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November’s Full Moon

November’s Full Moon falls on the 30th at 09.31 GMT on the 9th degree of Gemini, with the Sun on the opposite 9th degree of Sagittarius. A Full Moon makes us aware of something, with the Sun (consciousness), illuminating the Moon (unconscious). 

One name for this moon is Mourning Moon.  As the days grow shorter and it becomes colder, we mourn the sun’s passing and wonder if he will return. With the sun seemingly dying, this moon reminds us that death is just a normal part of the endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth.  For some early Celts, November was the beginning of the new year, and so this time is also about new beginnings following on from a death or ending. 

The Mourning Moon is a time of cleansing.  Acknowledge and let go of fears and the worries that are holding you back and the bad habits that are negatively affecting your mental, physical and emotional health, give yourself permission to mourn their passing and start a fresh for a happier new year.  Sweep through your home, work-place, relationships, mental, spiritual and emotional baggage, clearing anything no longer necessary or helpful.  Think of ways to replace these with, positive and supportive thoughts, behaviours, people, items etc. 

This moon is often referred to as Beaver Moon in the USA.  During this month, beavers are very active, working hard on dam construction, and therefore this was a good time to hunt them and harvest their fur to make warm winter clothing to keep from freezing during the extreme cold of winter.

Take time to look back at what you have accumulated this year, think if and how it is helpful to you and clear away anything or anyone that is detrimental to your well-being (not just someone/something you have temporarily fallen out with!).  What will you let go of to make room for something more beneficial?  What must you do to ensure your safety and comfort this winter? 

My Samhain Altar

Here is a photo of my Samhain sacred space. There is a rabbit skin for the sacrifice of animals for humans to eat to sustain them through the winter; a Bear entering the Crone’s Cave; a bog wood Raven amulet; Black Obsidian for scrying whilst the veil is thin; a dead leaf, dry nuts and berries symbolising death, decay and ultimate rebirth, Marigolds both fresh and dying as a symbol of the Ancestors, two Crones around a Cauldron and Tumblestones representing the four directions and a Moon for the dark half of the year. All amongst an Amethyst bed, an Orange River Quartz bed (covered by rabbit), Goblet and Horn for the Goddess and God, Twigs and smal Antlers, Feathers and a Woodland being.

The cards are Yew (13) from The Tree Angel Oracle by Fred Hageneder and Anne Heng, Yew (IDHO) form The Green Man Tree Oracle by John Matthews and Will Worthington and The Guardian (15) and The Journey (13) from Wild Wood Tarot by John Matthews and Mark Ryan.

Here is my leather Death Mask plaque, which is on my wall as a permanent reminder that we are here for a short time and to make the most of it.

Samhain Blessings!

Wise Crone, Introspection of the Cave, Dark Flight of the Raven, Growth from Decay of Fungi, Mysterious Weaving of the Web, Walking the Labyrinth, Wandering Spirits of Samhain…

May the Crone protect you and bring you wisdom as you wonder through the dark, decay of the winter.

For more information and thoughts on the festival of Samhain please click here https://mintlawholisticcentre.com/samhain/

Hunter’s Moon, Blue Moon, Micro Moon and Samhain Moon!

This second Full Moon of October is takes place is on the 31st at 14.50 GMT on the 9th degree of Taurus, with the Sun on the opposite 9th degree of Scorpio. It is both a Micro Moon and a ‘Blue’ Moon.

Blue Moons occur in one of two ways.  1) A lunar month, the time between two Full Moons, is around 29.5 days long, while most calendar months are longer 30 or 31 days.  Most calendar months have only one Full Moon but some years there are two Full Moons in the same month.  The second one is called a Blue Moon.  2) Usually, there are three Full Moons between each astronomical season, which is the time between a solstice and the following equinox etc.  But some years, there are four Full Moons in a season. When this happens, the third Full Moon is called a Blue Moon.

In many Northern Hemisphere cultures, each month’s Full Moon is named after specific seasonal or agricultural events e.g., Harvest Moon. When there are two Full Moons in a month, the second one is not normally a given name. The term Blue Moon has over time become a placeholder name for the extra Full Moon. This way, the other 12 Full Moons keep their rightful place in relation to the solstices and equinoxes. The next seasonal Blue Moon will occur on August 22, 2021, as the third full Moon in a series of four within that season.  The next calendrical Blue Moon will happen on August 30, 2023, as the second full Moon in that month. These do not happen very often, hence the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’.  Please note, the moon is not blue in colour.

