Full Moon in Sagittarius – Nothing Else Matters

The Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 9th will get us in touch with the truth of our nature: divine and glorious, and in the same time messy and limited. The Full Moon takes place at 19° Sagittarius and is conjunct Saturn, The Great Teacher.

What makes this Full Moon truly special is that Jupiter, the Full Moon ruler, turns direct literally one hour after the Full Moon. Jupiter is now in Libra, the sign of “the other” – if you’ve been struggling in your relationships, Jupiter direct is good news.

The Full Moon in Sagittarius brings a mixture of adventure and discipline. While Jupiter is all about expansion and new opportunities, Saturn warns us to take it easy and be responsible for our decisions. As a result, we are asked to ponder how far we want to go vs. how far we can go. The message? You can do what you want, as long as you play by the rules. You have all the freedom, within the framework of accepted social responsibilities.

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Let’s get back to what Sagittarius stands for.  Sagittarius is our inner guru, our inner prophet, our inner pilgrim, ready to explore the many unfamiliar territories of the world and of the self, in search for the Truth. Look how Sagittarius is depicted, armed with a bow, focused intently on the direction in which his arrow is headed. The bow, full drawn and ready to let fly, symbolizes the divine power embodying the tension of spiritual force.

The Full Moon in Sagittarius will give us a potion of the Truth, a potion with magic herbs and bitter medicine.

And what is this truth about? Jupiter stations direct in Libra , the sign of one-on-one partnerships. We can only discover who we are through the Other, through the process of Projection. The other becomes a mirror of our inner self, especially of the unconscious side of our inner self.

Do you like what you see? Are you ready to make friends with the man in the mirror?  What about your relationships? Which relationships honor the truth of who you are? Which relationships help you grow and which one drag you backwards? Which people do you trust?

“Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters”

Metallica – Nothing else matters

The Full Moon in Sagittarius will ask us to accept our human limitations and love our divine imperfections. The process can be awkward. Jupiter is applying to Neptune with an inconjunct, and in the process we might experience a crisis of faith. Thankfully Saturn will give us the clarity we need to discern from this communication which is of God and which is not. And Jupiter direct station means we WILL move forward, no matter what.

This is the last Full Moon in Sagittarius with Saturn in Sagittarius. The next series is in 28 years’ time. This is our last chance to integrate the message of the Great Teacher and move forward, with a renewed sense of optimism.

The sabian symbol of this Full Moon is “Pelicans menaced by the behavior and refuse of men seek safer areas for bringing up their youth”. The symbol stands for the process of transmutation. We are asked to take what is truly valuable, what is absolutely essential for our journey and with this move towards safer and brighter realms. We need to be very clear about who we are, as we won’t have too much time to ponder. But ultimately, this is a message of faith and optimism. The new place WILL be a better place for us.

The Full Moon in Sagittarius will affect all of us, and especially those of us with Sagittarius or Pisces ascendant, planets or angles around 19° in Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) or planets or angles around 13° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).

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Full Moon In Scorpio – Walk The Talk

We have a very powerful Full Moon in Scorpio taking place on May 10th at 20° Scorpio. The Full Moon in Scorpio will help us get in touch with our most intimate, authentic self and will ask us to live in the truth and “walk the talk”.

Exact times: Los Angeles – May 10 – 2:42 pm / New York – May 10 – 5:42 pm / London – May 10 – 10:42 pm / Sydney – May 11 – 7:42 am)

The Scorpio Full Moon is highly transformational not only because it is a Scorpio Full Moon but also because Pluto, the ruler of this Full Moon, makes very tight (and favorable) aspects with this lunation – a sextile to the Moon and a trine to the Sun.

The Scorpio Full Moon connects us with our deepest self, with our most consuming desires, and with our most dreaded fears. Ultimately the Full Moon is Scorpio wants to “give voice” to our authentic self.

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Scorpio and Pluto are linked to the primal instincts of the reptilian brain: the instinct to preserve life by all means, and the instinct of perpetuate life though procreation. Pluto also rules Status, because status and power make easier to achieve both survival and reproduction. And above all, Scorpio and Pluto rule transformation – as the only constant in the mystery we call life is change.  

