The Empath and the Moon— A full moon self-care guide for empaths
It’s midnight. In the deep forest, a startled deer jumps over a dark, babbling stream. The Full Moon rises over Ancient Greece as Artemis, goddess of the wild woods and the Moon, leads all the animals in their sacred monthly dance.
The Moon— especially at her fullest and brightest— has always been a thing of magic all over the world. In Egypt, the lioness goddess Bastet was called ‘eye of the moon’. In the volcano islands of Hawaii, Mahina, goddess of the Moon, dances over the ocean.
For the Germanic pagans, the Moon is a god, Máni, who marks the passage of time and the cycles of nature. The folk magic traditions of Europe, strong in the deep countryside and making an exciting comeback today, also have important things to say about the Moon. For example, it teaches that most mammals are fertile in the full moon. Also, it’s the moon cycles in the farming calendar that lets farmers know when to plant and when to harvest.
What’s more— modern Western science has proven what every sailor already knew. That is, that the ocean’s tides are ruled by the movement of this satellite around the Earth.
Eternal ebb and flow, these natural cycles are also reflected in human bodies and emotions. The problem is that most people aren’t sensitive or introspective enough to realise. And that’s all right!
But then, there are empaths: a particular type of sensitive person that is more affected by energies, as well as more aware of them.
Anatomy of an empath.
First of all— Are you an empath?
Empaths are defined by one simple fact: they can feel the emotions and energy of the people around them.
Being an empath has some big upsides: you can read people easily and you have a powerful intuition that doesn’t let you down. It’s easy for you to be compassionate because you truly understand what is going on in the other person’s inner motives. Because of this, your relationships tend to be very deep and intense; and other people find your presence like a calming balm.
However, there are also aspects of being an empath that aren’t easy to handle. Sometimes, the energies you absorb from your environment can be overwhelming (especially in very crowded or conflictive spaces) and hard to distinguish from your own. You might find that people don’t always value you and that they might take advantage of your care and compassion.
If you’re an empath, these disadvantages of the trait might have you thinking, ‘I don’t want this’. It can be exhausting and upsetting to be so influenced by the outer world. Also, if you don’t have good boundaries and your own emotions get confused with those of others, you might even suffer burnout.
And, unfortunately, it can all make you get reclusive and try to shut down your sensitive heart.
But don’t despair! You have an incredible talent that’s super necessary in the world today. Our societies, which place a heavy accent on competition and productivity, tend to forget about human feelings. Most people feel lonely, detached from their own inner world, and starved for meaningful connections with others.
Empaths have the power to heal these problems. Our intuition and compassion can teach non-empaths to understand their own emotional life (and its wounds) and develop deeper, healthier relationships.
However, this depends on how healthy your energy is as an empath. To protect your energetic body and your sweet heart from burnout and unnecessary pain, you first have to understand the influences that are pulling on you.
A connection: Empaths and the Moon.
One of the most important relationships an empath can have is with the Moon. We’ve already explained how our oh-so-romantic satellite affects the natural world, including human bodies (we’re 70% water, folks!).
But what does it have to do with empaths and emotions?
The Moon has a special frequency of energy that, as Astro lovers will know, is linked to the element of water: the flow of feeling and emotion, the deep dive into the rich subconscious mind, and the guidance of your intuition.
The different phases of the Moon have different effects and, because Empaths are so aware of inner and outer energies, they sense these changes more deeply.
How does the Full Moon affect empaths?
The Full phase of the Moon is the brightest and, perhaps, the most powerful. For most people, this is a time to act, to take stock, and to release. More witchy folks will charge their crystals and supercharge their spells with the Full Moon’s energy of completion.
We empaths, being more sensitive, will feel all the feels bubbling to the surface and asking for our attention. The potent Full Moon vibes make us even more sensitive, intuitive, and aware of the energies around us than usual.
This means that we should focus on self-care during this time, instead of going out to party or taking action in the external world.
Full Moon self-care for empaths
These Full Moon self-care practices and rituals are a tool to deepen your connection to yourself. To look after yourself. To own your own energety field instead of allowing any stray vibes to come through.
You don’t need to follow all of these to the letter— just try out whatever your inner voice suggests. As you practice and create a Full Moon ritual for yourself, you’ll find what really works for you. And, in that journey, you’ll meet your own true power.
1. Crystals for self-love.
In another article, we explored how empaths can use crystals to heal themselves and their energy fields. Essentially, crystals are powerful receptacles and amplifiers for energetic vibrations— and each crystal has its own ‘flavor’.
During the Full Moon, you should work with crystals that promote self-love and rest. It’s time to let yourself know that you’ve got your own back.
