According to the Farmer’s Almanac the Full Moon occurring on 5th October is called the Hunter’s Moon or Harvest Moon. This moon is the closest to the autumn equinox and its name derives from the time of year in which crops are traditionally harvested.
A harvest is a time to reap, but it is also a time where we may have to work a bit harder to finish what still remains to do before harvesting. It is a time for change and for revealing the truth on many levels, especially in all our relationships. The name Hunter’s Moon has been given to it because in October some cultures traditionally hunt deer. In the ancient times hunting the deer held a very strong deep symbolism. The deer was considered a sacred animal, which personified spiritual authority and regeneration, because its antlers could grow back after having fallen. In one of his former lives, Buddha was a deer that spoke to men, while in some Tibetan legends deer helped men to solve problems. Deer is symbolic of the energy of the heart, supporting us in trusting our intuition and inner guidance in face of life’s mysteries.
This Full Moon will fall at 12° Aries, while the Sun will be at 12° Libra. Aries is a red sign, while Libra is a green sign. Red is about awakening, while green relates to the heart. In the Aura-Soma colour language this could be interpreted as the Equilibrium bottle 27, Robin Hood, the legendary bandit of England living in the Sherwood Forest, who, after having lost all his belongings, had the courage to follow his heart and act accordingly.
Aries is the zodiac sign through which the First Ray of Will and Power reaches our planetary life. This means that this sign is a vehicle for the spiritual impulse to take form, initiating the cycle of manifestation of the higher will:
“Aries is the creator of those activities, conditions and processes which lead to the manifestation of soul through the medium of form, and later of those higher creative undertakings which lead in due time to the manifestation of spirit through the soul.” – Alice Baileys. Esoteric Astrology
According to Master Djwal Khul, the keywords for Aries are: Creation—Being—Activity—Strife—Synthesis. It is about the Will to be and do, the power to manifest Spirit in matter for the purpose of arriving at unity through effort, as Madame Blavatsky clearly states in her book The Secret Doctrine:
“Matter is the vehicle for the manifestation of soul on this plane of existence, and soul is the vehicle on a higher plane for the manifestation of spirit, and these three are a trinity synthesised by life which pervades them all.“—S.D. I. 80.
The rules of Aries are Mars (exoterically), Mercury and Uranus (esoterically). The symbol of Mars is a circle with an arrow. Mars is symbolically associated with the birth canal; it is the driving force of Spirit coming down to manifest itself in the material world. Mars is the vehicle of Ray 6, the Ray of Idealism and Devotion; it is about following the vision of the Way led down into the world of dual life, between pair opposites expressed by the zodiac sign of Libra.
“Thread thou, O Pilgrim of the way, of sensuous life, the middle, lighted way. It passes straight between the dual worlds. Find though that narrow, middle way. It leads you to your goal. Seek the perceptive steadiness which leads to proved endurance. Adherence to the chosen way, and ignoring of the pairs of opposites, will bring this Blessed one upon the Lighted Way into the joy of proved success.” – The Seven Rays of Life by Alice Bailey
In the ancient astrological view, Mars rules Scorpio, the sign of death of the personality and transformation. The presence of Mercury, which is also the ruler of Virgo associated with the birth of the soul into the physical temple of the body, gives this Full Moon the quality of the “crisis of the birth hour”, prior to the full revelation of the soul consciousness within the material form. Mercury will illumine the mind and, being the Messenger of the Gods, it will mediate between the soul and the personality. In the beginning this mediation will produce an inevitable opposition between the pairs of opposites and a long drawn out conflict, but in the end it will achieve the final dispelling of the illusion through the illumination of the lower mind. Through Uranus, which stands at 27° Aries, influencing the Full Moon through the Grand Trine with Saturn and Lilith in Sagittarius and the North Node at 23° Leo, we will feel called to the service to the soul. Uranus is about fusion, synthesis of the existing duality between Spirit and matter; it is about a revolutionary attitude, an inner electrical power, which may suddenly ask us to move into the direction of a huge change of direction.
Libra is the sign of partnership, relationship, marriage, the union between the soul and the personality. Esoterically it is the point of balance where the reversal of the direction of the astrological wheel takes place because it is in this sign where the individual has to decide whether to proceed as usual and according to custom or, reversing the wheel and liberate himself by renouncing to the old idea he held about himself and fully commit to the way of the Soul.
The Full Moon will be conjunct to the Fixed Star Alderamin, in the right shoulder of the constellation of Cepheus, the King of Ethiopia, esoterically associated to the Redeemer and the Preparation for the Return of the Christic energy. Cepheus wears regal robes; he is holding a sceptre in his left hand, robes in his right with one of his foot touching the Pole Star in Ursa Minor (the Little Bear). This constellation is associated with the Tarot Triumph, Le Fou, The Fool, and the Hebrew Letter Shin, and it is about returning to the Source. It is an ending of the journey but also a new beginning: “This is the ‘Fool of God’ who has let go all social conventions and any self-interest, so as to go forward into the abyss of the unknown. He walks towards the edge, and carrying nothing but his little cloth bag, which is full of love and truth. Pulling at his yellow trousers is a lynx, representing the profane world, that tries to drag him back into illusion, but he is completely unaffected by it for he is in the full light of consciousness. His will is now the will of God and though he is going beyond all that he has ever known, he is not afraid in the slightest. He has merged with the Greater Life and is disappearing into the light, so that mankind can fulfil its destiny.” C. Aegerter and B. Benjelloun in The Spirit of the Tarot: Numbers as Initiators of the Major Arcana.
According to Master Djwal Khul, Polaris is at this time a major ‘star of direction’ and a star of reorientation “whereby the art of ‘refacing and recovering that which is lost’ is developed.” This star helps us to remember our true source of existence and the process of returning to the soul.
This Full Moon in Aries is asking us to have the courage to follow and act according to the way of the soul and reconnect to the Source so that we may fulfil our mission in life. It is about stepping up and taking action because we can no longer remain hidden in the shadow, resting and contemplating.
As Pluto in Capricorn squares to the two grater luminaries, secrets will come to the surface to uncover what has been hidden. Because Mars and Venus will be conjunct in Virgo, our personal relationships will be deeply affected by strong power dynamics, making us act accordingly to what we feel coming from the heart.
This Full Moon is about trust; it is about walking the middle narrow way of the soul. The time has come to give birth to who we really are and reveal our fullest potential. It is time to face and overcome all the obstacles on the Way and listen to the guidance coming from the inner Polar Star, the still small voice of the soul within the heart of man.
Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat.
My shoulder is against yours.
You will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine rooms,
nor synagogues, nor in cathedrals:
not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding around your own neck,
nor in eating nothing but vegetables,
When you really look for me, you will see me instantly,
you will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: “Student, tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath.”
Saint Bhagat Kabir
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