Harvest Moon – Sept 29th Full Moon in Aries

Aries Full Harvest MoonSeptember 29: Full Moon, 10:19 pm, 7° Aries

September 2012 is the Harvest Moon, and is also known as the Full Corn Moon.

The Harvest Moon isn’t always in September, since it is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox.  In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. It can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.

The Runic Calendar of Nordic traditions, (which is governed by half months rather than full months), divides this moon of the year by Gyfu (Gift) from September 28th through October 12th. Gyfu is also the rune of Odin, the all-father.

Aries is the sign of the Ram, a Masculine sign: outwardly expressive or extroverted. It’s element is Fire, which brings with it high energy, warmth, vision and intuition. Not only active, but a bit pushy and impulsive, and sometimes thoughtless as the Ram runs through any obstacles in its path. Some careful planning before entering Aries Moon is a good idea, to ensure you get the emotional push without running anyone over.

But this isn’t just any Aries full moon. It will be conjunct with Uranus which is a planet of change. Joined with the ram, think sudden, shocking or surprising transformation. Think, instead of just Aries fire, more of a spark or even explosion. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Since you know what’s coming, you can be ready to shift some boulders which have been in your way. With preperation and focus it is a good time for self-transformation, so use that energy to your benefit!

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
Eckhart Tolle

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” -Deepak Chopra

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” –Jim Rohn

Full Cold Moon in Gemini

10 December at 8:36 AM Central Standard Time.  Yes, we love to celebrate the full moon, but this time there’s so much more going on in the sky. Leading up to the Full Moon, Uranus goes Direct and we get a Lunar Eclipse all while Mercury is still in retrograde!  This energy is transformational and even shocking.  So hang on…

Cold Moon; Long Nights Moon; Moon before Yule

It’s December, the month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest, and days are the shortest. Midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun, with the longest night of the year on the 21st, as this moon wanes.

These long nights and this full moon in the shadow of an eclipse provides a perfect time to work on awareness and inner-knowing rather than outer-showing. Lunar eclipses can be times when your paradigm shifts and you come to life-changing realizations, and with Uranus going direct, we thought we’d provide a timeline of what’s going to happen in those we hours of the Friday Night leading up to Full Moon.

Uranus Planet and Astrological Symbols

Uranus Image (NASA) with Symbols overlay

Uranus Direct 1:05 AM Dec 10th

Uranus, which went retrograde on July 9th, turns direct late Friday night/ Saturday morning. So, on Saturday leading up to Full Moon, the energy from Uranus opens us up to sudden change and freedom, and this just hours before the intensity of a total lunar eclipse.

Uranus is the rebel planet of shocks, surprises, and revolutions.  While in it was in retrograde it inhibited our urges to express dramatic thoughts and ideas. Now this period of relative quiet is coming to an end, right during mercury retrograde, full moon and lunar eclipse, and anything that was welling under the surface may want to erupt. Not all transformation is slow, and it can be a bit shocking.

If you begin anything new on a day when Uranus turns direct, whatever you start will have a Uranian quality to it–change, technology, sudden happenings, etc. Transformations will come. It’s best to be grounded, centered, balanced and prepared.

Lunar Eclipse Animation from wikipedia

Miami FL 12-21-10 Lunar Eclipse wikipedia article

Lunar Eclipse begins 5:30 AM Dec 10th

Moon set is 07:11 CST, so look toward the horizon. Unfortunately for us, it sets as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse. The Twin Cities will scarcely notice the faint shading of the Earth’s outer shadow (the penumbra) on the setting moon, but in general, points farther west and north will see a later stage of the eclipse at moonset.

This lunar eclipse is an excellent time to meditate on the shape of your life and envision how that might be able to change. You might want to do some meditation for inner guidance, book some time with one of our readers, or both. To get into an intuitive state of mind, we recommend spending some time in meditation at your altar. We have suggestions below.

Full Moon in Gemini

Full Moon in Gemini

Full Moon in Gemini 8:36 AM Dec 10th

The Moon in Gemini generally favors the following activities: Mental and communicative actions, and more than one activity at once. Reading, learning, letters and emails, errands, writing, teaching, making connections, short trips.

With the full moon in Gemini, you may think this is the perfect time to state your case. Your intuition and subconscious are in high gear. But be careful, with the lunar eclipse, what comes out your mouth may come more from your subconscious or shadow self. Now is the time when the energy of the cosmos does more than nudge, it demands expression.

