Once in a Blue Full Moon – Hallowe’en and an Illuminating Clear Light Creative Podcast with Chiara Luce and Michelle Gregg
MY HALLOWE’EN THOUGHTS: Hallowe’en marks the turning of the year… it’s time for darkness, stillness, sleep, and honoring the cycles of death and life.
Any way you look at it, we anticipate this day all year long. For some, it’s a fun and spooky children’s holiday, full of costumes, trick-or-treating, and sacks of tantalizing candy (it’s fun to look up the history of this!) For others it’s about full-on adult beverage gatherings and vying for the best or most outrageous or most terrifying costume. And for others it’s a part of our sacred tradition, and the most important holy day of the year. We call it Samhain (sah-win) and this night, All Hallows Evening, which leads to All Hallows Day, is the time to honor our ancestors and our beloved dead and reconnect with them through memory and ritual – a time to begin anew. The ceaseless Wheel of the Year has turned, and we welcome a brand New Year.
For most of us, regardless of the meaning (or lack thereof) with which we hold this dark night of shades and shadows, All Hallow’s Eve is filled with images that are reserved for only this time of year – ghosts, goblins, ghouls, jack-o-lanterns, skulls and skeletons, witches and cauldrons.
We recognize our own mortality through these images, while the Earth and her flora, all the trees and and plants and flowers around us, quietly die and go to sleep until Spring.
Hallowe’en and Astrology 2020
The Hallowe’en Sun in Scorpio
Isn’t it interesting that every Hallowe’en, the Sun is in the dark water sign of Scorpio? Always. Each year, around the 23rd of October, the Sun moves into Scorpio, and the Autumn of the year is well under way. The harvest has ended, the nights are getting longer, the leaves are falling, and the afternoon light has a deeper angle… it just looks like Fall. We’re preparing for the annual “death” of the Earth.
Of all of the astrological signs, Scorpio is the one that honors our deepest desires, our darkest probings, our hidden thoughts, and most profound fears. The color for Scorpio is black – so appropriate for the darkening of life as the days become shorter and shorter, and the nights longer and longer.
At this time of year we enter the realm of Pluto, the Lord of the Dead, the God of Hades, and the astrological ruler of the sign Scorpio. It is through Pluto and Scorpio that we understand death and dying – and that this inevitable experience of loss leads to transformation, regeneration, and new life. Life is a cycle of day and night, of light and darkness, and by Hallowe’en we’re fully engaged in the shadowy side of that cycle.
The Hallowe’en Full Moon in Taurus
Equally interesting is that every time there’s a Full Moon between October 23 and November 22 – and it’s inevitable that there will be one – that Full Moon will always be in Taurus – the opposite sign to Scorpio.
Taurus holds very different meanings to Scorpio – because Taurus is, in fact, Scorpio’s polar opposite – which is what a Full Moon represents. Every full moon, regardless of the two signs involved, illuminates the opposing energies of the ego (Sun) and the emotions (Moon). Across Taurus and Scorpio we have the emotional connection to physical life in opposition to how we understand the necessity of death from an intellectual perspective.
While Scorpio is the depths of our deepest emotions and swims in the deathly, underworld waters of the River Styx, Taurus is about the tangible, physical body that revels in the heat of the Sun shining on its skin. Taurus is driven by the phyisical, tangible five-sense reality of life and truly finds its joy there. It’s not comfortable in the emotional psychology of Scorpio – it wants to plant its roots in the soil of Mother Earth and rejoice in its own form and strength and steadfastness.
The Full Moon in Taurus means that this need to rejoice in the body is at odds with the emotional probings into the abyss that is the life blood of the Scorpio Sun.
We literally have this dynamic of the corporeal (Taurus) meeting its demise (Scorpio.) We must balance physical life with death and the afterlife. And this is the true meaning of Hallowe’en. How do we come to terms with our own mortality? We have to learn to understand and accept death, that of our loved ones as well as our own, as a natural and meaningful part of our journey as spiritual beings having a human, physical experience.
Our Hallowe’en Podcast
on Clear Light Creative
The Full Blue Hunter’s Moon in Taurus on Hallowe’en
October 31, 2020
This Hallowe’en – from the perspective of the Moon – is incredibly special! It’s the Full Blue Moon in Taurus that makes it so… and Chiara and I illuminate it all for this year’s All Hallow’s Eve!
Despite all the images we see every year of a full moon shining brightly over a cemetery full of witches stirring their cauldron, it’s actually a bit rare that we experience the full illumination of the Moon on Hallowe’en. When was the last time that happened? When will it happen again?
And what does it mean that THIS FULL MOON in TAURUS is CONJUNCT THE PLANET URANUS… that’s not subtle or stable…
Find out, and learn SO MUCH MORE, as Chiara Luce and I dive into the depths of this Hallowe’en energy for October 31, 2020.
HERE’S THE LINK TO LISTEN
You’ll also find my Samhain Ritual at the link above… it’s a beautiful, perfect way to use this energy and connect with your ancestors and the loved ones who’ve gone on before you.
Here’s the breakdown of the entire podcast, to make it easy for you!
(1:30) Episode Intro
(2:07) Where to find the Samhain – Halloween rituals (link to it)
(3:11) What’s making Chiara happy
(3:36) Episode Corrections
(5:19) Astrology Interview Starts
(5:50) About Michelle’s Transit Support Group
(7:48) How Chiara got Libra New Mooned + Mercury Retrograde woes
(10:24) What happens when Venus is on your Ascendant
(13:53) The definition of a Blue Moon
(15:17) The astronomy of Full Moons
(15:50) The zodiac signs that will be most affected by this Full Moon
(16:28) Strange things that happen during the Full Moon
(17:35) What happens when the Moon is conjunct Uranus
(19:46) The Psychology of Opposites – Moon vs Sun – Taurus vs Scorpio
(23:01) The origins of Halloween + Practicing Samhain Rituals + Full Moon Rituals and their importance
(25:25) Aha moments to watch out for this Saturday
(28:34) Comparing the energy of this Full Moon and the Taurus eclipse cycles in 1994-95, 2003, 04, 05, and 2012, 13, 14
(33:25) Where to find a real Pagan Samhain Ritual + A Ritual to honor and communicate with your ancestors.