As the days darken and the nights become cold – those of us in the northern hemisphere are getting ready for the long winter ahead. This is the time of year when the veils between worlds are said to be thinner … making it a sacred time for honouring the dead and remembering our ancestors.
Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “sow-win”) ~ is the Celtic New Year – known as Halloween in contemporary culture. Halloween ~ Samhain ~ Day of the Dead – celebrate those who have passed with candles and pumpkins and dressing up as ghouls and goblins; scary spirits are kept away and familiar souls are welcomed with flowers and food as we celebrate and honour all who have gone before us. Those who have died are the reminders that our time on earth is limited; we thank them for their service and ask for their protection.
Samhain is one of the Cross Quarter days; there are two “crosses” in the solar calendar: The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstic are quarter days (a quarter of the year) . Halfway between them are the cross-quarter days known as Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas, and Samhain.
“ Samhain was understood as a liminal time, when spirits and ancestors from the Otherworld could more easily enter this one. The ancients would hold great gatherings to mark the end of harvest season, and the entrance into the darker, leaner half of the year. The souls of the dead were said to seek hospitality in their old homes, so the living would set places at the feasting table for them with offerings of their dead kin’s favourite meals and drinks. Sacred bonfires would then be lit for releasing and cleansing rituals. “ Toko Pa
As we enter the darkest time of the year, survival fears are heightened. Moon in Taurus is about our need for safety and security, while Sun opposite in Scorpio increases our spidey-sense to help us see in the dark.
This is a time of acceleration and quickening. Uranus sitting close to the Moon helps us to tune into our intuition and be guided by it. This highly volatile Full Moon occurs at a critical time in the human story; the whole world is in the throes of a death/ rebirth process, at the dawn of a new era, and things are far more difficult than usual. We must face our fears as we navigate the shadows -Uranus can help us to see more clearly what our next move needs to be. It may come in aha moments as possibilities emerge from the shadows and new insights shine a light forward. Secrets may be revealed, mysteries may be solved.
Expect the unexpected!
There are several other significant planetary influences right now – Mercury and Mars retrograde, Neptune squared to Collective destiny Points (nodes of moon) , Mercury squared to Saturn. I will go into these in the next post – needless to say everything is very pressurized and things are not not what they seem; there are many agendas afoot and narratives operating at cross purposes that are far from clear or above board. Over the next few weeks much is going to come to the surface as many planets shift direction or sign and we head toward a powerful Winter Solstice alignment of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius. Some say this is the true beginning of the Aquarian age. But I am getting ahead of myself – need to take things one step at a time. Thank you Saturn for that reminder. Back to the Full Moon!
A Full Moon is a highly polarized event, which at this point is only going to increase the polarity that is already occurring. The key thing right now is to listen to your intuition and find ways to stay grounded if lightning strikes.
This can be a time of revelation – and of reactivity. Uranus rules intuition and higher mind. It brings lightning quick burst that can leave us gasping; shocks and shake ups are likely in the Taurus realms of love, money and even the earth itself. Earthquakes are more likely, or monetary extremes could occur. Taurus is ruled by Venus planet of love, which is in Libra, the other sign it rules. Relationships may contain surprises or undergo sudden shifts. It really all depends on what part of your chart all this is occurring in. Some will be affected, others will stand and watch it all occur. Some wont even notice.
We can gain profound insight into the working of all of the above as eye opening events or insights accelerate our learning and propel us forward. Sensitivity, already heightened at a Full moon – will be off the map for some.
Taurus is an earth sign. Ground – ground – ground your energy. Try to find middle ground and avoid extremes . And if you hear the spirits howling at this Halloween Full Moon ~ howl along with them.
You know you want to!!