Tomorrow’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is the last full moon before the Winter Solstice (December 21, 2020 here in the Northern Hemisphere.)
Traditional Pagans refer to this as a Mourning Moon.
The November full moon is also called Reed Moon by the Celts and also marked the start of their new year. Native Americans referred to it as the Beaver Moon because November is the time of year when beavers begin to take shelter in their dens.
The Mourning Moon marks the end (or death) of Autumn and reminds us that the nights are getting longer and colder. For our ancestors it was a reminder of the cycle of death and rebirth.
- Colors: Grey, dark blue, deep purple
- Gemstones: Lapis lazuli, turquoise, topaz, and apache tears
- Incense: Patchouli, jasmine
- Trees: Cypress, alder, hazel
- Deities: Bastet, Isis, Hecate, Astarte
- Herbs: Thistle, betony, verbena, fennel
Full moons are known to bring emotions to a head and with the days getting shorter many of us may feel gloomy, irritable, depressed, or suffer from low energy. Be kind to yourself. Allow whatever emotions you are feeling to wash over you, then let them go. Full moons also shine a light on our inner Shadows and are an excellent time for self-reflection and meditation.
Derived from the Greek noun for “the abandonment”, “the downfall”, or “the darkening of a heavenly body”.
In 2020 we’ve had a total of seven eclipses – a rarity since most years have 4-5. Eclipses are powerful cosmic events signalling big endings and usher in great change. The November 30, 2020 Full Moon Lunar Eclipse occurs in the sign of Gemini and will affect those born under Sagittarius and Gemini the most; however, all signs will feel its influence. Gemini rules the intellect and communication and governs the 3rd House of communication, transportation, and local community. Gemini energy is changeable, indecisive, sharp-witted, impulsive, and a little unfocused at times. Be flexible. Give yourself – and others – space to “do your own thing”. People may have difficulty communicating clearly. It’s important not to become defensive and go into attack mode. Stop, take a breath, and tell yourself to “chill.” (Or my favorite, “It’s mice nuts.”)
Additionally, although full moons are an excellent time for letting go of negative energies, a full moon eclipse is NOT the best time to perform release rituals. (Save them for the next full moon.) Instead meditate on all you have to be thankful for. Send blessings out to those who have paid you a kindness.