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Lunar Calendar 2013
January 23, 2013, 5:25 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar, Meditation and Healing
I am pleased to share with you the Lunar Calendar 2013 developed by my blog friend Moonchildsinger,(All rights reserved by the author and re-posted under her kind permission)
It includes a a brief paragraph about the common associations for each lunar month along with the dates (or approximate dates) of the celestial events and Quarter and Cross-Quarter celebrations in each lunar month.
As Moonchildsinger once explained to me: “Please keep in mind that we have followed the pagan tradition which holds that the old year ends with the descent of the solar deity into the underworld on October 31st which then plunges the world above into the darkness of winter. The first moon of our new year, then, is the first new moon appearing after the complete moonphase that contains October 31st.

Is this the only way to structure a lunar calendar? No… not at all. It is just one way, and we have set it out here for you to use as an example when you fashion your own lunar calendar. Again, the names we use, and the place in the eternal Wheel of the Year that we have selected for the beginning of the year are matters of option and choice. If you would prefer to begin your calendar with the first new moon in January and you prefer to name the moons after your favorite flowers, or your family members, or something else… please feel free to do so.

Many different paths from Native American to Celtic, to Egyptian, to Nordic, and Italian use names different from each other for each moonphase. But the differences aren’t as striking as the similarities. What one path calls the Snowmoon another may call the Wintermoon, but you don’t have to use any more than your own human intuition to know what season will most often hold this particular moonphase… and from there it is easy to determine the name you most closely associate the moon of the season. Simple eh?”
This calendar perfectly illustrates the caveat we have already mentioned regarding the possibility that 13 full lunar cycles may not begin and end on the same days which mark the beginning and ending of the year. For the lunar year in this example, the new pagan year begins on November 1st while still under the influence of the last moonphase of the old lunar year and ends in the same way… on October 31st while still in the final moonphase of the current lunar year. So, the 13 lunar cycles for the year are all represented, but the 13th cycle generally contains the end of the old year, while overlapping the beginning of the new year… a whole new cycle. Which is the way it should be… a cycle is another word for circle and a circle has no beginning and no ending… does it?

   

THE CANDLE MOON
(a time for divination)

Quickening energy. Beginning and conceiving. Awakening compassion. Looking to the future and it’s needs.

01-11-13 CANDLE MOON – New
01-20-13 AQUARIUS RISES
01-26-13 CANDLE MOON – Full
02-02-13 CANDLEMAS, IMBOLC, FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, (AWAKENING)

   
THE SILENT MOON
(a time for protection)

The birth of energy and a break in the stillness of winter. Cleansing past actions and regrets. Shifting attention through purification to future growth.

02-10-13 SILENT MOON – New
02-20-13 PISCES RISES
02-25-13 SILENT MOON – Full
03-10-13 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGES

   
THE MAIDEN MOON
(a time for awakening)

The first lusty cry of energy breaking the veil of illusion. A balance of light against dark. Fire withstands ice. Making way for new beginnings, growth, exploration and prosperity.

03-11-13 MAIDEN MOON – New
03-21-13 ARIES RISES
03-21/22/23-13 OSTARA, EOSTAR, SPRING EQUINOX, (THE MEETING)
03-27-13 MAIDEN MOON – Full

   
THE HONEY MOON
(a time for love)

Full peaceful energy protects, strengthens, and wards the future. Romance, beauty, and healing are revealed in this light.

04-10-13 HONEY MOON – New
04-20-13 TAURUS RISES
04-25-13 HONEY MOON – Full
05-01-13 BELTANE, MAYDAY, WHITSUN, (THE MARRIAGE)

THE SEED MOON
(a time for growth)

Creative energy flows from the growth of all things. Strengthened connections to all powers natural and supernatural. Radience illuminates your path.

05-09-13 SEED MOON – New
05-21-13 GEMINI RISES
05-25-13 SEED MOON – Full

   
THE BLESSING MOON
(a time for magic)

Energy moves into creation. Opportunities for self reliance and confidence bloom. Unity and balance.

06-08-13 BLESSING MOON – New
06-21-13 CANCER RISES
06-21/22/23-13 LITHA, MIDSUMMER, SUMMER SOLSTICE, (MATURITY)
06-23-13 BLESSING MOON – Full

THE HARVEST MOON
(a gathering time)

Energy achieving fullness and success. Dream work, meditation, divination, and preparation for the spiritual harvest which will sustain life.

