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. -Farmer’s Almanac
Archive for September, 2012
Associations: choices, sudden change, chaos, reveltaions
This cards represents sudden change. Sometimes we have choices and we’re all bad, but it is a reminder card that refusing to make a choice is still making a choice. Sometimes, something will come along and force your hand and make your choice for you. Sometimes that results in a lot of chaos, but ultimately should point to growth. Sometimes, changes are painful.
The fool began his journey with little enough in his pack, and oblivious to dangers. He met the Magician who revealed the tools he needed, and opened up all of the possible paths for him to chose. The High Priestess walked with him between the worlds of an idea or direction, to beginning to actually plan his path. The Empress showed him that for plans to come to full fruition at times it must needs wait a short time to germination. The Emperor taught him how to use his resources wisely so that they are not all used up at once. When he came upon the Hierophant he learned that at times there is a need for structured learning in order to advance himself. With the Lovers he learned that he can not always go alone, that there are times where others are need to help him along his way. The Chariot taught him that opposing forces or battles between heart and head at times must be harnessed and balanced together or he may be pulled in two different directions which could destroy everything. Strength taught him the inner and outer ability to focus his desires to overcome any and every obstacle. The Hermit having experiences already was able to show him the way by illuminating his path, teaching him quiet introspection, and taught him that people do not have to go alone, that it is okay to assist others with their journey by lighting their way. He found that the Wheel of Fortune and endless opportunity in this life to change one’s fate; by looking at the big picture he may yet be able to reshape his current outlook. Justice taught him that he will get the exact karma that he deserves by his own actions and decisions, that there is a cause and effect to every move, and that he will be weighed on his own merits, exactly. He has come to learn that sometimes, sacrifices must be made for the good of the whole picture, and how to make them with a willing heart. He soon learns that sometimes drastic changes are required at times to turn back on to his rightful path, which may be such a different path that everything is different. He has felt the peaceful balance that can be obtained by embracing and expressing his personal truth. He has now faced the dangers and problems of repressing what he needs to express. He has faced choices that were all bad and felt the sudden spark of movement that made his choice for him when he could not.
The Autumn Equinox has come, and the Wheel is turning ever onward to the harvasts of our hard work prior. We are reaping what we have sowed, and preparing for the long dark ahead. It is a time of Thanksgiving for our gifts. It is the balance between light and dark, and the time where dark wins and begins to take over.
Learning to balance two opposite extremes is a key component of being in balance spiritually and throughout life. Every month the Full Moon likes in direct astrological opposition to the Sun as a means to try and teach us about learning to balance opposites. It is important to remember that nothing is all ‘bad’ or ‘good’, simply receptive and projective. Even then, a little bit of one lies within the other – one can not exist without the other giving or taking it’s energy.
This can be the hardest lesson to learn, and it will present itself in a lot of different ways, although not always immediately recognizable. If it holds true that everyone has a right to their own personal truth, we can see that disagreements can be found in compromise. There is no opposition that can not be balanced by communication. When ‘bad’ things seem to happen, even though have explored that we have agreed spiritually for it to happen, try to find ways to spin it into a positive. Start to look for ‘coincidences’ and see how they relate to bringing you what energy you put into needing.
There is an ebb and a flow to all things, and to maintain balance sometimes you might have to do the opposite of what you might expect if you want for things to come to you. If you want more, give more. If you want less, give less. The universal laws of balance will always respond. Sharing your personal or divine truth is in balance with what you and the world intended.
Look around and discover how balance is working in ways all around you. The give and take, ebb and flow of everything.
Associations: self-bondage, constraint, denial, stagnation
When we deny ourselves our personal truth, we can become self-bonded. Hidden emotions, actions, or outright lies can bond you to a certain outcome and restrain your choices. This card represents the feeling of enslaved by our choices. It can seem almost impossible to break free, though that is usually not the case.
Our energy fields are made up of swirling vortexes of energy called chakra. We have been exploring the domain of each chakra one by one. In the throat chakra we can begin to talk about dis-ease because being kept from our personal truth by someone blocking us or by our own design we can allow our fears to come into play and create havoc with our our energy. Everything that exists on the physical plane also exists on the spiritual and vice versa.
Imbalances in our lives will create imbalances in our chakra and vice versa. We will discuss this more in the Third Eye chapter on seeing auras, but here is a very quick run down of possible imbalances that can occur in each domain:
Root -(the right to exist) Malfunction: Obesity, constipation, sciatica, eating disorders
Sacred -(the right to feel) Malfunction: sexual addiction or frigidity, isolation, emotional instability or numbness, infertility
Will -(the right to act) Malfunction: Excessive: ulcers, control issues, rage Deficient: timidity, low energy, fatigue, digestive issues
Heart -(the right to love/be loved) Malfunction: Excessive: codependent, clinging Deficient: isolation, low self-esteem, shallow breathing
Throat -(the right to truth) Malfunction: inability to express truth, blocked creativity, sore throat
Third Eye -(the right to see truth) Malfunction: headache, nightmares, hallucination, poor visual function, sinus issues
Crown -(the right to know) Malfunction: Excessive: overly intellectual, spacy Deficient: depression, alienation, confusion, being bored
To start to understand how we can come out of balance, it helps to understand negative and positive energy, and the way people use them to take or give energy to one another.
Negative energy is not ‘bad’, it is simply receptive. When used appropriately it is very good. A good example of this is accepting a hug, you are using your receptive energy appropriately.
Positive energy is not ‘good’, it is simply projective. It can be used in good or bad ways, depending on your intent. Giving a hug is a projective and appropriate way to use projective energy.
As humans we naturally fluctuate between negative and positive energies. Dis-ease and imbalances comes from a negative force being internalized and caught up in your energy field. The negative pocket attaches itself and feeds off the positive energy and can eventually cause a physical reaction. Whenever anyone does anything that does not resonate with you you can either take it and allow it to invoke a response in you or you can ground it.
Small examples of inappropriately used energy can be called control dramas which are accurately explained in The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. Remember, both positive and negative energy can be used appropriately and inappropriately in the quest for energy exchanges. By becoming aware and conscious of this process can we begin to be free of it, and learn to happily express our own personal truths without harming anyone or interfering with everyone’s right to express their truth.