Feeling the full moon rising tonight, full on. It’s tricky energy. There is much going on in the sky and on Earth. A partial lunar eclipse accompanies this full moon. And we are only a few days away from Halloween, Samhain, All Saints / Souls Day, and Day of the Dead. It’s a celebration of note, of yet another cross-quarter day. November 1st is exactly halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. They say the veils are thinner between life and death, with more access to the spiritual realm, at this time of year. Perception can be heightened even more on the axis of this Scorpio sun sign and its corresponding Taurus full moon. There are many planes of existence and states of consciousness.
Following the solar eclipse, two weeks ago, at the new moon is tonight’s lunar eclipse. It’s the final eclipse of the year. Lunar eclipses can only occur at full moon when the moon’s orbit allows it to pass through the Earth’s shadow. Eclipses are always in spring and autumn, times of transitions, and times to find balance within the extremes of life. Solar and lunar eclipses appear in groups or pairs and show us how light and shadow can provide divergent perspectives. Eclipse season happens twice annually based on the overlapping orbits of the sun, Earth, and moon. It’s when these heavenly bodies are aligned exactly, or very closely, as in this partial lunar eclipse. The difference between a partial and total lunar eclipse is the distance between the trajectories as they rotate and the visual it creates on Earth, overlaid as if they meet. This particular partial lunar eclipse crosses the eastern Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. It will be visible to those locales where it will be nighttime because the moon must be above the horizon to provide the line of sight. Eclipsing energies are potent, many cultures consider them omens. A lunar eclipse increases the power of a full moon.
The late October moon cycle tends to have us sensing the intensely dynamic potentials associated with the mysteries of the sign of Scorpio in the corresponding sun cycle. What is spooky to you? The shadow side, the scary, dark places within, may be surfacing now as fear, anger, anxiety, regret, sadness, hurt, heartbreak, etc. And, if so, it’s ok. These reactions are a part of all of us. We must each identify for ourselves the traumas we have been exposed to that continue to have a hold of us. What do we need to release in order to become whole? Find the words to describe the emotions and feel them. It’s a good time to bring them to the light and heal them. We can use the knowledge we possess from our previous encounters to notice how we handle challenges that arise. To face the things we need to deal with, acknowledgment is what it takes to channel our purpose in healthy ways. The magic often comes in immediately with the awareness of the origin point of painful ordeals. The Taurus full moon asks us to get real about what we want, what really matters. This moon phase, more than anything, is about shedding the old and letting go of the past as prerequisites for moving ahead. It’s not about erasing our experiences; it’s about overcoming them. Humility and human have the same root, “hum” from “humus” is Latin for ground, dirt, Earth. What is needed most for humanity now is the recognition of common ground.
Liminal space is the in-between, a sort of mix of known and unknown, a threshold of matter and spirit. The holiness of this hallowed Halloween midpoint between autumn and winter recognizes the negatives, the scary stuff, but as a counterpoint, it also focuses on the positives, the sweet stuff. Tricks and treats are all around. Our fears can trick us, but our hopes are treats. For one night only, we can pretend to be anything we want to be. Our dreams influence our reality, both when we are asleep and in our daydreams. Beware = Be Aware! In tribute to those who have gone before us, ancestors, ancient ones, and ascended masters, our rituals are designed to ground us in the present. With these not-so-subtle elements, we celebrate our friends and family who have passed away and the wisdom found in their life experiences. This is a process that can open us to vision and insight. As we move deeper into the dark half of the year in the northern hemisphere, it becomes clear we need to find the strength to shine our inner light. Honor the past and envision the future.
There is a duality to the energy of this time of year expressed in the completion and the renewal of possibility that occurs on our farm as we both gather the rest of the ripe fruits and flowers and also plant seeds for the next season’s food. Including beets, kale, garlic, and potatoes… full-circle crops! Due to the full moon, the move into mid-autumn, and the weather forecast, we expect precipitation. In northern California, this week can already be considered season-ending rain in terms of outdoor cannabis flowers and wildfires. Thankfully fires were not as overwhelming this year as the past few in our literal neck of the woods!! The 2023 harvest has been an enormous undertaking; we’ve been up to our elbows in the weeds of weed for weeks already, with more to go. We are nearly done now with the initial step of harvest, the process to cut, dry, and cure. Fine hand trimming comes next. As well as beginning to winterize the garden. We have learned with such a big project to celebrate each step along the way. The annual goals have been reached, and hard work and appreciation dance in balanced abundance.
“This full Moon is often referred to as the Hunter’s Moon, Warrior’s Moon, Harvest Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see foxes and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. 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.” (Farmer’s Almanac)
Humanity is in turmoil; just look at the insane wars waged across the globe. The planet itself is also operating in an extreme mode; just look at the intensifying natural disasters. But the world keeps on spinning. And the entire planet is under the spell of the same full moon at the same time. “Civilization is a thin veil over our savage selves, easily lifted by some for personal glorification.” (The Light Who Shines, Lilo Abernathy). She may write fiction, but those words ring true on multiple levels right now. Healing practices, self-care, and community outreach are all extremely critical during both times of calm and times in crisis. The renewed interest in psychedelics as medicine is a much-needed possible piece of a more peaceful existence. We are at a crossroads in how humans relate to themselves and this world. Cannabis, used properly, for example, can be a balm to pain in our bodies and in our psyche. Meditate on the moon! Only when our mind is still and quiet can we hear the wisdom inside of us telling us to be kind, to be patient, that everything goes in cycles, and this too shall pass. Our energies and our spirits wax and wane, just like the moon. As do the rhythms of the natural world around us, for without change how could we grow?! Everyone deserves the chance to thrive in a safe environment.
Take time tonight to look up in the sky and maybe even howl at the moon. Allow the feeling that anything that is good is possible to take you into the highest vibration of the here and now. Don’t think about it, feel it. The moon will help you tune into the sensations. What comes up? Who are you? You know best. Be the fullest you that you can be. Stand strong within your body, your mind, your heart. “You’ve had the power all along, my dear.” (Glinda the Good Witch, Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum) Your intuition is your insight. The right answers are always on the horizon; right there, right here, right now. Feel the moon reflecting what needs to come into the light. Seek clarity and find balance. With this final eclipse event of the year above, it’s a good time to tune into what may be or have been obscured until now. And a good time to take stock of what has grown and what is needed to get us through the rest of this year, and beyond. Think of this ongoing soul work as part of the universal cycle of your own lifetime, synching celestial bodies with your body. Breathe deep all you peaceful warriors.
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Laura Clein once upon a time worked as a recreational therapist in retirement communities and an event coordinator on college campuses. She was in graduate school for an MSW at the University of Southern California and wrote a paper for a Social Policy class on medical marijuana in 1996. Although she lives with chronic pain and complex debilitating illness for many years, she & Marty have created a lifestyle that works. She writes many articles, and manages the social media. She is proud to be patient #1 at Martyuana™ & she says often, "Thank goodness, cannabis helps."