August 30, 2012
Blue Moon in Pisces
In addition to the eight Sabbats observed every year, most modern Wiccans and Pagans celebrate a regular Esbat, in which magic is performed and the gods and goddesses of their respective tradition are honored. The Esbat is generally observed at the monthly Full Moon.
The full moon has long had an aura of mystery and magic about it. It is tied to the ebbs and flows of the tide, as well as the cycle of womens’ bodies….the Maiden, Mother and Crone. Full moon mysteries cross every culture and continent, and celebrations and ritual involving the full moon go back beyond recorded time.
In many cultures, the full moons each month are named, and the names often correspond to important events. In August we see the Full Moon called the Salmon Moon in Celtic tradition travel through the sky. In Celtic Lore, the salmon, called Bradan, is the oldest of all animals. Bradan feasted on the hazelnuts that fell from the trees surrounding the sacred Well of Segais. A small boy, set to guard the cooking pot of the great Bradan, stuck a finger in his mouth that had been splashed by the hot liquid, and was thus imparted all knowledge and wisdom. This small boy then became the great Fionn mac Cumhail of Irish legend.* In some Native American cultures, the August Full Moon is called the Sturgeon Moon, named for another great fish that is subject of many myths and legends.
This month the Full Moon is in Pisces, continuing the theme of the fish, and occurs this Friday, August 31, at 9:58 am (EST). Pisces is associated with psychic ability, contacting other planes, spirituality, past lives, karma, discovering secrets, examining the hidden, mental health, working with oils and incense, and secret societies. Use this Moon to work on developing psychic talents, perform divination such as Tarot or pendulum work, and to contact spirit guides. Almost any sort of spellwork is appropriate, since Pisces rules all magic, including high magic. The Pisces moon in conjunct with the rare Blue Moon makes this an ideal time for wishing spells.
This Friday, we will see a rare ‘blue moon’. A blue moon occurs when there is an extra moon in a season. Typical years have twelve full moons that occur approximately every 28 days. In addition to those twelve full lunar cycles, each solar calendar year contains roughly eleven days more than the lunar year. The extra days add up, so every two or three years, there is an extra full moon, called the blue moon.
The full moon is always opportune time of the month for purging. This is also an excellent time for reorganizing, smudging, and physical and spiritual house-cleaning, as Pisces rules those actions as well. The light the full moon offers illuminates those things that are interfering with our spiritual development. Once we have become aware of the things that are blocking us, the easier it is to let go of them. The full moon is ideal for rituals releasing or ridding ourselves of the things in our lives that no longer serve us, such as addictions to food, drugs, or sex, for relinquishing the pain of a hurtful or ended relationship, and for discharging physical and emotional pain.
Correspondences for the full moon:
• Colors: Dark blue, black, purples
• Candles: white or silver
• Gemstones: Obsidian, amethyst, tourmaline
• Trees: Apples and yew
• Gods: Herne, Apollo, Cernunnos, Mercury ,Khonsu, Sin
• Goddesses: Artemis, Diana, Heng-O, Mawu, Selene
• Herbs: Apple blossom, pennyroyal, mint family, catnip, Sweet Annie
• Element: Air
Have a marvelous, magical, and prosperous week!
*Kristin Madden – Llewellyn’s Witches Datebook, pg 99