Written by: Leigh Winters
Thursday October 5th brings the full, Harvest Moon. Traditionally, the October full moon is called the Hunter’s Moon recognizing this as the time of year when animals fill up on food to prepare for a long, cold winter. Interestingly, this year gets the Harvest Moon appellation because it’s the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox, which happened on September 22. The next Hunter’s Moon will make an appearance in October 2018. Some also refer to the October full moon as the blood moon, which refers to the gaming season.
This week’s Harvest Moon occurs in the fire sign, Aries. The past month or so has been astrologically charged— after the highly touted solar eclipse in Leo during late August and September’s full moon in water sign, Pisces, it was advised to contemplate future directions and dreams, remain grounded and brace for large life changes, and above all— take it easy.
But, this full moon invites us to step up to the plate and take a swing. The time is now—to start, to take action, and assume responsibility. If you can, be sure to get outside and catch the crisp fall evenings that will feature the Harvest Moon— the moonrise will be earlier and closer to sunset due to the moon’s orbital path during this post-equinox time.
Spiritually, this full moon has great relevance as it marks an important time in the Jewish tradition. The Harvest Moon falls during the celebration of Sukkot, known as the Feast of Tabernacles, and is a celebration of the harvest and the exodus from Egypt. Plus, this is the first noteworthy lunar event of Fall and you can truly sense that seasonal excitement with this full moon. Cue the pumpkins, cozy sweaters, and holiday countdowns!
Autumn is the time of harvest— it’s a time to reap what we’ve sown. As we collect the food we’ve planted, this time can also be used to collect on what we’ve been working on all year. But, you must tap into your self-awareness about when the fruit is ripe. Perhaps you’ve been working hard on some projects, and the finish line is in sight. The Aries energy of this moon will light that fire under your behind to put in the work. Perhaps you’ve been looking for a sign to start a dream project or take a leap of faith. Let this full moon be your sign! Step into your creative energy.
To tap into activation energy and mobilize, create an uplifting aromatic inhaler with elemi, ravintsara, and rosemary. These 3 essential oils blend well to offer an herbaceous, camphorous aroma that’s perfect for manifesting your dreams and clearing your head (and respiratory tract!) Elemi is energizing and pairs well with that Aries fire. Ravintsara, from the cinnamon family, offers a familiar hint of fall, plus it doubles as an effective antibacterial and antiviral. Lastly, rosemary provides a twinge of focus and heightened awareness, which helps keep your feet on the ground while getting it all done.
Add 6 drops Elemi (Canarium luzonicum), 4 drops Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct 1,8 cineole), and 5 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. cineole or verbenone) onto a cotton wick. Secure in aromatic inhaler. Use as desired.
Ah, autumn. The air gets cooler, the days become shorter, and the leaves change colors. This season reminds us how beautiful it can be to let go. Shed the old, bring on the new. To embrace fall, make a seasonal diffuser (water based diffuser) blend that’s perfect for any gathering. The star, Alpheratz (the largest star in the constellation Andromeda) in Aries holds the potential for great success in friendship and business. So, bring on all good things by getting together with loved ones and diffusing this warming, traditional blend.
Add 1 drop cinnamon leaf (or bark) (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), 1 drop nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), 2 drop clove bud (Eugenia caryophyllata), and 2 drops sweet orange (Citrus sinenesis) into an aromatic diffuser.
Be Mindful with Communication
While it’s time to take action, it’s also worth mentioning that Aries is most affected by Mercury, the planet of communication. So, it should come as no surprise that communication is a key theme with this full moon. The Harvest moon is also linked directly to Neptune—meaning that your thoughts may be susceptible to trickery in the form of paranoia and duplicity. Your mantra for the next two weeks can be, ‘a thought is not a fact.’
Keep in mind that this may be a good time to re-evaluate any power dynamics in your life—be it professional or personal. Both passionate Venus and Mars are lively during this full moon making it the ideal occasion to voice your love, concerns, questions, and strive to create harmony.
Create an energy boundary spray using oils that support the fifth chakra, Vishuddha. Our throat chakra is connected to speaking our truth with compassion and expressing ourselves in alignment with our highest self. Versatile yarrow and helichrysum provide clarity— lending well to holding space for emotional and spiritual support, while sandalwood adds a grounding, warm energy to the blend.
Create an energy boundary spray. Add 6 drops yarrow (Achillea millefolium), 5 drops sandalwood (Ethically produced Santalum album or other Santalum sp.), and 4 drops helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) into a 1 oz. glass spray bottle. Top off with distilled water and secure cap. Shake thoroughly before using.
*Can replace Helichrysum italicum with Cape chamomile or Lavender.
Take Time to Wind Down
This is undoubtedly a cosmically energizing time— the sun and moon square Pluto makes this a noticeably intense full moon. If you are sensitive to change, your CNS can get easily overloaded. This can mean sleepless nights due to creative rumination, inflammation manifesting in the body, or the debut of uncharacteristic lethargy. When always so go-go-go, it’s necessary to give yourself some TLC while going after those lofty goals.
Make yourself a sleep oil to use as an evening ritual for connecting with your body and facilitating the relaxation response. Rosalina essential oil contains a high amount of linalool, which makes it a go-to sedative for calming the CNS. Marjoram is also an amazingly wonderful oil for insomnia and sleep difficulties, and ylang ylang adds a peaceful flowery punch to round out the blend.
Add 6 drops rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia), 4 drops ylang ylang (Cananga odorata – complete or extra), and 5 drops marjoram (Origanum marjorana) in a 10 ml glass roll-on. Top off the roll-on with carrier oil of choice. Anoint on pulse points and inhale deeply before bed.
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