Saturday 18th May @ 22.11 UK time (GMT/UT+1; click here to convert to your time zone) is the Hawthorn Full Moon. It's also a Blue Moon. Although the modern definition of a Blue Moon is where we have two full moons in the same calendar month, the original definition was when a particular season (between any Solstice and the next Equinox or vice versa) has four full moons rather than the typical three, the third full moon is called a Blue Moon. It does not refer to any actual blue colouration. The English phrase 'Once in a Blue Moon' has come to mean an event that rarely happens.
If you are an angel fan, the angel of the Moon is Gabriel. See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.
To the right is a beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from my sister Angel McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book (and Harmony Angel Cards).
Both are out of print and collectible but we still have a few remaining copies via the Harmony Shop.
At the time of the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are in opposition. The solar (sun) energy influences our masculine/yang archetypal attributes (our outer world) such as strength, courage, identity, self-esteem, expression, conscious beliefs and determination together with our logical outlook. Whereas the lunar energy (moon) influences our femininely archetypal attributes (our inner world), such as our unconscious beliefs, hidden emotions, nurturing feelings, creativity and intuition. The Full Moon is a powerful and appropriate time to show gratitude for life and the riches and bounty bestowed upon us by Mother Earth (Gaia).
The Celts had names for each Full Moon of the year, this is the Hawthorn Moon following soon after Beltane. Known as Huath (pronounced Hoh-uh), the plant is prickly with pretty blossoms and is associated masculine energy, fire and fertility; tradition dictating that male potency is high at this time of year. Hawthorn can be used for magic rituals involving masculine power (it has a raw phallic energy about it), making professional connections and business decisions. The faerie realm are said ti like it, with the fae being particularly attracted when Hawthorns grow together with Ash and Oak. See thoughtco.com.
Other names for a Full Moon in May are: Flower Moon, Planting Moon, Milk Moon (Northern Hemisphere) or Hunter's Moon, Beaver Moon, Frost Moon (Southern Hemisphere). Names for the moon can also relate to the season, so this Full Moon could also be called the Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Planting Moon, Milk Moon, Rose Moon, Flower Moon or Strawberry Moon (after the spring equinox i.e. Northern Hemisphere) or Harvest Moon, Hunter's Moon, Frosty Moon, Beaver Moon, Moon Before Yule or Long Night Moon (after the autumn equinox i.e. Southern Hemisphere). Source = earthsky.org.
The time between any Full Moon and the next New Moon is a good time, energetically, to detox the body. I recommend an oil pulling technique, with coconut oil, which must be from a glass container for best taste.
For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events, see this recent Harmony Healing Event Update.