5 Ways To Celebrate The Supermoon That Will Satisfy Your Inner Witch

This article was originally published on November 8, 2016.

This month's full moon, also known as the Beaver Moon or the Mourning Moon, is a doozy, stargazers. You probably know by now that it isn't any old full moon — in fact, this one is a supermoon the likes of which we won't see again until 2034. It reached its crest at 8:52 a.m. EST this morning as the largest-appearing supermoon in 70 years.

Thanks to its proximity to earth, the moon will appear much brighter and larger than usual, but this won't just be a sight worth seeing. Some believe that the spiritual effects of the moon intensify during a supermoon. In other words, any rituals performed before, during, or right after a supermoon may be felt more profoundly than they would otherwise. So, we thought, what better time than now to kick off our own personal full moon rituals?

Of course, Pagan and Wiccan traditions have their own monthly full moon celebrations, but here we're going to focus on smaller, more personal practices you can incorporate into your everyday life.

Click through for five totally witchy — but totally doable — moon rituals you can do right now.

Photographed by Atisha Paulson.
Charge Your Crystals
The full moon has major regenerative effects on healing crystals of all kinds. Think of it as an engine tune-up — leave your stones out overnight where the moonlight can touch them, whether outside or on a windowsill, and by morning their energetic properties will be renewed and realigned. Don't worry about charging all of your crystals if you've amassed a bit of a collection, but it's recommended that you make sure to charge any you use regularly. Don't have any crystals to charge? Here's where to start.

Photographed by Claire Pepper.
Get To Manifesting
As we've discussed previously, full moons afford a natural opportunity to look inward and determine what you need most at this moment. Whether you spend the night journaling or meditating, the moonlight will lend a greater sense of clarity to your thoughts. Now is a perfect time to think about yourself apart from everything else that's going on around you — in doing that, you'll know better how to proceed. Reflect, set a plan, and see it through.
Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
Practice Some Sensual Self-Care
According to the Astrotwins, this month's full moon is in Taurus, one of the most romantic signs in the Zodiac. While you could spend this sensuous night with a partner, this is also an excellent opportunity to take some well-deserved you time — alone. Take a bath, get a massage, or treat yourself to fancy dinner. To take advantage of the especially sensual feeling in the air, we also recommend getting in touch with yourself via solo sex (perhaps your intention is to begin our masturbation challenge?). Whatever you decide, this is your invitation to just kick back during a time of year that can feel so unforgiving.
Photographed by Alexandra Gavillet.
Do A Quick Cleanse
Cleansing rituals are always useful, but they're particularly relevant to the Mourning Moon, the last full moon before the winter months. Tradition holds that, at this time of year, we should let go of anything that doesn't serve us — a bad habit, a difficult relationship, or needless grief. That way, when the year comes to an end in a matter of months, we're already free from anything that was holding us back.
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Just Go Outside
Though it might not be as balmy as it was back in June, going outside (and not just doing it for the 'gram) during a full moon can still do wonders for your mindset. Some people suggest moon-bathing, which usually means going outside and basking in the moonlight — fully naked. We understand that this might not be possible, but you should still be able to feel the renewing effects of the moon while taking a (fully clothed) stroll around your favorite park or neighborhood.
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