Like me, do you have a severe case of selenophilia–someone who loves the Moon and finds it soothingly captivating?
We passionate selenophiles number in the millions and can be found on every continent going back to ancient times. I also plan all my courses, events, and retreats to include the Full or New Moon!
We love the Moon for her many gifts because she:
* offers comfort in the midst of chaos or change as an eternal presence, even when unseen. There’s a reason she’s called “Grandmother Moon” and “Sister Moon” as we can connect with her any time to be heard and loved unconditionally.
* keeps our inner and outer time clocks synchronized with the rhythm of her cycles. Lunar calendars remind us that the nature of life is cyclic. Moon has always shown up, gone through her phases, and reflected the sun’s light–except temporarily with equinoxes!
* is considered a symbol of love. Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “I love you to the moon and…” It’s now a trademarked phrase by Walker Books, though many heard the phrase years ago on the Rosie O’Donnell show. She shared that her son, Parker, said this to her while tucking him in for dream time.
Today’s Full SUPER Moon can brag about being the brightest and highest moon of the year!
The name “Cold Moon” comes from the American Indians; they also call it the Longest Nights Moon because of its proximity to the Winter Solstice on December 21 and the year’s longest night. A resource to learn all the full moon names (and much more!) can be found in the Old Farmer’s Almanac founded in 1792.
So, how might we celebrate the Moon for her many gifts?
Here are seven ideas:
1) Mark the dates of the Full and New Moons on your calendars to honor this celestial body. Did you know that the moon’s cycle closely mirrors a woman’s cycle? Yes, it takes the moon about 29.5 days to circle Mother Earth.
This matches a woman’s normal cycle of 28 days, forever linking us to her Divine, feminine energy!
2) Make time to go outside, be quiet and stare at the moon. I invite you to, “Unplug to plug in.”
3) Enjoy a moon bath or shower. While this is winter, perhaps you can pause for this sacred self-care time and step outside for a moon bath with clothing. You could also take a real bath while listening to soothing music like Moonlight Sonata. Be sure to include a cup of Epsom salts for detoxing and letting go. Consider wearing pale blue and moonstone jewelry afterward.
|Full Bloom Moon Flower|
4) Plant the seeds or purchase night-blooming plants like a Moon flower, Starry Night Gardenia, or Cereus Night-Blooming flower. Then you can often enjoy their fragrance and beauty in the moonlight!
5) Research and join a local group that celebrates the moon with a ceremony. Don’t know of one? Visit Find a Women’s Circle: The DF App. Another favorite place is the Facebook group of Sage Goddess Full Moon Ritualists which offers many opportunities to engage and learn more about the moon.
6) Create your own moon ceremony. For the Full Moon, it’s a releasing ceremony where you write down your worries, fears, and regrets; then burn the paper in a fire with incense! The smoke lifts these lower vibrations up to the moon so you can release, relax and recharge. For the New Moon, it’s a setting intentions ceremony where you write them down on the “celestial chalkboard” in the sky. The moon is considered dead, all black with no light until…
|Have you ever chatted with the Moon?|
7) Have a Divine Dialogue with the Moon.
Consider asking these questions:
* What do I need to know for my best and highest good, dear Moon, about ______? (state issue).
* How can I best get to know, understand, and celebrate you?
* What secrets might you reveal to me?
Then start a written dialogue capturing your conversation. Be prepared for a lively and inspiring chat!
Whatever ways you chose to celebrate the Moon’s many gifts, start now!
It can be as simple as writing down moon dates; going outside to stare and reflect; enjoying a moon bath; planting a night-blooming flower; joining a virtual or in-person group to celebrate; creating your own moon ceremonies or; having and writing a dialogue with the moon!
Observe your energies before, during, and after these activities and moon dates. Jot them down in a journal.
Isn’t it now time to hoooooooowwwwwl at the moon?!
P.S. You’re invited to join me and just 9 other writing sisters at the all-inclusive
Treasure Island Beach Writer’s Retreat: Recharge Your Body, Mind & Creative Soul,
April 23-28, 2017.
Can you see yourself sitting on the white sugar sands of the Gulf of Mexico engaged in a New Moon Ceremony?
Ahhh, what new intentions might you be thinking of writing on the “blank celestial blackboard?”
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