Full Moon wave energy

Recently, I’ve chatted with several dear friends about how this year’s full moon energy is affecting all of us, and providing helpful advise on how to cope.  I believe we are affected by the pull of the Full Moon, since our bodies are significantly composed of water.

Full Moon- September 27, 2015, 8:30 PM, Eastern Time
Full Moon- September 27, 2015, 8:30 PM, Eastern Time

This Full Moon is the culmination of several big Waves of changes that we have all gone through, for the past 3 years or so. Think about what you have been through these past 3 years.  What you are feeling now is the result of the many changes of life and of expectations that you went through.  Allow your feelings to flow, and be kind to yourself because where we are “now” is the result of all the choices we have made, over the past few years..

The image for this energy, is like standing at the surf, watching a wave come to shore. I don’t know if you’ve ever done this before. Here’s a refresher. When this is happening, the sand and water start to get sucked out to sea and it all becomes part of the big wave that is building up, towards you. As that is happening, you kind of sink down a bit into the sand where you are standing.

Action is required, because that wave is coming. You can turn around and run as fast as possible, back up to the beach, to the safety of your towel and flip flops. Or, you can face the wave, which is still coming towards you.

If you decide to stay in the water, you have 3 choices:

a.) You can curl up into a ball and hope for the best. If you do this, you WILL get knocked down and rolled all over the place as the wave rushes by. You will get sand in your bathing suit, and in your ears and your hair will be full of sand, and you may get scraped up a bit as you bounce along in the surf. While you are trying to stand up after the first wave, you may get knocked down by the second wave (there is ALWAYS a second wave.) Eventually, you MUST regain your footing (or drown) and at this point, it is advisable to get back to the beach as soon as possible to catch your breath. This is not a fun way to spend time at the beach. You have to learn to Jump Waves and/or to Body Surf.

b.) Jumping Waves — You run at the wave a bit and leap up, and if you time it right, the wave will lift you up as you leap, and you will come down on the other side of this wave. Keep your knees bent as you land, and stay as relaxed as you can, because the next wave is coming. And it is time to Jump! again. There is a rhythm to this, and if you pay attention to the pull of the water, you will get the hang of this. And, you will gradually learn how high you have to jump to clear waves of various heights. I love wave jumping, I feel very much like the Whales or a Tarpon, or at least a Mullet, when I leap out of the water. Eventually, you will have to get back to the Beach, because this is significant exercise and it is important to get to the Beach before you are exhausted. The most graceful way to do that is to body surf back to the Beach. You need to be mindful that while you “CAN” technically leap while you are in deep water, this will tire you out fast. So, it is best to jump waves when your feet can touch the sand beneath you.

c.) In Body Surfing when the wave is coming towards you, you turn your back on the wave, (yet still keep an eye on where it is,) and you begin to run/swim towards the Beach, and you time this so that the wave picks you UP, and carries you along to the Beach. You have to keep moving until you are on the Beach, because there is always another wave coming. Body surfing requires a bit of faith in your abilities since you will turn your back on that wave and start to swim in. And, you have to master the timing of when you turn your back on the wave. Body Surfing takes some experimentation because you have to figure out how to enter the wave. If you miss the cues, you will end up flailing about.

All of this is like life in general, and specifically the waves of energy that have come along this year. There have been many challenges and changes, and we have had to decide whether to skip the experience entirely, and stay on the Beach, or to curl up in a ball and hope for the best, or to Jump in and Play with your eyes on the wave, and the next one (to meet the challenges and opportunities ‘head on’ so to speak,) or to go with faith in your skills and knowledge and body surf…

Blessings to you all, and Share Peace With Our Earth


Fog is a Moon

This past lunar month, the mornings have been foggy.  The fog burns off at about 10AM and I am thinking that maybe this is an annual cycle.  In which case, perhaps it is the name of the January Full Moon, here in modern-day Southwest Florida.

The Farmers Almanac lists these full moon names, based upon various Native American teachings:

Full Moon Names And Their Meanings

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.

Here is a listing of the full Moon names:

Full Wolf Moon Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

Full Snow Moon Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February¹s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

Full Worm Moon As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

Full Pink Moon This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month¹s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

Full Flower Moon In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

Full Strawberry Moon This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon.

The Full Buck Moon July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month¹s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.

Full Sturgeon Moon The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

Full Fruit or Barley Moon The names Fruit and Barley were reserved only for those years when the Harvest Moon is very late in September,

Full Harvest Moon This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

Full Hunter’s Moon With the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it is time to hunt. Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can easily see fox and the animals which have come out to glean.

Full Beaver Moon This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

The Draw of the Moon

I’m in my Studio where I will create many things this coming year.  I’ve got a window which is covered with the footprints of many amphibians.  Suddenly I feel a tug.  I look up and notice the Full Moon has risen.

I believe we are all drawn by the pull of the Moon.  And, I believe that we’d all be a lot better off it we permit ourselves to heed that pull, when it calls to us.

The Draw of the Moon

New Moon on Solar Eclipse

Yellow Tree, blossoms full of bees by WhaleMaiden, July 2010

Today is the new Moon, and there is also a Solar Eclipse taking place.  Folks in South America are expected to be able to see the Eclipse.  I’m going to say ‘see’ with a certain emphasis, since it is important to wear protective eye-wear when viewing an eclipse.  (I read this weekend that one does not need to do so during totality…)

At any rate, since Southwest Florida is no where near the Easter Islands,   my friends gathered at our favorite spot to have a New Moon meditation for the Solar Eclipse.  As it turns out, we didn’t have a large gathering.  And, as it turns out we didn’t have a Meditation.  Since it is the New Moon, we did work which is called introspective.  We saw lots of animals:

  • We saw a Hawk landing on a power line as we were approaching our place.
  • Bees of all kinds in the Yellow Tree;
  • Frogs
  • Butterflies (Yellow and Monarch)
  • A large bug with purple body and black legs kept landing on one person.
  • Dragonfly
  • a Cricket hopped onto the Blanket; and we could hear cicadas
  • Spiders
  • more Hawks
  • Grasshopper
  • Brace of medium sized , black birds (there were “5 or 6 or maybe 7.”)
  • Jay Birds

We worked with a wonderful book called Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson, with beautiful illustrations by Angela Werneke.  I’ve been working with this book and the totem cards since at least 1990. 

We used the Pathway Spread.  it consists of 7 cards which signify:

  1. Your Past.
  2. Your Present.
  3. Your Future.
  4. The Pattern or set of life lessons that is moving through your life.
  5. The Challenge you have Conquered or the lesson just Completed.
  6. What is working For you.
  7. What is working Against you.

It was about 90-95 degrees out and we had a nice spot in the shade, which was only a little damp!  Initially there was a nice breeze.  On our way to where the shady spot is, we walked past this tree with Yellow Flowers.  It was full of bees in every imaginable size.

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