The Full Moon in Scorpio is an invitation to get in touch with your primal instincts that know  how to guide you to the Truth. Don’t resist change, Pluto has no tolerance for that, and Pluto always wins. Go with the flow and embrace the energy of this Full Moon fully.

Anything that is in a “terminal state” of deterioration in your life can be reborn now. The Full Moon is Scorpio is your unique chance to clean away the clutter in your life and get to the root of the matter.

Because Pluto plays such an important role in this Full Moon you are granted very intense and deep experiences. Your desire for personal power will increase now, as well as the desire to mark clear boundaries between “what is yours” and “what is theirs”. This is not limited to material things – you can also make a statement at work that you are only accountable for what is under your control and the others should take responsibly for their part.

Your relationships in general can turn very intense out of a sudden and you may feel an urge to reveal your feelings and opinions. The others can also reveal their true feelings for you. With so much Pluto, there is a strong call to tell the truth and live in the truth, no matter what. This desire to speak out is also highlighted by the exact conjunction of Mercury and Uranus, which takes place only few hours before the Full Moon.

But this Full Moon is not all about Scorpio. A Full Moon always brings into awareness the polarity of the two signs in opposition. The Moon is in Scorpio and the Sun is in Taurus. Taurus is earthy, fertile, while Scorpio is mysterious and regenerative.

The Full Moon in Scorpio is about reconciling the practical nature of Taurus and the transformational nature of Scorpio. It is about walking the talk.

Sometimes we think we are all spiritual and enlightened but our actions prove the opposite. We talk about being authentic and being “true to ourselves” but we do nothing to change the status quo. The message of the Full Moon is to have the guts to take action on what is most important to us.

The theme of commitment is very strong in this lunation, also because Juno, the asteroid that rules commitments of any kind, turns retrograde in the same day very close to Pluto (Juno is at 18° Capricorn and Pluto is at 19° Capricorn).

Juno embraces Pluto’s energy and the commitment becomes much more than a scribble on a piece of paper. Most of the rules in relationships, in societies are unwritten, our culture itself IS based on unwritten rules. The Full Moon is Scorpio will ask us to commit 100% to our truth. There is a saying, that there no such thing as 50% commitment, or 60%, or 70%, not even 99% commitment, there is only 100% commitment.

We find the themes of commitment and staying true to oneself again if we look at the sabian symbol of the Full Moon.

The sabian symbol of the Full Moon is “Obeying his conscience, a soldier resists orders”. The message of the sabian symbol is: sometimes you have to assert your values, your truth, even if you have to face the consequences of your decision, no matter the cost. You have to stay true to yourself, no matter what. This is the ultimate freedom. And the only one we really have.

“One can take away everything from a human being, but no one can take away the ability to choose our attitudes towards the circumstances in which we find ourselves.”

The sabian symbol and the overall energy of the Full Moon in Scorpio goes in line with the Nodal shift which takes place just before the Full Moon. The North Node moves into Leo, asking us to honor OUR gifts and talents, as opposed to follow the groupthink.

If you have with planets or angles at 20° Scorpio or 20° Taurus or Scorpio rising you are especially in the focus of this Full Moon, which will bring positive changes in your life – look in which house the Full Moon falls in your chart for more clues.

Full Moon in Libra – War And Peace

We have a very active Full Moon at 21° Libra on 10/11 April which activates a T-square in Cardinal signs, more exactly Jupiter in Libra, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn. But the central role this time is not played by the Moon, by the Sun, nor by Jupiter, or Uranus, or Pluto…but by Venus, the ruler of this Full Moon, which is now standing still in the sky, close to the Earth, stronger than ever, preparing to turn direct.

It is not completely true that the other planets do not play an important role. We have a T-square, which is a highly dynamic, highly combative combination. Put a T-square in Cardinal signs and you can start a war.

Sun is conjunct Uranus on the Aries side of the  horizon, asking for a revolution of the spirit, on the Libra side we have the Moon conjunct Jupiter, which is interested in beauty and social justice and has little tolerance for what she perceives as the “selfishness” and the “arrogance” of the Sun.

It does not help much Pluto is shooting arrows at both from the top of the cliff, in Capricorn turning everything into a power struggle.

