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The moon was but a chin of gold
A night or two ago,
And now she turns her perfect face
Upon the world below.
Her forehead is of amplest blond;
Her cheek like beryl stone;
Her eye unto the summer dew
The likest I have known.
He lips of amber never part;
But what must be the smile
Upon her friend she could bestow
Were such her silver will!
And what a priviledge to be
But the remotest star!
For certainly her way might pass
Beside your twinkling door.
Her bonnet is the firmament,
The universe her shoe,
The stars the trinkets at her belt,
Her dimities of blue.
The moon goes through cycles or phases each and every month with each cycle
having various associations and meanings. These can be broken down into the
New moon: from the day of the New moon to 3 days later
health, gardening and farming, job hunting, love and romance
Cresent moon: from 3 days after the New moon through the 7th day
change, emotions, animals, and business
Waxing moon: from 7 to 10 days after the New moon
motivation, luck, courage, friends
Gibbous moon: from 10 to 13 days after the New moon
Full moon: 14 days after the New moon
change and decisions, children, competition, dreams, love, protection, money,
Disseminating moon: 3 to 7 days after the Full moon
addictions, health, divorce, stress, protection
Waning moon: 7 to 10 days after the Full moon
change, enemies, justice, obstacles, quarrels, removal, separation, stopping
We will be working with the full moon and the new moon but for reference I
have included all the lunar cycles.
The moon also has various names according to the month that it falls in.
These are as follows:
January: Wolf or Cold moon - focus on home and family planning, time for
February: Snow or Storm moon - time of anticipation toward Spring, last of
winter storms are raging as the wheel of the year turns slowly towards Spring.
March: Seed, Chaste or Worm moon - time of the Maiden Goddess and faery folk,
ground is warming for early planting as worms loosen the soil for seeds.
April: Hare, Wind or Pink moon - this relates to fertility and the Goddess
Ostara, a tiem of growth and wisdom, Spring in allit's bounty is around us.
May: Faery or Flower moon - time to celebrate life and love, romance and
nature awaits us.
June: Mead, Strawberry or Dyad moon - Spring is behind us as the wheel turns
to summer, a time of beginnings, marriage, a time of abundance, success and
July: Herb or Buck moon - heat of summer is upon us with days growing languid
and long, time where many people are full of vitality and strength.
August: Barley or Corn moon: first harvest as we gather our herbs, fruit and
vegetables, a time when the grain harvest begins turning into breads to thank
for the bounty of the harvest.
September: Wine or Harvest moon: harvest is at it's fullest and we celebrate
Mother Earth for her bounty, grape harvests are celebrated.
October: Blood or Hunter's moon - time when the meat is gathered for the long
winter, giving of thanks for the animals andtheir sacrifice, time of
remembrance of ancestors and family traditions, a time of thanks and blessings, veil
is thin between the worlds, offerings of food and drink for the spirits on
November: Snow or Beaver moon - cold of winter descends upon Mother Earth
once again and the growth cycle comes to an end, giving of thanks to the Mother
and looking inward.
December: Oak moon - a time to rejoice as the Oak King returns to his reign
and the Holly King now rules, light begins to grow in length, a time of family
Each of the phases of the moon symbolizes aspects of the Goddess.
The New moon is identified with the Maiden or virgin. She is young and
beautiful and relates to the Goddess Artemis or Diana. This moon phase is a time of
beginnings and growth. It is traditonal to plant herbs when the moon is in
Pisces, Cancer or Scorpio.
The full moon symbolizes the Mother. The moon is now seen as being pregnant
and corresponds to the Goddess Selene or Luna and is a time of power, ripeness
and the honouring of helpers and guides.
The last quarter is associated with the Crone. As a Goddess, she is Hecate
and the Celtic Morrigan. The waning moon is a time for divination, overcoming
obstacles and relinquishing bad ahbits or thoughts. Weeding the garden and
ploughing are done during this part of the moon cycle.
The Goddess Days of the Moon
Days 1-3: Dedicated to Persephone, the initiator
Days 4-6: Ruled by Artemis, the independent one of the wilderness, the
impetus behind the newly planted seed
Days 7-9: Kore rules these lunar days and she is seen as the Maiden of
Menarche, the link between childhood and adulthood.
Days 10-12: Rules by Hera, queen of heaven and creatrix, representing the
power of inspiration.
Days 13-15: Demeter, the nuturer, is ruler.
Days 16-18: Dedicated to Gaia, the Earth Goddess
Days 19-21: In these days, the old woman of the waning moon is Hestia who is
the matriarchal grandmother ruling and protecting her family.
Days 22-24: Ruled by Medusa the terrible crone of death and spiritual
release, the necessary destruction that allows a new cycle to begin.
Days 25-27: Rules by Hecate the queen of the underworl and the shades who is
seen as the one who allows departed souls to choose their path in the next
phase of existence and rebirth.
The remaining dark days are those of the Masked Goddess who is present but
The phases of the moon also have significance in relation to the various
workings that are conducted.
The Full moon:
projects coming to fruition
new careers and relationships
time of change of things from negative to positive
end of negativity
anything to be rid of
gaining positive energy