Most people are aware of the waxing and waning of the Moon, but I think the fact that there is a waxing and waning to the Sun escapes many people’s awareness. You could even say there’s a Full Sun, like a Full Moon, and a New Sun, like a New Moon. The difference being that these only happen once a year with the Sun.
We are in the waning of the Sun right now. It began with the Sun reaching its height at Summer Solstice on June 21st this year. That’s when we have the shortest night and longest day. This is the “Full Sun”.
From there, the Sun begins to wane, just like the Moon does after its Full phase. When we reach the Autumn Equinox, September 21st this year, you could say we are at the “ Last Quarter Sun”. This is a time when day and night are equal in length. The Sun continues to wane from here and we notice the nights growing longer as the days grow shorter.
In this growing darkness, particularly from Hallowmas or Samhain onward, is “the time of introspection”. One might wonder why that is. Once we were much more of an agricultural society and, when the final crops were harvested, this time of the year allowed for time to think, to turn inward. Just as the bear and other animals hibernate in the cold of Winter, we waited for the Spring and planting season to begin again. Thus, in the darkness of the year, we entered the Void and sought answers to ourselves and our lives.
Then came the Winter holidays. Call them by whatever name your spiritual path requires, but most occur around the time of the Winter Solstice – the rebirth of the Sun…the “New Sun”. This is the longest night of the year and the shortest day. The harshest part of Winter may still have to be faced, but now the Sun is waxing. Now the days begin to get longer as the nights grow shorter.
Hope, joy and anticipation grow as the Sun grows stronger in the skies – warming our bones and brightening our world. Then comes the Vernal Equinox, March 20th this past year, and we’ve reached that point of equality between day and night again. The “First Quarter Sun” is occurring and we are making plans for the coming year of planting and growth – whether that growth is in a garden or in our being.
And so, the Sun continues to wax, until we have once again come full circle to Summer Solstice, the “Full Sun“ once more..
The Moon may constantly remind us of its waxing and waning with its monthly phases, but the Sun offers us the same energies on a grander scale for making the most of solar energies that help us to grow and evolve on a personal and spiritual level.
Speaking of the Moon, there’s a Full Moon in Taurus happening on Tuesday, October 27th at 8:05 a.m. EDT.
Moon in Taurus is a solid, placid energy. The energies of this Full Moon enable us to gather in and conserve resources for that proverbial “rainy day”. Being an earth sign, it evokes from within us perseverance, but more importantly, common sense.
For this reason, all areas of life, including the romantic ones, are viewed in a very practical manner. In a romantic relationship, there will be devotion and loyalty, but there will also be a need for security.
The energies of this Full Moon do attract wealth and the good things in life. Combine this with the Sun being in Scorpio and it can lead one to success in business, with the nature of being firm and determined. Some may claim that those affected by these energies are “hard-headed”, but there is also a philanthropic side to this nature. Moon in Taurus cares about family and community.
So, celebrate this Full Moon with an eye to practicality. Prepare for the Winter months to come and celebrations with friends and family in a common sense manner.
Halloween/Hallowmas/Samhain arrives on Saturday, October 31st. This is a time of celebration – a time of fun and yet respect.
For Wiccans and others, it is a time to remember those who have gone before us to that place called “Summerland.” Friends, family, and ancestors are remembered and their lives celebrated. We owe them much and honor them for this.
This is the Witches’ New Year. All growing is done. It is a time of rest and reflection as we prepare for the Earth to be reborn again when the Goddess returns in the Spring.
No matter how you may celebrate this day, I wish you all the happiest of holidays!
As the Wheel of the Year turns once more, we arrive at the time when we must “Fall back.” At 2 a.m. EDT, the clocks are turned back and it becomes 1 a.m. EST (or whatever time zone you happen to be in) as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end for the year. An extra hour’s sleep is our reward. Enjoy!
On Monday, November 2nd, at 2:06 a.m. EST, Mercury enters the sign of Scorpio causing the minds of those affected by these energies to become shrewd, sharp, powerful with remarkably clear foresight and vision.
This is not a time to try to be deceptive. Your motives will easily be sensed. Better to use the energies of this placement to fight for a noble cause or investigate the mysteries of the Universe.
People can be highly critical now. Heated arguments can become unscrupulous with no mercy for one’s opponent. Remarks can become ruthless.
Mercury in Scorpio also produces an interest in the occult side of life and those things that are mystical in nature. With the Sun also in Scorpio, right now, this is a great time for exploring and developing psychic abilities.
Venus moves into Libra on Sunday, November 8th, at 10:31 a.m. EST.
It is here that all love is sacred. People love with both mind and spirit, when affected by these energies. That which is coarse or crude is found to be repulsive.
“Courtship” becomes an important ritual under the influence of these energies. However, love must be absolutely free, never chained.
Those affected by these energies may find that unharmonious surroundings actually make them ill now. Beauty and simplicity are the ways to health and healing.
This is a wonderful time for artists, craftspeople and musicians to create. Love is in the air and beauty can become a state of mind.
For me, the old year now draws to a close and a new one is about to begin. May the Winter bring you much insight and may the holidays bring you much joy!