The full Buck moon arrives at 3:57pm PDT, on July 19th in the sign of Capricorn.
I find this moon fascinating, ok, so I find the name fascinating. Full Buck Moon. It was named by the ancestors because this is typically the time of year the male population of deer, elk, and moose regrow their antlers. The cycle of their antlers is very magical. They lose them after the rut, the mating season, due to the decrease in testosterone. Typically, when the does have dropped their babies the male drops his antlers. This will continue for the duration of the Buck’s life, each year the “rack” grows larger than the last.
Alright, back to the full moon.
When the moon is in Capricorn and the sun is in Cancer we are looking at the structures, security, in our life. What is illuminated during this time is what our focus is upon. If we are focusing on merely our insecurities or the negative aspects of our life, that is what comes forth. Perhaps those around you will be pointing out or picking up on your insecurities and placing undue pressure on you. Nothing worse than someone pointing out something you are already aware of! As with any full moon, expect emotions to be running high. The key to surviving this moon is balance. Use any challenges that come up for you to your advantage. Take them as a sign it is time to “drop” them, use your natural talents and experience to turn the challenges into successes! This moon ushers in courage and a sense of adventure, slip into your hiking boots and confidently go forth!
I am intrigued by the bucks and how they shed and regrow their antlers. What stood out for me was that the regrowth is larger, more massive. I thought about how in life we are often our own worst enemies. What if we shed the history that keeps us locked into feelings of “not worthy, not good enough, lack” any imbalance that keeps us from being confident that we can achieve anything. That keeps us from knowing our own self-worth.
Gather your moon crystals, an antler if you have one – I don’t have an antler, but will use one of my stag ornaments in its place, a red candle to symbolize the velvet of the antler when it regrows – this velvet is what nourishes the antler while it is growing, a bowl of water, small pieces of paper – white, a water soluble felt pen.
On the 19th, gather your articles and arrange them to your liking, put on some soft background music -whatever inspires you. Once you have things to your liking, light your candle and ask your angels and guides to be with you. At this point you can also call upon the energy of the stag to add his gentleness, grace, wisdom and determination. Sit quietly and ask for guidance on what needs to be shed so that you can experience regeneration in your life. As guidance comes to you write one word that best describes it on a piece of paper. Place the paper in the water and taking your right hand (or left if you are left handed, your dominate hand) and use your pointer finger to stir the water counterclockwise in a circle, like flushing it out of your life. The ink will either smudge or disappear. Continue for as long as you are guided. When you are ready, give thanks to the stag, moon, and your angels and guides. Toss the water away from you outside allowing it to return to mother earth. Blow out your candle.
Go with the flow, if the above does not work for you, modify it to suit your needs. Some month’s life gets busy and I am lucky to sit with the moon energy for a brief period of time holding my crystals. It is my way of honoring not only the energy that guides our water, but myself. It is my time to connect, relax, and always learn something about myself.
Our July new moon arrives at 4:03 am PDT on July 4th in the sign of Cancer. Cancer is the nurturing sign of the zodiac, making this new moon the perfect time to plant an intent and nurture it through the birthing process to success. Due to the Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury being in Cancer, it is also the moon for self-care. Remember when we take care of ourselves first, everyone benefits.
The new moon can bring to our consciousness our darker shadows we tend to bury deep in our psyche. Those areas we have been procrastinating dealing with could very well come to a head, and we will not be able to escape them. Not a bad thing because this new moon offers us the chance to be kind and loving towards ourselves. What better way to show ourselves some love than by bringing some light to those shadows? Plus, the energy of this moon aligned with the other planets means we can do so without much worry or stress!
If you have a shadow triggering some emotions, look at how you can change that from a negative to a positive. What would the intent be to bring freedom and peace to this situation? That is what you will focus on for this new moon.
If nothing seems to come forward, and you have set the intent the last six new moons for money, health, or love, time to step out of the box and try something new.
For this new moon gather the following objects. Crystals – of course – whatever you are drawn to along with the new moon crystals (black moonstone, obsidian, black tourmaline, tektite (see www.merrlina.com/by-the-light-of-the-moon.html for details) you may also add a moonstone as that is the moon in Cancer’s crystal. A candle, black if you have one, if not any candle will do. Something to keep thirst at bay. An oracle or tarot deck. Notebook, and pen.
On the day of the full moon treat yourself to some nurturing, perhaps a simple dinner out or brought in, a glass of wine, a warm bubble bath, whatever nurtures you and allows you to relax is perfect. Gather your items, and set up where you will be comfortable.
Arrange everything so that it is pleasing to you, then light the candle. Call upon your angels and guides to be present with you. Now pick up the deck of cards, holding them up to your heart, form a clear question. Either “what do I need to know today?” or if you have a particular area you would like guidance on, form a clear question with regards to that. Once you have your question formed, take the deck and shuffle it. If you are used to using your cards, you will know how you will pull one card. That is all we are going to focus on, one card. If more come out of the deck – use the first one and ignore (for now) the others.
What do you first notice about the card that came forth? Forget what you know about this card, what is the first thing you notice, or the first impression that comes to you. Pay attention to the details of the card, the colors, the imagery, the energy, how does it make you feel? Notice any memories, mental images, or emotions that it triggers. Spend some time with this card, in quiet meditation, in a relaxed non-hurried way. When you feel ready, jot down your impressions in your notebook, leave nothing out. Next, look at the guide that came with the deck and read through it for that card. Note anything that jumps out at you. Once finished, close your notebook and sit quietly drinking your beverage, and watching the candle flicker and glow, enjoy. Allow your thoughts to be random and go where they wish. Sit for as long as you feel comfortable, then give thanks for the seeds that have been planted, and blow out the candle. If you had more than one card fly out of your deck, you may either look at them now or wait until tomorrow to review them. Don’t put them back in the deck as they will have guidance for you.
Tomorrow upon waking, take a few minutes before fully engaging in your day to review your notes. What guidance comes forward for you to manifest freedom and peace in your life? That will be your focus for the next 28 days.
JANUARY - WOLF or OLD MOON