This Full Moon is also a Micro Full Moon, which is when a Full Moon is near its farthest point from Earth (apogee).  Because a Micro Moon is further away, it looks approximately 14% smaller than a Supermoon. In addition, the illuminated area appears 30% smaller, appearing less bright. By the way, this month’s New Moon will be a Super New Moon, which occurs during the Moon’s closest approach to Earth, its perigee.

In the Northern Hemisphere, usually the October Full Moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon, however every three years, the Hunter’s Moon is also the Harvest Moon, which is the Full Moon nearest the September equinox.  For me, this first Full Moon is the Harvest Moon and the second one, the Hunter’s Moon (even though it is a Blue Moon) as it gives more time to finish the grains, fruit, vegetable and nut harvests and for the various animals to fatten up before their slaughter.

Traditionally, this was the time when farm animals not to be kept for the following years breeding, were slaughtered.  Also, the fatten game and other wild animals e.g. deer, boar, where hunted and all the meats preserved.  Hence the name another name, ‘Blood Moon’ (not be confused with a Total Lunar Eclipse – Blood Moon).  This was to ensure that the tribe would last through the harsh winter months when food was scarce and the biter wind and cold would take its toll on the population.  

Added to all the above, this Hunter’s/Blue Moon falls on the festival of Samhain, sometimes known as Halloween. Does this add an extra significance. I think it must do.  The dark, shadows of the pandemic are ideally suited to the Samhain connection to the Underworld.  Fear, control and being separated can be applied to both.  I will leave it to you to ponder what this means for you.  However, as we continue into the dark half of the year, bringing rest and introspection, we know that eventually the light will return and the Spring with it.

What do you need to sacrifice, so that you can survive the challenging winter months?  What would help your tribe?  What are your fears and what can you do to allay them?  Do you like being in the dark?  If not, focus on the light that will return, and in the meantime try to enjoy the enforced rest of winter.

Something amazing to think about…

‘Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.’ Neil deGrasse Tyson

From Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD) Facebook page

Image: “Double Arch” by Pablo Ruiz García. A stunning image of the arch of the Milky Way mirrored in a stone arch located in “La Hermida” gorge, in the Picos de Europa mountain range in Spain. As Above, So Below’!

Weekly Ogham Reading

a brief message from the Tree People to take with you through your week

Quert/Apple Ogham Stave

Quert/Apple: ‘Wholeness begins with Healing from Within’

Weekly Ogham Reading:

a brief message from the Tree People to take with you through your week

Coll/Hazel: Flow with the Wisdom, use it Wisely for the Greater Good’

Weekly Ogham Reading

a brief message from the Tree People to take with you through your week

Saille/Willow: ‘The Goddess is Always with Me’

The First of October’s Full Moons

The first of two (yes two!) October Full Moons falls on October 1st at 21.06 GMT on the 10th degree of Aries, with the Sun on the opposite 10th degree of Libra.  It will be visible to the entire world, rather than just parts of it, for the first time since World War II, according to astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt.

It is also a Micro Full Moon, which is when a Full Moon is near its farthest point from Earth (apogee).  Because a Micro Moon is further away, it looks approximately 14% smaller than a Supermoon. In addition, the illuminated area appears 30% smaller, appearing less bright. By the way, this month’s New Moon will be a Super New Moon, which occurs during the Moon’s closest approach to Earth, its perigee.

Fruits, vegetables and nuts, stored ready for the winter.
Micromoon

In the Northern Hemisphere, usually the October Full Moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon, however every three years, the Hunter’s Moon is also the Harvest Moon, which is the Full Moon nearest the September equinox.  For me, this first Full Moon is the Harvest Moon and the second one, the Hunter’s Moon as it gives more time to finish the grains, fruit, vegetable and nut harvests and for the various animals to fatten up before their slaughter.

All the plant gifts have been gathered, cut, threshed, picked, preserved, pickled and made into jams and chutneys to last through the long, cold dark days of winter.  The health of the tribe depends on the amount and quality of this harvest.  If it is not enough or of poor quality it will not sustain the weak, very young or very old through the winter.  If it is a severe winter, there would be many deaths.  A good crop of stores would enable many of the tribe to emerge into the spring.

This year will be the most challenging for many of us in recent times. Have you gathered in all that you need to sustain your tribe?  Do you have some that you can give to other tribes, or do you need the support of others to see you through the winter? 

Weekly Ogham Reading

a brief message from the Tree People to take with you through your week

Ruis/Elder Ogham Stave

Ruis/Elder: ‘Seek the Ancestors’ and ‘Wear your Wisdom Lightly’

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