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Moon Water – Healing and Charms
February 18, 2013, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Meditation and Healing
A cute post named “Pagan Full moon water strengthening healing” by my Blogger friend

The Celts, like many other people, did always considered water as a sign of life good health, and oftenly as life itself, with a ritual symbolism of cleansing and purification. In my case, I find the most powerful expression in the Ocean, a sheer symbol of mystery and magick.

Purification before ceremonies is a perfect way to open ourselves to blessings, turning ourselves as pure beings unto the presence of Gods and Higher Spirits. By means of  ritual baths we are able to absorb  the power and the same sacredness retained in water itself.

This is a belief extended in the practice of concealing Full Moon Water Potions, since Water is an element which receives much of the influence of the Moon.
Celts use to drop a piece of real silver (or a silver object) when used for blessings, being the water employed in this cases the one that comes from spring wells and morning dew. Sea water and a piece of gold when used for healing to ban evil spirits away, because of its salty content.
Rain water is best for land blessings and for fertility rites, eg: blessing a woman who wants to conceive. Lake water is generally not used.

Specifical stones are also employed… naturally holed adder stones,or fulgurite (really a glass tube created by lighting striking soil); or even gems like quartz or moon stone, a stone a unique light effect that strengthens our intuition and our capacity to understand. The more clearer the more colourful its glow.

Waters are oftlenly laid out in bowls to absorb moonlight, sunlight, or starlight. And collected in a non-metal container. Crystal glass or ceramic bottles with corks are mostly common.
According to the rite the water was used for, some herbs may be added. Leaves of Vervain added to spring water to anoint ritualists before a ceremony, St. John’s Wort to bless a house or a sick person, a branch of yew dipped in well water to sprinkle over a corpse and purify them for their journey to the underworld.
Modern uses of sacred water can be used to cleanse and bless a house, a sick room, a piece of land, or even any new furniture, items, or animals brought into homes.
During outdoor rituals, healers are used to sprinkle the ground, trees, and stones with blessed water using a wand or a twig from a sacred tree. It can be drank also for an internal healing as for purification baths taken before rites and ceremonies.
There are some powerful chants featured in the  Second Volume of the Carmina Gadelica (a collection of folk poetry from the Western Isles of Scotland. Volume II includes many incantations for luck, love and good health. This volume also has numerous poems about plants and animals, and extensive notes on the lore associated with them). 
Here are some combinations of them as featured by Sarah Lawless  on her official site. They can certainly be used for healing purposes, that denotes the ancestral origin of these traditions, during or after which the patient can either be bathed, or instead drink a glass.
Power of moon I have over it,
Power of sun I have over it,
Power of rain I have over it,
Power of dew I have over it,
Power of sea I have over it,
Power of land I have over it
Power of stars I have over it,
Power of planets I have over it,
Power of universe I have over it,
Power of skies I have over it,
Power of ancestors I have over it,
Power of heaven I have over it,
Power of heaven and God I have over it,
Power of heaven and God I have over it.
To ban away evil spirits this second one is very powerful, of cold spring water.
A portion of it on the grey stones,
A portion of it on the steep mountains,
A portion of it on the swift cascades,
A portion of it on the gleaming clouds,
A portion of it on the ocean whales,
A portion of it on the meadow beasts,
A portion of it on the fenny swamps,
A portion of it on the cotton-grass moors,
A portion of it on the great pouring sea-
She’s the best one to carry it,
Oh the great pouring sea,
And she’s the best one to carry it.
my soul,
keep me at evening,
keep me at morning,
keep me at noon,

In order To dipose of  water potions , they shoud be poured directly back onto the earth, to water sacred plants or as an offering onto the roots of a regent tree . Never dumped it down the drain like waste water.


I love to take a bath on my pool on Full Moon… and often  prepare a Moon Potion on a consecrated crystal bottle… filled with rain water and some seasonal herbs…  I just place it outside in the light of the moon for the whole night.
Don’t forget to bring it indoors before the sun comes up. Consume for energy and healing… or blessing work that you feel would benefit from the moon’s magickal power.



Moon Water –  Charms
As you may gather there is a charm suitable for each occasion.
I was once inspired to write down my personal Moon Charms, which I am glad now to share now with you:
“Moon Goddess from Above, 
share your Energy with us, 
Bless this bottle with your Endless Love, 
Let us be healed by your peaceful light.”
“I pray to you Goddess of light
You who watch us over day and night
we honour you as our Great Mother.
I can now feel you walking with me,
And your presence within my heart.”
“Moon Goddess from Above,
Reach me with your shiny eyesBless this bottle with your starry lightWatch us over day and night.”
(c) 2013 Eliseo Mauas Pinto
Here are some examples of them, traditional and modern ones:
Hale fair washing to thee,
Hale washing of the Fians be thine,
Health to thee, health to him-
But not to thy female enemy.
~ Gaelic (used by midwives to sain newborns)
To remove from thee thy sickness
In the pool of health
From the crown of thy head
to the base of thy two heels.
~ Gaelic (bathing charm)
God bless your eye,
A drop of wine about your heart,
The mouse is in the bush
And the bush is on fire.
~ Gaelic (to avert the evil eye)


Bright blessings! ☼
Related Sources:
http://astartemoonblog.blogspot.com.ar/2013/01/pagan-full-moon-water-strengthening.html
http://witchofforestgrove.com/2011/02/07/holy-water/


An Interview with the Goddess )o(
February 8, 2013, 5:06 pm
Filed under: Celtic Goddess, Meditation and Healing

“What surprises you most about mankind?”
She answered: “That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future. That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they never had lived…”

Her hands took mine and we were silent. After a long period, I said, “May I ask you another question?”
She replied with a smile.

“As a Mother, what would you ask your children to do for the new year?”
“To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives.
To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.
To learn that they should control their attitudes, otherwise their attitudes will control them.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them.
To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.
To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to show their feelings.
To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.
To learn that, while at times they may be entitled to be upset, that does not give them the right to upset those around them.
To learn that great dreams do not require great wings, but landing gear to achieve.
To learn that true friends are scarce, he/she who has found one has found a true treasure.
To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they forgive themselves.
To learn that they are masters of what they keep to themselves and slaves of what they say.
To learn that they shall reap what they plant; if they plant gossip they will harvest intrigues, if they plant love they will harvest happiness.
To learn that true happiness is not to achieve their goals but to learn to be satisfied with what they have already achieved.
To learn that happiness is a decision. They decide to be happy with what they are and have, or die from envy and jealousy of what they lack.
To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see something totally different.
To learn that those who are honest with themselves go far in life.
To learn how all things must be balanced; good and bad, easy and difficult, pleasant and painful, positive and negative. If all things were easy and pleasant all of the time, they would not seek to achieve, nor recognize or appreciate when life is comfortable.
To learn that even though they may think they have nothing to give, when a friend cries with them, they find the strength to appease the pain.
To learn that by trying to hold on to loved ones, they very quickly push them away; and by letting go of those they love, they will be side by side forever.
To learn that even though the word “love” has many different meanings, it loses value when it is overstated.
To learn that they can never do something extraordinary to cause Me to love them; I simply do.
To learn that the shortest distance they could be from Me is the distance of a prayer.”

~Author Unknown~ (edited and modified by Polly Taskey -all rights reserved by the author)

Related Source:
http://themoonlitgrove.wordpress.com/category/articles/
http://paganbydesign.blogspot.co.uk/p/index-to-all-posts.html



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)



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