Friday, September 19, 2014

Shine On Harvest Moon...2014...

("Harvest Moon"; by Samuel Inness, 1805-1881)
Mabon is near. The Harvest Moon acted as herald. Here on the marsh we had been having some cloud cover in the couple of days leading up to it. It looked like I was going to experience the August Full Moon all over again in not getting to see Luna in her fullness on the night of the official phase. The cloud cover for the night of September 8th did remain for the most part, but I was allowed to see the bright glowing orb through the veil. There she was through a window in the gauze, wisps filtering over like tatters from a shroud.

I can't wait for autumn to arrive, but obviously I know I must. It won't be long now. Just three more days...I think I can handle that.

The Harvest Moon was beautiful as full moons generally are. This one was especially bright allowing farmers to reap what they have sown in her glow. I am not a farmer, but I did bask in her rays. I met her gaze as she looked down on me and my corner of things...and I snapped some photos. I am posting some of them later than intended, and as is usual with pictures they don't do her justice. A selection of them follows.

The equinox is up next.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Full Moon In Pisces...September 8, 2014...

The Full Moon of September 8, 2014, is in the mutable water sign of Pisces. It occurs at 9:40 PM/EST. September’s Moon is the Harvest Moon as it is the closest to the Autumnal Equinox (which falls on September 23rd, for this year). It is also the last of the Summer’s three Super Moons.

The sign of the fish is a rather emotional sign as it can boost the emotional state of empathy….this lunation, it does. As the Moon is conjoining Chiron, and Venus & Neptune are in opposition, the emphasis on feeling compassion for others is enhanced. There is a definite change with this lunation as it places more emphasis on the mellow. Mercury in Libra fosters more sensitive energy. Bickering without any resolution is a tired subject. Instead of the confrontational energy of recent past moons, this one is more about avoiding confrontation and focusing on healing instead. There is a general vibe of peace.
(Artist: David Paladini)
Uranus in Aries, and Saturn in Scorpio, are engaged in a skirmish with both luminaries (Moon & Sun). Aries has little to no patience for critical Virgo, and indecisive Pisces. Aries is about plowing ahead…now. Jupiter in Leo, and Uranus in Aries, in a waxing trine, don’t help matters by pushing things. This is a good time to focus on the water element of Pisces. Ever moving and flowing water. It can effect change, and still adapt to any situation. Instead of obsessing allow yourself to go with the flow…so to speak. Don’t be stubborn. Be open, and allow yourself to bend when necessary.

In opposition to Neptune in Pisces, is Venus in Virgo. Romantic energy is boosted, but don’t feel you have to do anything on a grand scale to show your feelings to your significant other. Simple acts…cooking dinner, a moonlight stroll, anything that projects your feelings.

Focus on the fluid aspect of the prominent energies for this lunation. Be adaptable. Be water.

"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, and it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."

                                                                  ~ Bruce Lee
If there are terms in this post that are unfamiliar, the following is a link to a great online Astrological Dictionary:

The following excerpt is from the Farmer's Almanac:

  • Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon: This Full Moon's name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September Full Moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the Full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox. 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. 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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Called On Account Of Rain...

The Super Moon was a no-show for me on the night of the 10th. I knew it was up there above the rain...above the clouds. It was moving by in extreme perigee to the Earth, shining big and bright in the night sky...and I didn't get to see it. I love rain, but...all I can say is it was a big bummer.

I always look forward to each Full Moon, my trusty camera at the ready. I was hopeful that this one, the Super Moon, would be awe inspiring. In the week leading up to it I would look up noting each stage during the Full Moon's approach. The gradual reveal. Yes, it is very common during Summer here in the humid south to have a chance of rain each day. It's typical. As I said before...I was hopeful.

As with most of our storms, the thunder arrived first. It was extra grumbly, and quite loud at times. Then the rain sheets. Of course I had to venture out in it to take some photos. If it was going to keep me from seeing the Moon then I was going to photograph it instead.

By the time I got to the marshes edge my legs were soaked. I had an umbrella keeping my head and the camera dry. The hard driving rain and humidity clouding the air blocked sight of the Bull River, and everything beyond. The Bull River Bridge looked like it dropped off into limbo. The only hint of movement other than the falling rain were the bright spots of headlamps popping out of the fog when they started over the bridge.

My shoes were getting rather squishy, so I quickly snapped a few shots of the marsh and rushed back home. Back to enjoy the rest of the storm in a dry, more comfortable setting.