07-08-13 HARVEST MOON – New
07-22-13 HARVEST MOON – full
07-23-13 LEO RISES
08-01-13 LAMMAS, LUGHNASADH, HARVEST HOME, (THE DECLINE)

   
THE PROMISE MOON
(a time for prophecy)

Energy expended into harvest and gathering supplies and sustenance for the coming winter. An appreciation for vitality and the loss which balances it.

08-06-13 PROMISE MOON – New
08-20-13 PROMISE MOON – full
08-23-13 VIRGO RISES

   
THE SINGING MOON
(a time for exhilaration)

Completion, acceptance, mellowing, and rest after labor. A balance of light and dark lead to organization and clean-up of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter.

09-05-13 SINGING MOON – New
09-19-13 SINGING MOON – Full
09-21/22/23-13 MABON, AUTUMN EQUINOX, WINTER FINDING, (CRONING)
09-23-13 LIBRA RISES

   
THE BLOOD MOON
(a time for sacrifice)

Letting go and clearing away to find justice, balance, and harmony. Inner cleansing and the lament of loss. Seeking shelter in friendship, karma, and reincarnation.

10-04-13 BLOOD MOON – New
10-18-13 BLOOD MOON – full
10-23-13 SCORPIO RISES
10-31-13 SAMHAIN, SHADOWFEST, ALL HALLOWS EVE, (THE DEATH)
11-01-13 THE NEW LUNAR YEAR BEGINS

   
THE SPIRIT MOON

(a time for power)

Strengthened communication with the spirits, the elements, and the self in order to prepare for the coming transformation through the greatest darkness.

11-03-13 SPIRIT MOON – New
11-03-13 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGES
11-17-13 SPIRIT MOON – Full
11-22-13 SAGITTARIUS RISES

   
THE SPIRAL MOON
(a time for renewal)

The moon of the winter solstice. Slow change, contemplation, and preparation for the re-birth of the light.

12-02-13 SPIRAL MOON – New
12-17-13 SPIRAL MOON – Full
12-21/22/23-13 YULE WINTER EQUINOX YULETIDE (THE BIRTH)
12-22-13 CAPRICORN RISES


Regarding Names…
I love this comparison depicted on Wikipedia, though it is based on a 12 month lunar calendar , there is a close relationship based on Solstice and Equinox Periods as many cultures have…

Full moon names
Positional name Associated Month English names Algonquian names Other names used Hindu names Sinhala (Buddhist) names
Winter Solstice
Early Winter January Old Moon Wolf Moon Moon After Yule, Ice Moon Paush Poornima Duruthu Poya
Mid Winter February Wolf Moon Snow Moon Hunger Moon, Storm Moon, Candles Moon Magh Poornima Navam Poya
Late Winter March Lenten Moon Worm Moon Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sugar Moon, Sap Moon, Chaste Moon, Death Moon basanta (spring) purnima, dol purnima (holi) Medin Poya
Vernal Equinox
Early Spring April Egg Moon Pink Moon Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Seed Moon, Waking Moon Hanuman Jayanti Bak Poya
Mid Spring May Milk Moon Flower Moon Corn Planting Moon, Corn Moon, Hare’s Moon Buddha Poornima Vesak Poya
Late Spring June Flower Moon Strawberry Moon Honey Moon, Rose Moon, Hot Moon, Planting Moon Wat Poornima Poson Poya
Summer Solstice
Early Summer July Hay Moon Buck Moon Thunder Moon, Mead Moon Guru Purnima Esala Poya
Mid Summer August Grain Moon Sturgeon Moon Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, Lightning Moon, Dog Moon Narali Poornima, Raksha bandhan Nikini Poya
Late Summer September Fruit Moon Harvest Moon Corn Moon, Barley Moon Bhadrapad Poornima Binara Poya
Autumnal Equinox
Early Fall October Harvest Moon Hunter’s Moon Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Blood Moon Kojagiri or Sharad Purnima, lakshmi puja Vap Poya
Mid Fall November Hunter’s Moon Beaver moon Frost Moon, Snow Moon Kartik Poornima Il Poya
Late Fall December Oak Moon Cold Moon Frost Moon, Winter Moon, Long Night’s Moon, Moon Before Yule Margashirsha Poornima Unduvap Poya


Deep peace of the gentle light on you…
Shine On! ☼






Divinations for the Spirit Moon (11-13-12 to 12-13-12)
November 23, 2012, 5:52 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar, Meditation and Healing
 
 
This is a time for Power
 
There is a moon which… in some years but not every year… slips right in between the moons that traditionally host the final celebration of the old year and the first celebration of the new year.

