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If it's not too cloudy wherever you may be tonight, this is how the moon will look for you :

 

Full Moon Nights for 2017

Greenwich Mean Time

Sunday 12th January 2017 Moon in Cancer
Saturday 11th February 2017
Moon in Leo
Sunday 12th March 2017
Moon in Virgo
Tuesday 11th April 2017
Moon in Libra
Tuesday 10th May 2017
Moon in Scorpio
Friday 9th June 2017
Moon in Sagittarius
Sunday 9th July 2017
Moon in Capricorn
Monday 7th August 2017
Moon in Aquarius
Wednesday 6th September 2017
Moon in Pisces
Thursday 5th October 2017
Moon in Aries
Saturday 4th November 2017
Moon in Taurus
Sunday 3rd December 2017
Moon in Gemini


''The Hare'   an illustration for Walter de la Mare's poem
by Dorothy Lathrop

   
            
You might like to try the very simple Full Moon ritual on my Diaryblog page for March 30th 2010

 Muddypond talks more about how you might see in a New Moon here on Diaryblog page for April 3rd 2011

 


By William Heath Robinson
from 'Peacock Pie' 1924

New Moon Nights for 2017

January 28th

February 26th

March 28th

April 26th

May 25th

June 24th

July 23rd

August 21st


September 20th

October 19th


November 18th

December 18th

 

                          

Full Moons

    The names for the twelve or thirteen full moons of the year have been used for centuries, dating from long before modern day clocks and calendars. There are Celtic names, North American Indian names, Inuit names, Medieval names, Hindu names, names used by farmers and tribes all over our world.
In Chinese mythology for example, the term "Dragon Moon" is used for the full moon in May. This pleases old Storm and his dragon friends a lot.

    (See lots more about Full Moon names on my  'Naming of Moons' page here.)

    Each of the full moons has its own particular energy pattern and strength, and because of the time of year is suitable for different magical workings and meditations.That said - each and every full moon holds power and wonder - and for magics, is a time of celebration.


Wolf Moon heading graphic©vcsinden2010

The Full Moon after Yule or the moon of January is the closest we can come to 'Wolf Moon' in the modern Gregorian Calendar. The Birch Moon of Ogham and the Druids. The Cold Moon, The Ice Moon or The Moon of the Long Nights for the Native American Indians, and in China - The Holiday Moon.

Jump to Herbal Incense recipes for a Wolf Moon Ritual

Full Moon and the hedgerow faery ©vcsinden2010

        The Magics, as part of 'the old ones', use of the term "Wolf Moon" for the moon which shines on or after the Yeneasira - 21st December - Winter Solstice, is derived from several cultures and mixed into their magical ceremonial calendar.

   Full moon on the actual night of the Winter Solstice is a very rare event, once in a lifetime if we are lucky! The last time this happened was Dec 21st 2010. The next - not until 2094.

   Now some might say that the name for that Moon, if it is full between Dec 21st and Jan 1st - should be "The Full Cold Moon", or the "Oak Moon" and they may be right. It's a complicated business!

   Many say that the Wolf Moon shines only in January, and of course all its magic and rituals remain the same whatever we call it,  but they are not taking the Solstice into account! 

 

 

Full Wolf Moon, Jan 19th 2011

The Wolf Moon 2011,
taken from the edge of my wood
at about 6.15pm

A Celebration for the Wolf Moon:

Wolf Moon, coming as it does in the darkest and coldest part of the year in the Northern hemisphere, is associated with hibernation, fire, ancestors and family.
If the night is not overcast, be outside if you can - but whatever the weather you may do all or any of these things:

☼ First, cast a circle if you will, and ask your gods to be with you, and watch over you under the moon. If you like to use a wand, then of Birch Wood is the perfect one to use.

☼ Burn a white candle - white for new beginnings - important for Wolf Moon, herald of the new year and the gradual lengthening of the days.

☼ Make and burn a little herbal incense  (see two of my herbal incense recipes for Wolf Moon below)

☼ Think of the moonlit beauty, meditate on earth and nature - be 'in the moment' giving thanks for the new year fields, ready now for the plough and seed.

☼ Think of family individuals, ask for protection for them, for health and happiness.
Think of the ancestors, remember those you were lucky enough to know.

 

This is an old botanical print of Frankincense - we use the hardened sap, or resin, collected from the stem.