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The result? An iron fist in a velvet glove. The spirits will run high, and some sort of conflict is going to be imminent. And even if you will argue “elegantly” (because Libra is so diplomatic, isn’t she) you are still going to run into conflict. A beautiful rose with thorns is a good metaphor for the energy of this Full Moon.

But who are you fighting, really? Who is your opponent?  The essence of the Aries /Libra axis is understanding that the only “enemy” out there is yourself. By first making friends with the “other side” of you —the impulsive, eccentric, stubborn, ego-driven part of you can embrace this beautiful perfect human being that you are.

As we start to understand how this Full Moon energy comes into play, let’s come back to Venus.

The goddess of beauty has now slowed down to the point she cannot slow down anymore. In a few days she will “awaken” and turn direct. But in this deep state of meditation, she is letting herself embraced, (or should we say, stung?) by Chiron, the wounded healer, which is very close to her in Pisces, while both are being exactly squared by Saturn.

This is not an easy transit – Venus has been through a lot lately, has already cracked her heart open at her first meeting with Chiron, and now she is in the middle of the 3-sequence square to Saturn.

This process can be painful and you will be asked to revisit those wounds again and go even deeper into the pain. Saturn will ask you to go as deep as you can, until there is no more place to go. Remember, Saturn draws the limits. You may wonder why Saturn wants so bad to make you suffer.

Saturn does not want to make you suffer. Saturn wants to show you the limits. These limits are the reality. And by acknowledging that everything has a limit, even the pain, you can finally release the fear and start the process of healing.

Venus, now in her evening form in Libra, is here to teach us that beauty is everywhere, in every  laughter, in every sadness, in each single one of us. And that beauty that comes out of conflict, out of struggle is even more potent, because it has embraced both polarities of existence: the “me” and the “we”, the yin and the yang, the feminine and the masculine.

“It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. Right? And this bag was just dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. That’s the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. (…) Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, and my heart is just going to cave in” – Ricky, American Beauty

In Native American tradition the April Full Moon is known as the Pink Moon symbolizing the beauty of nature which awakens at this time of the year. Pink is what is called an “unsaturated” color which means it can only be obtained by mixing different wavelengths. What a beautiful metaphor for what Libra stands for!

If you have planets around 21° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) or around 26° Pisces you will be especially affected by this Full Moon.

As all of us have 21° Libra somewhere in our chart, go and check which house the moon is transiting in your chart to see which area of your life will come into focus.

Full Moon in Virgo – Shed Your Old Skin And Embrace Change

The Full Moon on the 12th of March occurs at 22° Virgo.

This is the first Full Moon after the February eclipse season, and it will bring the much needed clarity on the new cycle that is about to emerge.

The Virgo Full Moon is a cleansing Full Moon and will ask us to get rid of all the debrief we accumulated during the current Sun cycle, in order to prepare us for the New Sun Cycle starting on the 20th of March.

The Full Moon in Virgo is opposite Chiron and Mercury (which are both conjunct Sun in Pisces). The Full Moon also squares Saturn in Sagittarius and trines Pluto in Capricorn.

Communication can be hurtful now – as we know, Full Moons like to “expose” the truth, and this time is no exception. This Chironic Full Moon wants to have everything said and done, even if it hurts. Chiron conjunct Mercury and Sun opposite the Moon invite us to confront, and then simply release and “forget” our would, our old self.

Shed your old skin and embrace the change.

Full Moon Virgo

Put off the “old you”, those thoughts and behaviors that are keeping you stuck in the past. Let go of the self-defeating, limiting and unproductive beliefs and behaviors.

Chiron represents our wound which, if transcended, becomes our gift. If you embrace this shift with awareness profound healing is possible.

This Full Moon is on the Virgo Pisces, the axis of transformation. A true transformation always has an element of surprise. We do not know what the “next level” is. When we know exactly what the next phase of our life is about we don’t need a transformation in the first place.

Transformation happens in that space between having the courage to let go of the old and the curiosity to embrace the new. The key word here is curiosity. We don’t know what the future holds, and we will never do. Only when we accept this, we achieve freedom from the past.

References to transformation come also from the Native American tradition. The indigenous people used to call the Full Moon of March the Worm Moon, because earthworms start to surface at this time of the year, signaling the start of Spring.

The Full Moon also makes a positive aspect, a trine Pluto, reminding you of your inner power. No matter what happens, you DO have what it takes to push though it and make it to the next level. Have faith in what the universe is trying to tell you.