This is one of those years.

We have come to the final phase of the Blood Moon and we are not ready to begin the first phase of the Spiral Moon.. and so this in-between time is a time of great power and opportunity.

A time of great strength of spirit.

A time we call the Spirit Moon

However you may know this moon, as the Spirit Moon, the Beaver Moon, the Oak Moon, or the Hogmanay Moon, you should know that this moon speaks to strengthened communication with the spirits, the elements, and the self in order to survive the transformation through the greatest darkness.

By the light of this moon shall we walk the spiral path in the endless journey of renewal and rebirth embarked upon by all earth spirits seeking to find their way through life.

By the light of this moon shall we signal of the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

By the light of this moon shall we let go of the past, reach for the future, and see the present moment fully within our grasp.

And, the power of the present moment is really what this moon is all about. Note how the deities holding sway over this particular moon all have an awareness of the present moment. Vesta, the Roman goddess and patroness of fire is an archetypal symbol of the eternal present. Ceres (from which we get the word Cereal), the Roman goddess and patroness of crops and the growth cycle of all grains, calls our attention to the need to preserve the harvest of the present moment in order to prepare for the barren season to come, Decima (for which the month of December was named) is the second of the three Fates and the very personification of the present moment. Cardea, who guards all doorways and portals, is known as the hinge of the door of the year and can be seen as the present moment that links the past to the future.

This attention to the present moment in the endless spiral that is the Wheel of the Year signifies a paradox of time and timelessness.

Youth in age and age in youth.

Life in death and death in life.

Light in darkness and darkness in light.

The power found in this time of transition and transformation… this time of change and creativity… the endless cycle of self-renewal… will be found at the heart of the greatest of all mysteries.

So, Sweetie, it may be best to observe this moon as the cocoon in which you will spin the best and most satisfying version of your fabulous future. A new year is turning into view and this presents a whole new opportunity to you. How is the big spirit within you guiding your journey through the spiral path? What will you choose as your first steps on this path?

While you ponder the wonderous mystery of your own personal transformation from last years same old same old… I’m gonna ask you to keep a couple of things on the leading edge of your consciousness.

The slate is utterly clean.

The page is totally blank.

The stone is entirely unmarked.

From this moment on you can create whatever reality you choose.

That’s right…. whatever YOU choose.



Lunar Calendar: The Spirit Moon
November 23, 2012, 5:47 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar, Meditation and Healing

This is a time for Power.

In the calendar system we have provided as an example, this moon is often typically named the Spirit Moon. This name refers to the return to the spiral path in the endless journey of renewal and rebirth embarked upon by all earth spirits seeking to find their way through life.

In many other belief systems there are already time-honored traditions for the establishment of a calendar. We have encluded a few examples here for you to consider.

In the Celtic Tree Calendar this moon is The Secret of the Unhewn Stone and is observed on December 23rd.

The Runic Calendar of Nordic traditions, (which is governed by half months rather than full months), this moon is known as Nyd (Necessity) from November 13th through November 27th, and Is (Ice) from November 28th through December 12th.

The Goddess Calendar names this moon of the year after Cailleach and runs from October 31st through November 27th.

However you know this moon, as the Spirit Moon, the Blue Moon, or the Hogmanay Moon, this moon speaks to Strengthened communication with the spirits, the elements, and the self in order to prepare for the coming transformation through the greatest darkness.

The deities holding sway over this particular moon all have an awareness of the present moment as a common thread in their desciptions. Vesta, the Roman goddess and patroness of fire is an archetypal symbol of the eternal present, and Decima (for which the month of December was named) is the second of the three fates and the personification of the present.

This attention to the present moment in the endless spiral that is the wheel of the Year signifies a paradox of time and timelessness, Youth in age and age in youth, life in death and death in life, light in darkness and darkness in light.

It is simultaneously a signal of the end of one year and the beginning of the next and in this time of transition and transformation change and creativity will be found the heart of the greatest of all mysteries.

