October Full Moon
Blood Moon, Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon
Thursday October 5, 201711:40 AM PST
Please note that this is based off the Northern Hemisphere and varying Western traditions.
We have officially left the manifestive energies of the summer months and entered the transformative, reflective energies of autumn, with winter soon to follow. Leaves begin to change color, fall, and collect in heaps on the earth beneath, a powerful reminder of death and release. The first full moon of the season marks this powerful, reflective time of life and death. The Blood Moon occurs early in the day on Thursday, October 5th, but the energies will last 3 days prior, and 3 days after. Given that at the end of this month, cultures across the globe take time to honor the dead, this full moon marks the start of the celebration and reflection of death.
Named Blood Moon or Hunter’s Moon, the October full moon signifies the start of the hunting season. While nowadays in modern American culture, many people do not practice hunting themselves, and others rightfully choose to not eat meat at all, the hunting season of this time of year was celebrated by our ancestors across the globe, and thus, reverberates in our blood, our DNA, and the energy of the earth. Whether through our ancestors or through ourselves, various animals and plants have given their lifeforce to sustain us. Think of the food you eat, the house you live in, even the furniture you rest on and the fabric of your clothes. This Blood Moon is an important time to show reciprocity for this lifeforce, and honor the lives (animal and plant alike) that were sacrificed to sustain human life.
The energy of this full moon is about cycles, endings, and beginnings, making it a great time to break habits, cut ties that no longer serve you, and subsequently, call in the new energy you want to replace them. This year, the Blood Moon occurs in the Aries sign, giving the full moon an extra “umph” for issues involving courage, victory, and health concerns. This is also a great time for small accomplishments, the little things on your “to-do list” you’ve been meaning to cross off, accomplishments that will give you an added confidence in your abilities and personal power. As you work on clearing out energy and focus on bringing in the new, the energy of Aries will give the strength you need to do the mundane work to initiate those changes, face any challenges, and arise victorious.
So, what can you do to take advantage of these energies?
- Reflect & Gratitude: Take the time to sit down and meditate in the light of a flame of a single white or red candle. Reflect on the energy of the earth around you - the trees, the grass, the behaviors of the animals around you - all transforming right in front of your eyes. Perhaps sit outside by the trunk of tree and witness the slow, subtle, yet strong breath of Mother Earth shift all around you into Autumn. Think on the natural cycles of life and death, and your place within this cycle, and how you engage in this cycle. Take a moment to give thanks, and keep the candle lit (under supervision) for gratitude. Perhaps leave an offering of your choice. Yellow roses or flowers, a symbol of reciprocity and joy, make a great, biodegradable offering to “light” up your altar.
- Do Energy Work Revolving Around Health: Now is a powerful time, with the combination of the moon in Aries, and also the cyclical energy of life death, to tackle any health issues. If you, or anyone you know, is suffering from health concerns, now is a pristine time to do any magic to help heal.
- Clear the Pathway: Given that the energy of the Blood Moon is about life, death, and rebirth, reflect on some cycles in your life that you may wish to end. Then, think about some new beginnings, or different horizons that you are considering. Burn a candle, usually yellow or white, dedicated to clearing the old habit, tie, or karmic cycle. Use herbs like lemongrass, hyssop, and sage to dress the candle. Alternatively, you can do a fire ceremony burning the roots of weeds, envisioning them as the roots of the things you intend to release. You will want to follow up either ceremony by replacing the energy so that the habit does not take root again, so burn another candle or charge a crystal for the more positive things you’d like to manifest in replacement.
- Do Arts and Crafts: One way to honor and give thanks for to the vegetation and animals that sustain human life, is to reuse their by-product (such as seeds and rinds) through various crafts. For example, you can string together apple and anise seeds for a little love charm. You can use the seeds of lemons, or even peppercorn, to create a makeshift rattle/noise maker, to help clear energy in clearing spaces or shamanic journeying.
- Charge your Crystals: Citrine will be a great stone for this time, as it's cleansing and renewing properties will assist in changing habits, and bring in more positive energies. Aventurine will help bring in a loving, grateful energy, while moss agate is great for connecting to the earth energies. Garnet is a powerful stone for connecting to ancestors and “primal” earth force energies. Charge any of these stones, or any that you feel drawn to for the occasion, to assist throughout the year.
Full Moon Blessings,
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