How to release negativity on Hunter’s Moon on October 9

What’s so special about October 9, and why should you save the date? Astronomically speaking, it’s the Hunter’s Moon on October 9, 2022, wherein the sun in Libra stands opposite the moon in Aries, which promises effective resolutions in the face of ongoing confrontation and emotional challenges. This full moon is also significant as it facilitates the culmination, release, and resolution of a distressing situation. The Libra vibe is always to serve peace and justice, but it comes with a lot of deliberation. The full moon in decisive Aries holds the promise to get us there faster than we think.

What is hunter’s moon?

“As we enter the second half of the year, a time full of festivity and celebrations, we have an intense full moon. Also known as the Blood Moon/ Hunters Moon, since it signifies making drastic changes to bring your desires to life,” astrologer and meditation coach Urvi Shrimanker. Though the focus is on yourself, be prepared for some romance brewing up as well. 

Shrimankar mentions that this time around, the changes in the moon’s energy are transformative and healing, bringing a promise of immense courage to take action to make your dreams come true. Essentially, the full moon is about the release, and the new moon is about affirmations. Ahead are a few lunar rituals you must practice on October 9 to detangle yourself from stuck-up situations and to invite a flow into your professional and love life.


1. Ground yourself 

During the time of Hunter’s moon, you will also feel a heightened sense of anxiety and resentment about things that aren’t going well, despite your best efforts. To calm the mind:

Work the body. Go for a long walk, preferably barefoot on the beach or on the grass. The focus shouldn’t be on the pace of the walk or burning calories, instead slow down and watch your breath. Consciously try to register the texture of the ground (water, grass, or sand) under your feet. Connecting with nature is one of the fastest and most effective ways to address internal insecurities. 


2. Declutter your space

This Hunter’s moon, make it a point to declutter your space – whether that’s your cupboard, skincare shelfie or work desk. If doing a deep clean overwhelms you, remove nine things that no longer serve you to symbolically make space for what you desire to flow into your life. “This full moon, get rid of all the things that are now redundant. Once you tidy up your space, keep a bowl of salt in the corners of your home to absorb negative emotions,” says Shrimankar. 


3.  Draw a salt bath

At night on this full moon, indulge in a saltwater bath. Take a fist full of rock salt and dissolve it in a bucket of water. You can also whip up some salt scrub at home by mixing salt with coconut or jojoba oil and gently scrub your body in light circular motions. It eliminates toxins and relaxes muscles, and loosens stiff joints. It’s an antidote to those pesky, nagging stress-induced aches.


4.  Release, don’t manifest

Full Moon is not a time to manifest. Instead, it’s the time to release emotions that make you uncomfortable and anxious. Light a candle on your desk. Write on paper all that you want to let go of. Read the list twice to let the words soak in. Please fold the paper, and burn it on the candle flame. You can bury the ashes in the soil or let them go down the drain. 


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