Remember, Mercury is still Retrograde during this ‘must tell all’ explosively energy time and will be until December 13, 2011. So be warned! Hold off on communications and focus on the shape of things to come. Can you say Freudian slip? So before you say what you ‘know’ is the whole truth and nothing but, take a deep breath and question whether you really want to use your outside voice. Maybe it’s better just to smile knowingly.

Suggestions For your Altar:

Any of these might help with Uranus going Direct:

  • Snowflake Obsidian Tumbled Stone – A form of volcanic glass used to show us patterns in our behavior and emotions. It helps be more aware of our surroundings and observant of changes. Snowflake Obsidian aids in perception of patterns and the flow of the cosmos.
  • Lavender Herb or Lavender True Essential Oil – Lavender is primarily a superb balancing herb, which accounts for its vast and occasionally contradictory array of magickal uses: Both fertility and chastity, both calm and power. Lavender often used for cleansing and sanctification.
  • Inner Balance Blessed Herbal Candle – When your unconscious wants to overflow, this will bring the conscious mind out to create a new unity and clarity. Great for planning your next steps in full awareness
    or Water/Emotional Balance Blessed Herbal Candle – Awakening, inner vision, getting with the flow and letting any negativity flow out so goodness can flow in.
  • Eye of Newt Candle or Eye of Newt Oil – If you need to break a bond or negative pattern, clear your space or item of residual negativity and raise vibrations to break negative spells.

Any of these might help with any Mercury Retrograde or Lunar Eclipse challenges, and turning inward for wisdom:

Dec 13th: Mercury Direct 7:43 PM (Yay!)

Some of what you intuit may be unclear to your conscious mind with so much energy going into the unconscious. Pay attention over the next two weeks following the full moon, and you will understand what it means.

When Mercury becomes direct after December 14th you can begin to test these new ideas and get ready to put the good ones into action when the time is right. For now, we can’t sit on our feelings. We need to express them … carefully. It may just be best to wait an listen and give others a little extra leeway and forgiveness, especially at this time of year.

Please comment and let us know what you think!

Full Hunter’s Moon 18° Aries – Oct 11, 2011

Aries Full Hunters Moon11 October 2011 at 9:07 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Aries is the sign of the Ram, a Masculine sign: outwardly expressive or extroverted. It’s element is Fire, which brings with it high energy, warmth, vision and intuition. Not only active, but a bit pushy and impulsive, and sometimes thoughtless as the Ram runs through any obstacles in its path. Some careful planning before entering Aries Moon is a good idea, to ensure you get the emotional push without running anyone over.

The three days in Aries around this full moon is the perfect time to reach out for courage, confidence and strength. With Mars in Leo on October 11th, it may be a great time for love. Follow your bliss! Do more than dream at this time, but make sure the first action comes at this time to get a lift from from the added energies available to you. It’s a great time to start a new project or jump-start a lagging one. Now is the time to invoke change! You can draw on the strength of the warrior spirit in you to the meet challenges and tests before you. If you’ve hit a plateau, you can draw on deeper reserves and go the extra mile and use the battering effect of the Ram to break through. By the time we get to October 13th, the Sun and Saturn will conjoin. It’s time to get realistic and press on. You might find a tendency to slow down and question your springboard start. Stick to your plan.

October is the Full Hunter’s Moon or Full Harvest Moon

This full Moon is also referred to as the Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon.  In the Celtic Tree Calendar the wheel of the year the name of this moon is Gort (Ivy) which runs from September 30th through October 27th.  The Runic Calendar of Nordic traditions, (which is governed by half months rather than full months), divides this moon of the year by Gyfu (Gift) from September 28th through October 12th. Wyn (Joy) is active from from October 13th through October 27th. The Goddess Calendar names this moon of the year after Hathor or Samhain and runs from October 3rd through October 30th.

This is the time for final harvest, and for the hunt.  First frosts and falling leaves adorn the earth in northern climates. It’s time to prepare for the long winter ahead.  Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes. The most famous of these feasts is on Samhain, October 31st, or the Feast of the Dead, later adapted to become All Hallows Eve or Halloween. Sources:  Farmer’s Almanac, Moonchild Lunar Calendar.