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December 3rd Is The Only Supermoon of 2017 – Get Ready For A Major Change

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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 well being. 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.

 

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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.

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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The Practice of Ho’oponopono Can Clear Stress and Negativity from Your Life

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One method of reducing stress that you may not have heard of before is the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono. Many of us deal with some level of stress on a regular basis. While it is almost impossible to get rid of stress completely from your life, there are many effective ways to reduce it. Too much stress can cause a variety of negative health issues, these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes

Ho’oponopono originated in Hawaii, and translates directly into English as “correction” or “to make right”. The practice focuses on reconciliation and forgiveness by using an affirmation to clear the mind of any negative thoughts and stress.

The benefits to someone who practices Ho’oponopono regularly are:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement in physical and mental health
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Control over emotions
  • A happier/more positive life

How Does Ho’oponopono Work?

Ho’ponopono does not require much teaching or practice, yet it is powerful for getting rid of bad memories or feelings. Ho’oponopono is a simple practice that allows you to release negativity that is being held within you. It also sends out the desire for reconciliation into the universe. This is achieved by using just four easy steps. The steps of H’oponopono are:

1. I’m Sorry: In life, it can be very easy to feel like the victim. We are often quick to blame other people or other circumstances for our own negative thoughts. In reality, you are in control of your thoughts. You are responsible for the negative feelings that have manifested inside. It is not always easy to admit that you have allowed your consciousness to introduce those negative thoughts – and that you have believed them. By saying sorry, you are recognizing that you are responsible for the negative thoughts or emotions that you might have. Apologizing to yourself has a powerful healing power and will help you to move on with your life.

2. Forgive Me: Once you have said that you are sorry, forgiveness is the next natural step. Don’t think so much about who you’re asking to forgive you. Instead, focus on the feeling of genuine remorse as you ask for that forgiveness.

3. Thank You: Gratitude has the power to completely change your outlook in life. Thank a friend, thank yourself, thank the universe or God or whoever you want to. The more that you are grateful, the more things you will have to be grateful for. Get into the habit of being more grateful every day.

4. I Love You: There is perhaps nothing more powerful in the world than the power of love. It doesn’t matter who the words are spoken to as long as the feeling behind them is genuine. Love yourself, your body, the air that you breathe, the world around you and all of the people in it. The power of love has the power to heal and banish any negative thoughts and stress from our lives.

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Why is Ho’oponopono So Powerful?

I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

So, what makes these simple affirmations so powerful?

You will probably agree that the four healing affirmations of Ho’oponopono are all positive things. When you can don’t have to convince yourself of that, and you just naturally “know” it, it is easier to push away negative thoughts and block out stress by filling yourself with love and gratitude.

Making Ho’oponopono a Habit

Because the affirmations of Ho’oponopono are universally accepted, anyone can put them into practice and allow them to change the way that they think and feel. Whether you use the affirmations as a daily reminder to yourself, or you focus on each of the four areas individually in order to rid yourself of negativity, they can make a big difference in your life. Stress will always be there and ignoring it will only make things worse. By recognizing that no other person or situation has control over your thoughts, you can feel more confident in getting rid of any negativity and stress that might be affecting you.

Start by realizing the importance of self, and how your negative connotations toward others or toward external factors could be controlling you more than you think. Once you start looking inward instead of outward, you can start to re-gain control over which thoughts you choose to listen to and which thoughts you choose to ignore. Always remember, the power to clear away stress and negativity starts from within.

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