Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
~ Vincent Van Gogh
With the superstorm Sandy bearing down on the most populous corner of the United States, on the day of the Taurus Full Moon, and with only a week until the momentous Presidential election, it was with great curiosity that I pulled our Card of the Week.
Flying through the sky, we welcome the Eight of Wands.
The Eights of the Tarot are about abilities, self-directed action, and moving ahead. And of course, Wands are fire, action, change, creativity, and energy.
So here we have a simple, powerful image of eight staves, flying like arrows, all in alignment and balance. Does this Taurus Moon call down a magical alliance of Fire, to the embrace of the Earth Herself?
This week, those of us who follow the ancient ways celebrate Samhain, the end of the ancient Celtic year, and the final harvest. The first harvest is primarily centered on grains and fruits, and is celebrated at Lughnassadh (the first of August). Second harvest at Autumn Equinox gives thanks for all the other bounty from field and garden.
But the final harvest focuses on meat, both wild hunted, and those animals that are culled from the herds and slaughtered. The resulting stores once meant the difference between life and death through the long, barren Winters of our ancestors. Hence, this night’s Full Moon in Taurus is often called the Hunter’s Moon, or the Blood Moon.
So, as the time of the Wild Hunt begins this week, we might imagine these wands as literal arrows (as Arthur Waite himself described them), flying through the air, seeking their prey. Perhaps they have been launched in order to ensure the survival of the tribe.
In addition, this card is associated with Mercury in Sagittarius.
Annie Heese and Adam Banks write in their popular Cafe Astrology column that it so happens that today, Oct. 29, Mercury changes signs from Scorpio to Sagittarius. “When Mercury is in Sagittarius,” they write, “our thinking shifts from a need to plumb the depths of any given situation to the desire to learn about a wide range of topics. Ideals are sought, our thinking is more optimistic, and our faith increases. We are more equipped to believe and to persuade. What is fair and unfair concerns us most now.”
This seems to have big implications for both the upcoming American elections, as well as the disaster in the Northeast that is unfolding as I write this.
And the wonderful Elisabeth Grace writes, “Mercury leaves Scorpio for high-flying Sagittarius, increasing the odds of having everyone and his/her dog need to tell you what he/she thinks — at least for the next eight days.”
Sounds like a lot of the conversations around this cantankerous election, doesn’t it?
On a more personal level, are you in the midst of a situation that requires (or is the result of) rapid information being distributed? This may be your best chance for some time to finalize communications and make forward progress on business, technology, and travel, as Mercury is slowing down and will turn retrograde on Election Day.
In addition, it would not be surprising if you are finding yourself a little too busy right now. Simplifying and streamlining will do wonders for your energy. This is not the time to be distracted or multitasking, but to put all your energy towards your most important priorities. Serendipity and synchronicity are working in your favor, so pay attention to coincidences and luck.
Just be careful that all your energy does not lead you into poorly considered, impetuous situations. You may also be ready to fall head over heals in love, or you may have too many projects and commitments up in the air. If things are going too fast, moderate the pace a little by staying organized and focused.
Under the Hunter’s Moon, at this final turning of the year on the ancient Wheel of Time, all the once-small components of change have lined up into a greater whole.
Total commitment has been made, magic is in the air. No matter what storm may come, what crosswinds may blow, that which has been sent out into the world cannot be called back now. What is now moving must find its target.