The September 29th full moon (2:57 am PT) stirs up the spirit realm with memories of the ancestors and loved ones who have passed away.   Following just after the equinox, this mystical full moon gives a boost of intuition and sensitivity to subtle messages from beyond.

According to Vedic Astrology, the full moon falls in the nakshatra of Uttara Bhadrapada, which translates as “the blessed feet.”  Feet symbolize humility and service, and traditional ceremonies like feet-anointing/washing (pada puja) are sacred rituals to summon guidance and protection into our lives.

Uttara Bhadrapada Full Moon is also symbolized by a cremation fire, which falls at the end of the Zodiac. This full moon marks an ending of a cycle — the end of summer in the northern hemisphere (autumn equinox) — and the beginning of a season of spiritual healing and empowerment.

Know your Vedic Birth Star?  Calculate yours and get a free guide.

In Vedic tradition, the two weeks that follow this full moon (September 29th to Oct 13th) are known as Pitru Paksha, the fortnight dedicated to honoring the ancestors. As the moon wanes smaller in the next weeks, the veil separating our world from the world of the departed grows more thin.

This is an excellent time for remembering and honoring those who have passed on. Create an alter with photographs or mementos of departed family members or friends, or alternatively make a charitable donation in their name. Pay close attention to subtle messages from nature, the wind or bird calls. Sometimes, meaningful songs play on the radio, lost items reappear, or dreams can bear significant messages from the other side.

The weeks surrounding this full moon hold immense potential for healing, forgiveness, and letting go of the past, especially as we approach the solar eclipse on October 14.  Find out how to harness the power of this total solar eclipse and the upcoming 9 night of the goddess– Navratri.  Join the  Solar Eclipse Horoscope / Navratri 9 night Cauldron for a special 9 night healing journey with the 9 forms of the goddess, Durga.

How these planetary transits affect you personally depends on your birth chart.  Book a Vedic Astrology reading to learn more.