safe location where it will get direct moonlight.
Arrange crystals and sacred items around your jar.
Speak your intention for your water out loud.
Write down your intention for your water and place it under the jar.
Cover the jar and leave overnight.
Cleansing the space before you begin will clear unwanted energies from your surroundings and prevent your water from absorbing them Placing crystals and sacred objects can help you tune into spiritual energies. If you aren’t intending on drinking the water, you can place the crystals in the jug Some crystals are highly toxic when immersed in water. Never drink crystal-infused water without doing your research first to ensure the crystals you’re using are safe to drink. Then, set your intention. It can be as simple as “This water cleanses and purifies all it touches” or it can be as complicated as you want, but it’s important to set a clear intention here for the water you are creating.
After speaking and writing down your intention, place the paper under the jar. Cover it with a cloth and leave it for the night. In the morning, your moon water is ready to use. feel free to use it straight from the jar or pour it into smaller bottles for later use. You can use spray bottles, roller bottles, or small jars.
*its best to do this outside and get direct moon rays, but on a window, a ledge is perfectly fine too
Times to collect moon water
Different times of the lunar cycle can produce different energetic effects.
Best for releasing what no longer serves you and removing negative energy
“The full moon Is considered the most powerful since the moon is at its fullest and strongest,
It’s time to:
release old baggage
Best for: intention-setting, reflection, and personal growth
“The new moon is the dark moon. It invites us to go inward and set our intentions, to start new chapters, and release cycles
It’s time to:
focus on intentions and manifestation
aid inner work and shadow work
enhance personal growth and development
begin new ventures, relationships, or projects
Other moon phases
Waxing moon: best for creative work, inspiration, and intention-setting
Waning moon: best for forgiveness, letting go, giving thanks, releasing, and grounding
Blue moon: best for goals, ambitions, aspirations, and celebrations
Keep in mind
Always be safe when making moon water. Make sure your jars are clean and you’re using potable water if you intend to drink it. Label and date your bottles and keep them in the fridge -Use it up within 1 month. Water can grow bacteria and stagnate, and you don’t want that. cuz it's gross And if you’re putting crystals in your water, make sure they’re safe to ingest.
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