16 Full Moon Self Discovery Journaling Prompt Exercises

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Recording the progress of your dreams, goals and intentions with Full Moon Journal Prompts is a very powerful practice. As each Full Moon passes you will have a record of your thoughts, what helps you accomplish your goals, and what held you back that you need to avoid in the future. You will find that similar themes happen time and time again in your life, even in the span of a month, you will see a pattern of habits that you can learn from to help you move forward in a major way.

On every Full Moon, I make time, and most importantly, take the time for this writing exercise and Full Moon journaling practice. This is the only Full Moon ritual that I practice every month. Creating space for myself in this way allows me to slow down and give myself space to practice kindness and compassion for myself. Its hard for me most days to not feel guilty and allow myself to take time away from work or my daily & nightly schedule, for self care and personal growth practices like journaling under the Full Moon.

During the Full Moon phase the Earth is between the Sun and Moon in a straight line, this is the exact opposite of a New Moon. From our vantage point on the Earth, the Moon is completely illuminated. The Full Moon rises at sunset and sets at dawn.

While the moon is circling around us on Earth moving in and out of the eight moon phases from our view down here on the ground, our minds travel through different phases as well. Our bodies, minds, spirit, mental health, and emotions go through a similar cycle that we can learn from as we look to the moon’s journey through the sky for guidance. As the moon phases change, we can see the themes associated with each phase reflected back to us in nature as the seasons change through the year, and even as our hormones (both male and female) change in the span of a month.

Journaling in alignment with the moon phases and monthly lunar cycle is a powerful way to understand the depths of our psyche and connect the dots to find answers that have previously evaded us. Full moon journal questions give us the ability to understand our bodies and the innate, natural, even primal, connection we have to nature and the moon.

I believe that journaling can improve our mental health, personal growth, foster our Spirituality, and help us to achieve our dreams, goals, and intentions. And I know that this can do the same for you.

Revisit each Full Moon journal prompt every Full Moon, or choose one that perks your ears and tugs at your soul in the moment. Once you feel that tug on your heart, you’ll know that it is the right self discovery writing prompt for you in that particular moment.

How To Start A Moon Journal

Some believe that we should separate out our spiritual lives from our “mundane” daily lives when it comes to our day planners and journals. I am not one of those people. Your journal and daily planner should be a reflection of your life as a whole. Choose a journal that speaks to your personality and purposes. All you need to get started journaling with the moon is a blank notebook and a pen.

Here are some of my favorite leather bound journals and leather covers that are perfect for your Full Moon Journal that I know you will love too.

I believe that we should work to integrate the pieces of ourselves together instead of segmenting our lives out into part and parcel. By actively stitching our daily life together with our spiritual life, we move towards a more integrated and harmonious existence with our inner most true selves, our soul, inner child, our spirit.

How To Journal During The Full Moon

The Full Moon is a time to celebrate what you have learned about yourself and your goals so far this lunar cycle. Take the time to focus on letting yourself realize where you are in your journey and what is left to do before you reach your dream, goal, or intention. The Full Moon Phase is an alluringly strong emotional moon phase that teases us with it’s fullness, causing us to physically stop in our tracks and look up to the stars.

As we look up at the sky we naturally celebrate the awe of the bright Full Moon before our eyes. While celebrating we need to remember to give thanks and practice gratitude for this beautiful sight. Have gratitude for all of the progress you have made and lessons that you have learned. Let go and release all that no longer serves you.

This is your time to celebrate. Reflect in your journal with these Full Moon writing prompts on all of the abundance that has come your way so far.

Themes To Journal About During The Full Moon

The Full Moon represents our dreams, goals, and intentions finally bearing fruit and physically manifesting. At this time the moon had reached the fullness of her cycle and the height of the light she shines on us. Likewise, you are reaching the fulfillment of your goals beaming with the bright light of pride and accomplishment. This is the time when the intentions you set back at the New Moon come into existence.