The Sabian symbol of this Full Moon (23° Virgo) is Chironic as well: “A lion tamer displays his skill and character” – symbolizing the need to tame one’s physical, emotional and spiritual energies in order to fulfill one’s destiny. Just like a shaman, a tamer has been to heaven, has been to hell and is now able to understand and handle all the energies of the universe.

The Full Moon in Virgo is the perfect time to rejuvenate , to (re)commit to those things which feed your body and your spirit, and to make routines to nurture your health and your soul.

Virgo is the cleanser of the zodiac, inviting us to clean our sacred spaces.

“Today I begin a new life. Today I shed my old skin which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity. Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all” – Og Mandino

Take care of yourself during this Full Moon. If you are held back by a lack of self-belief:

  • Accept your mistakes with self-compassion
  • Remember that a challenge is not about what you are doing wrong. A challenge is only there to help you become your future, better self
  • Even if you dream of a better tomorrow, learn to accept and even love your past. Only when you manage to love your past, that part of you that still bleeds, you are ready to love your future
  • Be authentic – this is when opportunities will open to you and you will be able to recognize them
  • Do things that you’re good at
  • Be of service to others (but only after you’ve taken care of yourself)

Lunar Eclipse In Leo – Time To Roar

February 10th brings us a spectacular lunar eclipse at 22° Leo. Supported by a mystic rectangle and a grand Fire Trine, the lunar eclipse in Leo is a wonderful way to kickstart the brand new Eclipse cycle on the Leo Aquarius axis.

Yes, with the first Lunar Eclipse in Leo we say goodbye to the Virgo lessons and start embracing the new fresh (and hot) leonine lunar energy.

A lunar eclipse is a Full Moon on steroids, heightening the effects of a Full Moon, bringing the necessary endings and the feared beginnings, catalyzing forward movement and change, giving us all the clarity we need, and revealing the new avenues and directions of our destiny.  

The Eclipse will be visible form most parts of the world, however because it is a penumbral eclipse it is rather subtle –  but if you chose to moongaze on Friday night you will notice the Full Moon will look slightly dimmer than usual.

In Native American traditions the February Full Moon was knows as the Snow Moon, a time to hide from the rough nature and spend more time inside the home with the tribe.

Coming back to astrology, this lunar eclipse is truly special, because it is supported by a mystic rectangle. The tension of the two oppositions (Sun/Moon and Jupiter/Uranus) is harmoniously channeled by the supporting sextiles and trines. Jupiter (23° Libra) trines the Sun (22° Aquarius) and makes a sextile to the Moon (22° Leo), while Uranus (21° Aries) trines the Moon and makes a sextile to the Sun. This is just wonderful! …especially if you have planets around 21°-23° in Fire or Air signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius).

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Saturn is also around, beautifully positioned in a Fire grand trine together with the Moon and Uranus, making sure that all this positive energy is turned into something meaningful and durable. The trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries will bring the best from (the otherwise extremely different energies) from the legendary father and son, as Uranus creates change where is needed and Saturn provides the maturity and the self-awareness to make smart and educated decisions.

Leos (especially those born between 13 and 17 of August) are especially favored because this Lunar Eclipse is all about them (and they love that! All about THEM (haha). This Full Moon will bring into focus all the Leo themes:  self-expression, creativity, fun, romance, children and a bit of drama. If you want to launch something and get some spotlight, this is great time to do so!

Jupiter opposite Uranus will bring unexpected turns of events and all kind of surprises.  You should definitely plan for some social event of Friday night – you are going to have a great time! Leo is afterwards the most playful, enthusiastic and fun sign.

The moon shining in Leo is like a lioness roaring so get ready to get out of your comfort zone and draw attention on yourself. The world wants to know more about you!

“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter,

dancing through the fire

Cause I am a champion and

You’re gonna hear me ROAR

Louder, louder than a lion”

Full Moon in Cancer – A Cosmic Hug

The Full Moon occurs on January 12th at 22° Cancer, triggering a Cardinal Cross involving Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto. No need to be intimidated by this dynamic cosmic configuration. The motherly sign of Cancer will transform the Cardinal Cross into a loving embrace.

