The winds of change are blowing; whipping the leaves off the trees, lifting and swirling them, showering Mother Earth in a bounty of color. Yes, it is a time of change because the Full Moon always comes with the promise (or intention) of fulfilling that which you started at the New Moon.
Most of the northern Native American tribes had names for this full moon reflecting exactly what we are experiencing today, e.g., colder weather, the changing color and fullness of the leaves, and the quiet preparation for hibernation. The Anishnaabe (Chippewa and Ojibwa), Winnebago, Algonquin, and Potawatomi tribes from the Great Lakes region, Lakota from the northern plains, and the Passamaquoddy and Abenaki tribes from Maine and the northeast, referred to the October full moon as the Leaf Falling Moon, White Frost on the Grass Moon, the Changing Seasons Full Moon, and the Bears Hibernate Moon. The Native Americans of days gone by lived according to nature; sensing and responding to the ebb and flow of tides, the waxing and waning of the moon, and the cyclical rhythm of the seasons.
From a cosmic standpoint, Neptune is still in retrograde, going direct November 18, causing confusion in some people and desperation in others. In addition, Full Moons create an imbalance because they pit opposite zodiac signs, in this case Taurus and Scorpio, against each other. As I have said before, I am not an astrologer, but I do know how challenging full moons can be from an energetic standpoint.
In retrograde, Neptune is bringing out all that is hidden; those thoughts, emotions, and beliefs that we push away, hide or ignore. If we harbor self-doubt, self-loathing, or other ego-based thoughts and ideas, they are pushed to the forefront of our consciousness at this time. Most of us never recognize the influences of such cosmic shifts and energies, but we often react to them … unconsciously and usually unintentionally. Their influence can be so strong and swift in erupting that we may begin questioning our own sanity, as well as our own sense of self-worth, self-respect, self-confidence and self-regard.
Add to that Taurus’ influence of peace loving and Scorpio’s crisis loving forces, and you have a formula for chaos, despair, and distraction. But don’t let these forces throw you for a loop. This is your time to once again remember all that you have to be grateful for, all those who love and support you, and all of the wisdom that has come to you through a life of experience. Work to keep balance in your life by aligning yourself with the rhythm of Mother Nature and all She has to offer you during this Full Moon and autumnal season.
Try doing this …
As you begin to settle into the rhythm of this season, grant yourself the space and time to sit quietly tonight (October 26), tomorrow or the following night. If possible, find a place where you can sit and be bathed in the moonlight. Close your eyes, relaxing your breath and your mind. Give yourself permission to move ever so slightly to the gentle pulsing rhythm of Grandmother Moon. Swaying to this rhythm, feel your heart embrace the peaceful tranquility of the moment, settling deep within you, grounding you and giving you a sense of overall well-being. Feel yourself merging with the pulse and rhythm, completely engulfed in the light and energy of the Full Moon; feeling as though you are being filled with the ageless, timeless light and energy of Grandmother Moon. Take this time to let go of the emotions that hold you hostage from true and profound happiness. Release all that binds you from reaching your truth and fullest potential.
Stay in this space as long as possible, allowing the light and energies to fill you completely. When you return, allow yourself to be a reflection of that light and the possibilities it may hold for you and those around you.