Whenever you have need of anything,
once a month, and better it be when the moon is full,
you shall assemble in some secret place
and adore the spirit of Me Who is Queen of all the Wise.
— from The Charge of the Goddess
Traditional by Doreen Valiente
This is the Full Moon, when the Sun is in Cancer (which rules the Moon) and the Moon is in Capricorn (full moons are always in the zodiac sign opposite where the Sun is). It is known as the Full Strawberry Moon, the Rose Moon, the Lover’s Moon, and the Honey Moon. The Chinese named it the “Lotus Moon,” the Celts called it the “Moon of Horses”, and the Dakota Sioux refer to it as the Moon “When June berries are ripe.” It is also the Blessing Moon.
As you might imagine, this is a very powerful time for magic, for the Blessing Moon is a reference to the blessings of the sacred marriages of Sun and Moon, Earth and Sky, or dark and light. It particularly refers to the wedded bliss of the King and Queen of Summer. This is the Moon for making wishes, for reveling in the abundance of Nature. Eat well, make love, plant vegetables, and make babies if that is your desire, for this is a nurturing, lush time when all that is conceived and created will bring health, happiness and prosperity.
However, for many, blessings may seem somewhat sparse lately, and life is not particularly easy just now. There is a good reason for this. Astrologer Lisa Dale Miller writes, “If you feel like you are pushing a huge boulder up a steep hill on this Full Moon in Capricorn, blame it on retrograde Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron. Ouch! Well, what other Full Moon could face this kind of struggle by shrugging its shoulders, and saying, ‘So what else is new?’
“Thank you Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, the great teacher of how to handle hardship, struggle and reality, with commitment, follow-through and guts. So, though this is the Full Moon to celebrate goals and achievement, with this kind of planetary resistance to moving forward, we can also celebrate small steps, realistic goal-setting, and being successful when faced with tremendous limitations. Going forward has its right time and right place. This is the night to look within, connect with one’s own sense of proper timing and trust the wisdom that arises from this kind of inquiry. Remember retrograde planets are ideal for inner work; especially retrograde Mercury.”
Eric Francis agrees, writing, “This [Full Moon’s energy] is a trigger aspect and it’s likely to be intense for many people — Full Moons tend to be emotional and feel out of control; many people can barely keep a grip on themselves. However the association of the sign Cancer and other [planetary aspects] this weekend say be aware, ride the waves, and don’t push people or yourself — this astrology has a lot of momentum. Feel it! Don’t play games with fate; dance with her.
As Lisa notes, “This is the night to reach deep into your well of strength and decide that achieving your own inner peace is the only goal worth attaining at this moment in our human evolution. This Full Moon simultaneously uncovers our fear and reflects the solution to our fear: acting only from love, compassion, and doing the hard work of relieving the suffering of all sentient beings by achieving enlightenment and inner peace.
“This is a very powerful and serious Full Moon–don’t waste it!”
And speaking of seriousness, don’t forget that the last day of the month is always sacred to Hecate. In ancient times, worshippers would leave a “Hecate’s Supper” with specially prepared foods as offerings to Her. The offerings were also gifts to appease the restless ghosts, called apotropaioi by the Greeks. These offerings are to be left behind at a crossroads at night, without looking back.
May Hecate and the Blessing Moon bring you gifts that are deep and true.