This Full Moon in Aries occurs on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 11:40 AM Pacific Time.
This Harvest Moon falls in Aries with the Sun in the opposite sign of Libra. The Aries/Libra axis of the zodiac focuses on issues of relationship, the tension between how we frame ourselves (Aries) in relationship with others (Libra). We are experiencing dark days. I am seeing (and feeling) a lot of tension between the need to care for ourselves andthe need to care for each other and our planet through activism and philanthropy. There is a balance to be struck here and each of us must find our own. Some of us have been mostly inwardly focused and need to open and step out into the world to care for our relationship with our fellow humans. Others of us have been focused so much on others that we have neglected our self-care, leaving us less able to be present and effective in our efforts. Most of us ride some combination of both.
Today, we call on the 6 of Cups for guidance as we clear barriers to stepping into whatever beneficial role reversals are illuminated upon by this Moon. The 6 of Cups teaches us to not become too attached to any one emotional role in life, that sometimes it is beneficial to everyone if we take on the opposite role or focus in our relationships. We do not need to be consciously aware of what these role reversals are, we need only be open to receiving and enacting them.
You will need:
· 1 black 7-day ritual candle in glass container
· 1 piece of Carnelian or Pyrite (Choose intuitively. Whatever attracts you more is perfect.)
· 1 printed image of the 6 of Cups
· Pen or pencil
· Matcha (optional)
· Palo Santo oil (optional)
STEP ONE: Cleanse your space, holding the intention that you are preparing it for a sacred operation and that only those beings working for the highest good of all are invited.
STEP TWO: Gather your supplies and settle in to your cleansed space.
STEP THREE: (optional) Put one drop of Palo Santo oil in the top of the candle and trace it with your finger 3 times clockwise around. Palo Santo is clears energetic sludge and invites in love and light. We use it here to keep our psychic space clear and light.
STEP FOUR: (optional) Sprinkle a small amount of Matcha in the top of the candle. Matcha is green tea powder made from young leaves shielded from sunlight. The manner in which it is grown and harvested makes it extremely rich in antioxidants. It is youthful and powerful and we use it here to bring those qualities into our operation.
STEP FIVE: On the back of the 6 of Cups card, declare your willingness to receive and act on any guidance received during this lunation in terms of your relationship with yourself and with others and your appeal to the Universe/Divine/Guides/Angels to clear any barriers you have to receiving or acting on this guidance. This can be simple or complex. The important thing is that you write in the present tense ("I am open to receiving guidance...") and that you remain focused on matters of the Aries/Libra axis.
STEP SIX: Place the black candle and the Carnelian or Pyrite on top of the 6 of Cups card (image side up).
Black candles are used for clearing. As the candle burns down, it takes with it the energetic sludge and debris obscuring our deepest personal truth. Clearing work is best done on the Full Moon. As the Moon wanes, it draws all that is not serving us away with the burning candle.
If you chose Carnelian, you are adding a dose of courage to your spell to assist in integrating and enacting the guidance you receive.
If you chose Pyrite, you are adding a dose of confidence to your spell to assist in integrating and enacting the guidance you receive.
Courage and confidence are closely related emotionally, but energetically quite different. I could write a whole article on this difference alone (let me know if that would be helpful for the future!), but for now just let that sit and resonate if you find it confusing.
STEP SEVEN: Light the candle and spend a few minutes in meditation on the nature of relationship. Know that the Moon, the Universe, and all your Guides and Angels and Ancestors will be here to assist and support you. Let your candle burn until it goes out on its own in a fire-safe place. While it is burning, be sure to stay aware of any signs, symbols, or messages that come through. These can be from loved ones, strangers, dreams, signs on the street - anywhere. Spend a few minutes with your candle each day, feeling any barriers melt away as the steps needed to balance your personal relationship axis become clear.
Happy Full Moon, my loves! Let me know how it goes. XoxoMLH