On December 3rd, get ready to harness the wonderful power of the supermoon with this handy guide. We are going to cover what the supermoon is, why it is so special and how to make the most of this amazing natural phenomenon…

What is a Supermoon?

A supermoon is a new or full moon that is closer to Earth than normal. It is referred to as a ‘supermoon’ due to the fact that it appears bigger and brighter than usual. The moon looks bigger as it is almost as close to Earth as it’s orbit will allow. In astrological terms, this is called a ‘perigee’ – meaning ‘near to the Earth’.

This supermoon in December is also called a ‘Cold Moon’ due to the chilly weather that this month brings. Each moon has a different (non-astrological) name, which is normally relevant to the season and what it brings with it.

A normal full moon occurs every 29.5 days, as it is fully lit by the sun’s rays. The moon normally orbits Earth from a distance of between 222,000 and 252,000 miles, bearing in mind that the orbit is elliptical. During a supermoon, its orbit is at the closer end of the scale, so it is only around 230,000 miles away. This results in it appearing much brighter and bigger – to the human eye, it looks around 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual.

How Often Does a Supermoon Occur?

The moon must be at a certain point on its orbit around Earth in order to appear so huge. It must also be either in its new or full stage in order to be classed as a supermoon.

There is some speculation around what determines a supermoon, but most definitions suggest that they are fairly rare – occurring once every 14 full moons. Full moons occur once every 29.5 days, which puts around 400 days between each supermoon, making this a pretty big event by my standards. Either way, this December’s supermoon is set to be incredible…

What is so Special About This Supermoon?

Well, for one thing, it is relatively rare! Full moons are spectacular in their own right, and supermoons are even more stunning. These events happen once every 400 days, so with over a year in-between them. There is a lot of powerful energy to harness during supermoon occurrences, making them incredible events worldwide.

What Does the Supermoon Do?

It affects, as always, the tides due to differential gravity. The difference may not be hugely noticeable, but it has been scientifically proven that the force of the tides is stronger during a supermoon. These tides are known as ‘perigean tides’ due to the close proximity of the moon to the Earth.

Many people also believe that the moon has a huge effect on our lives and wellbeing. The supermoon is said to hold a huge amount of power and can cause some pretty big personal shifts! Many people report feeling differently throughout the different moon phases, and especially during supermoons. Our bodies are made up of around 70% water, so it is possible that our ‘internal tides’ and balance will be affected. Let’s put science aside for a second and see what the next supermoon has to offer us, spiritually-speaking…

What Spiritual Benefits Are There to a Supermoon?

The full moon has been cited throughout history as a source of positive and powerful energy. Many people choose to bask in the light of the full moon, and there are various rituals people carry out in order to harness the power of the moon. People believe that the increased illumination that comes with a full moon is reflected in our souls – we are full of fresh light and positivity. Continuing with that line of thinking, the supermoon must bring a whole big heap of these amazing energies.

Energy Healing

Fill your body with new light and get ready to work on self-love and energy healing. Emotions tend to run high during full moons, making it the ideal time to really get in touch with your inner-self. Allow anything that does not serve you to fall from your life. Full and supermoons are the perfect opportunity to let go of any negative energy and experiences, and look to a brighter future – quite literally!

Moon-Bathe and Let That Sh*t Go!

Moonlight is also believed to purify our bodies. Take a cleansing ‘moon bath’ and soak up the rays of this natural wonder. The idea behind this is to bask in light and allow our chakras to realign. Keep an open mind, be patient and revel in what the moon has to offer you. For a wonderful Moon bath, I recommend adding some Himalayan salts to a nice warm bath. You can also add some of your favorite essential oils to enhance your experience. After a wonderful moon bath you will feel relaxed, rejuvenated and totally energized.

moon bath

Set Yourself Goals

Supermoons also offer an amazing chance to plan ahead. This is a great time to reflect on where you are in your life and what you hope to achieve in the future. Many people use this special time to journal and set themselves goals. The moon’s energy is believed to help these dreams and wishes manifest. Be as imaginative as you like! The energy from the supermoon encourages creativity and exploration, so find the fun in setting serious goals.

Soak up Some Feminine Energy

This supermoon is all about feminine energy! The moon is believed to be a strong source of feminine strength, so the supermoon is an exaggerated version of this. This is especially important for women, but men should feel comfortable engaging with their feminine side, too. Ladies, make the most of this beautiful lunar event – bathe in the moonlight, chant, have a smudging ritual, gather in groups of powerful goddesses and harness this power. Women’s strength and spirituality is so often dismissed, but now is our time!

Charge Your Crystals

If you are already into crystals, or if you are still learning about their wondrous powers, now is the time to charge them. By laying your crystals out in the light of a supermoon, you allow them to soak up all the positivity, creativity and liberation that will be flooding down upon us. You can also set out any important jewelry or talismans. Many people also choose to leave their drinking water out in the moonlight. You can then mix this with herbs for a powerful drink, or add it little by little to your drinks over the next few weeks.

Do What Feels Right

However you choose to embrace this supermoon, enjoy it. The energies being released are full of positivity and are very powerful. Now is a time to reconnect with yourself and align your mind, body and spirit. This may feel emotional, as lots of energies will be released. Letting go of things is the best way to move forward, and this year’s super full moon gives you the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Do whatever feels good for you – this supermoon is all about empowerment, creativity and aspiration, so channel that however you like.

If you’re still not convinced by the spirituality of these events, don’t worry. You don’t need to journal, meditate or set out any crystals if that’s not your thing. Simply have an open mind and an open heart, and be prepared for them to be filled with amazing energies…

 

Lucy Vinestock

Lucy is a travel and wellness writer currently based in Gili Air, a tiny Indonesian island. After over a year of traveling, she's settled in paradise and spends her days wandering around barefoot, practicing yoga and exploring new ways to work on her wellbeing.