)0( October Moon Report )0(
“The Moon wedded the Sun
In the first spring.
The Sun rose early at dawn,
The Moon wandered alone
Courting the morning star.
Perkunas was wroth,
He clect the Moon with a sword.”
(From U Katzenelenbogen: The Daina: An Anthology of Lithuanian and Latvian Folk Songs)
The moon is usually seen as a female symbol, and was worshipped in ancient times as a powerful force through most cultures. It is believed to be linked to the unconscious, our psychic and feminine side. The sacredness of the moon has been connected with the basic cyclic rhythms of life. The changing phases of the moon were linked to the death and rebirth seen in crops and the seasons, and the monthly cycles humans go through as well.
The moon calendar is still as important today as it was in ancient times, and the prudent Pagan/Witch/Heathen works her/his magic according to the moon and her cycles.
Full Moon: OCT 3 11:10 pm*
Full moons occur from fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Full moons are prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any workings that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, full moons aide work for love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money, divination, and dreams. It is said that full moon magic is like a white candle — all purpose.
Full moon magic can be conjured during the 3 days prior to the rise of the full moon, the night of the full moon and during the 3 days after.
)0( Superstition tells that if you stand in a fairy ring under a full moon and make a wish, it will come true. )0(
Last Quarter: OCT 11 1:56 am*
Between the full moon and the dark moon is the period of waning moon. The waning moon is best used for banishing and rejecting those things that influence us in a negative way. Negative emotions, diseases, ailments, and bad habits can all be let go and special spells for clearing can be performed at this time. Saging your home is a great idea during this time.
From three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon.The waning moon is used for banishing magic, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.
New Moon: OCT 17 10:33 pm*
The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also a good time for love and romance, health or job hunting, anything that is for personal growth, healing and blessing of new projects or ventures. The new moon is also a good time to cleanse and consecrate new tools and objects you wish to use during rituals, ceremonies or an up coming festival or something you just obtained. Some people call the new moon the dark moon and the terms are often interchangeably used.
New moon workings can be done from the day of the new moon to three-and-a-half days after.
)0( “New Moon, Dark Moon, We Attune!”-Selena Fox )0(
First Quarter: OCT 25 5:42 pm*
The first quarter, called the waxing moon is best used for attraction and constructive magic, love spells, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck, and healing energy.
Between the new and full moon from seven to fourteen days is a period of the waxing moon.
)0( The best time to marry to achieve happiness and prosperity ,according to folklore tradition, is during a waxing moon. )0(
October’s Full Moon
The full moon nearest to the Autumn Equinox is called the ‘Harvest Moon’. In two years out of three, the harvest moon comes in september, but in some years it occurs in october. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this moon. This is because for several nights it appears large and bright in the early evening, bringing farmers valuable extra time to gather in their harvest.
Usually the full moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.
However, The full moon in october is called many different names throughout the world. Other october full moon names include: Shedding Moon, Winterfelleth (Winter Coming), Windermanoth (Vintage Month), Falling Leaf Moon, Ten Colds Moon, Moon of the Changing Season, and most famously, Blood Moon.
The October Full Moon also features two festivals:
The Festival of Ciuateotl, the snake woman goddess, celebrated among the Toltecs and Aztecs. During the full harvest moon, the Aztecs and Toltecs appeased the Goddess of strife, misfortune, and labor whose name means ‘the great bath of sweat’.
The Disirblot of Freyja, Norse Goddess, marked the begining of the Winter season. On this night, great family feasts were held which featured foods sacred to the Autumn deities.
Moon’s Full Oil
7 drops of sandalwood essential oil
5 drops of violet essential oil
3 drops of jasmine essential oil
1 drop of rose essential oil
Whatever container or vial you plan on using make sure it is clean and has been sitting in the full moon to gain it’s energy. This oil can be used on candles, in an oil burner, or in a sacred bath prior to your full moon celebration.
*Note: I have worn this as a perfume, but before you do this make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients.