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Divinations for the Silent Moon (12-24-11 to 1-23-12)
December 30, 2011, 2:27 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar
This is a time for Stillness

This is the deep silence of Winter earth still in slumber after the Solstice celebration, but just beginning to feel the re-birth of energy, and the return of ever lengthening daylight.

You can see it in the slow drip of the icicles clinging to the bare branched forest.

You can hear it in the rustle of woodland creatures lumbering back to the first signs of activity after the deep sleep of Winter.

You can feel it in the morning kiss of sunrise and the lingering caress of sunset.

Magic is awake… and soon will rise.

You are rising too, and so this is a time to cleanse past actions and regrets so that you can shift your attention to future growth. In history this has been seen as a most appropriate time for settling (or forgiving) past debts, to reconcile past differences, and to put aside old disputes.

The Roman festival of the goddess Concordia is known as the Charista and is generally accepted to be held in the final week of February. The Charista… (can you see the beginnings of the word “charity” here?)… is a time for the living to make peace and reconcile differences among one another. This particular festival generally culminates in a feast with family and friends at which all disagreements are put to rest.

The quality of this moons’ energy is therefore one of purification and new growth made possible by “wiping the slate clean” of any bad or negative influences left from the past.

Much as the awakening sleeper may silently reflect upon all that may unfold with the coming of the dawn before actually stretching and moving to begin the day, so does this moon invite you to reflect upon all that you intend to accomplish in the coming year. And, in this reflection, you may free yourself of past worries and doubts.

You may cleanse and purify yourself from old fears and uncertainties.

You may “wipe the slate clean” of the past in order to begin anew.

Whether you know this as the Wolf Moon, the Silent Moon, the Disting Moon, the Cold Moon, or the Snow Moon, you can best use the slow-to-awaken energy of this time to work on the kind of personal, private matters that need to be put to rest before you can concentrate your fullest efforts into forward momentum. You wouldn’t set sail without lifting anchor now would you? Of course not, so… you know… don’t launch your future while things from your past still act to drag you down.

 The Wheel of the Year continually turns and with each revolution all is renewed and opportunities abound fresh with the fullness of everything the universe has to offer. I just want you to be in the best possible position for your grab at the golden ring.

So… While you clear out whatever bilge is left in the holds of the good ship “Future Happiness”, I’m gonna scan the skies for horary hints that will help us chart the very best course for this moonphase… ok? 

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Lunar Calendar: The Silent Moon (December 24th to January 20th)
December 30, 2011, 2:17 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar
This is a time for Protection.

In the calendar system we have provided as an example, this moon is typically named the Silent Moon, and is a reference to the break in the stillness of winter that is indicative of a gathering of energy. Like the silence before the storm, the Silent Moon offers an opportunity to cleanse past regret so that we might better shift our attentions through this purification to future growth.

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 the name of this moon is Beth (Birch) which runs from December 24th to January 20th.

The Runic Calendar of Nordic traditions, (which is governed by half months rather than full months), divides this moon of the year by Peorth (Dice Cup) from January 13th through January 27th, and Elhaz (Elk) from January 28th through February 11th.

The Goddess Calendar names this moon of the year after the goddess Hestia and runs from December 26th through January 22nd.

This is a time for stillness. This is the deep silence of winter earth after the solstice celebration heralding the birth of energy and the return of ever lengthening daylight.

In history this has been seen as the most appropriate time for settling (or forgiving) past debts to mark the beginning of a new solar year. The quality of this moons’ energy is thus one of new possibilities guided by that which came before.

This concept is depicted through certain double-visaged gods and goddesses such as Janus, who looks simultaneously backward at the past and forward to the future.

Whether you know this as the Silent Moon, Disting Moon, or Snow Moon, you can best use the slow-to-awaken energy of this time to work on the kind of personal, private matters that need to be put to rest before you can concentrate your fullest efforts into forward momentum.

Just as you wouldn’t set sail without lifting anchor you will also be well advised not to launch your future while things from your past still act to drag you down.

So, with all that information to guide you, think of this moon as the perfect opportunity to cleanse and purify yourself of past debts and through this purification, shift your attention toward future growth.

If you select a personal name for this moon, this name too, should correspond to whatever reflects the theme of purification and inner cleansing to you.

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Celtic Cookery: The Cornish "Figgie ‘obbin" aka "Figgie Hobbin"
December 27, 2011, 5:02 pm
Filed under: Celtic Cookery


"The Moon Goddess Triad" by Eliseo Mauas Pinto
December 26, 2011, 9:21 pm
Filed under: Celtic Moon Goddess, Celtic Poems
This one is called “The Believer”, the first work on a series of photomanipulations featuring my Canadian friend and icon muse Sierras on praise of the Celtic Moon Goddess.

“I pray to you Goddess of light
Reach me with your shiny eyes
You that reign each starry night
Show me fertile paths of new days
You that count the sea waves 
Nurture the divine seed on me”

(c) Eliseo Mauas Pinto 

 

Model Source of Inspiration: – Photo by Kind of Blue in Green Photography,July 2010.Piercieng and Pendant: Personal Stock 
Tatoos: Personal Stock 

This one is called “The Acolyte”, the second work on a series of photomanipulations featuring my Canadian friend and icon muse Sierras on praise of the Celtic Moon Goddess. 
“I walk along with the moon of my ancients 
I constantly pray for your healing devotion 
Blessed be the days for having their nights 
Blessed be the nights for bearing your light
Keep on nurturing thy divine seeds on me”

(c) Eliseo Mauas Pinto 

Model Source of Inspiration – Photo by Kind of Blue in Green Photography,July 2010. 
Moon Goddess Tiara: Personal Stock 
Tatoo: Personal Stock
 

This one is called “The Priestess”, the third and final work of a triad on a series of photomanipulations featuring my Canadian friend and icon muse Sierras on praise of the Celtic Moon Goddess.

“Greetings to you our kindred Goddess,
you who flow the changes of women’s bodies
you who are the keeper of women’s mysteries,
mistress of the tides and the shifting night 
Goddess of the Moon, 
of the many names and many lands.
Call upon us and we shall come to you,
For you bring us your full shining face
and you bathe us in your love and light.”
(c) Eliseo Mauas Pinto
 

Model Source of Inspiration: – Photo by Kind of Blue in Green Photography, July 2010.
Tiara ,Feather and Goddess Pendant: Personal Assorted Stock
Moon :http://justiej.deviantart.com/
Starry Night and Snow Storm Texture : http://glamourousacid-stock.deviantart.com/ 

These Photomanipulations were specially developed for deviantArt with Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended(c) 2011 

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Merry Solstice!
December 21, 2011, 1:46 pm
Filed under: Druidry

 
Deep Peace
of the running waves to you.
Deep Peace
of the flowing air to you.
Deep Peace
of the quiet earth to you
Deep Peace
of the shining stars to you
Deep Peace
of the gentle light on you.
Moon and Stars
pour their healing light on you.
 
This is the time of the  reversal of the Sun’s ebbing presence in the sky,
A time of  birth and rebirth 
of sun gods 
and life-death-rebirth deities 
and new beginnings 
 
Deep Peace to you,
Deep Peace to you.