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Lunar Calendar: The Singing Moon (September 16th to October 15th)
September 21, 2012, 5:49 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar, Meditation and Healing
 
This is a time for Exhilaration

Now, after the seasonal harvests are complete comes a time for acceptance, mellowing, and rest after labor. In the calendar system we have provided as an example, this moon is typically named the Singing Moon. It has been so named in reference to the festive attitude known to every laborer who has toiled to complete work necessary to the survival of the community and now celebrates the completion of those labors.

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 Muin (Vine) which runs from September 2nd through September 29th.

The Runic Calendar of Nordic traditions, (which is governed by half months rather than full months), divides this moon of the year by As (Messenger) from August 13th through August 28th, and Rad (Motion) from August 29th through September 12th.

The Goddess Calendar names this moon of the year after Hesperis and runs from August 9th through September 5th.

The American Backwoods Calendar refers to this moon of the year as the Harvest Moon and is determined by whichever full moon falls in September.

This is a time for the exhilaration that comes with rest after your labors. Whether you know this as the Beaver Moon, the Fog Moon, or the Singing Moon, you are able to feel all energies marching resolutely toward completion, acceptance, and mellowing. The balance of light and darkness brought by the Autumnal Equinox on 9-21 is the culmination to be found at this turn of the Wheel.

The Summer King, mortally wounded by the grain harvests, prepares to make his way to the Summerlands deep within the mysterious underworld where all things are bound to travel before they are renewed with the spring. In his final sacrifice he offers to take your deepest fear, your heaviest burden, and your bitterest heartache with him on his journey.

This charitable offer to help you as you clear away your regrets and clean-up physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter should be mirrored in your own offers of charity as your thoughts turn from what you need to preserve to carry your hearth and home through the darkness to come to what those around you still need to safely carry them through what is to come also.

The releasing of sorrows at this time of year is common to many cultures and often villagers would bring small representations of their regrets in the form of “corn dollies” to be thrown in the communal balefires lit to burn away the waste and unneeded husks of the recent harvest.

So, with all that information to guide you, think of this moon as an excellent opportunity to shed the regrets and sorrows you may have accumulated over the year and leave you with only the songs of celebration to sing.

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Divinations for the Singing Moon (9-16-12 to 10-15-12)
September 21, 2012, 5:30 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar, Meditation and Healing

This is a time for Exhilaration

This is a time for the exhilaration that comes with rest after your labors.

At this harvest time we can see the full fruition of our summer labors with every crop brought in from the fields, with every accomplishment that reaches completion, with every proof of the growth that prepares us for what is to come. So, this is the time to rest from your labors and celebrate your accomplishments. This is the time to be fully in the present moment. This is the time to enjoy it.

Did you build a new deck, or patio, or garden? This is the time to be fully in the present moment. This is the time to enjoy it.

Did the baby take first steps, or say first words? Did the children do something that made you proud? Did the family find a reason or two to appreciate one another? This is the time to be fully in the present moment. This is the time to enjoy it.

Whether you know this as the Harvest Moon, or the Corn Moon, or the Singing Moon, or the Hazel Moon, or the Sturgeon Moon, you are able to feel the energy of this moon marching resolutely toward completion.

The balance of light and dark brought by the Autumnal Equinox (around September 21st… or so…) is found with this turn of the Wheel and the Summer King, mortally wounded by each harvest, knows that the end of his reign is near. With this knowledge he prepares to travel deep within the mysterious underworld where all things are bound before they are renewed again with the coming of spring.

The sacrifice of his vitality, as represented by the harvest of the ripe fruits of the field, will ensure the survival of the community through the coming winter. The sacrifice of his power, as represented by the battle between the Oak King and the Holly King, heralds the end of the season of growth and abundance and the rise of the season of silence and stillness. And in his final sacrifice he will offer to take your deepest fear, your bitterest burden, and your heaviest heartache with him on his journey. So… pack up your troubles and drop them in his bag… he will travel the land to visit each and every hearth, sort of like a reverse “Saint Nicholas”, carrying those fears, burdens, and heartaches with him to be transformed into more beneficial energies by the mysteriously regenerative power of the underworld.

