Sky Medicine

Watch the Sky: Jupiter-Saturn Solstice Star 21-DEC

Look to the South-West in the hour following sunset I have been a stargazer since childhood, fascinated by the stories of the constellations and the patterns they create in the sky (and the legends of how they got there), the Milky Way and more distance galaxies, by the various meteor showers and comets that blaze… Continue reading Watch the Sky: Jupiter-Saturn Solstice Star 21-DEC

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Lunar Cycles

Gemini Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

The Full Moon of November 30th brings us an interesting and lively combination of energies. Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon in Irish) is in Gemini — a mutable Air sign, inspiring us, and stimulating our minds and spirits — reminding us that Air can freshen our thoughts like a sweet breeze or sweep through with a… Continue reading Gemini Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Cycles, Rituals and Ceremonies

Lunar Eclipse: Healing the Ancestral Mothers

During the Full Moon Penumbral Eclipse on Monday, November 30th, Moon Mná Facilitators around the world (most at the beginning of the eclipse), along with all others who wish to participate, will start their Worldwork ritual — a  Lunar Eclipse Healing Ceremony, suggested by our mentor Dr. Karen Ward — to harness the energies of… Continue reading Lunar Eclipse: Healing the Ancestral Mothers

Moonday Musings

MoonDay Musings: Begin anywhere

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Samhain has just passed, marking the end of one journey and the beginning of a new spiral journey in the Wheel of the Year. For many of us, this is a time to look back at where we have been in the last year — what we… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Begin anywhere

Moonday Musings

MoonDay Musings: the magic of storytelling

Photo by Nong Vang on Unsplash We learn history in many ways — from school textbooks, non-fiction scholarly works, novels, television, documentaries and films, the nightly news and more — and some of those sources may even be accurate.  But what of cultural lore and traditions, and family history? In the past, these stories were shared at family… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: the magic of storytelling

Moonday Musings

MoonDay Musings: Embracing liminal times

Today I share these beautiful words from poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), which reflect my feelings and experiences at this time of year. I too embrace the liminal times, and this liminal time — the transition from Autumn Equinox to Winter Solstice that we call Samhain. It is the sunset of the year,… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Embracing liminal times

Wheel of the Year

Nine Ways to celebrate Samhain

Bobbing for apples, and making a rowan red thread cross At Samhain, whenever I celebrate it, I often turn to the traditions of my youth and bring in new ones each year, inspired by the season and my earth-based spirituality. Some of these are strictly just for fun! I celebrate all the possible Samhain dates… Continue reading Nine Ways to celebrate Samhain

Moonday Musings

MoonDay Musings: Be like the acorn

When Nature plants an acorn, it yields its potential — its destiny — as a magnificent oak, its growth tempered only by the amount of sun, rain, and nutrients. But what of we humans? What other factors may be in play? Our beliefs — and that of others — can shape who we are, and… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: Be like the acorn

Lunar Cycles

New Moon in Libra: Right Relationship

New Moon Blessings! The Super New Moon on October 16th arrives at 19:31 UTC in the sign of Libra, a Cardinal sign signifying initiation, and is aligned with the element Air, such a cerebral sign. Air can bring change and inspiration, a gentle refreshing breeze or knock us down with heavy gusts! Air is life, death… Continue reading New Moon in Libra: Right Relationship