Consistently across the board as I’m lurking in message boards and Facebook groups I see people asking one after the other “How do I make moon water?” and inevitably in the comments “How do I use it?” over and over again, so rather than typing the same responses over and over again and decided that the best thing to do would be to create a blog post about it to share with these curious minds in the future! So in this article I plan to do that very thing, plus talk a little bit about the energies of the full moon from month to month.
What is Moon Water?
Moon water, very simply, is water that has been infused with the essence of the power of the moon. Why would someone want to make it? Well, consider that there is a powerful connection between the moon and water. The moon itself is what causes the ebb and flow of the tides in our oceans. Our little blue planet is mostly made of ocean; vast and filled with life. What amazing power the moon has if it can affect such change on such a huge scale! Most people (witches, of course, among them) want to harness this power in their day to day life so they can bring their hopes, dreams, and intentions into their lives.
How to Make Moon Water
Making moon water is actually incredibly simple. Most folks will tell you that, ideally, you would use rain water for your moon water, but this may or may not be feasible. If you are planning to imbibe your moon water, tap water may be best. (I mean, when you consider the water cycle that we all learned in fifth grade, all water is really the same. All water is connected!) I would say the most ideal would be tap water drawn from a well — the best of both worlds, BUT, where you get the water from is not nearly as important as the next step.
As with all things use your intuition as to what feels best to you as far as how long you let your moon water “charge” with lunar energies. Another thing to consider is, if you are leaving it out for multiple nights, do you leave your water outside in the daylight, too? Some witches assert that once the sunlight hits your “moon” water, it ceases to become moon water at all! Will you bring it inside during the day? Or, perhaps you (like me) feel that the power of your intention is more important than this “rule” and it is moon water just the same regardless of it getting a little sunlight, too. There is no wrong answer — you decide what feels right for YOU! (I mean, who is really getting up before sunrise to make sure their moon water doesn’t get any sunlight? Not this witch! I value my sleep too much!)
Seasonal Powers of the Full Moon
Many, many moons ago (see what I did there?), Native Americans indigenous especially to North America used to mark the passage of time by the moon phases and followed a lunar calendar. As such, each moon had a different name to help designate and mark the passage of time based on the natural phenomenon that they observed in nature during a particular moon cycle. Even today, these names and labels persist and they can give us clues into the energies we are able to tap into with each moon.
January (Wolf Moon) – Sometime also called the “Snow” Moon or “Ice” Moon, during this time is when the wolves were heard howling and the fall of snow began in earnest. Even in the modern world I’ve observed that we rarely get snow in December in time for the winter holidays. January is when it hits hard! The Snow Moon is a time for rest and introspection. The snow blankets the world in white peacefulness encouraging us to snuggle up under a warm blanket by the fire. Take this time for restorative practices and self care. Bonus points for making your moon water with melted snow!
February (Snow Moon) – Sometimes also called the “Hunger” Moon — during this time many of the indigenous people were starting to see their carefully collected supplies for the winter dwindle and food was sometimes scarce. They were stuck indoors with the same people for months at a stretch. February is an excellent time for storytelling and airing out grievances with the people with whom you spend most of your time. Forgiveness rituals might play nicely in this full moon cycle. There is also often a celebratory energy for those trying to fend off the winter blues to make it through until Spring! Some intentionally celebrated revelry could be enjoyable, too!
March (Worm Moon) – Other names for this one include the “Sap” Moon or “Crow” Moon, a name given for the fact that the cawing of crows often marked the end of winter. This is also when the maple sap began to run and be collected to create syrup. This is early, early Spring time. It’s time to start brainstorming and giving thought and early form to your goals for the year ahead. A great time for setting intentions!
April (Pink Moon) – Also called the “Grass” Moon, “Fish” Moon, or “Egg” Moon. Grass was finally sprouting and turning green again. The fish began to swim in the cold currents of the recently melted streams, and the birds began to lay eggs again. Life was returning and Spring is in full swing. The Pink Moon doesn’t actually appear pink, of course. “Pink” was the name given as the creeping phlox flowers often blossomed during this time. Rituals for self-love, romance, or beauty are excellent for this full moon.
July (Thunder Moon) – Sometimes also referred to the “Buck” Moon, “Wort” Moon, or “Hay” Moon. Bucks began to noticeably sprout their antlers and the warm summer weather began to erupt into humid storms. Bucks are notoriously a symbol for virility and masculinity. This is a great time to indulge in some self-love! Magick geared towards assertiveness in achieving your goals and executing them are excellent for this lunar cycle.
August (Sturgeon Moon) – Other names include the “Green Corn” Moon, “Fruit” Moon, and “Barley” Moon. Harvest season is usually in full swing. I know that around this time is when Pow Wow season in my area is huge. This is when the food stuff for the winter ahead started to be stored; corn had sprouted (although it was not yet ripe for harvesting) showing promise for a continued abundant harvest season. Fruit became ripe on the vine and the lakes were especially full of fish for eating. The Earth is abundant! Take time to offer gratitude for all the good that you have created for yourself during the year to this point.
November (Frost Moon) – This one is also referred to as the “Beaver” Moon as this is when the furry friends complete the preparations of their dams and began their winter hibernation. During this time usually the first frost of the year falls. This is now the dark part of the year. A time to begin introspecting yet again. Make sure you have everything you need for your own hibernation — an opportunity for more self-care and gratitude for the year passed.
December (Cold Moon) – Also, appropriately sometimes called the “Long Night” Moon as around this period is often the winter solstice and the longest night of the year. Here is when we are at the deepest depths of our internalizing. It is a time for shadow work; for looking inside at the parts that we aren’t as comfortable with, working with them, integrating them, and helping ourselves become more whole within ourselves.
How to Use Moon Water
Moon Tea – Use your moon water to create herbal infusions filled with intention. They can be one-offs or a tonic that you drink daily. Use herbs that match your intention to make the magick even stronger!
Face/Hand Wash – Use especially on your third eye and palms for cleansing and/or charging your own energy field with full moon energy for the day!
Floor Wash – Bring the power of the moon into your living space by cleaning with it. Add essential oils for fresh scent and extra intention.
Soups and Stews – Use it in your cooking to stir extra magick into the food that you create for yourself and your family, kitchen witch style! You can even use herbs and spices to help match your intention depending on what you’re cooking up!
Moon Baths – Put some in your bath water to literally bathe in the power and energy of the full moon. Again, add herbs, oils, and/or salts to further boost the magick signal and make it smell extra yummy.
Water Scrying – Put your moon water into a black bowl and gaze into in to divine images for yourself.
Crystal Elixirs – Use your moon water as base!