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The significance of the full moon in spiritual practice

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Today appears to be a full moon day, which is considered a good time to practice spiritual exercises and meditation in various religious traditions.

I had found this article by spiritual master Choa Kok Sui ( founder of Modern Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga), which similarly cites the benefits of meditation and spiritual practice during the full moon.




So the question is, what makes people have diverse experiences during the full moon? From insanity, violence, crime, and accidents to romance, spiritual experiences and illumination?

In fact, during full moon, everything will be magnified, good and bad. Therefore, full moon can be both viewed as a time of crisis as well as a time of opportunity. It depends on our overall state and activity during the full moon day to cultivate its positive or negative effects.

Spiritual practitioners in this case, use the magnifying effects of the full moon to deepen their spiritual practice and meditation and to be of greater help to humanity.

On the exact time of the full moon, as well as two days before and 2 days after, the effects are maximum.
Therefore, many practitioners worldwide try to stay away from sensual worldly life and focus their attention to spiritual development. Some further observe certain spiritual disciplines such as fasting to purify their vehicles and prepare themselves for the greater downpour of divine energies.

It is highly advisable thus, even if no spiritual practice is followed, to refrain from various commitments, stay calm and relax the mind during the full moon day to avoid possible emotional and mental fluctuations.



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I pretty much agree with the quote, that whatever one does during the full moon, it becomes magnified.

And, today, in just over 6 hours, there is a full lunar eclipse, (18:34 UT).

So a super powerful day, either way, for the good, or the bad.

And just to add, the Buddha was born, enlightened, and passed on a full moon, or so its claimed.


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The full moon for this month is today on June 3.


The lunar calendar is used in Islam, and importance is attached to the new moon as well as the full moon.




Traditional moon wisdom states that on the day of the New Moon the body’s capacity for detoxification is at its highest. This is a time, tradition says, to make healthy lifestyle changes, break bad habits and withdraw symptoms of imbalance. This is in complete synchronization with the fact that the prophet used to fast on the days of the full moon, saying, “It is like fasting the whole year.”


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The full moon for this month is today on July 3. It is called as a Buck moon because the antlers of male deer (bucks) are in full-growth mode at this time.


Ryaku Fusatsu is a monthly Buddhist ceremony that takes place on the evening of the full moon that involves a repentance ritual and renewal of vows. 




Shunryu Suzuki said this about the Full Moon Ceremony: “[T]o purify our mind and to keep Buddha’s way, we will observe Fusatsu.” He also said, “So to have good practice means to have good precept observation. Why it is so—is better not to think about. This is something to realize by your true practice.”


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There is no significance in the full moon for spiritual practices. Only the belief that there is. 

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There will be two full moons in August 2023. The first is on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, and the second full moon will be on Wednesday, August 30, 2023.

The most common name for the August Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon. As with other full moon names, it’s inspired by nature and refers to the high numbers of sturgeon caught in high numbers in North America’s Great Lakes.

The Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan, celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters are celebrated during this time period of the full moon, and is on August 30, the occasion of the second full moon.

In Judaism, the new moon and full moon are celebrated by the Hebrews.




In Psalm 81:4, both new and full moon are mentioned as a time of recognition by the Hebrews:

Blow the horn on the new moon, on the full moon for our feast day



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