The best crystals to work with to cultivate tender self-care during the Full Moon phase are:
Rose Quartz: The gentlest way to work on your self-love, Rose Quartz, is a lovely light pink stone you can wear as jewelry on the days of the Full Moon. It’ll restore a more authentic, vital approach to your own emotions and help you let go of external energy you’re holding onto.
Amethyst: This lilac crystal channels the energy of the Full Moon to align your intuition and energetic field with the Higher version of your Self. If you keep a piece in your room, it’ll help you rest and stay protected inside your own high-vibration space. Good for the Full Moon, meaning you get the best conditions to release and recover in this charged time.
Malachite: More of a heavy hitter, Malachite is a tool to work on releasing stagnant and ‘stuck’ energies— and should be used with caution. Together with the watery, mamma-Ocean vibe of the Moon, this crystal cleanses and protects your heart. Use it as a meditation focus or small altar decoration.
2. Work with plant allies.
As you know, plants resonate strongly to the energy cycles of the Moon, attuning their growth to her. If you work with herbal allies during your Full Moon days, they’ll support you through any upheaval you might be going through.
You can use:
- Jasmine— It’s the flower of peace, prosperity, and love. What else could you wish for in a Full Moon plant ally? Wear or burn jasmine essential oil, or drink jasmine infusion with green tea. In all cases, infuse the flower with loving intentions before using it.
- Frankincense and juniper— Two aromatic herbs you can bundle up and burn to cleanse your space of negative vibes. You’ll create a space to care for yourself in peace, working to let go and grow.
- Cardamom— This spicy-sweet ally is great for enhancing your intuition and softening the energy that feels harsh or blocked. It makes a great addition to loose leaf black tea!
Remember that plant allies are living beings that hold energy and intention. It’s a good idea to talk to your plants before you cut them or consume them, asking them to help align your energy and restore your soul.
3. Cultivate gentle movement.
At this time, your body might feel tired because of all the stuck energy and old attachments rising to the surface. During the Full Moon, many people say that they don’t sleep well at night. In an uber-sensitive empath, this can be amplified.
Moving your body in ways that feel supportive can help you relax and sleep better, regulating your inner biological clock. Conscious movement also works to align the energy in your body, purging what needs to go and keeping your true, deep feelings.
No movement practice is right for everyone— you have to find what works for you and stick to practicing regularly. Some popular restorative and gentle practices involve yoga (especially of the calming type, like yoga nidra), stretching, inner martial arts like tai chi chuan and qigong, and embodiment dance.
4. Release stagnant emotional energy.
The Full Moon, as we said, brings all the deep stuff to the surface. This might be old wounds and attachments you thought you were well and over with, troubling emotions you don’t want to deal with, or the dawning realisation that you need to make changes in your relationships to make them healthier.
It can all take a toll. Many empaths complain about feeling emotionally restless during this lunar phase. And it makes sense— it’s all those churning waves of energy building up inside! Getting them out of your system (at least for a little bit) will certainly help you process the energy of the Full Moon. By creating an opening to let everything out, you’re relieving the inner pressure and making room for new growth.
The best way to do this is by cultivating a journaling practice. It doesn’t have to be a daily habit— you can only journal when you feel the need for extra expression. And even then, you don’t need to make a big deal out of it.
Just grab a piece of paper and start writing everything that crosses your mind at the moment, letting your thoughts and words flow without trying to direct them. The more relaxed you are, the better the unsettled energy will pour out, and the more interesting your conclusions will be.
5. Have your own Full Moon ritual.
You can combine the practices we went through above or, to connect with the releasing and healing energy of the Full Moon, work with the element of water.
If you can get yourself to the ocean, lucky you! But if you can’t go swimming for a dose of Full Moon water magic, just give your bathtub or shower some love.
Light a candle or two, put on your most relaxing music, and say a blessing or prayer over your bathwater. For example, ‘I bless this Moon water so it may bless me’. You can add a few herbs or water-safe crystals to power up the effects.
Sink into the water and let everything float and go.
Working with the Moon as an empath.
In this complete Full Moon guide for empaths, we focused on self-care to help you release emotional wounds or attachments and restore balance in your energy. But to think of the Moon as a dangerous or upsetting influence wouldn’t be quite right— all its lunar power is on your side!
You only need to be willing to work with Her, as she will bring up all those pesky old emotions and unhealthy attachments you haven’t faced yet. In truth, Full Moon work is a collaboration: with the tidal energy of the Moon at its most potent, everything comes ashore like white-bleached driftwood. The Moon herself can help you sift through these watery treasures and decide what energies you want to keep in the new cycle, as well as what you are ready to let go.
As an empath, the Moon loves you. You are deeply attuned to her energy, so don’t be afraid. Instead, focus on holding yourself with care and nourishing your inner being as you go about all the deep work. Hold tight and take a deep breath— this is only meant for you to grow and bloom.