This Moon nurtures our creative genius, brilliance, innovation, and ability to go against all odds- sometimes with little social support. ~ Mooncircles.com
Blessings of the Aquarius Full Moon, which is also a Blue Moon, meaning it is the 2nd Full Moon in one calendar month. We haven’t had a Blue Moon since 2012, and the next one won’t come along until January, 2018.
So this is a perfect occasion for some especially potent Full Moon magic: divination, manifesting, sacred sexuality, clairvoyant dreaming, and raising a kick-ass Cone of Power.
It is also the eve of Lughnasadh, the first harvest celebration sabbat. The next will be Mabon (Autumn Equinox, which is only six weeks away, can you believe it??), and then Samhain, which also marks the end of the magical year.
So we find ourselves in an extremely potent threshold moment. What will you do with the beautiful power that courses through the worlds at this time?
Farewell to the Season of Beltane
(to be said at the back door/window of the house on the last morning of Beltane, 31 July)
Go with thanks and go with blessing,
Season of vitality.
Souls with life are deeply freighted
Hearts are full of energy.
Under bud and blossom traveling,
You have come to Summer’s growth.
Soul-Smith, who has forged this brightness,
Flower-Maid, whose lips have kissed,
Touch the hidden fruit within us,
Bring us into Autumn’s bliss.
From Celtic Devotional, Daily Prayers and Blessings, by Caitlín Matthews
As if that’s not enough, since it’s the last day of the month, this day is set aside to honor blessed Hecate. In ancient times, Her day would be reckoned according to the lunar calendar, but since solar calendars are what we use today, that is how I now honor Her in this lifetime.
Lady of the night bring us your hoarse whispers and ancient songs,
Like deer bones tapping and clicking, calling the dead, calling winter home.
from Poem to Hecate, by Corinne Boyer
I especially want to acknowledge Hecate today, for now, at this crossroads of Lughnasadh and Full Moon, it becomes clear that the dark half of the year now encroaches.
In modern Goddess traditions, Hecate is widely known as the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess. But historically, She was also recognized as the beautiful (but formidable) Maiden, as well as a fierce Mother protector of children and women, particularly women in childbirth. She also watches over the marginalized on the edges of society.
She is the Goddess of Witches and of magic, the dark of the Moon, and the depths of the underworld, which is appropriate for this darkening time of year. Hecate walks along the roadways and counsels those who find themselves at a crossroads.
It is at the three-way crossroads that Her devotees leave a “Hecate’s supper” as an offering in Her honor on this night.
Of all the Greek Goddesses, Hecate alone could grant or refuse anything asked by mortals. She is the Queen of the Night, and those who seek Her protection can move safely in the darkness.
Hecate is the giver of wisdom, divination, magic, and dreams.
As the descent into the dark of the year becomes more pronounced, dancing the Lughnasadh harvest dances under this bright Full Moon, may She guide you well.