This month’s Grandmother Moon will be the largest and brightest it has been in nearly 69 years. And, unlike Grandfather Sun, which shows the same face day after day (even behind the clouds), Grandmother Moon changes with each passing day, waxing (growing bigger) and waning (getting smaller). Ancient people throughout the world used these waxing and waning cycles to track time, changes and seasons. We often do the same thing today, witnessing the birth of the New Moon, growing to its fullness as the Full Moon, and passing to its death as it wanes into darkness, then pausing before the coming of the next New Moon.
One old Native American myth tells of how the Sun Chief and his wife, Moon, had many, many children, the Stars. To stay strong and vibrant, each day the Sun Chief had to swallow as many of his children as he could catch. So, each morning as the Sun Chief rose from his nighttime slumbers, his children would all try to hide so the Sun Chief could not find them. For three full nights (during the full moon) when the Sun Chief slept, the Moon and Stars could freely play in the vastness of the heavens. But each month, after the three full nights of playing, Moon would begin to slowly turn her face to one side, mourning the loss of the children the Sun Chief had caught and eaten. It is said that during the 3-days of the New Moon, it was during that time that Moon rested, gained strength, and started returning to play with her children each night.
We seem to hear nearly every month about a super moon. The Full Moon seen on Sunday and Monday nights will truly be a Super Moon. On those nights, and throughout the day on Monday (although you won’t be able to see it!), the moon will be the closest it has been to our Mother Earth since January 26, 1948. Monday, November 14th, is the ‘official’ day of the Full Moon, cresting at 6:23 am ET. Whether you view the moon early in the morning Monday and catch it at its perigee (closest point), or choose to observe it Sunday or Monday night, it will be a spectacular sight!
Even though this is truly a Super Moon, to many Native Americans is known as ‘the moon when the river freezes’, ‘the freezing moon’ or ‘the moon when the leaves fall’. It is a time of great change. Changes in the temperature outdoors. Changes in the length of daytime and nighttime hours. Changes in the weather. Changes in what we do outdoors and how much time we spend there. Changes in our interactions with family and friends. Changes in how we dress. Changes in our mood and attitude.
This year the changes seem even more apparent. The shift in our collective mood and attitude is palpable; throwing us off balance, free falling in some cases, banged up in others. But definitely dazed, bewildered, and lop-sided in our emotional, mental and spiritual strength and stability.
Take time these 3-days of this Super Full Moon and…soak up the energies from the Grandest of Grandmother Moon…
- Find a quiet place to sit by a window or go outside and gaze into her calm and resplendent face.
- Make time Monday morning to receive the strength and fullness of her energies, carrying it with you throughout your day and into the night.
- Take time Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evening to absorb the silent, serene energy she offers, taking it to bed with you and allowing it to unfold in your thoughts and dreams; and
- Allow her mystical and celestial influence bring you to a gentle state of quiet peace and harmony, where happiness and contentment once again fill your heart and soul.
And to each and everyone … Happy Thanksgiving!!