So, with all that information to guide you, it may be best to observe this moon as the cocoon in which you will spin the best and most satisfying version of your life to unfold and reveal with the next turn of the Wheel of the Year.

If you select a personal name for this moon, it should be one that calls to mind the endless renewal of your evolving inner spirit as it prepares to begin again a journey through the spiral path.

Related Source
http://www.midnightmoonchild.com
(All rights reserved by the author and re-posted under her kind permission)



"Dark Goddess, Dark Moon" by Tara
October 18, 2012, 6:14 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar

I am glad to share with you an excerpt of this interesting post written by Tara as featured on her gorgeous  blog “Love of the Goddess“. (All rights reserved by the author and published under her kind permission)

 

For about three days in the moons cycle, she is hidden from our view in the night sky, this phase is known as the dark moon. It is a time of letting go, honoring dark Goddesses, and preparing for rebirth at the time of the new moon. A time of cleansing the self of negativities, letting go of things that hinder you, and recognizing the darker sides of our own lives. In the ancient world, the calendar revolved around the lunar cycle. The dark moon was the end of the month, and the new moon was the beginning of the new month.

The Norse Goddess Hel is also a dark Goddess, called upon on the dark moon. She represents death as she is Queen of Underworld in Norse mythology. Her body was said to be half dead and half alive representing the balance in life. Of light and dark, those sides of ourselves, and our lives. Hel’s role in the Underworld is to decide the fate of the souls entering her realm. She can grant rebirth, but can also damn you to the depths of Helheim, her Kingdom. She can help you to shed the old, and prepare for rebirth, if you are ready for it.

The dark moon embodies a chance to star over. To cleanse oneself, and be reborn in a sense at the new moon. Our lives flow in unison with the cycles of the moon. It can be bight and full, and then become dark and unseen. Just like the balance of light and dark in our own lives, and in nature. There cannot be light without the dark.

Wishing you all a blessed dark moon or deipnon if you honor Hekate!




Lunar Calendar: The Blood Moon
October 17, 2012, 5:23 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar, Meditation and Healing

This is a time for Sacrifice.

In this, the time of first frosts and final harvests, this is a time of letting go and clearing away. This is a time of inner cleansing to make way for the justice of karma and a time for seeking shelter in friendship and community. In the calendar system we have provided as an example, this moon is typically named the Blood Moon. This name reflects the final harvest of livestock and the ultimate sacrifice of the harvest King as he leaves the world above for the mysterious transformation to be found in the underworld.

In many other belief systems there are already time-honored traditions for the establishment of a calendar. We have encluded a few examples here for you to consider.
In the Celtic Tree Calendar this moon is Ngetal (Reed) which runs from October 28th through November 24th.
The Runic Calendar of Nordic traditions, (which is governed by half months rather than full months), divides this moon of the year by Wyn (Joy) from October 13th through October 27th and Hagal (Constraint) from October 28th through November 12th.
The Goddess Calendar names this moon of the year after Hathor or Samhain and runs from October 3rd through October 30th.
The American Backwoods Calendar refers to this moon of the year as the Beaver Moon and is determined by whichever full moon falls in November.
This is a time for moving beyond sacrifice to find the pathway to justice, balance and harmony. This is a time for moving beyond sacrifice to seek renewal. This is a time for moving beyond sacrifice to accept your place in the endless spiral of karma. This is a most appropriate time to lament all your losses. Just as the Summer King has sacrificed the fullness of the harvest to ensure the survival of his land through the coming winter, the aftermath of your sacrifices will provide the shelter of warm friendships to nurture and fortify your spirit through whatever darkness may lie ahead.
Perhaps you know this as the Cold Moon, the Blood Moon, or St. Martin’s Moon. However you name this moon, you know it as a time of endings and beginnings. The necessity of accomplishing tasks before the coming winter makes them impossible is highlighted by increasing darkness and apparent decline. In this increased darkness the link forged between the world of the living and the world of the dead is strengthened just as the veil between these two worlds is pierced on All Hallows Eve, Samhain, The Feast of the Dead, all of which are celebrated on October 31st.
In history it is the tradition to share of the Samhain feast with the spirits of the dead by leaving some out on the doorstep for the spirit world to enjoy. It was thought that the spirits would come masked and therefore giving to the masked has become a western tradition in this season. Today it’s the stuff that makes happy childhood Trick or Treat memories but in the old days this was a way to give or get charitable offerings without the humiliation of identification.
New Moon people will make both powerful friends and enemies as their initial response is inclined to be impatient and impulsive. They will, however, maintain their position and achieve a great deal of respect, especially from their adversaries.
Full Moon people plan their moves with more subtlety and achieve more recognition publicly, but they are inclined to want to move on to other things which can undermine their true sense of purpose.
Generally speaking, Reed people are great survivors in life who are inclined to encounter the hostility of others rather than a helping hand.

