June Moon

(photo:  www.pinterest.com/jessaminedana/woman-and-the-owl-foundation)

The Full Moon of June (named after the Great Mother Goddess Juno/Hera) is known as the Strong Sun Moon, Mead Moon, Strawberry Moon, Lovers’ Moon, and Honey Moon among others.   Flowers are in full bloom, early summer fruits and vegetables are starting, and it’s a great time for strawberry picking!  As we pay homage to the longest days of the year before the Summer Solstice, celebrations are abound around the world.  In Egypt, Goddess Hathor is honored as well as a the festival of the Burning of the Lamps for the temple of Goddess Isis.  In the Isis/Osiris myth, when Osiris ascended to the heavens he went to the Moon, resulting in Isis calling upon the Moon to bring him back to her.  June is considered a lucky month in which to be married because of its association with Goddess Juno.  Medical Buddhas and the birth of the great spiritual teacher, Padmasambhava, are celebrated in Tibet with mystery plays and sacred dances.

June is a great month to maintain and enhance what you already have.   Nurture yourself, your relationships, your career, your garden, and your Spirit.  This month is also National Rose Month, National Iced Tea Month, and Rebuild Your Life Month; and remember Father’s Day!

Full Moon: love, beauty, fertility, strength, survival

Crescent Moon:  decision making, responsibility

Dark Moon:  compassion, understanding, shadow-self

 

June Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  meadowsweet, mosses, parsley, skullcap, sunflower, vervain, yarrow

Incense:  lavender, lily of the valley

Trees:  oak

Animals:  butterfly, frog, monkey, peacock, wren

Deities:  Juno, Hera, Isis, Ishtar, Cerridwen, Parvati

Stones: agate, flourite, topaz, sunstone

Colors: golden green, orange

 

Pincushion Potpourri

4 oz rose petals

2 oz lavender flowers

2 oz rosemary

1 oz frankincense resin grounds

1 cinnamon stick, broken

Grind ingredients, not too fine, leaving some texture.  Wrap mixture in cotton square cloth, tie tightly with ribbon and use as a yummy pincushion.  Voila!

 

hOMework

Leave little offerings for your plant life spirits, indoors and out!  Milk, fruit, bread or honey are all pleasantries appreciated by the plants and animals surrounding your abode.

 

Extra Credit

Give your lawn some TLC, prune your bushes, and weed the garden.

 

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May Day & Full Moon Celebrations

 (photo: In The Orchard – Franz Dvorak, 1912)

In a celebration of the start of summer we can incorporate the Celtic fire celebration of Beltane, which also honors the harvests to come and our cyclical need of renewal.   Around May 1 we celebrate the marking of the Sun’s midpoint between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice.  Some schools of thought are that this celebration was scheduled for the full moon nearest this midpoint, which varies from year to year and may be closer to May 5-7, where it is believed that the veil between the physical and spiritual world are very thin.  This year, 2015, the full moon falls on May 4th.

In the time of the Celts this marked the beginning of the summer season when herds of animals and livestock were taken out to graze on mountain lands and in summer pastures.  One way in which animals and livestock are honored is to lead them between two bonfires to promote purification and transition, inviting the good harvest of the season to come.

Incorporate some of this season’s correspondences below to honor the fires of purification through prayer and/or ceremony, as well as bestowing and sharing the new creative power that is stirring in the world; remembering to literally STOP and smell the flowers!

May Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  elder, mint, rose, juniper, lily of the valley, marigold, mugwort, rosemary, thyme, yarrow

Incense:  benzoin, rose, sandalwood

Trees:  hawthorn

Animals:  cats, herd animals, lynx, robins

Deities:  Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Venus, (Innana, full moon)

Stones: amber, carnelian, emerald, malachite

Colors: green, white, brown, black, pink

 

Great Goddess Bath Salts

Combine the following in a glass container with a lid, shake it up, and pour into bath:

1 cup salt

8 drops lily essential oil

8 drops magnolia essential oil

4 drops myrrh essential oil

 

Lord, purge our eyes to see
within the seed a tree,
Within the glowing egg a bird,
Within the shroud a butterfly,
Til, taught by such, we see
beyond all creatures, thee.
-Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

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Earth Day Celebrations

(photo: desertwindmusic.com)

On April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day in honor of the Earth and to meditate on the Divine manifesting as Mother Earth, also known as Gaia.  Mother Earth, Gaia, Earth Goddess.  During the Stone Age men and women world wide recognized the strength and spiritual powers of the Goddess through creation, healing, and renewal; life, death, and rebirth.  Goddess-centered spirituality is resurfacing as an elixir for returning balance to our modern world.  By respecting the Earth through Goddess Gaia, healing of our world will occur through our care, honor, and respect as we care for all of earth’s beings and her elements.

This is also an opportune time to explore the following festivals:

Festival of Ishtar – Babylonian Goddess of love, fertility, war, and sexuality

Feast of Elaphebolia – Greek festival dedicated to the most popular Goddess Artemis, the mistress of animals and the wildland.  She was also known as the strong Goddess of the hunt and protectoress of women and young girls.

Continuing the theme and following Earth Day, April 23 leads us into the celebration of the Green Man who represents rebirth, and is a great time to honor the spirits of vegetation and the forests.

Take a walk in the forest, bare earth beneath your feet, plant a tree, tend to your garden, say a blessing for each morsel you eat, drink (lots of) water with reverence, concentrate on your root chakra and it’s daily connection with Gaia.  And remember, EVERY day is Gaia Day!

Blessings!

 

 

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April Moon

april moon(photo: yoganonymous.com)

The Moon in April is known this year as the blood moon because of the lunar eclipse – the shortest one of the century.  This month’s moon is also known as the growing moon, hare moon, and pink moon, among others.  The word April is derived from the Greek goddess, Aphrodite, also associated with the Roman goddess Venus, and is a time for unfolding leaves and flowers.  This month can house Easter as well as celebrations for Kali of India and Hathor and Bast of Egypt, and Babalonian Ishtar.  Rome honors the goddess of spring flowers with Floralia, a 3 day Festival of Flora and Venus.  April’s moon phases correlate with the following associations:

Full Moon: love, beauty, renewal, fertility

Crescent Moon:  healing, meditation, herbs, domestic arts

Dark Moon:  marriage & family, motherhood, women, the arts, prosperity, protection

 

April Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  geranium, basil, dragons blood, bay

Incense:  bergamont, patchouli

Trees:  pine, bay, hazel

Animals:  wolf, bear, hawk, magpie

Deities:  Kali, Bast, Hathor, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Ceres

Colors:  gold, red

 

Legend

If you first see the New Moon outside and over your right shoulder, good luck will come your way – make a wish as you look at the moon – it will be granted!

 

hOMework

Review the correspondences for each moon phase in April above.  Chart out this year’s Full Moon, New Moon and Dark Moon (click here for chart).  Make an offering, prayer or meditation using any of the April Moon Correspondences above on the day/night of each moon phase, or one day before or after.  For those celebrating Easter this weekend pay special attention to the cycles of resurrection and renewal in your own life.

 

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Spring Equinox New Moon Altar Additions

Help ring in Spring by adding some color and renewed intention to your meditation altar:

Boil 2 eggs and let cool completely.  Use the natural dye ingredients below to color one green and one yellow.  Cover your altar with a light green cloth and sprinkle with fresh grass clippings.  Hold the eggs in your hand as you think of things you would like to let go in order to make room for inspiration and creativity in your life.  Place the eggs atop the grass while setting your intention for Spring.  Later partake of the eggs alone or in a salad.

Natural Green Dye:  Simmer 6 red onion skins in 2 cups of water. Strain and add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.  Let egg soak until desired color.

Natural Yellow Dye:  Simmer approx. 3-5 carrot tops in 2 cups of water.  Strain and add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.  Let egg soak until desired color.

Spirit renewed!

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