Full Moon Themes:

  • culmination
  • fullness
  • completion
  • emotions
  • romance
  • fertility
  • intensity
  • relationships
  • blooming
  • sexuality
  • impulse
  • hyper-sensitivity
  • unbridledness
  • enlightenment
  • clarity
  • peak creativity
  • birth
  • celebration
  • manifestation
  • bearing fruit

16 Powerful Self Discovery Journaling Prompts To Ask Yourself On Each Full Moon:

✦ What happened 14 days ago on the last New Moon? What did you experience? What was happening in your life? What had just begun two weeks ago?

✦ Are you going through any of these themes again right now? Have you moved forward and grown from these experiences or are you stuck in a place of stasis, lacking the ability to transform and grow?

✦ Take a hard look at your current situation and ask: Do you need to abandon your goals and start over? You might need to start over with a different point of view on the same situation, or with a completely different intention.

✦ How has your journey since the New Moon panned out? Where has this lunar cycle taken you?

✦ What growth have you experienced in the last 14 days?

✦ What growth have you experienced in the last month?

✦ What growth have you experienced in the last quarter?

✦ What growth have you experienced in the last year so far?

✦ What do you want to accomplish before the next New Moon in 14 days and before the next Full Moon in 28 days?

✦ What are 3 Actionable Steps you can take today to make your dreams, goals, and intentions come true?

✦ Are you on the right path to achieve your dreams, goals, and intentions?

Why You Should Set Goals On The Full Moon

Achieving our dreams, goals, and intentions in life in is extremely important to the stability of our mental health, personal self growth, self worth, and emotional stability. In the modern world we are so use to instant gratification that most of us feel terrible about ourselves when we are trying to establish a new habit, instill a new routine, or achieve a dream or goal that we have been putting off for far too long. It’s just too hard to keep momentum when the end of the road is a long ways away, especially when we’re use to immediate payout and instant gratification.

We can learn patience through journaling in alignment with the moon phases as we follow the themes associated with each moon phase while it travels across the sky. We all ebb and flow, and wax and wane just like the moon in our lives, especially when it comes to embarking on the road to achieving our hopes and dreams.

Why People Fail To Reach Their Goals

You know that bubbling exciting energy that surrounds new beginnings, that changes into accomplishment, and then transforms into a slow down as the excitement diminishes almost petering out, and then ramps back up again, before the cycle repeats itself? That is something that we all go through no matter how motivated we are to make a change in our lives. This journey of excitement, fullness, and diminishing happens every time we set out to accomplish something new whether its a habit, goal, dream, intention, or achievable milestone.

This repetitive cycle that we all go through can be attributed to the length of our attention span, difficulty level of the goal, the time it will take to accomplish the goal, and our bandwidth to work towards the finish line. This cycle even links back to our need for immediate gratification.

If you want to play into that need for immediate gratification, change the way you think about your dreams, goals and intentions. Find the path forward to achieving your dreams by writing better goals, check out my article about writing S.M.A.R.T. Goals and Writing better goals to manage stress & reduce anxiety to take control of your life. You can also download a lunar wheel moon wheel calendar in the form below!

The cycle of excitement, fullness, and diminishing can also be seen in the themes reflected back to us every month as the moon moves through the night sky into each of the 8 moon phases. And it doesn’t stop there, this exact journey of building, fullness, and diminishing occurs on a larger annual cycle too (but that is a post for another day).

How To Set Goals During The Full Moon With Full Moon Journaling Prompts

In the middle of every lunar cycle during the Full Moon we should take the time to look inward and ask ourselves, “I am I on the right path for my dreams, goals, and intentions?” It’s also just as important to take a hard look at your current situation and ask yourself if you need to abandon your goals and start over. You might need to start over with a different view of the same situation, or with a completely different intention.

The Full Moon is the reaping phase of your journey towards your goal. If you can’t decide what to focus on during this lunar cycle, try some of the ideas above in the “Themes To Journal About During The Full Moon” section. These are all great aspects to focus on during times of review and celebration which is what the Full Moon is all about!

