Dearest moonbeams, on Samhain itself - the 31st of October we welcome in the Full Moon in Taurus - the Hunter's Moon. Mama Moon will enter fullness at 2:49pm(gmt) and as this is our second full moon this month it is known as a blue moon. Samhain is a magical time of year where the veil between worlds thins and we can connect more deeply to our ancestors and honour our beloved dead. Samhain represents the death of the year and the full moon is the peak of the cycle so we can use these energies to think about all that we are grateful for since Samhain last year but also, all that we wish to release. Make time to journal about all that has taken place since this time last year. What have your learnt? What has served you? What do you want to take with you into next year? And most importantly what do you want to let go of? Ask the dark goddesses to help you let go of things holding you back.
On this full moon, the sun will be in Scorpio and the moon will be in Taurus and as with each full moon, we use these seemingly opposing forces to help us shine the light of the full moon on our inner darkness and move forward with clarity and balance. We have Scorpio, a water sign associated with the underworld and Taurus an earth sign associated with the earthly and material world. These signs appear to contradict each other but they actually invite us to establish balance between these two aspects of ourselves. We can check in with where we dwell most often. Are we always off exploring the dark mysteries of the world, brooding, deep in thought but perhaps a little aloof? Or are we distracted by the trappings of the material world and do we shy away from thinking about the darker concepts of life? Balance between the Scorpio and Taurean energy would be this idea of being in the world but not of this world, the ability to stay connected to the truth of life - the cycles of life, death and rebirth whilst being grounded and present with our self and the people around us. There would be this peaceful, contented energy of enjoying the things of this life whilst having the ability to let them go when the time is right.
Moon in Taurus invites us to look at our attachment (the shadow side of Taurus) not an easy thing to look at as for humans, attachment is as natural as breathing. We can be attached to people, places, objects, experiences, other people's views of us and according to most spiritual teachings, attachment is the cause of most of our mental suffering. It's important to not misunderstand attachment for love, when we are striving for non-attachment it doesn't mean that we don't care about people, places and things, in fact it actually means we are able to love people more purely and enjoy things in a more pure way. Attachment is a self centred mind whereas love is a selfless mind. Attachment causes us pain because we are unable to enjoy things as they are, attachment wants things to last forever, it wants to bend things to it's will, and when things don't work out the way we wanted them to or people 'let us down' we get angry, disappointed or hurt. We can ask for the help of the powerful Scorpio energy and it's ability to comfortably sit with topics such as death and change to help us tune into the flow of life, understanding the impermanence of all things helps us to erode away our attachment.
"He who binds to himself a joy,
Does the winged life destroy,
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sun rise."
- William Blake
We can also use the grounded Taurean energy to help us balance out the intense energy of Scorpio season. Taurus is a very loving sign, ruled by the planet venus and has a deep connection to mother earth. If we have been having a difficult time emotionally with the chaos of mercury retrograde and the intense emotions that come to the surface with both Scorpio and Samhain Season then it's time for some Taurean self care. Use this full moon to come back into your body - dance, move, get a massage, run an aromatherapy bath, go for a walk, place your bare feet on the ground and get present. Taurus is a very embodied sign and Scorpio is deeply sensual so use these powerful feminine energies to celebrate your feminine magic.
Samhain Full Moon Bath
Using salts to cleanse is always a good idea on and around full moons but especially important on Samhain when the veil is at it's thinnest. Here is a cleansing full moon ritual bath recipe with Autumnal scents:
Dead Sea Salts
Dried rose petals
1 drop Juniper Essential oil
1 drop Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Orange essential
Grounding essential oil blend
Use this combination of essential oils either in a diffuser or in a body oil to help you come back into your body, drop into your heart and connect to mother earth:
Taurus rules the throat and neck so when the moon is in Taurus it's particularly important to look after these parts of the body. With the weather getting colder and sharper be sure to keep your neck extra warm during Taurus moon days. It's also an opportunity to check-in with your throat chakra, Scorpio season often brings secrets and truths to the surface to be dealt with, cleansed and released. Ask yourself if you're being honest with yourself and those around you? Are there words you long to say but are holding back for some reason? Mantra can be a wonderful tool to help open up the throat chakra. With Scorpio ruling the Sacral Chakra and Taurus ruling the throat, it's also time to have a look at our creativity which is associated with both of these chakras. Again, ask yourself if you are holding yourself back in anyway? What are your creative dreams and wishes? Journal about them, create vision boards and fill yourself up with inspiration and encouragement. If you want to dance, dance if you want to paint, paint, whatever it is that your soul is calling you to do, can you get out of your own way and express yourself fully. Who would you be if you let yourself shine?
In two weeks time, on Sunday 15th November we will have the New Moon in Scorpio where we will be delving deeper into the themes associated with Scorpio. We really hope you have enjoyed this article and wish you a blessed full moon and blessed Samhain. Don't forget you can join our Patreon membership site to join in with our New Moon and Full Moon sister circles. Click here for more information!
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On Friday 16th October at 8:30pm(bst) we welcome in the New Moon in Libra. This New Moon is also Lunar Samhain and takes place 2 days after Mercury goes retrograde so there's a lot going on! Libra's constellation is the scales of balance and it rules the 7th house of partnership so we can use this moon cycle to look at balance in our relationships. To create balance in our relationships we can ask ourselves do we need to be more open hearted or more boundaried? Is there a balance between love for ourself and love for others? Where are we leaking energy? Where are we missing out on opportunities to connect with others? How good are we at receiving? The combination of Libra's association with relationships and it's element being Air makes this an ideal time to work on our Heart chakra. The Heart chakra rules not only the heart but also the respiratory system so making time to connect with this chakra's air element via Pranayama practices would be really beneficial at this time.
