Forgiveness and the Full Moon

by | May 9, 2020

Written by Sarah Cornforth

Sarah Cornforth, The Magickal Creatrix is a UK artist and Moon addict with a love of the natural world. Other obsessions include hoarding tarot and oracle cards, creative journaling and making magick. At some point in her future there will be Llama's!


Inside this article I talk about the regular practice of forgiveness and how to creatively use the power of the full Moon to support this action.

We take a look at:

  • What is full Moon energy
  • Practising forgiveness on the full Moon
  • Why practice forgiveness
  • How I practise forgiveness creatively
  • What else is full Moon energy good for?
  • Why you should release AFTER the full Moon
  • Final thoughts and taking things further

There is no love without forgiveness and there is no forgiveness without love.

Bryant H Mcgill

What is full Moon energy?

The full Moon is the energetic climax of the lunar cycle. It’s when the Moon is at its fullest and brightest in the night sky and her influence can be felt by us all, whether we realise it or not. The full Moon happens once every lunar cycle and is the halfway point between one new Moon and the next.

When the Moon is full, the Sun and the Moon are in opposition to each other. This means that they’re hanging out in opposite signs of the zodiac and this aspect (relationship) can be intense.

For some this influence is exciting and bouncy and full of enthusiasm and motivation. For others the energy can be heavy, emotional, oppressive and draining.

Perhaps you already know that you feel a certain way when the Moon is full and if so, you may have noticed that not all full Moon’s are the same. That’s because each month the full Moon is in a different sign of the zodiac and with that comes an added layer of complexity to how we feel and react, the way we think and the energy we have available to us.

Practising forgiveness on the full moon

Forgiveness is such a powerful thing and often when people consider this practice they look outside at the world around them and the people in it. And yes, forgiving others is very important but it’s also important not to forget about forgiving yourself too.

If you’re anything like me then you probably give yourself a hard time for most things. Maybe you have some negative self-talk on repeat inside your head that’s often bringing you down. Or perhaps you only notice what you don’t accomplish and never acknowledge just how far you’ve come. This is a bad habit that can be broken with a regular practice of forgiveness.

Why practice forgiveness?

Negative stuff can fester and I’m a great example of this. My personality type means I naturally sit and wallow in my own thoughts and past trauma without discussing them with others, working through them myself or allowing people to see that I’m harbouring anything at all.

However, the longer we sit with this stuff the more likely it is to transform into something else. It becomes bigger, nastier and meaner than the original issue. As it evolves in my mind I believe the new version that I have created and a monster is born.

This seems extreme but we create smaller and bigger versions of this every day. Some we naturally move through, dismiss and forget all about. But others……others become toxic and harm ourselves and those around us.

Forgiveness of yourself or others allows you to:

  • Be emotionally healthy
  • Form positive relationships
  • Grow and evolve as a person
  • Help others to move through their own issues
  • Influence others to practice forgiveness
  • Remain at a higher vibrational level more often
  • Maintain good mental spring cleaning
  • Relieve yourself of baggage and worry

How I practice forgiveness creatively

When I add a level of creativity into my rituals my energy is focused and precise. I’m ‘all in’ and this adds a powerful layer of personal magick to the process.

During the Libra Full Moon I made a very long forgiveness list, it was clearly about time I did this as there was more on the list than I expected. I began by just writing down whatever came to mind in my ‘scruffy’ journal (see note).

Note: My scruffy journal is a notebook where I can write anything, in whatever pen, handwriting or style. It doesn’t matter what it looks like. It’s not Instagram friendly. And it’s for the sole purpose of getting things out of my head and onto paper so I can process them. I believe everyone should have a scruffy journal.

I then grabbed my creative journal and put together a page which reflected the energy of Libra. I then started to add things from my forgiveness list. I took my time, I reflected on each one as I wrote it. And I gave myself permission to forgive myself and others for everything on the list. And it was a big list.

Afterwards I felt a lot lighter. But I had no idea how big the benefits would be until the next full Moon when I sat down and considered my forgiveness list and wrote nothing. That big list from the Libra full Moon had cleared so much baggage and space for me that I had in fact been able to continue to forgive myself as things came up in my life. I’m quite sure that by the next full Moon I will have some new stuff for my list, but I was astounded by the power of taking the time to not only write the list but to really focus on every single item in a super creative way.

What else is full Moon energy good for?

Finishing things off

The energy of the Moon builds until it reaches its peak at the exact date and time of the full Moon. Keeping that in mind, consider that the full Moon is about completion, tying up loose ends and reviewing how far you have come so far.

This doesn’t mean you have to get all your goals and projects finished by the full Moon but you can use this as a point in time to aim towards when working through the multiple steps required to complete bigger goals. It’s always good to create deadlines and the full Moon is a great target.

Acknowledging your success

There is great power to be had when we spend a moment giving ourselves a pat on the back for our efforts so far. Most of the time, no one is going to do this for us, so making a list of things you accomplished and the achievements you’ve made so far is a great boost to your morale and confidence.

Why you should release and let go after the full Moon and not on it

Something I get asked a lot is about releasing on the full Moon, because I always teach about waiting until after the full Moon.

So why is everyone on social media talking about full Moon releasing when I’m talking about full Moon forgiveness?

Well, it’s all a bit of a mix up really. There are some full Moon’s whose energy is supportive of releasing based on the astrological events at the time. However as a general rule releasing at the peak of the energetic cycle is impractical and can feel like going against the flow.

There is so much happening at the exact time of the full Moon that we don’t really want to be adding the pressure of letting go to the list as well. I’ve talked about practicing forgiveness at the full Moon and this works great to prepare us for what we want to release.

The releasing part works best when we wait until the Moon starts to let go of her light and energy. After the full Moon has passed the Moon wanes, and as she does so she is signalling that we should let go too. We mirror her energy and light by releasing as she gets smaller in the sky. She is letting go and so should we.

How long should you wait?

A couple of days after the full Moon is great, but to be honest once the intensity of the full Moon energy has passed you may naturally feel guided to let go of the things that no longer serve you.

How much time do you have?

The waning Moon lasts for a couple of weeks after the full Moon, until the next new Moon which also gives us plenty of time to release things which are a little more complex to let go of. After all, letting go isn’t easy even if it is the right thing to do.

Final Thoughts

I hope this article has encouraged you to practice regular forgiveness on the full Moon and to perhaps even get a little creative with your full Moon forgiveness lists. 

I would love to know what you love to do as part of your full Moon practice so let me know in the comments at the end of this blog. 

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