September’s full moon is this coming Friday night, September 16. Native Americans call it the Harvest Moon if it falls nearest to the Fall Equinox, or Full Corn Moon if the Harvest Moon occurs in October. Some tribes also call it the Barley Moon since barley is usually harvested this time of year. Witches call it the Raven Moon which is the name that resonates most deeply with my soul. Perhaps you can relate!
This time of year, the figure of a Raven sits on my altar. He stays there until sometime in November. According to Medicine Cards by Jami Sams and David Carson, the Raven is the bringer of magic. “Raven magic is a powerful medicine that can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is the home of all that is not yet in form. The void is called the Great Mystery. Great Mystery existed before all other things came into being. Great Spirit lives inside the void and emerged from the Great Mystery. Raven is the messenger of the void.”
While a lot of the themes of September focus on harvesting, it might also be a good time to focus on “all that is not yet in form” as the days grow darker and darker. For me September and October have always been a powerful time to try and connect with the great Wisdom of the Ancestors and the Divine. As we make our way toward the celebration of Samhain, the Veil grows thinner and communication between our world and the Spirit world is at its strongest. Raven energy helps us to connect more strongly with the Other Side in a way I cannot fully explain. This powerful messenger can be our ally during this time of year.
One way to connect with the Raven this full moon is to place several pictures of ravens on your home altar or buy one of those decorative ones you find at the craft store. Then I suggest you find an mp3 of some Shamanic Drumming. A good one you can download from Amazon is Ono Teave’s The Shamanic Trilogy. Light some candles and incense. Cast your circle and after you have taken the time to ground yourself and your focus is clear, play one of the starter recordings and focus all your attention on the Raven. As other thoughts occur to you, let them float by without judgment and turn your attention back to the Raven. With this image fixed firmly in your mind you may want to close your eyes, caring the image of the Raven within, and see what message the Raven may have for you. Blessed be!
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