Hobbies Astrology What Does a Full Moon Mean? The Role of the Full Moon in Astrology Share PINTEREST Email Print Mimi Ditchie Photography / Getty Images Astrology Basics 12 Signs of the Zodiac Trends & Horoscopes The Sun & Sun Signs The Moon & Moon Signs The Houses Love & Compatibility By Molly Hall Molly Hall is an astrologer, tarot reader, and author of "Astrology: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Zodiac." our editorial process Molly Hall Updated December 27, 2018 The full moon is a peak, and many feel the buzz. It's a crescendo and sometimes brings on a reckoning, or a moment of truth. It's associated with illumination since it lights up the dream time landscape. At the full moon, the luminaries, the sun and moon, are always in opposite Zodiac signs. The polarity brings heightened tension, as balance is sought between the two extremes. Waxing and Waning Moon When the moon has been waxing (increasing), set new moon intentions, and be ready to act. In the hum of the jolty energies, there can be epiphanies about things that were vague desires at the new moon. Make it real, with tangible actions, perhaps a ritual that signifies you're ready to integrate your intent. Stay open to surprise, too, and divine inspiration. Every month, you have a chance to experience a fresh start. The moon's waxing and waning are like the shortest hand on the cosmic clock. The intentions we set with the moon can get specific, and match the traits of the sign that month. This is a way to stay attuned to cosmic currents and go with the flow. It's a constant in a chaotic time, that the moon waxes and wanes. Each lunation is a chance to set new goals, and feel closer to a bigger mystery. Full Moon Intentions This word is used a lot and is interchangeable with the word goals. Perhaps, though, it suggests an active engagement in what you're co-creating with the universe. Your intent is what you intend to create in your life. Some like to create Vision Boards at the New Moon. But the amped-up energies and clear sight make the full moon ideal for dreaming-while-awake. Preparing for the Full Moon Each full Moon has a different intuitive feel, and any ritual you do could draw on the essence of the sign. As it approaches, you might gather photos, found objects, meaningful totems, and place them with your intentions in a prominent place. You might light a candle in a simple full moon ritual. Time to Celebrate The full moon often casts an exuberant vibe, making it a great time to have a party. This also opens the door for meaningful people to step into your life. But keep in mind that it can be intense, too. There's a reason why more patrolmen are sent out on full moons. Take time to honor yourself in some way for any steps you took since the new moon. The Climax and the Big Reveal Sometimes full moons feel like the end of an act in your ongoing life story. It's like in a movie where all the plot points are pulled together, and for a brief moment, you can see the interwoven whole. If you set intentions, the full Moon is a time when you begin to make out the path and can take an exciting step forward. It is both a culmination and a time to act on something you've imagined. In the act of doing, you have brought an idea into reality and made magic.