Dearest moonbeams, on Samhain itself – the 31st of October we welcome in the Full Moon in Taurus – the Hunter’s Moon. Mama Moon will enter fullness at 2:49pm(gmt) and as this is our second full moon this month it is known as a blue moon. Samhain is a magical time of year where the veil between worlds thins and we can connect more deeply to our ancestors and honour our beloved dead. Samhain represents the death of the year and the full moon is the peak of the cycle so we can use these energies to think about all that we are grateful for since Samhain last year but also, all that we wish to release. Make time to journal about all that has taken place since this time last year. What have your learnt? What has served you? What do you want to take with you into next year? And most importantly what do you want to let go of? Ask the dark goddesses to help you let go of things holding you back.
On this full moon, the sun will be in Scorpio and the moon will be in Taurus and as with each full moon, we use these seemingly opposing forces to help us shine the light of the full moon on our inner darkness and move forward with clarity and balance. We have Scorpio, a water sign associated with the underworld and Taurus an earth sign associated with the earthly and material world. These signs appear to contradict each other but they actually invite us to establish balance between these two aspects of ourselves. We can check in with where we dwell most often. Are we always off exploring the dark mysteries of the world, brooding, deep in thought but perhaps a little aloof? Or are we distracted by the trappings of the material world and do we shy away from thinking about the darker concepts of life? Balance between the Scorpio and Taurean energy would be this idea of being in the world but not of this world, the ability to stay connected to the truth of life – the cycles of life, death and rebirth whilst being grounded and present with our self and the people around us. There would be this peaceful, contented energy of enjoying the things of this life whilst having the ability to let them go when the time is right.
Moon in Taurus invites us to look at our attachment (the shadow side of Taurus) not an easy thing to look at as for humans, attachment is as natural as breathing. We can be attached to people, places, objects, experiences, other people’s views of us and according to most spiritual teachings, attachment is the cause of most of our mental suffering. It’s important to not misunderstand attachment for love, when we are striving for non-attachment it doesn’t mean that we don’t care about people, places and things, in fact it actually means we are able to love people more purely and enjoy things in a more pure way. Attachment is a self centred mind whereas love is a selfless mind. Attachment causes us pain because we are unable to enjoy things as they are, attachment wants things to last forever, it wants to bend things to it’s will, and when things don’t work out the way we wanted them to or people ‘let us down’ we get angry, disappointed or hurt. We can ask for the help of the powerful Scorpio energy and it’s ability to comfortably sit with topics such as death and change to help us tune into the flow of life, understanding the impermanence of all things helps us to erode away our attachment.
“He who binds to himself a joy,
Does the winged life destroy,
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sun rise.”
– William Blake
We can also use the grounded Taurean energy to help us balance out the intense energy of Scorpio season. Taurus is a very loving sign, ruled by the planet venus and has a deep connection to mother earth. If we have been having a difficult time emotionally with the chaos of mercury retrograde and the intense emotions that come to the surface with both Scorpio and Samhain Season then it’s time for some Taurean self care. Use this full moon to come back into your body – dance, move, get a massage, run an aromatherapy bath, go for a walk, place your bare feet on the ground and get present. Taurus is a very embodied sign and Scorpio is deeply sensual so use these powerful feminine energies to celebrate your feminine magic.
Samhain Full Moon Bath
Using salts to cleanse is always a good idea on and around full moons but especially important on Samhain when the veil is at it’s thinnest. Here is a cleansing full moon ritual bath recipe with Autumnal scents:
- Epsom salts
- Dead Sea Salts
- Dried Rosemary
- Dried rose petals
- 1 drop Juniper Essential oil
- 1 drop Rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops Orange essential
Grounding essential oil blend
Use this combination of essential oils either in a diffuser or in a body oil to help you come back into your body, drop into your heart and connect to mother earth:
- Ylang Ylang
- Sweet orange
Taurus rules the throat and neck so when the moon is in Taurus it’s particularly important to look after these parts of the body. With the weather getting colder and sharper be sure to keep your neck extra warm during Taurus moon days. It’s also an opportunity to check-in with your throat chakra, Scorpio season often brings secrets and truths to the surface to be dealt with, cleansed and released. Ask yourself if you’re being honest with yourself and those around you? Are there words you long to say but are holding back for some reason? Mantra can be a wonderful tool to help open up the throat chakra. With Scorpio ruling the Sacral Chakra and Taurus ruling the throat, it’s also time to have a look at our creativity which is associated with both of these chakras. Again, ask yourself if you are holding yourself back in anyway? What are your creative dreams and wishes? Journal about them, create vision boards and fill yourself up with inspiration and encouragement. If you want to dance, dance if you want to paint, paint, whatever it is that your soul is calling you to do, can you get out of your own way and express yourself fully. Who would you be if you let yourself shine?
In two weeks time, on Sunday 15th November we will have the New Moon in Scorpio where we will be delving deeper into the themes associated with Scorpio. We really hope you have enjoyed this article and wish you a blessed full moon and blessed Samhain. Don’t forget you can join our Patreon membership site to join in with our New Moon and Full Moon sister circles. Click here for more information
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- The history and meaning of Samhain
- The importance of honouring the seasons
- How to honour Samhain’s archetype of the Witch
- Seasonal self care for Samhain
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- How to create Samhain Crystal Grids
- Cauldron Magick
- How to connect to and honour the Ancestors
- Working with the Dark Goddess
- Samhain crafts
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- a Journaling Sheet
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Originally published on Sisters of the Moon Online