The moon didn’t always play a huge role in my personal path, mostly because as I get busy through the month, I don’t always have time to prepare to do any work for it. But this year, as I have begun to explore my personal path in depth, I am finding that it has more and more meaning to me and this year, I wanted to begin to incorporate it into my wheel of the year practices.
I’m still learning about what the moon means to me, but as my Aztec ancestors believed in a duality in nature, I feel like my practice has been incomplete when as I go through the year and it’s sun Sabbats, the absence of the moon has been something I’d like to begin to address.
In astrology, most of us know our sun signs and how our personalities have been shaped by the time when we were born, but many don’t realize that your sun sign is just one aspect of your personality. Have you ever looked at your zodiac sign, learned about specific personality traits it’s supposed to convey and thought ‘that’s not quite me?’ well, that is because you lack the rest of your birth chart!
I’m not going to go into the whole aspect of your birth charts here, but I can link you to a site where you can find out yours on your own: https://astro.cafeastrology.com/ has an astrology calculator and brief descriptions on your birth chart and what it means.
But I digress. Back to the moon! The reason why I bring up astrology is that like a sun sign, everyone has a moon sign, and your moon sign can counter and temper your sun sign. In some people, your moon sign can act on you and be just as powerful a defining aspect of your personality as the sun. This is evidence of the moon’s power on our psyche and our being. Just as the moon’s gravity acts on the Earth and creates our tides and regulates our orbit, it also works on us, our spirits and our beings.
Have you ever heard it said that people tend to act a little different on a full moon? That tempers fray and behavior patterns run amuck? That is because the full moon is a time when the moon is at the height of her power, it is a good time for your most potent spells and aspirations, its why many witches like to charge our crystals under the light of a full moon. There is nothing more primal than the full moon.
Like the sun cycles, the moon also has cycles. In most years, the moon goes through the complete cycle of its phases twelve times a year- once a month. Each phase of the moon has particular meanings, and specific spell work is best during certain phases.
There will be future blogs about the various phases of the moon, but this blog post is about one phase in particular- the full moon. In the wheel of the year, the eight Sabbats signify the changes of seasons, and it honors the sun as we orbit around it through the year. But as the moon travels around the Earth, it’s full moons, or Esbats hold special meanings too.
Each full moon Esbat has certain correspondences, just like the Sabbats. They have particular names associated with them, giving them a certain mystery and intrigue. Since we are in June now, I thought I would discuss June’s moon and what it means and how to honor the moon.
Among many Native American tribes, June’s moon has been known as the strawberry moon because it was in June that strawberries were at their peak. In Europe, it is the Rose moon. June’s moon is associated with the height of summer. This year, in 2019, the summer solstice is just a week away.
During this moon, spell work should revolve around matters of understanding and a need for adventure. As summer is often the season for voyages and explorations, let that be a theme for your aspirations beginning with the full moon and peaking in Litha. If you happen to be planning a trip around this time, whether it’s an exotic voyage or just a trip to Grandma’s house in the mountains, I’d try to make time to reflect on that trip and take full advantage of the meaning of what it means to be a traveler under the full moon. The full strawberry moon, in combination with the coming of the summer solstice, makes this a particularly important time to make these sorts of aspirations.
If you can’t afford to travel physically, and most of us can’t, make time to travel mentally. Meditate on astral planes and alternate dimensions, set aside some time for meditative journeys to the spirit realms. Let your adventures enrich your mind and soul.
The full moon of June is all about trying to understand the nature of the world around you. Take the time to reflect on the meaning of the world around you, of life, of humanity. Learn something new, enrich yourself in a new philosophy, read some fantastic travel accounts, explore things outside your comfort zone.
Some correspondences associated with this Esbat include gems like rose quartz and herbs and incense like rose. Important foods include strawberries, blueberries, lemon, and rosemary.
So what am I planning to do for the Esbat? Well, nothing too fancy. It does happen to fall on a Monday, so I will be hard at work for most of the day. But, after six, I plan to put the computer away, make myself a nice delicious catfish dinner, and enjoy it outside. I have some fresh strawberries in the fridge, and I’m maybe even considering getting some strawberry daiquiri mix and spending the evening out on my balcony with some music, some incense, and rose quartz, and a good book.