Merry Meet my friends and a Blessed Blood Moon to you. Yes, this is a day late..but I believe the energy of the Full Moon lasts for 3 days before and 3 days after. The Moon still looks full and bright tonight in my neck of the woods! Last night I only sat and communed with the Moon Goddess. I prayed, absorbed Her energy and reflected on the blessings She has given me.
The October Full Moon is called the Blood Moon, the Hunters Moon, the Harvest Moon, the Cold Moon, the Shedding Moon or the Falling Leaf Moon. Coming right before Samhain, it comes in the Autumn, when nights are colder and darkness arrives earlier each night. The harvest is over and the Earth is turning brown, animals are gathering food and making their winter homes ready, birds are gathering to fly south, and families are starting to think about the holidays and the winter months.
Moon lore talks about the Blood Moon or Hunters Moon being named so because hunters tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead. You can picture them: silent figures padding through the forest, the moon overhead, pale as a corpse, its cold light betraying the creatures of the wood. It was the final harvest…the sacrifice of livestock.
At this time of year, the God is dying and returning to the Underworld, awaiting to be reborn at Yule. The Goddess is a Crone, wise in her years, mourning the loss of her love, leaving the world in darkness during her time of despair. On this Full Moon, reflect on your sacrifices, your losses. How have they affected your life in the last year..was it positive or negative? What would you change if you could? How does the coming dark time of the year affect your mood, your life?
I know many people who have SAD..Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s a form of depression that happens in the dark months of late Fall and Winter. They feel sad, moody, lazy, grumpy and un-motivated. I am the total opposite. I love Fall and Winter. I think of it more as a time to rest, nest, catch up on projects and organizing INSIDE…catching up on reading, hanging by the fireplace, cooking up great comforting meals, taking walks on a snowy night..wearing sweaters and scarves and hats and big warm coats. Knitting blankets, working on my Book of Shadows, making herbal concoctions from the herbs I grew, harvested and dried. Yule happens in the Winter..whats not to love about this time of year. If you have SAD, try to be more active, use light therapy, peruse garden books dreaming of spring, start a new hobby….these can help you to get thru the months that you don’t feel well.
So go out tonight and enjoy the bright Blood Moon and think about the coming cold dark winter. How are you going to live your life during this time? Ask for guidance, clarity, energy….listen quietly for an answer. Listen to your inner voice. You can lament the loss of warmth and light or you can find joy in darkness. Your choice my friend!
Blessed Be, Autumn