Blessed Esbat! I hope everyone enjoys the Full Moon energy tonight (and the next two nights, which will also be permeated with Full Moon magick). I love that the November Full Moon falls so close to Samhain (the Witches New Year! aka Halloween) this year. Today is also the second day of Dia de los Muertos. So it has been a very powerful and significant couple of days. It is a time of simultaneous endings and beginnings. I view this part of the yearly cycle as the time of the Void. With Mabon we saw the culmination of the years events and gave thanks for all that we have harvested in our lives. During Samhain and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) the veils between the worlds are at their thinnist. We honor, connect with, and remember the dead. We also acknowledge, honor and release what has died in our own lives. Samhain marks the New Year, and reminds us that in order for anything new to be birthed, we must first allow some things to die away. It is necessary. Without endings we would accumulate too much clutter and stagnate. Experiencing endings in any part of our life is not always easy; but would you rather cling to something that isn’t working for you just because it is familiar? Or will you harness your personal power and summon your faith in order to take a leap into the unknown? Who knows what treasure lies waiting to be discovered…both within yourself and without you in the earthly world. It is a celebration of endings and beginnings: life and death celebrated at the same time.It will come as no surprise therefore, to learn that in Neo-Pagan traditions the November Full Moon is called the Mourning Moon. This full moon is giving an extra charge of energy to the New Year, so make sure you take advantage of it! I found the above picture online and thought it was absolutely perfect for this post. It shows that this Full Moon, in conjunction with Samhain and Dia de los Muertos, is a perfect time to reflect on what has passed and then take a leap of faith into the unknown. Allow the old to pass away, and let the New Year bring you blessings, beauty and bounty!!!!!The following poem struck me completely with its haunting beauty. Perfect for the month of the Mourning Moon. Blessed Be.
To The Moon
I climbed this hill to gaze on you,
And then as now you hung above those trees
Illuminating all. But to my eyes
Your face seemed clouded, tremulous
From the tears that rose beneath my lids,
So painful was my life: and is, my
Dearest moon; its tenor does not change.
And yet, memory and numbering the epochs
Of my grief is pleasing to me. How welcome
In that youthful time – when hope’s span is long,
And memory short – is the remembrance even of
Past sad things whose pain endures.
by Giacomo Leopardi
What endings and beginnings are you experiencing? How are you celebrating Samhain/Dia de los Muertos/the Mourning Moon?