Full Moon’s have been awakening curiosity for centuries. Celebrate their mystery with a Full Moon party.
This month we have a Full Moon on July 31 called a Blue Moon because it’s the second full moon in a month. According to NASA, this happens only about once in every 2.7 years or “A Blue Moon”, as it were. The last one was in 2012 and the next won’t be till 2018.
I like to look at Full Moons as a time to celebrate and reflect, a time to shed an old habit or set a goal. Even the smallest adjustments can create a momentum of change over time. For example, waking up 15 minutes earlier to meditate or walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
The next Full Blue Moon won’t be till 2018. Whether you choose to take this time in quiet reflection of go all out and party like the Full Moon festivals in Asia, here are a few suggestions to inspire you.
Steps for preparing a simple altar.
1. Lay down a cloth. Sin in Linen Moon Phase Linens are perfect for this. Choose from black or white depending on your intention and mood.
2. Burn sage to clear the air.
3. Lay down crystals or rocks you’ve collected.
4. Place some fresh flowers or plants to encourage energy, life and positivity.
5. Light candles.
I am obsessed with these Spell candles by our friend Ginger at NightShade Botanicals.
Cook something nice in a moon theme.
Here is a recipe for a Blue Moon Dream Cake from the Sweetapolita Bakebook. I’d rate this as an advanced project but worth it. Look at that cake! It’s a stunner and would be fantastic to impress guests or to give your self a real treat for this special full moon. It would be fun to serve this with a round of Blue Moon beer.
If you want something lighter and fresher since this Blue Moon is in the middle of Summer, try this Honeydew Ice recipe from the Full Moon Natives.
Honeydew Ice with Mint
1 ripe honeydew melon
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
Or use leftover from Honeydew Mint, Basil and Lime
1. In a blender, purée the melon, lime juice, and sugar until smooth. Add the mint and pulse until finely chopped.
2. Pour the melon mixture into a 4 1/2- by 8 1/2-inch loaf pan or 1 1/2-quart freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours and up to 3 days.
3. When ready to serve, let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Using a fork, scrape the surface of the melon ice to create flakes; divide among glasses or bowls.
Here is a nice lavender lemon cookie recipe for a warm loving summer night. Cut the cookies in the shape of a heart for a little extra love.
Lavender Lemon Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup lavender sugar
1 egg 1 tsp lemon zest
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350°
Cream butter and lavender sugar, then add egg plus lemon zest and mix well.
Add flour and baking soda, then lemon juice.
Roll into two logs, wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Slice, sprinkle with sugar
for 10 minutes
If you want to make your own lavender sugar, learn here.
Create a themed playlist around the Full Moon, Aquarius and the Blue Moon.