Happy Full Moon.
Traditionally each full moon was named by a culture reflecting something that was happening in the seasonal wheel for that particular group. Carrying those names forward into our time, into a culture that doesn’t always celebrate the same things often feels a little odd to me. So while this moon is often called Sturgeon Moon, I don’t really feel the resonance of that. So I usually lean into Corn Moon or Hay Moon or Lightning Moon.
Some months I name the moon based on my own observations or particular events happening and that’s always fun. That’s what I decided the other day when I was out in the yard, passing the garage and saw how in a matter of days the vines had covered the structure in a beautiful dense pattern, in lush abundance like I’ve never seen before. I decided this was Full Vine Moon.
And I confess to be surprised and somewhat delighted when I discovered that actually this IS known by some as Vine Moon.
But no matter what name we choose, this particular full moon feels like a gateway to some powerful energetic times ahead. Soon we’ll be heading into the autumn equinox and the next eclipse cycle, and I can feel the subtle shifts in my own energy.
No need to get ahead of ourselves though – things will unfold perfectly and our only real job is to be present now. And so now I’m celebrating this full moon.
I made a vision board today. I don’t often do them at the full moon – I tend to set my lunar cycle intentions and plant seeds at the new moon. But as we’re about to enter the final third of our year (!) I’m feeling called to do some additional visioning and review. Are you feeling the pull of that also?
It might also have to do with the fact that I’m in my Power Wishing Period, which according to Jan Spiller’s New Moon Astrology is the annual period, based on your birthday, when it’s most efficacious to make big wishes. Truthfully I’m not sure I believe one time is more advantageous than another, but I CAN say it’s powerful to gather your wishes/intentions in one place and then review them year by year. I’ve been doing this practice for many years, and it’s always interesting to see what I’ve manifested and what I haven’t. And I find it particularly valuable to see what’s been on my list for a while – that’s always an invitation to see if I really want to commit to it again or if it’s time to let it go.
But back to the full moon… I received this fabulous CrankBunny moon paper puppet doll for my birthday last month. Isn’t she precious with her, with her fold-out accordion that reads “my work is loving the world.”
I find this moon tarot card from the Deviant Moon Tarot curiously charming as well. In this case, the moon is holding the strings on the people puppets.
In this watery time of the Pisces full moon, I certainly feel my internal tides being pulled. And I most definitely feel as Anais Nin wrote:
“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.”
What about you? Are the stars and moon pulling at you? Made any wishes lately? Have a favorite moon card from a tarot deck you love? Know how to play the accordion? Do tell – you know I love to hear.
I don’t know a lot about the deeper meaning of the moons – or much in life these days for that matter – but did enjoy the view last night. Hope your vision board proves fun and fruitful.
While I beg to differ Nanette about the depth of your knowledge, I won’t argue with the beauty of the moon. And may all our visions come to joyful fruition.
I love the sparkle of the moon light as it lights up the night in the back yard. Mystical. Thanks for sharing your insight on the moon cycles.
Beautiful and mystical indeed Sue. Here’s to always being lit up by the magic.
Ooohh…Power Wishing Period! Had not heard of that yet. How fun that you made a new vision board. Always feels good, doesn’t it?
Your little paper puppet is so cute! Thanks for sharing a picture of it. LOVE the quote! You always share such great quotes.
There are so many wonderful ways to engage with our lives isn’t there Elda? Visioning then acting; getting inspired and then creating; it’s all magic!
I’m a gibbous girl and I looked over and saw the moon is gibbous as I write. I am also a Pisces Moon girl. I love the full vine moon. We have an old dish on the roof from the cable company – no longer being used – and its covered with the most lovely vines. It’s much prettier that way. We are ‘full’ in more ways than one this time of year. The harvest is coming in every day. Thanks Deborah.
It makes me laugh in delight about your vine-covered dish – how perfect is that?! I’m a waxing gibbous Scorpio moon creature myself.
The full moon was beautiful, and yes, it called to me to complete the few projects that are on the “to do” list…or the FINISH list. And as soon as I finish them, I am on a mission of reorganization of the craft space, which seems to take over various empty spaces around the entire house. And even in the screened in porch over these summer months, where I can gather supplies and watch the wildlife in my neck of the woods as I work….black bears with cubs, many deer, owls and wild turkeys. We are blessed to have such a peaceful place, and I am determined to get it all organized…again! Aloha Deborah.
Ah – the call of the finish… I believe I’ve fallen under it’s spell as well, working through a number of things that have been hanging around for too long. Have fun reorganizing your crafting space, although I must admit I’d likely be out on your screened porch even in mitten weather if I had the chance to see some of your wildlife. Bears and cubs – oh my!
Somewhere I have a major arcana set with anime characters–it was the 1980s, so many of the characters are now obscure. I seem to recall The Moon was an alien invader character.
Fun! I recently saw a copy of a limited-edition anime/fantasy deck from a Chinese artist. It’s always fascinated by artist’s takes on the archetypes.
Sometimes when I am restless, I do feel like my hair is standing on end! lol… I love how you are so conscientious of the moon cycles. It reminds me to take a look up in the sky more often.
I often find that September is like a fresh start period for me. Summer is a completely different vibe. Fall is like, “let’s get back down to business” – even though THIS summer in particular has not been super restful. I’ve been very busy this summer! So it is almost feeling the reverse this time around.
I have never really gotten out of the habit of school starting. Before my daughter was in school, I was teaching so I still had it in me. This is the time of new beginnings. I am looking forward to cooler weather and leaves changing.
I love that annual shift that feels so marked in September Amy. I’m ready for my back-to-business schedule and I have some new office supplies to prove it. Nothing like a new notebook or two and some new pens to get me in the mood. 🙂 Wishing you a happy September indeed.
Every month, I love reading your thoughts and reflections on the full moon and its power. I am not aware of it as much as I’d like to be. My daughter and I have been watching an Australian series about mermaids, who are very affected by the full moon, so I’ve been thinking of it more these days. I’m definitely more aware physically of my body’s cycle and so I really should tie that into an awareness of the moon. Do you recommend any reading about it?
How fun you and your daughter are caught up in mermaid magic – sounds like a fun series. And it’s always fascinating to me how many different ways there are to begin paying attention to the moon. My devotion has been life-long, and I feel a bit at loss to come up with a book recommendation for you. I think that’s the way when one has known something forever. But perhaps I’ll have to teach a course or write a book. 🙂 In any case, I hope your connection to La Luna grows and evolves and delights you endlessly.