This charitable offer to help you as you clear away your regrets and clean-up physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter should be mirrored in your own offers of aid. Drop something in that charity change box, bring something useful to the nearest homeless shelter, take some non-perishable item to the local food shelf.

Stop pouting, Pookie, I didn’t say you couldn’t have a good time yourself… in fact, you should have the best time you can under this moon of exhilaration… just remember to take care of others whenever you are able… because this is the way of the Wheel… we are all responsible for each other… we are all responsible for every living thing… we are all responsible for the planet we call home… and this is a good time to start thinking about how we can best fulfill these responsibilities.

Feel free to view the whole exercise as enlightened self-interest. And put the accent on “enlightened”.

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http://www.midnightmoonchild.com
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Hidden Meanings in Celtic Jewelry
September 11, 2012, 5:46 pm
Filed under: Celtic Jewellery, Celtic Symbolism
I am proud to share with you this interesting post featured on the cute Celtic Harp Music blog from my friend and awesome harpist Anne Roos. If you wish to be a contributor to this blog about all things Celtic and Celtic music, please contact her at CelticHarpMusic.com. (All rights reserved by the authors and published under their kind permissions.) 

Hidden Meanings in Celtic Jewelry

Whether you are looking for unique wedding rings or shopping for early holiday gifts, the beauty of Celtic jewelry might just attract you. But what do all the symbols mean? Guest blogger Justin Henderson reveals the mystery:
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There is something about Celtic jewelry that catches a person’s attention. It may be the lovely craftsmanship or the elegant knot work. It could be the mysterious touch of another time and culture, lots of wonder and mystery about the Celtic days. When you choose to wear the Celtic jewelry, you choose to wear a piece of their mystery and tradition.Celtic Symbols
For centuries, Celtic jewelry symbols have been in existence and the meanings have changed and evolved over time. Often times, there can be more than one meaning for their jewelry symbols. One of the most ancient is the spiral. This was the first ornament that was used in the Celtic art days. Some people say that the direction the spiral is in has meaning. Clockwise would indicate the sun’s connection with Earth; counter clockwise means nature is manipulated in the form of spells. Some people say the spiral represents the Milky Way, the spiral galaxy. Others feel it indicates the life cycle of humans and animals. Today’s mystics have the belief that it symbolizes a journey inside the unconscious mind.Three Arm Spiral
A triple spiral is also called a triskele or triskellion, which has three arms. On a piece of jewelry, this represents the number three. This is said to represent the Triple Goddess or to Christians, the Holy Trinity. Some people believe it represents the phases of life – life, death and the rebirth. Supposedly, the spiral has some mystical powers that will keep evil from crossing. This is why you so often see this on jewelry as well as in many sacred places in the Celtic world.

The Celtic Knot
In Celtic jewelry you’ll often notice the elegant knot work. The Celtic knot is a sign that there is no beginning or end, that everything is like love eternal. The knots are all so very intricately woven together to show how our life is woven together with the people that surround us. The knot is a symbol of the intricacies of everything in our world. The knots are also said to keep evil out.

Trinity Knot
The trinity knot is also called the triquetra and represents how sacred things will come in threes. When a circle is around the knot, this is an indication of a combined unity of the three. Some of the representations are Land, Sea and Sky, Mind, Body and Soul, or even Past, Present and Future.Celtic Cross 
Another Celtic symbol that is often seen on jewelry is the Celtic Cross. Long ago, it was said that St. Patrick was the one who introduced the Celtic Cross to the Pagans of Ireland. He wanted to teach Pagans how important the symbol of the cross was in Christianity by putting it together with the sun. To do this, St. Patrick combined the cross with the sun wheel. For Christians, the circle they see at the top of the cross is a sign of everlasting love that God has for humans.All of these Celtic symbols are kept alive through the craftsmanship of jewelry today and are a symbol of old history. Wearing these as a piece of jewelry isn’t just another decoration, but a celebration in a sense of the Celtic culture that brought them about today.
 
Justin Henderson writes about jewelry, and fashion.