Hunter’s Moon and Meteors

Artemis with a hind, better known as "Dia...

Artemis with a hind, better known as “Diana of Versailles”. Marble, Roman artwork, Imperial Era (1st-2nd centuries CE). Found in Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight is the peak of the second meteor shower of October, the Orionids. Since the moon is just past full and has been incredibly bright, it’s unlikely we’ll get to see any shooting stars, but that doesn’t mean we can’t harness the energy of the shower in our magickal workings.

October’s full moon is often called the hunter’s moon, because its light aided hunters in tracking their prey on autumn nights, enabling them to bring home enough game for the winter months ahead. The Orionids fly from the constellation Orion, the greatest hunter in ancient Greece. At the same time as the full hunter’s moon, they give us powerful energy to work with.

Orion was the hunting companion of the goddess Artemis until he was killed by a giant scorpion. Artemis is the goddess of hunters and the wild things, as well as the goddess of the moon. She is the protector of animals and children and defends the powerless, especially women, against unjust treatment.

If you are in need of courage in the face of unfair dealings, protection for animals or children, or aid while hunting responsibly, call on Artemis and Orion tonight. It’s even better if you head outside, where the wild things are, and talk to Artemis directly.  Ask nicely, because she’s a tough lady who expects respect. A small offering of thanks will keep you in her good graces.

I’ve had clear nights to enjoy October’s full moon, but I have to admit the addition of the frenetic Aries energy has made it an interesting ride for the past few days. It’s definitely hasn’t been a good time for catching up on sleep. Now that the moon has transitioned into Taurus, maybe I’ll get some rest.

If you haven’t seen this beautiful moon yet, I hope you have a cloudless sky tonight.


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Full Moon in Aries

Full Moon view from earth In Belgium (Hamois)....

Full Moon view from earth In Belgium (Hamois). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight’s full moon is in the sign of Aries. With the energy of the full moon added to Aries’ enthusiasm, you might find yourself acting a bit more impulsively than usual. If you’ve been neglecting your fitness routine, it’s time to brush off your sneakers, because you’ve got to do something with all that active energy. With extra creative spark, the furniture might need to be rearranged or you may find yourself itching to start a renovation project.

A full moon is a powerful time for any kind of magickal workings. Aries will give even more oomph to spells for leadership, spiritual rededications or conversions, and will power. Healing spells for the face, head and brain will work best now.

Psychic energy is strong during a full moon, therefore it’s a good time for divination. October’s full moon is an especially good time, as it is almost Samhain and the veil between worlds is thin now. Grab your tarot cards, rune stones, pendulum or other favorite divination tool to gain some insight into the year ahead.

Temper the Aries impulsiveness with some careful planning for any spell you will do during this full moon. With so much strength behind it, full moon magick needs very specific intentions to keep it from going awry.

If it’s a clear night, go outside and spend a few minutes bathing in moonlight.

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