Blessings of the Full Moon!
With this Moon, we approach the magical season of Mabon. (I’ll be writing more about this lovely holiday in the days ahead).
This Moon will be eclipsed, but unfortunately we won’t get to see the Earth’s shadow cross Lady Luna here in the U.S. (To learn more about its path, you can visit here).
Known by many names the world over, including the Barley Moon, the Corn Moon, the Wine Moon, and the Hunter’s Moon, the Harvest Moon is the Full Moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox, which arrives next Thursday.
This is a time of protection, prosperity, and abundance. Under the Harvest Moon, the grain crops can be gathered in, and it is a good time for spellwork involving money, health, abundance, and nurturing.
Although frost is still (probably) at least a month away where I live, the energy is waning in my garden. The longer nights and cooler temperatures will begin to take their toll. So I love to gather in most of my herbal harvest with the blessings of this Moon, at the final crescendo of their power.
Under the Harvest Moon, we are invited to strike a gentle balance between the pragmatic Virgo Sun, and the dreamy, sensitive Pisces Moon.
Use this time to be quiet, still the body, and tune in to the perfect balance of the coming Equinox. Listen deeply to the wisdom that is within you. Nurture, tend, and watch over your true being. Gather in what feeds you. Cultivate what strengthens you.
Allow breathing space for your creations, insights, and wisdom to age, like a fine wine. When the moment has come, open and share the sweet fruition of who you are.
Some Astrological Considerations
This eclipse will connect with Chiron. My friend Lynn Hayes explains:
This Full Moon in Pisces is a watery pool of magic through which we can see with greater intuition than ever before (Pisces); however, in the process we may lose sight momentarily of the worldly details (Virgo) that keep us rooted on Planet Earth. Using grounding rituals to help us to keep that balance will be helpful.
With Chiron, planet of wounding and healing, there is a sense in this eclipse chart of something coming up from the past that needs to be healed, and an alignment of dreamy Neptune to the South Node of the past brings potential for confusion in a swirl of emotions that require greater balance.
It is more difficult now to determine what we want from our lives and how we might be able to achieve it, especially with Saturn’s cold voice of reality locked right now in a challenging dance with idealistic Neptune.
Venus is in its own sign of Libra right now where fairness and equity become more important, but a challenging opposition to Uranus (radical change) could bring tension into relationships if we don’t allow space for each individual to flower and prosper.
The Black Moon Lilith aligns with Venus in this eclipse which brings the psychic shadow into consciousness where it can become more fully integrated and bring us greater wholeness.
Eclipses are often associated with an “unmasking” of some kind, and in a lunar eclipse the inner instincts ruled by the Moon prevail over the solar conscious voice of reason. This is especially true in the sign of Pisces which lives in the realm of feeling.
This is no time for emotional repression – it’s time for us to allow emotions to flow freely, bringing with them the nugget of crystal clear wisdom that illuminates the path.
Full Moon Ritual
Pisces Full Moon Eclipse
Fri Sept 16, 2016, 3:05 pm EDT, 12:05 pm PDT
Moon at 24.20 Pisces, and Sun at 24.20 Virgo
In addition, the Mooncircles astrologers offer this brief ritual that can connect you to the magic of this Sun in Virgo, Moon in Pisces moment:
Drawing Down the Moon…
First, imagine above you the round glowing disc of the moon, bathing you in a protective circle of light. Vibrant with energy, your space is transformed, filled with the purity of spirit. Stand and raise your arms above your head. Let your palms face each other and curve slightly toward the moon. Feel as though you’re a sacred chalice, drawing the power of the Great Mother .. (click here to continue..)
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May Lady Moon bless your rites on this most magical night!