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.
JANUARY - WOLF or OLD MOON