Here in Vancouver, the Full Moon arrives tonight at 9:25 PM Pacific Time and is known to many as the Hunter’s Moon. And like all Full Moons, it will rise shortly after sunset in the East. A glorious spectacle! It rises in the fire sign of Aries and then moves into Taurus the next morning at 8:04 AM Pacific Time.
In Grandmother Moon’s monthly journey, the Full Moon represents the time of The Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess and the Goddesses of Summer… the fullness and abundance of growth and fertility. Call on the wisdom and energy of Demeter, Freyja, Gaia to support your journey as we embrace the Full Moon yang energy and transition with it to the Waning yin release phase.
In the waxing journey of Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon), you focused on your dreams, intentions, and goals, nurturing those precious buds and new beginnings in your Inner Garden. Now they are starting to flower and flourish.
The Full Moon is bright (especially this month’s SuperMoon Hunter’s Moon!) and rises at sunset, so is visible at night much longer than in other lunar phases. Our ancestors celebrated the light of the Full Moon — something we can’t appreciate in the same way with our city lights (oh, to be in the countryside!) — by getting together in communal celebrations, dancing, and the occasional libation. And many farmed by the light of the moon.
Consider how you can celebrate the moonlight and the flowering of your dreams and goals… perhaps a walk… meeting with friends… doing something you enjoy… a full moon ritual. Howl at the Moon if it feels good!
The Full Moon is a good time to step firmly into the light… to look at things clearly and without apology… to stand in YOUR light… and to shine that light onto your inner Cauldron.
The theme at the New Moon was “Courage, my Love”, and that still holds for this Full Moon in Aries. It is a time of action, decisiveness, and fire. No subtlety here! Remind yourself of this emotion throughout the Full Moon period, and any journeying, meditation or ritual work you do.
Remind yourself what it feels like when you embrace your courage … how it feels to be courageous… what happens when you start from a place of courage… what it feels like to BE courage. And as we move to the Waning half of the lunar journey, release whatever blocks you from standing in your Courage, whatever blocks you from being your authentic self or from completing your goals.
RITUALS FOR THE HUNTERS MOON
🌕 If any of your crystals or sacred tools need a gentle cleansing or charging, place them on a windowsill to bask in the moonlight. If you can safely place them outdoors, do so… but don’t forget that many a four-legged creature is foraging for winter at the moment!
🌕 Do a release ritual using the fire element. This can be as simple as writing what you want to release (perhaps that which is blocking you from standing in your courage) on a slip of paper, then safely burn the paper in a cauldron or with a candle in heat-proof dish. (For a more detailed description of this ritual, click here to read our Full Moon Fire Release Ritual)
🌕 Work with your heart chakra… the heart (“coeur” in French) is the seat of your “coeur-age”.
🌕 Journey or meditate on your Inner Cauldron with your guides… a perfect time to ask your Soul Question for this week: What is flourishing?
🌕 If you work with tarot or oracle cards, do a spread for insights into your current situation. I recently recommended the spread created by Bree of Nyms Divination for our recent Fall Equinox Tarot Hop: The Cerridwen Cauldron Spread and Meditation. It is so powerful and perfect for this phase of the moon! Click here to read Bree’s article (and listen to wonderful Cerridwen meditation she created!) and to download the Cerridwen’s Cauldron Tarot Spread.