THEMES FOR LIBRA: Love, Beauty, Fairness, Equality, Harmony, Peace, Partnerships, Communication
Libra's ruling planet is Venus, the planet of love, femininity and harmony and invites us to make peace with others and let go of past hurts and resentments, this is also perfect for honouring both Lunar Samhain and Samhain itself which is a time of release. Friday itself is ruled by the planet Venus and was historically honoured as the day of the Goddess so we can also tune into that potent divine feminine energy. Libras are always seeking for balance and harmony and are the peacekeepers of the Zodiac. This can sometimes be at personal cost as they often put their own needs and wishes at the bottom of the list and can get into the habit of denying themselves pleasure.
Libra teaches us that we are all interconnected in a web of humanity, everything we do affects others and the actions of others also have an effect on us, this is being illuminated not just by this new moon but also by our current situation. Libra invites us to ask ourselves - how are my actions affecting others?
Libra is a fair, just and loving sign and provides us with an opportunity to examine our love for others, is the love we have for others conditional on them behaving a certain way? Is our love for others clouded by attachment? How could we love more openly with less strings attached? Do we judge ourselves and others too harshly? It's also time to check in with our self-love, do we feel deserving of our own love and affection as well as other people's? Do we always place ourselves at the bottom of the list? In order for the heart chakra to be balanced there needs to be equal amounts of love pouring in and love pouring out. How is your self care at the moment? If you feel your heart chakra is depleted at the moment, like you are giving too much without receiving in return, practicing Padma (lotus) mudra can really help with this as it redirects prana back into the heart chakra.
Libra and it's associated season of Autumn also encourages us to make peace with change, surrendering to what is. Journaling about where you feel you're resisting in your life at the moment can be a really helpful practice and then trying to tune into the lightness and freedom of Libra's air element to help you move past this resistance. Look to nature at this time of year and you will see so much effortless change taking place around you. Remember, for change to take place, the old way of being has to die. What can you shed like autumn leaves to help you make space for the new?
As we mentioned above, Libra's ruling planet is Venus, the planet of Love, Beauty, Abundance and Pleasure. There is a lot of shame wrapped up in women experiencing pleasure and enjoyment. Do you always feel like you have to justify yourself when you do something that is just for the sheer joy of it? Do you find yourself saying things like "I've worked so hard this week I deserve this long soak in the tub."? When you finally have some time off, do you feel guilty and so instead of doing the things you actually want to do you end up doing things that feel useful or productive? That constant need to be productive is a masculine quality and needs to be balanced out. In the book Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell, she talks about the shift she made from corporate life to working for herself and how before she knew it, she had got caught up in that masculine approach to working. She talks about the difference between working from a place of pressure or pleasure:
"When you make pleasure your driving force, the doing is a joy and the outcome is irrelevant. When you make pressure your driving force, the doing is a stress and the outcome is always changing. It is irrelevant what you are doing, what is relevant is the undercurrent of emotion that is driving it. You can change your entire life, but if you don't update the system nothing will really change." - Rise Sister Rise
Do you operate from a place of pressure or pleasure? Think deeply about the driving force behind your actions.
Connecting to the Goddesses Venus and Aphrodite will help you to tune into these divine feminine energies of pleasure and the understanding that pleasure, joy and love are you birthright not just treats that are released after a certain amount of productivity. When we allow ourselves to let go and enjoy ourselves, we arrive in a place of happiness and contentment, we are then more open to loving others and receiving their love in turn. We live in a state of flow, ease and grace. When we deny ourselves love, happiness and pleasure it's then so easy to begrudge others who seem to be enjoying themselves, our mind can then be overtaken with jealousy and bitterness. This repression can then cause problems with our ability to create as our relationship to pleasure is linked to our Sacral Chakra and therefore our womb space.
"The womb is not a place to store fear and pain. The womb is a place to create and give birth to life." - Rebecca Campbell
OTHER LIBRA GODDESSES: Themis, Astarte, Green Tara, Hera, Mother Mary.
Self Care for Libra
Libra rules the kidneys, hips and bladder. When the moon is in Libra it's important to not do anything that would place these parts of the body under extra stress. Restorative or yin yoga sequences for the hips would be especially nice over the next few days as the hips are also where we hold a lot of past emotions. Dedicate some self care time on your mat for a releasing practice. Adding in mantras is another beautiful way to connect to this signs Air element, try this mantra for balancing the heart:
OM MANI PADME HUM
Aromatherapy for Libra
Essential oils to assist the respiratory system: Eucalyptus, Pine, Ravensara, Frankincense, Fir.
APHRODITE BODY OIL
Here's a recipe blend for connecting with our inner Aphrodite
Sweet Almond oil 25ml
1 drop Rose absolute
2 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Jasmine
HEART CHAKRA OIL
A dreamy heart chakra oil blend to bring comfort and balance back to your heart space:
Sweet Almond oil 25ml
1 drop Rose absolute
2 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Bergamot
3 drops Geranium
To make it extra special add some rose quartz chips and dried rose petals to the bottle to infuse over time.
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