Wolf Moon Incense 1 (simple) - use all or any of:

* 1 teaspoon crushed, dried birch leaf - (ruling Ogham tree of the Wolf Moon - purity and new beginnings)
*  ½  teaspoon dried rosemary - (health and love)
*  ½ teaspoon dried lavender - (happiness and peace)

 

Wolf Moon Incense 2 - blend, crush or powder together:

* 1 teaspoon frankincense - (protection, spirituality)
* 1 teaspoon birch leaf - ( ruling Ogham tree of the Wolf Moon - purity and new beginnings)
* pinch of powdered sandalwood or two drops of pure sandalwood oil - (health, positive energies)
*  ½   teaspoon dried rosemary - (health and love)
* 6 dried juniper berries - (health, fire and warmth)

See much more information on the magic of the Birch Tree here on my Ogham Tree page.

 


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Harvest Moon heading graphic©vcsinden2010

The nearest full moon to the Autumn Equinox is known as the Harvest Moon. The name has Native American origins. In China the name for this moon is the Crysanthemum Moon - lovely.
The Autumn Equinox is a slightly variable date, falling on 21st, 22nd, 23rd September, depending on the year and various factors including the eliptical orbit of the earth and whether or not there's a Leap Year Day.

Because the Harvest Moon is the full moon nearest to the equinox, it will sometimes shine in October. On this day, the hours of light and dark will be equal. On 24th September each year, the Zodiac sign of Libra begins - with its symbol of the scales in equilibrium.

Muddypond Green and the Harvest Moon ©vcsinden2010The day of the equinox is the first proper day of the Autumn season. It's now that the triple Goddess, who was worshipped by all in Ancient Briton is beginning to age as her year goes through its cycle. As the leaves begin to dry and colour, she goes from her aspect of warm, summer Mother to autumnal Crone who offers her people all the wisdom learned over the year, and brings them rest and healing.

The Harvest Moon shines over a time of festivals and thanksgiving feasts, still celebrated all over the world. In times gone by everyone in the community would be involved in the 'Bringing In' and the preserving of meat, fruits and vegetables for the long winter months ahead. 
Apples are an important part of Harvest Home suppers, the other name for the Autumn Equinox is 'The Feast of Avalon' and Avalon means apples! Prayers and offerings were essential if a good harvest was to be granted in the following year.

Ask people what they know about the Harvest Moon and they might tell you that they think of it as huge and orange. It can be like this, and sometimes is – but this colouring can also happen at other times.  When the Moon is low on the horizon, as it is in the autumn season, rays are forced to travel further through the earth’s atmospheric conditions and the Moon seems to be reflecting golden light.

The Full Moon is always the time to work faery rituals of prophecy and divination. There is extra magical power and it is the time for works of real importance. In healing this is the time to give thought to any very serious conditions among friends - a time to ask for mending of broken relationships, for new opportunities in work - and at Harvest Moon, for intervention in any legal undertakings.

Autumn leaf animated gif from Heather's Animationseather's AnimationsApples, Blackberries (the ruling Ogham Wood of the season - see more here) with candles and flowers of orange, gold and yellow, are all appropriate for a Full Harvest Moon Ritual. If rituals aren't for you and if it's a clear night, simply spend time outside looking and breathing the night air, or use the scrying mirror to reflect the moonlight as you think of your work and give thanks.

 

Harvest Moon Nights for 2016 - 2021

2016  Sep 16th
2017  Sep 6th 
2018 Sep 25th 
2019  Sep  14th
2020  Sep  2nd
2021  Sep 21st

 

The Harvest Moon 
Ted Hughes

The flame-red moon, the harvest moon,
Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing,
A vast balloon,
Till it takes off, and sinks upward
To lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold doubloon.
The harvest moon has come,
Booming softly through heaven, like a bassoon.
And the earth replies all night, like a deep drum.

So people can't sleep,
So they go out where elms and oak trees keep
A kneeling vigil, in a religious hush.
The harvest moon has come!

And all the moonlit cows and all the sheep
Stare up at her petrified, while she swells
Filling heaven, as if red hot, and sailing
Closer and closer like the end of the world.

Till the gold fields of stiff wheat
Cry `We are ripe, reap us!' and the rivers
Sweat from the melting hills.