Happy Full Moon & Autumn Season!
This is the first Full Moon of the Autumn Season for the Northern Hemisphere.
It seems we are all looking forward to the colder weather and the return of the spirit world.
The veil begins to thin around the Autumn Equinox, being at it’s thinnest during Samhain.
Some will be experience the Full Moon in Pisces on Sept. 24th, and some Sept. 25th in the sign of Aries. This is a “cusp” Full Moon, between the elements, water and fire are emotional and passionate
So there may be a level of drama you aren’t quite expecting. This is a very transitional and intentse time for many.
The card that was pulled for this cycle during last New Moon’s post was Taurus: The Lover. A wonderful reminder for this season, especially because we are in the Shadow Period of a Venus Retrograde.
Venus is the Goddess of love and relationships, so when retrograde, relationships might be tested. The retrograde will take place in the sign of Scorpio, ruler of sex, death and taboo, so expect Venus goes retrograde from October 5th - November 15th.
“You may be confronted with obstacles that keep you from focusing on what you love to do. Let Taurus be a reminder to focus on love this Full Moon. Let yourself be immersed in love, self-care, focus on healing family trauma (look out for an amazing tarot/oracle spread to connect with your ancestors for our Full Moon post!)... get clear about what is worthy of your time and energy... love is always a worthy endeavor. Whether it's the love you have for your family and friends, yourself, or a project near and dear to your heart, or all of the above. Focus on love.” (From the New Moon Energy Report)
For this Full Moon and Autumn Equinox we have a two part ritual for tonight. The veil between world is thinning, and our ancestors and lineage have the opportunity to speak to us and visit with us. What do they have to say?
Before beginning, do what you need to do to get into a grounded, meditative state. This could be a ritual bath, deep breathing, setting up an ancestor altar, or meditation. Surround yourself with white light to protect your energy while you contact the Spirit world. Make it very clear you are only contacting your lineage and malevolent spirits and energies are not welcome in your circle. Pour a glass of Underworld sangria for yourself and your ancestors!
We created this ancestor spread for this time of year, when the veil begins to thin between our world and the spirit world. As we get closer to Samhain, or Halloween, the veil is the thinnest to connect with spirits who have passed. This spread can be done if you do not know much about your roots, or even if you do! It can also be done any time to feel more connected to your ancestral roots.
In the center of your spread set up any items that represent your family or past loved ones. This could be pictures, jewelry, or items past down. It could be a family crest. Put whatever it is that makes you feel more connected to your family. If you do not have objects, write your intentions for this reading, or any questions you have for your ancestors.
Light a candle, or incense as an offering, and say something like this:
"As the veil thins, I invite my ancestors/elders, (feel free to name specific people) into this circle. I ask for your guidance and blessings. I am open to any messages you have for me. Thank you for supporting our lineage with your wisdom and teachings."
The bottom 6 cards that are facing upward are 6 Major Arcana cards, of your choice, to represent certain family members, or certain archetypes you wish to communicate with. These are the cards we chose, but feel free to choose other ones that resonate with you more
1. and 2. represent the ancient teachings and foundations for your roots; this can go back to ancient times.
3. and 4. represent your recently deceased elders, grandparents, uncles and aunts, parents -- the mother/father figures in your line.
5. and 6. represent the teachers, healers, and initiators of your traditions - they are the gatekeepers of the spiritual wisdom of your kin.
6. High Priestess
I tried to choose Yin and Yang complementary figures for each position since I am not very connected to my lineage. Each card you place on top is the message and teaching they have for you.
Before you choose the top card for each position, visualize the person or archetype in front of you and ask your question, or say hello. How do they respond to you? What is their expression or mannerisms? Then draw the card and proceed with your reading.
When you finish your reading, thank them for being with you tonight. When you sleep do not be surprised if your dreams have your ancestors in them. Pay attention and see what other messages they have for you.
Remember to be gentle with yourself. Lineage/ancestor work is very powerful and emotional. If you do not feel connected, do not feel discouraged. Allow this reading to be the knock on the door – let your ancestors know you are open to them and wish to build a relationship with them.
A great way to build a relationship with your ancestors is through leaving an offering on your altar. You can choose to leave a note, a picture, a candle or an offering of food. In the spirit of the season we are creating a Pomegranate Sangria- as an offering to the underworld and our ancestors.
Underworld Pomegranate Sangria
Brew your own spirits
There is a reason brews are called "spirits." For thousands of years our ancestors have left offerings of libations to their ancestors and the spirit world. They would pour their Mead, or ale, or wine on to the earth so their late loved ones could still enjoy the brews they loved while they were alive.
Before you invoke your ancestors and try our ancestor spread, brew this amazing recipe to invoke the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone, and make sure to pour a glass for your ancestors. Alcohol is optional in this recipe.
Underworld Pomegranate Sangria:
2 parts Pomegranate juice
1 part apple cider (or the whole bottle if you are not using alcohol)
1/2 cup Brandy (optional)
1 bottle of fruity red wine (optional)
Dash of cinnamon
Apple slices (slice horizontally so you can see the pentacle)
Blood red orange slices
Blueberries (frozen are great to use)
Any other seasonal fruit
Combine all ingredients into a big pitcher and let it sit under the moonlight for an hour, and then transfer to the fridge for at least another 1-2 hours.
Pour a glass for your ancestors while you do the the ancestor spread, and pour a glass into your garden as an offering to the spirit world.
Add a cinnamon stick into your glass and enjoy!
Don’t forget to share some with your loved ones as well. The card pulled for this week is the Lovers card and with Venus going retrograde in Scorpio we could all use some.
This Sangria would be a great addition to a Full Moon Sistar Circle or Mabon celebration you might hold!
Don’t forget to charge and cleanse your crystals and decks under the moonlight!