We will all experience this Full Moon very profoundly, and those of us with personal planets around 22° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) will be in the spotlight big time.

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Frida Kahlo – The Love Embrace of The Universe

The theme  and the deeper meaning

Full Moons in Cancer are by default very powerful. Moon is Cancer’s ruler and the Moon is at her highest expression when is Full (180° away from the domineering Sun) and can shine in her full splendor. Therefore this Full Moon is really all about the Moon, and what the Moon stands for: mothership, intuition, feelings, the soul, children and social consciousness.  

What about the Cardinal Cross? Cardinal Grand Crosses involve the most sensitive points in a chart – the AC/DC and the IC/MC axis: “Me” vs. “We” (Aries – Libra) and “Inward” vs “Outward” (Cancer – Capricorn). Who are we? How did we come to be? What is our place in the Universe? These profound questions bring up a host of other inquiries about one’s search for meaning – and a Cardinal Grand Cross will always bring these themes to the awareness. Know thyself and know thy place – and then everything will unfold as it is meant to.

The sabian symbol of this Full Moon is ”The meeting of a literary society”. A literary society sounds rather posh and intellectual – but those of you who attended book clubs know what usually happens when a literary society meets: intense and heated discussions accompanied by a lot of drinking. This sounds exactly like a Full Moon in Cancer triggered by a Jupiter-Uranus opposition. Passionate, emotional, intense, conflicting, progressive.

The aspects – a Cardinal Cross, Pluto, Mercury and a lovely-dovey Venus Neptune

Mercury will enter Capricorn literally minutes after the Full Moon (it is at 29°57’ in Sagittarius at the time of the Full Moon). Mercury at 0° in a sign at the time of the Full Moon will amplify and of course, communicate, whatever the Full Moon has to reveal. Expect surprising news and announcements.

This Full Moon is also only a few degrees away from Pluto, triggering some family dynamics. Pluto is cathartic and powerful, and with the Cancer Moon we now have the opportunity to transcend some unhealthy family bonds.

I already mentioned the Jupiter-Uranus opposition which  has been in effect for a month now. If you did not figure out yet what this important aspect of 2017 stands for, this Full Moon will expose the dynamic of this opposition, illuminating it brilliantly. Some themes have started to emerge already, but during the Full Moon in Cancer the Jupiter-Uranus opposition themes will be clearly revealed to us.

There is a risk that Uranus’ push for rapid change will outweigh Jupiter’s rather balanced and relationship-oriented outlook (Jupiter is like that only when in Libra, otherwise he likes rapid change, and especially rapid growth!). We can never really be ready or prepared for what Uranus has to bring – but this energy will help us build the muscle we need in order to adapt to a world full of uncertainties and surprises.

Fortunately, in the middle of this chaos, Saturn in  Sagittarius beautifully supports this Full Moon with a trine to Uranus and a sextile to Jupiter.  Saturn helps calm down Uranus in Aries’s unpredictability and thirst for chance, and gives Jupiter the means to make things happen in a productive and sustainable way.

Pluto is widely conjunct the Capricorn Sun and that means he also opposes the Cancer Moon. A good thing is that Pluto is sextile to Mars in Pisces. Mars is Pisces is rather non-confrontational so it will turn Pluto’s strength and conviction into compassion.

Another aspect that supports the claim that this Full Moon is rather a loving embrace than a cross we need to bear is Venus conjunct Neptune.  This is one of the most beautiful and romantic aspects we can get. Falling in love under these circumstances has never been easier or more natural. Venus and Neptune meet in the emotional and empathetic sign of Pisces and literally, all we need is love. If you have planets around 9° Pisces (including a birthday around 12th of January) you will experience intense and overwhelmingly  beautiful feelings.

All in all, during this Full Moon important situations will likely come to a peak point and decisions will need to be made. But no need to worry. This Full Moon is a very honest, candid lunation and it WILL give us the clarity we need to make the next step in full awareness.  Trust the universe is there to support you, no matter what.

The 1st Full Moon of the year was also known as the Wolf Moon by the indigenous people. The Wolf stands for our connection with the world of instincts. The Wolf has very strong intuition and represents the raw nature in action. The symbolism of the Wolf goes very well with the symbolism of the Full Moon in Cancer. If you want to learn more about how the Native American called each Full Moon of the year and the symbolism behind, I recently wrote an article about this, you can read it here

Native American Full Moons

The Native American Full Moon names date back to when Native Americans lived in what is now the northern and eastern United States.

