I haven’t been sleeping well at all for the past week. Longer, actually. Last week, I was sleeping but having extremely vivid, cinematic dreams. Dreams that were somewhat unsettling, and that I remembered in great detail. I have a couple recurring dreams…it sounds funny, but I often have a dream that I am in the Caribbean or somewhere tropical on holiday, but I can never find the beach or make it into the ocean and suddenly its time to leave. Believe me, while I am experiencing this scenario, it is deeply upsetting and I wake up out of sorts. Much later I can laugh about it.
But this week, I just haven’t been sleeping much. I wake up at the slightest noise, like I am waiting for someone or something. Part of me is anxious to get a look at the moon, which doesn’t rise high enough for me to see until the wee hours, so I wake up throughout the night until I get that magnificent view, and then I can relax.
All of this has been leading up to tonight’s Full Moon. The Harvest Moon, and lunar eclipse, Full Moon in Pisces. A powerful combination, emotionally charged, taking us on a labyrinthine journey down deep within ourselves. There is an opportunity here to plumb the depths of our souls, and then to let what needs to rise up to the surface and be released.
There are many rituals connected with honoring and making the most of the energy of the Full Moon, centered on the idea of releasing what is no longer serving us well. The intense light of the Full Moon can bring illumination, highlighting what has come full circle and can be let go of, and giving us insight into what may be holding us back.
I turn to my Tarot cards to ask for insight and wisdom from wise Mother Moon.
I’m a fan of three card spreads, especially when I’m reading for myself. I find they give a clear, no nonsense kind of answer, and can be a jumping off point for a more in depth or detailed exploration. You may want to try this spread using only the Major Arcana, this will give you an even more powerful and universal message, rather than getting into the day to day mundane stuff.
- Illumination: what do you need to see? What has been hidden in your life, or what are you hiding from yourself? This doesn’t have to be something sinister or frightening, it could be that there is something wonderful about yourself that you haven’t been ready to believe, or a lesson or a shift that you have experienced that is coming into a place of recognition and understanding.
- Release: What is no longer serving you well? What can you get rid of? Is there a belief or an attitude that is holding you back? Is it time to clean house, figuratively or literally?
- Transformation: Are the intentions that you set at the New Moon coming to fruition? As that Full Moon comes to its peak, is there something in you that has come full circle and is ready to emerge and shine?
Take advantage of this spectacular celestial event this evening to spend some quality time with your cards, and to be open to the message that the Full Moon has for you. The powerful pull of that Moon may help you to draw out of yourself whatever needs to be released, and to illuminate the most beneficial path going forward.
As an aside, the Full Moon is a great time to charge your cards…after you have done your reading, place them in the light of the Moon and give them a chance to release and replenish as well.