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Naming the Moons

January 21, 2015, 4:17 AM

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By: J Nighteagle

 

 

 

Long before Sun deities were worshiped, the Moon in all her forms and phases was deified. The Full Moon each month marks the culmination of an energy cycle. Human emotions, plant and animal life, weather and tides are directly affected by lunar rhythms. Old World Pagans and Early Native Americans gave each Full Moon a name. In both cultures art, legends and poetry identified important events in each passing cycle.

 

The Full Moon always takes place in the sign opposite the Suns sign, symbolizing polarity and balance. During the course of the common calendar year thirteen Full Moons arise. The mystique surrounding the number thirteen further hints at the special magic of Moon lore. I suggest that you meditate on these seasonal messages as you contemplate the beauty and wonder of the Full Moon throughout the year:

 

Ex; The Full Moon with Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Gemini occurs between November 22 and December 21.   Pagan Oak Moon = Amidst holiday revelry a Yule log is set aflame to celebrate warmth and light. Oak is preferred because it burns long and was originally sacred to Jove. The oak is also honored for its noble form and endurance in the face of icy blasts.

 

Native American Moon of the Blizzards = Good judgment, discretion, knowledge of ones self and circumstances are especially important. It’s a competitive time with survival as a  goal.

 

Ex :The Full Moon with Sun in Capricorn and Moon in Cancer occurs between December 22 and January 19.         Pagan Wolf Moon = The fierce, hungry wolf wanders and forages now. The hunt goes on during the bleakest nights.

 

Native American Moon of Cleansing; Renewal, nature rests, guarding what has been gained. During winters sleep, vital energy is replenished and cherished.

 

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