The Algonquin Full Moon names, and variations used by many other Native American tribes, are poetically descriptive of the seasons and of nature’s gifts. The indigenous people kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring Full Moon.

The names they had for the Full Moons are related to nature and the seasons, hunting, fishing, and farming. They also reflect the harsh climate of the Northern parts of the continent, and the traditions and lifestyle of its first people.

 

January – The Wolf Moon

The Wolf Moon is the first Full Moon of the year, when we are taking the first step into the year guided by the spirit of the Wolf. January was called the Wolf Moon by the Algonquians because the wolves are out in the deep snows and under the bright light of the Full Moon this time of year, searching for pray to slake their hunger.

Arapaho of the Great Plains called the January Full Moon “When Snow Blows Like Spirits In The Wind”, Passamaquoddy “Whirling Wind Moon”, the Haida of Alaska called it “Bear Hunting Moon” and the Zuni of the Southwest, “When Limbs Of Trees Are Broken By Snow”.

Even nowadays the wolves’ howling is associated with the moon. Just like the wolf who is designed to handle the brutality of the cold very well, so can we use the resourcefulness of the wolf to go for what we want, with all force and without fear.  January is that time of the year to start again and tune into the cycles of nature.

February – The Snow Moon

The Snow Moon marks the time of the year when in the northeastern regions the heaviest of snows fall. Because the tribes had now more time to spend inside their homes, the Snow Moon was a time for rituals, fasting and personal purification. Ancestors are now honored by passing on their stories to the younger generations.

Hunting becomes very difficult, that’s why some other Native American tribes called the February Full Moon the Hunger Moon. Other references to the weather were made by the Arapaho who called it “Frost Sparkling In The Sun”. To the Lakota, February was the “Moon When The Trees Crack Because Of The Cold;” and to the Wishram of Washington and Oregon, “Shoulder To Shoulder Around The Fire Moon.”

February is a great time to spend time in family or in the community and share stories and pass on the traditions. And although snow is still abundant this time of the year, February brings with it the hope that Spring is not far.

March – The Worm Moon

March was called the Worm Moon because earthworms start to surface at this time of the year, signaling the end of winter and the start of spring. The ground begins to soften and with the reappearance of earthworms, the birds return to their homes.

Other names reflected the springtime activity of the birds and animals – for the Arapaho, March was “Buffalo Dropping Their Calves,” for the Omaha it was “Moon When Geese Come Home,” and for the Haida it was the “Noisy Goose Moon.”

March brings the Spring Equinox and the official start of the year. Now is the time to celebrate nature’s rebirth and to free oneself from anything that hinders progress.

April – The Pink Moon

The Pink Moon symbolizes the sprouting of seed and the explosion of pink flowers – the moss pink, or the wild ground phlox was one of the first flowers to bloom with the arrival of the spring.

For the Abenaki, the April Full Moon was the “Sugar Maker Moon” to the Arapaho, “Ice Breaking In The River” the Cheyenne called it “Moon When The Geese Lay Eggs” and the Cree of the Northern Plains and Canada, “Gray Goose Moon”.

Now that spring is fully here, it is time to spend time in the nature and listen to the wisdom the plants and animals have to impart.

May – The Flower Moon

In May the fields are covered with flowers and the whole world explodes in color, showing the beauty of the Great Spirit. The legends says that flowers dance in the meadows under the light of the Full Moon at this time of the year.

The Apache called May “Season When The Leaves Are Green” the Cheyenne, “Moon When The Horses Get Fat” the Choctaw, “Mulberry Moon”.

May is a good time to focus on relationships and commitments, both in spirit and love. When preparing for commitment, asking the Creator and the ancestors to provide blessings and guidance can be especially helpful right now.

June – The Strawberry Moon

June is the time to pick strawberries, now at their ripest and fullest flavor and juice. It is said that picking them by moonlight will insure bigger bounty next season.

