Sagittarius Full Moon Eclipse- FACE THE BEAST

You know that scene in Star Wars (I think in The Empire Strikes Back?) when Luke is being trained by Yoda and as part of his training he has to go into a cave and face his worst fear. SPOILER ALERT his worst fear is facing Darth Vader, but not only that, it is that he will become Darth Vader. (Sorry if you haven’t seen it and have no idea what I’m talking about. I live with a huge star wars nerd so it infiltrates my consciousness rather a lot). I think this Sagittarius Full Moon eclipse (May 26th, 12:13 BST) is going to feel rather like that.

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As in art, the monsters which life throws at us are often far more scary in our heads. Once we realise what it is which scares us it loses a lot of its power over us. At this full moon eclipse we can access and diminish – maybe even vanquish – our personal demons.

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”

― Judy Blume, Tiger Eyes

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

NB. You can use the beast card as a signifier. Either choose it yourself from the deck or draw it at random.

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Threshold rituals, any way which you can symbolically cross a threshold and leave something behind, perhaps face something in the middle (if you’re feeling brave) and then pass through to the other side stronger than before.
*Eclipses aren’t usually great for magic, so I’d steer clear of spellwork at the moment. Jupiter will be in pisces for a while yet so plenty of time for wealth magic when the skies are more favourable.
*A charity donation/ offering would be a nice way to show reciprocation to the universal forces at this moment

Scorpio Full Moon – EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

This Scorpio full moon (April 27th, 4:31 GMT) finds itself facing a pile up of planets in the opposite sign of Taurus. The energy crackles. Potentials which seemed impossible can come into being now. You may feel scared or excited at this prospect, and both feelings are warranted.

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We have agency. And it is up to us whether we use our energy to bolster narratives of fear and control. Or we can use our energy to find new ways of being in beautiful heart-felt relationship with others and with the land.

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Dreams are potent now, both night and day. Stay aware of the thoughts and dreams which captivate you.
*Tie up loose ends. If there are jobs which need doing then do them. Pick them off little by little.
*Glamour magic, or anything which helps you feel beautiful and well cared for is ideal at this time.

Libra Full Moon – MAKE READY

After the equinox now, and things are feeling more rosy and the future looking a little brighter than it looked back at the start of the year. The Full Moon in Libra (March 28th, 19:48 BST) brings another moment of balance and illumination. It is a powerful time.

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A lot of change has happened very quickly. And we have the opportunity to integrate that change now. Not so that we can go back. That isn’t possible. But so that we can move forward, stronger, better informed and more aware and ready than we were before.

“Opportunity doesn’t make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives.”

― Tim Fargo

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*How are you feeling in your body? It is a good time to start things moving if you’ve been a little stuck and stagnant.
*Feel like throwing some cards? Ask some crazy questions. Old fashioned fortune telling is excellent now.
*Stretches and balances in all areas – physically (yoga maybe?), financially, emotionally – you get the idea.

Virgo Full Moon – PROCEED

The Virgo Full Moon (February 27th, 8:17 GMT) is ruled by Mercury, who has just turned direct. Yay! The intense period of inner change and communication with those dark parts we usually prefer to keep hidden (which we have – hopefully – been working on since the new moon earlier this month) can now transform into some tentative steps forward.

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When taking tentative steps it is helpful to have someone kind to help us. Ideally someone who is stronger in the way which we want to be, or who knows the path, or who loves us unconditionally. Do you have someone like that? It doesn’t need to be one person, or a person.

“Resign your destiny to higher powers.”

― William James

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Examine how you feel about asking for and accepting help (often in our culture it is not seen as a good thing, and that’s something which needs working through)
*Take a leap – do something which challenges you, ideally with someone supporting you
*Reach out to someone. Ask them for something or offer to do something for them. Remember that it’s not an exchange economy though, this is for practice and getting those asking and receiving muscles strong.
*Maybe read Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking

Leo Full Moon – SOFTEN

Yes, the world is going to hell in a handbasket, but at least there’s plenty of fire to toast the marshmallows (or marshMELLOWS as my kids like to say and I love to hear). The first full moon of 2021 is in Leo (January 28th, 19:16 GMT). Leo, sign of the sun, of direct action, of joyfulness, of play! Remember when we used to do that?

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When things are difficult we have a choice. We can let that difficulty make us hard, or we can witness that difficulty and still find areas of softness. Seeds don’t grow well in compacted soil.

“History isn’t like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always – eventually – manages to spring back into its old familiar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time.”

― Terry Pratchett, Mort

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Get back to gratitude. Write down something(s) everyday which you are grateful for.
*Do something which brings you joy, just because. Let it be something which doesn’t earn you any money or kudos. Do it for fun.
*Every time you encounter something which is upsetting and you feel that tightening try and release and breathe and remember the thing you last wrote in your gratitude list.
*Breath practice (Yoga With Adrienne on YouTube has an amazing playlist this month for Breath).

Full Gemini Moon – REBEL

The last day of the month brings the Gemini Full Moon (November 30th, 09:30 GMT). It is also a penumbral eclipse (09:43 GMT) and a faint shadow will be seen on the moon before sunrise (in the UK, for other parts of the world check a local almanac). Gemini is a sign that enjoys light and fun, and with Mars direct in home sign Aries, it could be a tricky time for anyone wanting to place heavier restrictions on movement and get-togethers. The mood isn’t one for toeing the party line. 

