By Phoenix the Elder – Blessings on this full moon dreamers in the beautiful month of October… we enter our 1st Full Moon of Autumn on October 5th 2017 @ 12 degrees Ares. Our signs and synchronicities begin three days before each new and full moon and if we can be flexible enough in our attention, we can give more energy to heighten our second sight, which helps our personal intuition (empath nature, psyche, remembrance, and memory) grow stronger.
The slow progressive journey of awareness comes with difficulty and that is precisely where we walk our talk. Its fine to express ourselves and believe everything we wish, but in an Ares full moon, our actions show us more of who we are than any belief system we have, negative or positive.
So, to really see our signs clearly in the Libra right relationship cycle, the Ares full moon reveals where we are passive or aggressive, where we listen and where we deeply listen or where we put our feelings into action, negative or positive This is not a practice for those who lack attention in the greater good of right relationship, so if you need to settle the mind or intense emotions first in order to focus, then begin there!
I always write this Moon wisdom practice a day or two before the actual new or full moon for specific reasons and that is because emotional awareness is the “other” consciousness path (besides the mind), and its root of practice is much more ancient than the mind cult, especially for dreamers and empaths. Like the wind, we don’t want to be carried away too far into our abyss without some groundedness for balance.
Major work is required for us to ‘wake up’ as a human beings and these practices opens the emotional body through our life changes and memory based instincts. We all tend to fall asleep everyday and then float in that streams, becoming swept away by routine, or our compulsions, or worries, or even our past emotional woundedness and their memories that surface in present time relationships.
All relationships are important and part of our spiritual work, and sometimes they lead to intensity and release during the full moon time. Our mundane life and all our responsibilities takes up so much of our life that there is little left to experience in the ways of emotional risk, conflict resolution and honor and respect of giving things the time it needs for resolve. This is where real nature’s magic gets lost, and soul people must learn to remember its all real, even our untouchable soul life.
Everything mystical and magical happens all the time all around us in mystic proportions, but when our soul is sleepy, we cannot see it, feel it or touch it. Focusing on the “it” are things like drama and our insecurities which “shine” but that is not the shine that we seek. When we are asleep we cannot see the dull shadow that permeates our ‘shine’ so we take our time, breath slowly, make sure we have the right tools to address our issues and concerns. Fire signs are swift with release during full moons, for some that is great, for others that is overwhelming. We cannot bake a cake in five minutes, well neither can our issues be address under pressure.
So this month when you set your one intention to let go of something that doesn’t serve your highest good, try to hold that intention the remaining two weeks to build awareness around it. You might be surprised what you find out about yourself. I know personally that our greater soul waits for us to find the self deep within our self, she is very patient, even for lifetimes for us to do this difficult work.
After five moons with Mars involved, this Autumn moon begins with Mercury, the God of communication, subtle communication and blatant communication. When we walk our spiritual path, try to remember the ancient heath fires, the season of transformation that comes at all the equinoxes and solstice shifts. This is what people talk about when they speak of the heart. The heart is fire energy, be that Ares, Leo or Sagittarius and either that fire is warm and inviting or aggressive and we feel burned. How you touch these Ares flames today or the next few days is your choice, either it will burn in the communications or be warm… work at warmth.
Its the time for some active and conscious shift-making in our life, because we had six long moons to prepare for the seasons of the Night which has come so quickly. All the full moons within Autumn and Winter help us recenter with the “letting go in our seasonal descent” into our inner world, our dream world, our astral world, our creative world.
Our practice of letting go intentions are a sacred art, remembering the things that arise might challenge us and bring forth the saying: “being right verses being happy.” There is a fine balance with speaking your mind verses saying too much. We must try to show a little bit of courtesy to others even when upset, or at the least put some structure in place to achieve that. Keep your hearth fires lit with the warmth.
The Goddess Minerva came onto my path for this moon cycle. She is a very archaic and powerful goddess who represents balance, wisdom and the warrioress. The Etruscan Menrva (asteroid #93) stems from the Italian Moon Goddess Meneswā, which means ‘She who measures’ with the moon. The ancient Etruscans adopted the inherited name Menerwā, calling her Menrva. It is presumed that her Roman name, Minerva was based on Etruscan mythology which puts her more into the tribal rather than cultural. She is the counterpart to the Greek Athena.
Themis (asteroid #24), which I feel is closely related to the great Goddess Minerva who has many different names, is the ancient Titaness, described as The Lady of Wise Counsel. She is the personification of divine order, fairness, law, natural law (nature’s laws), and customs of culture when her temple was build around the 5th century BCE.
Owl, Death & Rebirth and then Wisdom are inseparable when it comes to this Goddess, both Minerva and her Greek counterpart Athena who exude the strong, and the fair woman. The Owl of Minerva flies seeking nourishment from late evening until dusk. This allows us to catch a glimpse of her beauty and guidance in motion. At Night, she turns into the huntress (her war symbolism) and has entered the lucidity and dream worlds, which are the realms of our soul’s flight.
At dawn, she returns home to rest and becomes conscious in her mundane life again. As symbolic insight, it is what we all go through to understand our journey each day and the night if we are aware of our dreams. Its also the battles we fight, where we win our desire, or find balance and compromise in ‘letting go’ of our obsessions, which can be one of the difficult parts of our life’s journey.
On the dark side of the moon, Minerva is the goddess of war, but men’s wars are very different than women’s wars. She is often depicted in her battle helmet holding a spear which represents, in a modern way, the strict and healthy boundaries one needs today to remain or learn to be empowered. Empowerment means all your validation doesn’t come from the other, the other lover, the other family member, the friend, it comes from deeper within your inner world.
The Oracle for the 1st Full Moon of Autumn…
When the one above is square-dealing and straight forward
lesser people attend to their tasks. When there is concord
in the family, younger and older all work together.
If nothing in your nature opposes your will,
you will achieve what you seek.
With the unyielding yang it is appropriate
that you must be very straight forward and
fair, with yourself and others. Harmony is
important, once this harmony is achieved,
everything can be accomplished.
Set your “One” Full Moon Release Intention
and release what no longer serves your highest good!
Sources: Painting of the Moon by John Philp, Rufino Tamayo (1899 –1991)…The Astrologers of Life, oil on canvas 1947; Baby Dragons in the Game of Thrones; The Cult of Minerva (http://www.romanoimpero.com);
Source: First Full Moon of Autumn