Related Source
http://www.midnightmoonchild.com
(All rights reserved by the author and re-posted under her kind permission)
“Celtic Astrology” by Helena Paterson



Divinations for the Blood Moon (10-15-12 to 11-23-12)
October 17, 2012, 5:20 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar, Meditation and Healing

This is a time for sacrifice.
This is a time for moving beyond sacrifice to find the pathway to justice, balance and harmony.

This is a time for moving beyond sacrifice to seek renewal.

This is a time for moving beyond sacrifice to accept your place in the endless spiral of karma.

This is a most appropriate time to lament all your losses, and then… move beyond them to let go.

Just as the Summer King has sacrificed the fullness of the harvest to ensure the survival of his land through the coming Winter, the aftermath of your sacrifices will provide the shelter of warm friendships to nurture and fortify your spirit through whatever darkness may lie ahead.

Perhaps you know this as the Cold Moon, the Fog Moon, the Blood Moon, the Beaver Moon, or St. Martin’s Moon. However you name this moon, you know it as a time of endings and beginnings.

The necessity of accomplishing tasks before the coming Winter makes them utterly impossible is highlighted by increasing darkness and apparent decline.

From the end of this season shall the beginnings of the next season grow.

Just as all futures spring out of the past.

Just as tomorrow emerges from yesterday.

And so, we find ourselves on the threshold of this special moment of transition. The birds know it. The trees know it. The whole world can feel the Wheel of the Year turning from the season of Summer‘s light to the season of Winter‘s darkness.

In this increased darkness the link forged between the world of the flesh and the world of the spirit is strengthened just as the veil between these two worlds is pierced on All Hallows Eve, Samhain, The Feast of the Dead. It is said that on this night, passage through the veil is eased and communication with the world of spirit is clarified.

So, Sweetheart… since feasting is traditional, snuggle up here by the fire and I’ll throw another cup of something special in the cauldron while we wait for our very own feast to cook. We should also put some of our feast out on the doorstep for the spirit world to share. They will be masked so we won’t easily know them, but, giving to the masked is sort of customary in this season, isn’t it?

Today it’s the stuff of tradition that makes happy childhood Trick or Treat memories… but in time gone by this was a way to give or get charitable offerings without embarrassing the needy by identifying them.

Funny how traditions can change so much… and still hold on to some of their original meaning… isn’t it? .

Related Source
http://www.midnightmoonchild.com
All rights reserved by the author and re-posted under her kind permission



"The Celtic Moon Goddess" by Eliseo Mauas Pinto
October 2, 2012, 6:41 pm
Filed under: Celtic Ebooks, Celtic Goddess, Celtic Symbolism, Lunar Calendar
I am proud to share with you my new Ebook release regarding The Celtic Moon Goddess“.

Most of you might probably be aware of the significance of the “Mother Goddess”,a term used to refer to a deity who represents “motherhood, fertility,and creation”. “The Celtic Moon Goddess” is not only a brief compendium regarding the passionate and ancient believes of the Celtic People, but certainly a good source of information to be read for all those lovers of all things related to the Goddess.

Many different goddesses have represented motherhood in one way or another, and some have been associated with the birth of humanity as a whole. Others have represented the fertility of the earth, but how about the ““Moon Goddesses” then?

On this book you will certainly may find a good source of information to be read not only regarding “Arianrhod” and “Rhiannon”,the two main “Moon Goddess” for the Celts, but also further relationships regarding the symbolism and significance to those lovers of all things related to the Goddess.

I invite you to Download a Free Sample of my book from the celebrated site Smashwords.com

Let the Moon and Stars pour their healing light on you and keep on sparkling in our souls… Bliss and blessings to you all!

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