When you think of “full moon magick,” images of people in pointy black hats dancing around a bonfire might come to mind. Many Pagans do mark the phases of the moon with rituals and other observances — though rarely with the bonfires or pointy hats — but Neo-pagan traditions aren’t the only ones with ties to the moon.
The evening after the first full moon following the spring equinox marks the beginning of Passover, and Easter falls on the first Sunday after that (i.e., on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox).
The Hindu holiday Hanuman Jayanti — the birthday of Lord Hanuman — is celebrated on the night of the full moon in the month of Chaithra (the first month of the Hindu calendar, beginning in March or April).
In Islam, Laylat al-Bara’ah — remembering the day the Prophet Muhammad entered Mecca — is celebrated on the night of the full moon in the month of Sha’ban and marks a time of repentance and forgiveness.
Now deep into spring, the full moon in May — the Flower Moon — derives its name from the many blooming plants and trees. Reaching its peak at 12:01 a.m. EDT on May 9 this year, the Flower Moon is also a heady time of romance — maybe it’s the flower-fragranced air, or the sacred union of the God and Goddess that is believed to happen with this month’s full moon.
Also known as the Planting Moon, it’s a great time for getting out into the garden to take advantage of the warmer weather, longer days, and the season’s burgeoning fertility.
The full moon of any month is a powerful time for spellwork for witches of all stripes. Working magick for divination, protection and prosperity is appropriate at this time, as are any rituals or spells that require an extra power kick. The Flower Moon is a traditional time for spells concerning love, fertility, wisdom and growth.