Radius: 1,079 miles (1,737 km) Orbital distance: 238,855 miles (384,400 km) Orbital period: 27.32 days Gravity: 5.32 feet/sē (1.62 m/sē) Age: 4.53 billion years Circumference: 6,784 miles (10,917 km)
By Tara Sutphen
Luminous, Sparkling, Gleaming
The moon shines down upon you.
As you bask in the glow
Ask for what you need
and desire in your life
The moon is your personal spotlight
As though you are on a stage
the moon alights you
And you are seen in the world
You open your energy for love, great health,
success, wisdom beauty,
prosperity on all levels
For the earth is full of bounty
they are yours
We ask it, We beseech it, We mark it, and So it is.....
When I started using the moon for rituals. I would invite a handful of friends. We'd sit around and meditate, talk, enjoy the company, I'd call the circle to order and we would settle into talking about what was going on in our lives. I would speak of the Astrological aspects universally, how it affected us on the planet in general and how it pertained personally to each person. We would process fears and what positive steps could be taken to alleviate those fears. Solutions on clearing the mind and try to come up with less confusing plans on what direction to take in important decisions and everyday life. We would look at what personal goals to pursue and to ask ourselves if our dreams and wants were realistic and to be honest to ourselves about what wasn't working in our lives and why.
Also how much time and energy was going to be needed to acquire our target and purpose. Sometimes trying to decipher why the Universe was not listening to a personal plea. Where were the blocks and why? What was wrong. Were there steps that could be taken to make it right? We were a council.
Our meetings were set on the full moon. It gave the group an agenda to follow. We wanted more, and added the New Moon as a time to meet as well, The New Moon being the time of darkness, of where dreams are born. The routine was an ongoing process where we let the Astrological influence of the moon be our guide. After the discussion I would lead a meditation and we then sat with the moon meditating and feeling the moon's potency.
I wasn't as much a moon worshipper as I was a night time star gazer as a child. My daughter, Cheyenne has by far been my Pagan child, She would want to light candles and make wishes all throughout her childhood. I've taken her to England, Ireland and Scotland for many trips. She's hugged many a dolman stone.
Moon worshipping has come with many spiritual practices but primarily now is connected to Pagans. Paganism is a love of nature similar to Native Americans believing that it awakens their sixth sense. Tuning into the environment instead of tuning out. Listening, Perceiving, being conscious of the symbols and sounds of their surroundings.
The moon is in control of all the water in the world and when it is full...the power of the cosmos at that time is immense. Here's a few facts off of Keith Cooley's moon page.
The gravitational force of the moon is one ten-millionth that of earth, but when you combine other forces such as the earth's centrifugal force created by its spin, you get tides.
The sun's gravitational force on the earth is only 46 percent that of the moon. Making the moon the single most important factor for the creation of tides.
The sun's gravity also produces tides. But since the forces are smaller, as compared to the moon, the effects are greatly decreased.
Spring tides happen when the sun and moon are on the same side of the earth (New Moon) or when the sun and moon are on opposite sides of the earth (Full Moon).
Are we part of the collective whole or are we single in our pursuits for recognition in a big and vast powerful world? Do we try in life to achieve what we want and desire or do we wait it out? Life happens and we die without trying to gain a foothold in life's pursuit of all good things. I've studied different psychic sciences to research "blueprints". I find that we definitely have somewhat of a plan but do we always activate our talents? Does our self esteem let us move forward to obtain our full potential?
Early in the sorcing I was thinking I would just play and ask for a big sign. I would put great intent behind this surprise and one day I feel it happened. Queen Elizabeth's office in London called my office and wanted to use a picture I had taken in Scotland of the Queen and her family. They wanted to use the photo for one of the Queen's promotional events. Random as random could be.
It's not all about the moon or conjuring the extra ordinary power of what this planet can offer, it's also about personal aim and the focus of those goals. The bounty of this planet and opportunities that are limitless, it's a good idea to have a general plan. Starting off with: You know you want:
Love, Great Health, Money, Career, Friendships, Romance, Happiness, & Prosperity.
Step into your personal power. Advance your life. Create the life you want to live. It may not happen overnight but it will happen. Sorce it!
According to the Farmers Almanac
Full Moon Names and Their Meanings
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is the Farmers Almanac's list of the full Moon names.
Full Wolf Moon - January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January's full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
Full Snow Moon - February Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February's full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.
Full Worm - March Moon As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
Full Pink Moon - April This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month's celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
Full Flower Moon - May In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.
Full Strawberry Moon - June This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!
The Full Buck Moon - July July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month's Moon was the Full Hay Moon.
Full Sturgeon Moon - August The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the great lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
Full Corn Moon - September This full moon's name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the harvest Moon.
Full Harvest Moon - October This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox . In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.
Full Beaver Moon - November This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.
The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon - December During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.