During the Full Moon take the time to focus on these aspects of your Personal Growth and Spirituality:

  • fulfillment
  • consummation
  • illumination
  • completion
  • harvest
  • celebration
  • abundance

More Self Discovery Journaling Exercises For Each Moon Phase

Full Moon Goal Setting Ritual: The Mid-Month Progress Review

Now that the Full Moon is upon you, it is time to review your goals and celebrate. Let everything from your journey come to you and inspire you, lessons, achievements, and everything that has brought you this far.

Sit with yourself and think about your hopes and dreams. Culminate. Let realizations come to you. How has your journey since the New Moon gone? Where has this lunar cycle taken you?

Upon observing the moon, remember you might not always be able to see the moon, first record your feelings and any emotions that come up while gazing up at the moon and contemplating the journey to achieving your dreams, goals, and intentions. Then think to yourself or say one of the three declarations about your goal out loud:

If your on track with your goal:

“I move ahead with my intention now”

If something is holding you back:

“I don’t need ______ anymore, and make space for _______ (goal/intention).”

If you need to abandon your goal:

“I accept that my intention was not the best at this time. I release it, and course correct to move my progress forward again.”

“I release the things that no longer serve me and that prevents me from manifesting my intention. I am ______”

“I release (what no longer serves you)”

Or say the “I am” affirmation mantra from the New Moon Self Discovery Journaling Exercise to yourself out loud with confidence as if it has already come to pass and is solidified in your life.

“I am _____ (goal / intention)”

“I have _____ (goal / intention)

Then record the declaration you chose in your journal along with everything from your journey so far that has inspired you, lessons learned, achievements, and everything that has brought you this far on the way towards achieving your dream, goal or intention.

Make This Practice More Magical & Indulgent With Tarot

You can make this Full Moon Ritual more special, magical, and indulgent with the use of tarot decks or oracle decks. Try using the tarot cards to give you ideas on what you might want to focus for the Full Moon, New Moon, or for the rest of this lunar cycle. If you want to try tarot click here.

Speaking of feeling more magical, when the Full Harvest Moon is near, I start to feel deliciously indulgent and magical. I think its just that time of year when the air is crisp, the nights cool down and lengthen. The Harvest Full Moon signals to me that it’s time to look inward for some Shadow Work Journaling Exercises and to look upward to the brightness and fullness of the moon and celebrate her with a Harvest Moon Ritual.

Along with these journal prompts for the Full Moon, I also like to practice a bit of scent magic self care with a Full Moon Tea Ritual. This Full Moon tea ritual is one of my favorite passive rituals to perform for a bit of everyday magic (even when its not Full Moon).

You can use this lunar journaling method, Full Moon journal prompts, and Full Moon Goal Setting Ritual as tools to keep yourself on track toward your goal. I have found that its easier to have a plan and a schedule on which to think and focus my intentions. And I know it will help you too. This practice helps you know where you are in your journey, what to look for, and keep you thinking about your end goal, which makes you take subconscious steps towards it with out you even knowing.

Basically, it all boils down to keeping your goals top of mind and Writing better goals to manage stress & reduce anxiety to take control of your life (a.k.a.: S.M.A.R.T. Goals) so you keep going for them.

Too often I have felt like I am stuck in stasis and unable to move forward and grow, or feel like I’m never getting anywhere in life. But I have realized that when I am feeling this way, its a trigger and signal for me to stop, and reflect. By recording my thoughts, frustrations, dreams, goals, and intentions, I can look back and see the actual record of my progress and personal growth as an individual. I can see that my self worth is tied to myself, not a collective. If I am taking steps to grow myself then I am on the right track. I have had to stop allowing “Keeping Up With The Jones’s” and the collective society judge my self worth. I can see that change is happening and that I am growing. Self worth is about the self and can only be measured by the self. Its all about the self, not anyone else or a collective of any kind.

Take some time to focus on yourself this Full Moon and ask yourself these journal questions.

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