Mars into Cancer

Home, family, and all things domestic run on full throttle for the next six weeks. Take your time in the kitchen to avoid cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Home improvement projects can get a boost of energy.

The house(s) in your chart with Cancer on the cusp are the ones where you’ll find increased activity. Watch your temper regarding those issues and pace yourself to avoid burnout.

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New into Crescent Phase: Moon in Aquarius, Pisces, Aries

We are now on the other side of the line that I mentioned yesterday, facing a whole new year of possibilities. The Moon moves into the Crescent Phase tonight when our instincts are tested, but we are still in the New Phase for most of the day. It’s not too late to make your New Moon wishes and perform your New Moon ritual today since we are still in the New Phase.

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Ceremony for the Harvest Moon Lunar Eclipse 2015

Harvest Moon is such a special full moon. It’s the biggest and brightest of all full moons of the year. It signals the turn of the seasons and asks us to review what we have brought to harvest in our lives this year.

harvestmoonThe Harvest Moon is always the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox, either before or after. If she occurs before the autumnal equinox, she is a Pisces Moon; afterward, she is an Aries Moon. This year she is Aries ~ outgoing, assertive, self-driven, fearless. She balances and merges these qualities with those of Libra ~ also outgoing and assertive, but other-driven.

This year, the Harvest Moon has the added distinction of being a lunar eclipse. It’s getting a lot of attention, with imposing names like Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse. Impressive and foreboding. It’s nothing scary, though. The Harvest Moon is always a super moon, every year. It’s a blood moon because it’s an eclipse.

The second type of Blood Moon is the reddish Moon we see during a lunar eclipse. The reddish hue is a result of earth’s atmosphere scattering light from all the sunrises and sunsets happening on earth. This causes the earth’s shadow to look reddish as it falls across the lunar surface. more about moon names

It is a treat that the Harvest Moon is also an eclipse. It gives us an opportunity to celebrate it in a memorable way. This ceremony has three themes: gratitude, release, vision.

The Ceremony

For this ceremony, you will need:

  • A few twigs and leaves, gathered on your Twigging Day
  • Outdoor access, the ability to see the eclipse from a window, or watch it online
  • A candle for each person to hold
  • If outdoors, a campfire or fire pit
  • If indoors, a fireplace OR an additional pre-lit candle.
  • Optional: sage, paper, pen or pencil

With a lunar eclipse, we begin with light, move into darkness, and back into light. Time this ceremony to the eclipse, if possible. From start to finish, this eclipse will last for about 3.5 hours. If it’s not possible, time the ceremony to a comfortable pace.

Prepare your fire, or light one of your candles.

Start your ceremony before the eclipse begins, while there is still light on the face of the Moon.

Gratitude

Begin with gratitude for all the things that you have harvested this year. This starts your ceremony on a positive note. You may want to prepare a list of the things you are grateful for beforehand and read them aloud at this point, but you can also speak spontaneously. If you’re with a group, allow everyone to offer their thanks. Be prepared for tears and laughter if you are sharing this ceremony with others.

Release

As the shadow starts to fall across the face of the Moon, the ceremony turns to release. If using a fire pit or fireplace, add some sage for cleansing. If using a candle, burn some sage in your usual manner. Send a message upward in the smoke for emotional healing from the negative things you experienced this past year. It’s hard to move on if there’s still any lingering emotions concerning the past. State out loud the things you want to release. Spend just a moment talking about it with your circle of friends if you like. Nothing long and dragged out, just an acknowledgement. Focus on the Moon and the eclipse. Imagine the darkness that at one time entered your lives, and the black hole it felt like sometimes. If you’re using a fire pit or fireplace, add something to the fire to represent what you are releasing ~ a twig or a written note, for example. If you are using a candle, place a twig or your note on your table. Simply throw it away later.

Vision

As the light begins to return to the face of the Moon, see good things entering your lives, bringing light. What would you like to enter? See it happening. You might want to spend another moment talking about this. Light your candle from the flame of your fire (carefully) or your pre-lit candle and state what you would like to enter your life. If there are two or more people at your ceremony, the next person will light their candle from yours, state what they would like to enter their life, and on around until everyone has said something out loud. When you’re finished, put out your candles. Watch the rest of the eclipse, seeing good things coming as the Moon grows brighter and brighter.

Harvest Moon Water

Set jars of water out during your ceremony and leave them overnight. You can then use the Harvest Moon Water to make a room spritz. Put the moon water in a spritzer bottle. Add a few drops of an energizing essential oil to represent Aries to the moon water. Lemon, rosemary, grapefruit, ginger, and peppermint are energizing oils. Use this spritzer whenever you feel your energy lagging. When you use the spray you’ll recall all the things you’re grateful for, the negative things that have passed on, and the good that awaits you in the future.

Have a bright and happy Harvest Moon, and a bountiful autumn.

Aries, There’s a Libra in Your Closet

For every Libra, there’s an Aries in the closet.
~ Bil Tierney, Lecture

And vice versa.

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LIBRA (Photo credit: KTDEE….back on track I hope.)

We know that every sign contains bits and pieces of its opposite, but Bil’s phrasing was spot on. Perhaps the Full Moon is when the closet door is opened wide and that hidden Libra rushes out. The rest of the time the door is shut tight ~ no light in that dark little room.

We could say that about all opposing signs.

IMO, the Aries/Libra axis is one of the most interesting in the zodiac. Everything can be in order or completely upside down.

Take Aries and Libra rising, for example. Aries rising has Libra on 7th house. Are they looking for a partner who needs a partner, or is Aries more of a partner than we think? You know the type ~ all ablaze on the outside, but a real teddy-bear underneath.

The Libra rising chart is completely topsy-turvy, 100% upside down. Is Libra rising looking for a partner who is independent, active, and otherwise Arian? Or is Libra Rising too independent, active, and otherwise Arian as a partner? You know this type, too ~ charming and amenable on the outside, but rather disagreeable and selfish when you get them alone.

Aries and Libra rising could work either way, of course, or another way altogether. None of us were made with a cookie cutter.

How is Libra Hidden in Your Chart?

Full Moons are the best time of year to take a good close look at the polarities in our charts. Full Moon in Libra is the best time to take notice of the Aries/Libra polarities in the spring. The Full Moon in Aries in the autumn is another chance.

Since everything is said to come to light during the Full Moon, our closeted Libra is likely to show up. It’s a naturally good time to see what kind of Libra we’re brandishing in our own chart.

Recipes for Moon Water to Add Oomph to Your Intentions

What is Moon Water?

Nothing other than water left out under the Moon. Usually done during a Full Moon, Moon Water is said to take on the qualities of the Full Moon’s sign ~ it’s  “charged” by the Moon. You simply draw a container of water, place a covering over it to keep the ickies out, and leave it under the Full Moon. Bring it in the next morning, and there’s your Moon Water.

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