In the summer months families used to camp near a lake or river. References to the bounty of nature were made by the Choctaw who called  the Full Moon of June “Blackberry Moon” and by Lakota “Moon When The Berries Are Good.” Animal activity was also mentioned by Potawatomi who called June “Moon Of The Turtle” and the Omaha, who called it “When The Buffalo Bulls Hunt The Cows”.

June is mid-year, so it’s a great time to review what we have already done, and to plan for what’s left to do.

July – The Buck Moon

July was called the Buck Moon because the bucks grow new antlers at this time of year. By July, the bucks start rubbing their fully-grown antlers against trees to rub off the dead velvet material which covered them while growing (in winter and spring).

This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are  frequent during this month. The Sioux of the Great Plains called the July Full Moon “Red Blooming Lilies Moon” the Winnebago of the Great Lakes, “Corn-Popping Moon;” the Wishram, “Salmon Go Up Rivers In A Group Moon” and the Zuni, “When Limbs Of Trees Are Broken By Fruit”.

July is the month when our physical strength reaches its peak, therefore it is a good time to build or repair something around the house. It is not only our body that is stronger than ever. July is also a good time to opt to go for a vision quest or strengthen our spirit by fasting or participating to a sweat lodge ceremony.

August – The Sturgeon Moon

The Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes was most easily caught during this Full Moon, hence they called the Full Moon in  August the “Sturgeon Moon”..

The Assiniboine of the Northern Plains called the August Full Moon “Black Cherries Moon” the Ponca, “Corn Is In The Silk Moon;” and the Shawnee, “Plum Moon”

Just like rivers are filled with schools of fish, providing nourishment for the body, our Spirit is ready now to receive the abundance that it deserves.

September – The Corn Moon

September marked the time of the year when corn was approaching harvest. The Native Americans used the luminosity of the moon – now bright than ever – to harvest their bounty. The Corn Moon was the best time to finish all the harvest chores.

The Cherokee who called it “Nut Moon” in reference to the harvest, while the month’s natural changes were mentioned by the Assiniboine who called September “Yellow Leaf Moon”, the Cheyenne called it “Crying Grass Moon” while the Omaha “Moon When The Deer Paw The Earth”.

The harvesting of the crop is a good metaphor for harvesting one’s sprit. September’s Full Moon is a good time to clean and clear up any issues in one’s life. Rituals to invite forgiveness and healing of old wounds are especially beneficial now.

October – The Hunters Moon

October represents the onset of prime hunting season. Now that the deer are fattened, it is time to hunt and store provisions for the long winter ahead. After the fields have been reaped, hunters can see more easily the animals, which have come out to glean the fields.

Other Native American names for October reflect cooler temperatures and leaf shedding: for the Abenaki, October Full Moon was “Leaf Falling Moon” for the Cheyenne, “Water Begins To Freeze On Edge Of Streams Moon” for the Cree, “Moon The Birds Fly South”.

The Hunters Moon is a reminder to take care of our body and spirit and prepare it for the cold winter ahead. This is a good time to align ourselves with the nature and conduct rituals to find your personal animal guide or totem.

November – The Beaver Moon

For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time of the year to set beaver traps, to ensure a supply of warm furs for the winter.

Most other Native American names make reference to the increasingly cold temperatures: the Choctaw called the November Full Moon “Frost Moon” the Comanche, “Heading To Winter Moon” the Abenaki, “Freezing River Maker Moon” the Creek of the Southeast, “Moon When The Water Is black with Leaves” and the Wishram, “Snowy Mountains In The Morning Moon”.

November is a wonderful time to look for protection from whatever interferes with our spiritual evolution. The meditative atmosphere of the month and the clarity the Full Moon brings, favor a better understanding of our subconscious thoughts and dreams, and invite us to believe in them as if they were real. The Beaver Full Moon also gives us the diligence to stick to our goals.

December – The Cold Moon

Coming full circle, we find ourselves again in the realm of winter. This is the month of some of the coldest, longest and darkest nights.

The December Full Moon is also known as “Big Winter Moon” by Choctaw, or “Sun Has Traveled Home To Rest Moon” by the Zuni. The Cheyenne called December “Moon When The Wolves Run Together” and the Winnebago, “Big Bear’s Moon”.

In the cold temperatures in December the fires are blazing day and night. Surrounded by the warmth of family and of our community, we are reminded once again that we are not alone as the year comes to a close.

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