I’m fond of saying that the key to a good full Moon is pure spiritual intent. Full Moon is a time when “the gates are open” so to speak, and psychic high tide has arrived. People react to this differently; it can be a very beautiful time, but it can also be a stressful and trying time for people, as the high level of energy seems to energize unresolved things in the psyche and bring them nearer the surface, putting people under internal pressure. We see this reflected in popular culture in the association of full Moon on the one hand with romance and natural beauty, and on the other hand with fantastical tales of vampires, werewolves and supernatural horror. But it is a time of good potential, and one of the times when Witches are particularly invited to do magical work for good:
“Whenever you have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the Moon is full ……”
The Charge of The Goddess
This time when the psychic gates are open seems to be waiting for us to make the conscious choice for the positive, to make positive intention.
In the solar year too, there are times when the “gates are open”, and the “veil between the worlds” is thin, between this world we are familiar with, and the otherworld of spirits, faeries and angels, ghosts and devas, the shadowy and the luminous. Halloween is certainly considered to be such a time, and is known to Witches by its older name of Samhain (roughly pronounced “sowen”), a Celtic fire festival accompanying the end of Summer and the beginning of Winter. Sure enough, the ghastly associations spring forth into popular culture again, along with the prankster merry making of modern times. The older festival has associations both more practical and more spiritual, as Winter draws near and communication between us and the spirit world is traditionally easier, while the community gathers around the fire. Astrologically it is the time of Scorpio, the sign of death, rebirth, sex and unquenchable life, the sign of the scorpion, the eagle and the phoenix or dove¹. In one last flourish the life of Nature seems to withdraw, as if into sleep or meditation, though life never really leaves, and Winter has its ecological attendants in life forms, and a beauty all its own. The Sun sinks lower in the sky (even as the Moon arches higher in the Winter nights) and the worlds of wilderness and cultivation draw in on themselves.
At this time of open gates, different tides and winter fires, again I say that we are invited to pure spiritual intention, and the special blessings of a time.
¹ According to the astrologer Alan Oken, one of Scorpio’s symbols is the dove, relating to its purest spiritual form. He also recognizes the phoenix as one of its symbols, relating to its capacity for transformations, regeneration and rebirth. The eagle and the scorpion are better known symbols for the sign.