Joanna Bristow Watkins

30April2018

  • Beltane Full Moon and Eve of Beltane, 30th April 2018

    Supermoon 2014 08 10 22 04 16Monday 30th April @ 01.59 (Sunday Night, early Monday morning) is Beltane Full Moon. It's also the known as the Pink Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon or Willow Moon

    The Pink Moon,was so named by the Native American tribes, not because it appears pink but because it is associated with the pink flowers which are abundant in the USA and Canada at this time of year. Different tribes label it as the Egg Moon because of its association with egg-laying season and others identify it with the shad (a species of herring) swimming season so called it the Fish Moon.See article in The Telegraph for more on this.

    Similarly, the Celts had names for each Full Moon of the year. This is Saille (pronounced Sahl-Ye); the  Willow Moon. The willow grows best when there's plenty of rain (we've seen plenty here in the UK in the last few days) and is associated with healing, nurturing, knowledge-building and women's mysteries. Willows planted near your home are supposed to protect from danger; weeping willows soak up lots of water so I can see how this could help protect from excessive rain and storm damage! They are often planted near cemeteries.  More about this at the Celtic Weirdness website,which I stumbled across earlier this year.

    And in Buddhist tradition, this is also Wesak. The first Full Moon in Taurus (though some sources say the first Full Moon in May) is celebrated in honour of the enlightenment of Buddha and his passing into Nirvana. This is the spiritual high point of the year, when all the illuminated beings invoke a great blessing for the earth.

    If you are an angel fan, the angel of the Moon is Gabriel.

    To the left is a beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from my sister Angel McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book (and Harmony Angel Cards).

    Both are out of print and collectible but we still have a few remaining copies via the Harmony Shop. 

    See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.

    At the time of the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are in opposition.  The solar (sun) energy influences our masculine/yang archetypal attributes (our outer world) such as strength, courage, identity, self-esteem, expression, conscious beliefs and determination together with our logical outlook.  Whereas the lunar energy (moon) influences our femininely archetypal attributes (our inner world), such as our unconscious beliefs, hidden emotions, nurturing feelings, creativity and intuition. The Full Moon is a powerful and appropriate time to show gratitude for life and the riches and bounty bestowed upon us by Mother Earth (Gaia).

    The time between any Full Moon and the next New Moon is a good time, energetically, to detox the body.  In view of this being a Super Blue Blood Imbolc Moon, I would say it's an even better time than usual for a detox.  I recommend an oil pulling technique, with coconut oil, which must be from a glass container for best taste.