Pay enough attention to the lunar cycles and you’ll soon come to realize each full moon is named. Traditionally each culture, each society, chose names that clearly reflected what connections were relevant for them. This particular moon, the last full moon before Spring arrives, is known by many names, but my favorite is Full Crow Moon. Given that I’m a lover of all things crow and moon-related you’ll have no trouble understanding why this is a time of celebration for me.
As I was moving things around freshening up some of my altars, I couldn’t help but smile at this fabulous crow bowl a friend gifted me with several years ago.
Such a marvelous crow! Doesn’t he look mischievous? And no doubt he’s a smooth talker. And check out his at his slightly unkempt hair. Isn’t he someone you want to know? Don’t you imagine he knows mysteries? Has friends in every part of the world? Knows what’s important and how to laugh about it all? Yep – I think he does. And I love having him in my world where he can whisper reminders that it’s true about all of us.
No two full moons are ever alike, but one of the simplest ways to begin delving into their study is to reflect on what zodiacal sign the moon is in. This is our annual Virgo full moon. What are some things you might know about the archetypal Virgo energy? Often thought of as leaning into perfectionism, loving organization, serious and analytically-minded and a great problem solver, Virgo bring a let’s-get-down-to-it grounded action plan to the table. This can be a great time to activate some kind of game change in your life.
Winter is a time we travel down and inward, and as we’re coming to completion of this cycle we’re beginning to turn our attention to what’s ahead. We’re casting forward while simultaneously wrapping this winter journey up.
I think Crow is a perfect companion to have during this time. Crow is clever and is connected to the sacred realms and the underworld, AND Crow knows how to have fun.
I recently re-read a prose poem by Aimee Nezhukumatathil entitled Crow Joy about how the gold leaf on the domes in Kremlin was scratched off by crows sliding down the roofs. That image makes me laugh. It seems so utterly crow-like — the dance of the sacred and the profane.
As I’m wishing on this full moon, I’m certainly wishing for more joy, more laughter, more crow-inspired goodness. But I’ll also be invoking some problem solving energies. Just as importantly, I’ll also be claiming mastery of some things as well. It can be so easy in these times, especially when we’re apt to feel overwhelmed collectively, to forget we each have gifts and strengths and superpowers that not everyone else has. Let’s remember to claim them so we can use them.
What are you wishing for on this full Crow Moon? Do you share my love of crows? Want to name one of your superpowers so we can celebrate with you? Do tell – you know I love to hear.