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sortilegioeclipse tonight

lunar eclipse. If you haven’t ever seen such a thing, I recommend you make a point to go out there and witness it. 4 years ago

willowsilverwaterwish me luck!!!

in a weeks time i will be celebrating my first full moon… heres to hoping i succeed in meeting my goals! 4 years ago

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didn’t get abandoned so much as it just didn’t get recorded. I did mark and celebrate every full moon this year. And I made it a point to know something about the season and purpose of the celebrations. There are four moons that need posting, but the goal itself was completed and worthwhile. 4 years ago

TarradorThe Grain Moon & Raksha Bandhan

A response to my “Honey-Mead Moon” post from 2penguins reminded me that a full moon is one of the heavens’ gifts to the whole world, and people celebrate and honor the full moon in many ways. A dear friend of mine from India learned I was marking and celebrating full moons this year and told me about a wonderful ceremony that takes place in her culture. I did a little more research and found it to be a very touching and personal way to celebrate the August Moon. While I didn’t get to celebrate it this year, maybe next year I’ll encourage my own sister to “tie the sacred thread”. I think it would be a very special event.

Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi festival is a Hindu and sikh festival, which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Shraavana which fell on Thursday , the 5th of August , 2009. The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her while she presents sweets to her brother. The brother and sister traditionally feed each other sweets. It is not necessary that the rakhi can be given only to a brother by birth; any male can be “adopted” as a brother by tying a rakhi on the person, that is “blood brothers and sisters”, whether they are cousins or a good friend. Indian history is replete with women asking for protection, through rakhi, from men who were neither their brothers, nor Hindus themselves. (Can you men imagine the honor in being asked to participate in such a ceremony?)

Rakhi festival is celebrated as Rakhi Purnima in North India . The word “Purnima” means a full moon night. The rakhi may also be tied on other special occasions to show solidarity and kinship (not necessarily only among brothers and sisters), as was done during the Indian independence movement.

The origin of the festival is mostly attributed to one of the following mythological incidents:

Indra, the king of devtas (the gods), had lost his kingdom to the asura (demon) Vritra. At the behest of his Guru Brihaspati, Indra’s wife Shachi tied a thread around her husband’s wrist to ensure his victory in the upcoming duel.

After Shishupal’s death, Krishna was left with a bleeding finger. Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, had torn a strip of silk off her sari and tied it around Krishna’s wrist to stop the flow of blood. Touched by her concern, Krishna had declared himself bound to her by her love. He further promised to repay the debt many fold. Many years later when Draupadi was about to be shamed by being disrobed in front of the whole court by her evil brother-in-law Duryodhana, she called on Krishna to help her, and he did by divinely elongating her sari so it could not be removed. 5 years ago

TarradorHoney-Mead Moon

First they praised him, then they cursed him, then they killed him, then they deified him. July is named for Julius Caesar, a man whose passion and influence can be traced through history until today.

While Caesar was not a man given to great drink, he did know how to throw a party. Sometimes all you can do during the dog days of summer is get out of the heat and tie one on. This month is the Mead Moon, which occurs when the days are long and the Earth is in bloom… and the beehives are heavy with honey. The perfect time to make mead: the liquor of gods. Mead from honey is quite possibly the oldest fermented drink known to man. The Egyptians drank it, as did Summerians, Etruscans, Romans, Greeks, Vikings, and Franks.

Want to celebrate the Mead Moon right? Pick up a pack of mead (its more commercially available now), invite your friends over, howl at la luna… do what you feel. You don’t have to contemplate or repent of anything this month. You’ve been working hard, enjoy some time off! 5 years ago

TarradorRose Moon

June’s moon is definately a goddess moon, the big mamma of all goddesses: Juno. It is the called the Rose Moon because roses and honeysuckle begin blooming this month. It is also the month of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the spiritual start of summer, and the end of spring. Because strawberries also bloom in June, this month’s moon is sometimes called the Strawberry Moon.

June is also known for the large number of marriages that occur over the course of the month. Juno is the goddess of marriage and a married couple’s household, so some consider it good luck to be married in this month.

This is a good time for taking stock of the year. It’s the mid-way point, so review what you’ve accomplished and what’s left to do. Hopefully you’ll find reasons for a celebration and put those strawberries and roses to good use. 5 years ago

TarradorThe Flower Moon

Once April’s rains and winds have subsided, the sun begins to warm up the earth and we’re able to get the gardens planted. Typically, May is the month we begin to sow our crops. Get out in the garden under a Flower Moon and put your hands into the soil. Spring is a time of fertility, and May is a fiery month indeed… full of lust and passion! It’s sometimes called the month of the Hare Moon, and we all know what hares are busy doing in the spring.

This is a good time to work on careers and jobs. Thinking about switching to a new position, or perhaps trying a new field altogether? Want to take a class or get your degree? Take the seeds you’ve planted last month, and allow them to bloom and grow in your favor. Do some fire divination this month to help guide you on your way. Under this moon, it is a particularly good time for renewal and rejuvenation, for vitality and for blossoming. It’s a time for love and relationships and for taking action.

What will begin to sprout and grow in your life this month? What do you want to bloom with this Full Flower Moon? 5 years ago

TarradorThe Seed Moon

In April, the thunderstorms of March are beginning to subside, and the wind picks up. Seeds are being blown about on the breezes, spreading life all around from one place to the next. Trees have buds on them, spring daffodils and tulips abound, and the birds are nesting once more. This is a time of conception and fertility and new growth, both physically and spiritually.

This is a good time to work on magic related to new beginnings. Since it is my birth-month, I look to turning corners and new horizons. It’s the time to stop planning, and start doing. Take all those ideas you’ve had brewing for the past couple of months, till the soil and plant the seed, and make them come to fruition. 5 years ago

TarradorThe Storm Moon

The March moon is called the Storm Moon. March is the Roman month honoring Mars, the God of War. Mars, was a god honored in Etruscan society and adopted by Rome as her patron God. Many of his characteristics are based on the Greek god Ares, but Mars was held in much higher regard in the Latin pantheon, second only to Jupiter. Citizens of Rome believed themselves descended from Mars, as he was considered the father of Romulus, Rome’s founder. Great festivals and sacrifices were made to Mars during this month. The Spring Equinox, the growing hours of daylight vs. night, and the unpredictability of the weather all contributed to the title of Storm Moon for this warrior god’s full moon. This is a time of new beginnings and new energy breaking forth. It is a time of balancing light and dark, bringing an end to illusions. It is a good time to take stock and be brutally honest with ourselves, seeing things for the way they really are. 5 years ago

TarradorFebruary's Full Moon

I marked the full moon with a ceremony on Feb. 9th. I was able to do this outdoors even though it was quite cold. Then night was very clear and the moon was very bright. February is the Ice Moon. Some say the name February came from the Goddess Februa, also known as Juno Februa. Others say the name came from the God Februus, who is identified with the Roman God Pluto. I prefer associating this moon with a goddess. The energy of this moon is good for working on purification, healing and growth. Accept and forgive one’s self for past errors, be reflective and give up guilt and remorse. This is a time to make future plans. A lot of my past sins went into the fire. 5 years ago

TarradorFirst full moon of the year

This is the first full moon of the year, the Wolf Moon. It is also the closest the moon will be to Earth this year. Since January is named for Janus, the Roman god with two faces, representing beginnings and endings, this is a good moon to work on setting goals, beginnings and conceivings, new projects, and new directions. 5 years ago

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