The following shots are from the night of August 11th. Not technically a Full Moon, but the closest I could get. Maybe if I had paid closer attention to the Moon in the days leading up to the 10th, I wouldn't have been so bummed...

There is an old saying: "Ring around the Moon means snow or rain soon." Folklore says that if there is a halo/ring around the Moon, rain is on the way. Some variations say that the number of stars visible within the light from the halo tell how many days until the rain arrives. Interesting...I wonder if the Moon had tried to clue me in? I'll be sure to pay closer attention before the Full Moon for September.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Full Moon In Aquarius...August 10, 2014...

(Artist: Yuxuan Li)
It’s time for the Full Moon for August 10, 2014, and it’s in the sign of Aquarius. This particular Moon is a Super Moon (the second one for this year). It has the distinction of being in extreme perigee to the Earth, making it the closest Moon of the year.

The prominent theme for this lunation is based in the emotional realm. As with all Full Moons some past issues can and usually will come to a head. These cycles are all about taking a close look at things in an effort to work towards resolution, and release. There are an equal number of ‘water’ and ‘fire’ signs represented in the planets, which could indicate a lack of cooperation and objectivity since fixed signs tend to hold sway. However, the Moon in Aquarius and Sun in Leo want to work together rather than against one another. Aquarius is putting its influence into the mix by promoting strong objectivity, and thinking outside of the box. Aquarius is the only representative for the ‘air’ element, so its objectivity is needed.

This is a more thoughtful, logical Moon. It can emphasize detachment on an emotional level which can serve as helpful and healthy follow-up to emotions coming to the fore. Sometimes we sit on issue related emotions that can be quite intense…which is probably why they were stuffed away. When going through a long held emotional upheaval this influence can aid you in seeing the ‘forest for the trees’…the facts behind the emotions. Feeling and owning emotions can be difficult, but to then take an objective look at the basis of the emotional upheaval is where the lesson(s) lie. Mercury is closely conjunct the Leo Sun, spinning things to the personal. This presents positive and enthusiastic energy that can be very helpful if taken advantage of.
Transiting Saturn in Scorpio is poised to throw a wrench into the works as it is creating a strong tension aspect to the Moon in Aquarius, Mercury in Leo, and Sun in Leo. The resulting pressure can dislodge emotions or energies that you’ve been quashing. Keep the focus where it needs to be…on you. Take a good look at the choices you have made and own them. Any perceptions or emotional responses that you have had should serve as lessons. What was your part and what can you do differently next time? Look at how ‘you’ got ‘you’ to where you are, and stay away from playing the blame game. Emotions can be heavy, but rather than try to speed through them allow them to slow their roll so you can examine things more closely. Anxiety and fear are two primary adversaries we face when dealing with emotions. Don’t deny anything you may discover. Some firey issues may come to a head, and you could be faced with some tough choices. Be patient. Be courageous.

Arian Uranus is trine the Sun and Mercury conjunction (both in the sign of Leo). Uranus serves as inspiration as it’s in harmonious aspect to both luminaries.
Transiting Saturn in Scorpio is making inconjunct with transiting Uranus in Aries retrograde. Re-channel your decision making process and your energies to aid in achieving a more healthy approach to emotionally based issues for the future. Making that sort of change isn’t achieved by trying to make it a ‘one fix wonder’. These things always need to be worked at, making adjustments when and where necessary. Approach things a step/a day at a time.

(Artist: David Palladini)
Mars in Scorpios square to Jupiter in Leo is on the wane, and is becoming a strong influence to the Moon. There is also a waning trine to Neptune in Pisces pulling back on some pressure, and a waxing sextile to Pluto in Capricorn strengthening the calmer energies. The fire led positions of the Sun, Uranus, and Mercury in Leo would prefer grabbing up the reins to move forward with optimistic vim and vigor, but Saturn and Mars in the water sign of Scorpio have something to say about that. The balance is necessary…water needs to make sure fire doesn’t go off half-cocked.

There is a lot of potential during this Full Moon in Aquarius to deal with some long ignored emotional baggage, and adjust how emotional issues are dealt with into the future so said baggage isn’t replenished. Strive for the higher truth, and stay away from applying in the moment band aids to things. You deserve to allow yourself the freedom to drop your inhibitions and to feel your emotions. Allow yourself to feel love. Love for others, and more importantly for yourself.

If there are some terms in the above that you would like to know the meaning of, follow this link to a great online astrology dictionary:

The following excerpt is from the Farmer's Almanac:
  • Full Sturgeon Moon ~ August: The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon since Sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it a the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.