July Full Moon

The Full Wort Moon 2013

As Unitarian Universalists, we are not bound together by a dogma or creed.  We are held together by our mutual respect for the seventh principles.  Since it’s the full moon, I wanted to share about the seventh principle.

Seventh Principle:  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Respect for the environment has taken on a deeper spiritual dimension for many UUs . We think of it in terms of our fundamental relationship to the cosmos, not just as a set of policy issues. Many UU’s are attracted to the idea of an imminent God who resides within the very fabric of creation rather than in some distant Heaven.  It is through this thought process that we embrace earth-centered religions and goddess worship.

On the Full Moon we release that which no longer serves us and it is during this phase that extrasensory perceptions increases. Setting up plans and releasing old patterns or issues are all. Full Moon energy  can be tapped during the 3 days prior to the rise of the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon and during the 3 days after.

The Full Moon is when the moon’s energy is at its peak. The Full Moon is the best time for consecrating tools, charging jewelry, working to bring something to you, and for raising energy for the Earth or other Healing. This is truly a joyous time for celebration. Many celebrate the Full Moon with a special ritual called the Esbat.  Each moon has a special name.

The full moon aspect of July is the Wort Moon.  “Wort” is another term for “herb,” and the Wort Moon hails the coming harvest as we observe the very first signs of harvet.  The fields grow ripe with their bounty.  In July, we notice the days growing shorter and we prepare to realize the benefits of our hard work.

Another aspect of the July full moon is the “Full Buck Moon.”  Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

Full Moon Correspondences:

  • Hay Moon
  • Moon of Claiming
  • Moon of Blood (because of mosquitos)
  • Blessing Moon
  • Meadow Moon
  • Fallow Moon

Herbs: Honeysuckle, Lemon Balm

Colors: Silver, Blue-Gray

Flowers:  Lotus, Water Lilly, Jasmine

Scents: Frankincense

Stones: Pearl, Moonstone

Trees: Oak and Ash

Energy: Relaxed Energy.  Preparing.  Succeeding. Dream Work.  Meditation on Goals and Plans, especially Spiritual Plans.

Meditate: Things that you would like to bring into being through themes of Protection and Prosperity.  There may be maybe hopes and dreams that you wish to manifest during the harvest time.  Perhaps there is still preparation to be done.

Affirmation:  “I open my arms and accept the blessings that the universe offers me.”    This can be repeated daily throughout the month, as many times as needed, perhaps while burning frankincense.

When the moon rides at Her peak, Then your heart’s desire seek.