31 January, 2010

Honoring the Full Moon

I have made a commitment for 2010, to honor the full moon.  II want to live more in a rhythmic pattern of cycles.  For so long, I have been a planner and I would live my life from completed project/event to the next one.  The timing of events was always sporadic and never consistent.   

We hear/read so much about seasonal foods, living day to day, celebrations, festivals and such.  But we plan for the 3-5 year strategy to get us ahead of the game.  (Anyone remember being locked in a room for a weekend developing the Strategic Plan)?  If this is how we are planning, how does it allow for the day to day or week to week?  We are only celebrating the highlights of the Milestones we hit on our Project Plan. 

Living seasonally, has always appealed to me, because it let the body know what to expect for the following 3 months.  Growing up in Ohio, we had the perfect 3 month seasonal calendar that following all the learning books when it came time to explain the 4 seasons.  We always played hard in the summer, sweating and eating ice cream.  Then the fall came and put on our turtlenecks, socks and flannel shirts to romp in the leaf houses or huge leaf piles.  Winter came with great anticipation of the first snow fall, the house filled with cookie baking and the Christmas Carols as we decorated our tree.  Spring came in the nick of time, as we craved warmth, new birth and Easter was the perfect celebration of everything pastel, new and fresh! 

I have since moved away from the idyllic seasonal calendar and now I live in eternal summer it seems.  I loved summer as a child, because it meant ice cream and my birthday.  But now I find myself craving all of the other seasons more, because my body is going without. 

What is a girl to do???

Well to start I am going to embrace living week to week and finding celebrations to ground us in every month.  Through Wicca and Waldorf, (sorry if this upsets people to use in the same sentence, but if you were to be offended, you would have left my blog a long time ago), I found a common theme.  Festivals and earth ceremonies seem to happen at least once a month.  If we focus as a family to celebrate at least once a month, it will fully ground us in the present month.  No more 3-5 year plans, but monthly celebrations and weekly planning for us. 

Honoring the Full Moon allows us the opportunity at least once a month and each Full Moon has a special name and focus for the year. I like this as it seems natural, rhythmic and something the entire family can do. 

On Dec. 31st, we gathered on the beach after a lovely warming eclectic meal with friends.  We sat in a circle and annointed one another as we thanked the Blue Moon for her graces and then made statements of what we wanted to improve. 

Last night, as it was just L, V and me, we marched down to the beach, said a very simple 4 line prayer, held hands in a circle and thanked the moon and asked for protection.  It was the biggest and brightest full moon we will see this year and it is called the Wolf Moon. 

Even if our celebration was small, it allowed us to pause for a moment to honor something outside of ourselves.  We acknowledged the existance of a greater power and connected to it, to better understand the Universe.  (Yes, I agree religion is also meant to do accomplish this, but for our family, we want more connection to our natural environment as well). 

Maybe we all could pause more throughout the year and celebrate the rhythmic patterns around us to heighten our awareness of the beautiful life we have been given.  A gift has been given to us all, how are you using it?

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