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There is a tension now between lightness/joy/ play and restrictions/ rules/ responsibilities. Wherever you fall politically this moon will shine a light on some things which you’d rather not notice are there. But, like so many terrifying things, they can be less scary when we face them head on.

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”

― Judy Blume, Tiger Eyes

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

*What am I most afraid of now?
*What do I need?
*What happens next?

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*With Mars direct in Aries and out of shadow it is a good time for fire magic. Candle spells to increase courage would be effective.
*Free-writing/ doodling. Don’t worry about what it looks like, let your unconscious/ spirit guide/ ancestors speak to you through the movement of pen on paper.
*Ritual to release fears.

Full Taurus Blue Moon – All Shadows Eve

Samhain + Blue Moon = Strong Magic.
There is an awful lot of fire and Earth energy out there right now, and not all of it (probably not even half of it) is particularly well-directed or contained. Which is to say, on this Full Taurus Moon (October 31st, 14:44 GMT), take care. Do your halloween things, call up your ancestors and helpful spirits, but take more care than perhaps you would in a year that is not this year.

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Things on this beautiful planet are changing more quickly than they have done for a couple of thousand years. An epoch is coming to an end, another is struggling to be born. We are in the throes of labour. It feels like hard work. It is hard work. It is what we are here to do.

“Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife.”

— JOHANNES KEPLER

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

Nos Galan Geaf/ Samhain is the end of the Celtic year, and the beginning of the next. It is a great time to consult your ancestors (not just human) for guidance. I don’t really use a spread as such for this, as its more like a conversation than a fixed reading, you can keep pulling cards and let things flow. But I’ve tried to pull things together into a starting point that might be helpful. Let me know how it goes if you use it.

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*This is the point in the year where I do my year ahead reading for the following 12-18 months. I have a blog post with a card layout and prompts, which you are welcome to use.
*With Mercury still retrograde take extra care with any wordy magic, like charms, right now. Personally, I favour spirit work over all other forms of magic at this time.
*Clean/ Refresh/ Start an ancestor altar. Everyone should have one (and I almost never say that about anything).

Full Aries Moon – CHARGE

Being frank, the astrology at this first full moon of October 2020 (1st, 22:05 BST) doesn’t look particularly auspicious (much like the entire year, sigh). The Moon joins retrograding Mars in fire sign Aries, squaring off against the heavyweights Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn. It’s all rather tense.

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If there’s an upside (and there nearly always is) it is that people are willing to engage now, in fact they’re chomping at the bit. So if you’d like to have something out with someone/ get something off your chest it will feel like a good time for that. Though, before you do, be warned it is unlikely to resolve peacefully. There is another option.

“To oppose something is to maintain it.”

— Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

*What am I pushing against at this full moon?
*What is pushing back on me?
*How can I disengage?

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Personally I won’t be doing any magic on this full moon. It just doesn’t feel that auspicious to me. Instead a quiet ritual/ meditation/ prayer session would be a good way to diffuse and use the current energy more peacefully.
*Cleansing and protecting your space could be another sensible option.

Full Aquarius Moon – Connect

The Full Aquarius Moon (August 3rd, 16:59 BST) brings a window of opportunity to connect with like-minded and interesting people. If you’ve been feeling a bit stale in your relationships (and I suspect that is the case for many of us during global restrictions of freedom of movement) what can you do to breathe some fresh air into this part of your life?

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It’s not so much the super deep and meaningful relationships I’m talking about here, it’s more friends/ acquaintances.
I read an interesting article yesterday on the (excellent) Mooncircles.com site by April Elliot Kent entitled “Aquarius Full Moon: Alone, Together” where she talked about this, which really resonated.

“You know when you begin to feel a lack of balance in your life, a paucity of happy, uncomplicated places where you can simply show up, be yourself, and have the sense that you belong there.”

April Elliot Kent

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What is the current state of my friendships?
*What do I need to to fulfil my needs in this area?
*How can I protect my need for space?
*How can I foster “happy, uncomplicated places”?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*It’s Full Moon Ritual time!
*Release what is holding you back, perhaps through burning a list of those things and blowing the embers away with the breeze
*Invite what you need, perhaps through creating a charm bag with representations of what you’re looking for and some herbs/ stones to bolster your intent

Full Moon Eclipse in Cancer -THRESHOLD

This full moon eclipse in Cancer (Jan 9th, 19:10 GMT) is one of the last activations of the Cancer/ Capricorn axis eclipses we have seen over the eighteen months, and which will continue until July this year. (It is also part of a much bigger, 200 year, shift in the elemental energies from Earth to Air).

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The full Cancer moon is blocked by the sun. Creating a threshold. And with so much of the sky portending big change, all of us, woke or sleepwalking, will be affected. Die or be killed. It is chrysalis time.

“The heart carries heavy loads when it is being trained to carry weighty blessings.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*Which area(s) of my life are changing now?
*How can I ease the pain of transition?
*What threshold am I stepping through?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*perhaps not an ideal time for a celebratory ritual, but certainly a good time for a circle with kindred spirits. Maybe a gentle release meditation. Sharing of food. Sharing of fears. Sharing of hope.