October’s Full Moon is on Thursday, October 5th at 2:40 PM EST; this Full Moon ends the cycle that started on March 27th 2017 with the New Moon in Aries. The Moon moves into Aries at 4:40 PM on Wednesday October 4th, and exits Aries at 6:38 PM on Friday October 6th. This information is also available in list form in my Cosmic Concerns: October 2017 post.
I recommend doing your Full Moon ritual any time between October 4th at 4:40 PM and October 6th at 6:38 PM to work with that Aries energy. To charge items, they should sit out on either the night of the 4th or the 5th.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to Full Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.
About October’s Full Moon
There are many names for October’s Full Moon, but the most common is the Hunter’s Moon. Other names are the Travel Moon, Blood Moon, and Dying Moon. Hunter’s Moon is the Native American name for this Moon, since it is a time for hunting game in preparation for winter. In the pagan tradition it’s called a Blood Moon because this was the traditional time of year that animals would be slaughtered before the winter comes (specifically Samhain, the third harvest festival). That’s because people used to have to choose which animals would stay inside with them during the winter, and there was no way to bring the whole flock inside. Luckily this is a thing of the past!
The October 2017 Full Moon is also a Harvest Moon; a lot of a great information on the Harvest Moon can be found on the Farmer’s Almanac site. The message of this Full Moon is that it’s time to turn inward and start your preparations for winter.
Full Moon in Aries
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, a Cardinal, Fire sign ruled by Mars. Aries is a very forceful sign and can be the most stubborn sign of the zodiac. They are initiators who rush head first into things, blazing trails rather than waiting for others to show them the way. Like all Cardinal signs, they get things moving. Aries can be self-centered and willful, as well, so discipline is key to harnessing their energy in a positive way.
In conjunction with the energy of the season, the Aries energy can be used to kickstart any projects that you plan on having finished by the end of the year. Aries’ are great starters, so if there’s anything you planned on having done (maybe look at those New Year’s Resolutions again), now would be a great time to give it that final push. An Aries is very physical, so this may be a good time to work on the physical body, too. Finally, this Full Moon should also bring added clarity to relationships.
For an Aries Full Moon I recommend working with Agate, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Hematite, Herkimer Diamond, or Lapis Lazuli. They can be used in crystal grids, charm bags, or charged to be used as pocket rocks. You can also use them for spell work or add their information to your Grimoire.
There are a number of Gods and Goddesses associated with Aries; for this Full Moon you can choose one that you find interesting and add them to your Grimoire. Suggested God/desses include: Ares/Mars, Hestia/Vesta, Ishtar, Marduk, or Minerva. You can also add information about October’s Full Moon or Aries to your Grimoire.
Cedar, Cinnamon, Frankincense, and Pine correspond to Aries and work well for the October Full Moon. They can be burned as candles, essential oil in a diffuser, or incense.
Aries is associated with The Emperor card in the tarot deck. You can add this card to your Grimoire or you could do a simple one card tarot reading with it as a guide. Shuffle the tarot deck while asking your question as always, then flip cards over until you find The Emperor; the card that appears next is your answer.
Cherry and Peppermint are both associated with Aries, but I recommend peppermint over cherry for the seasonal association. If you’re relaxing with your Book of Shadows or writing a gratitude list, having a cup of peppermint tea while you do so will add an extra seasonal boost.
In the interest of full disclosure I will confess that I do not work well with Aries energy; in fact, it is the sign of the zodiac that I harmonize with the least! Because of this, I actually won’t be working magick with the Aries Full Moon, because I don’t want its energy. Instead I’ll be reflecting in my Grimoire and drinking tea. As you study Moon phases you begin to realize what energy works with you and what doesn’t, and you can tailor your magickal practice around that. Regardless, I still hope you find my suggestions helpful! Pick and choose as you like; that’s what I do.
“Aries Astrology” on Astrograph
“Cosmic Sway (Mabon)” by April Elliott Kent in Llewellyn’s 2017 Sabbats Almanac
“Full Moon for October 2017” on The Farmer’s Almanac
“Full Moon Names” on The Farmer’s Almanac
“Aries” in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences
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