Full Moon May 2011

Today’s post is short and in celebration of the full moon. I’m trying to get back in the swing of celebrating the esbats – something I haven’t done since I semi-identified as Wiccan back in high school – and it’s nice to return to this basic rhythm. One of the sights guaranteed to get a smile on my face is stepping out of my dorm and seeing the moon’s face, or catching sight of Her from my car window. No matter how upset I am or how many struggles I’ve had during my day, watching the constant ebb and flow of the moon reminds me that these timeless cycles have watched over humanity since we can down from the trees and will keep us company as the last one of us returns to the earth.

I’ve been searching for information about the different moons throughout the year – Snow Moon, Wolf Moon, and so forth – and haven’t been able to find one definitive list (or really any list that isn’t either made up or stolen out of context from Native American folklore). I started a thread on the Cauldron and came to the conclusion that the best way to “theme” full moons is to pay attention to the climate and cycles of my own area and within my own life and work from there. I don’t have a title for the May moon yet, except perhaps the “Thank God It’s Over” Moon for other college students, so I will just wish everyone’s life is as full and bright as the moon’s face tonight. 🙂

EDIT: Almost forgot! Since the moon has reached the height of Her power and is starting Her waning cycle, I will be returning to my studies of waning and dark moon magic and ritual with Kimberly Sherman-Cook’s In the Shadow of 13 Moons. Expect an update two weeks from now, at the new moon!

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