Monday, February 25, 2013

Honor the Earth Moon

Winter has grown old and, long in the tooth, yet he is more tenacious than before, as if he dares not loose his grip, lest he himself be lost. 
The house has grown so small, that we fairly trip over each other at every turn.   We are more than ready to leave the warmth of the fireside, to stretch our cramped limbs, and feel the sap rise.

I have been watching the full moon rise, glowing bright white hot and it turns the snow into an ocean of pearly canvas dusted with glittering colors.   At trick of the biting cold, but beautiful none the less.  The air so fresh and cold it hurts to breathe. 

Solmonath, the second month of the year, the month is which the the strengthening sun and lengthening day quicken the heart and soul of not just  gardeners, but anyone who  appreciate the turning season.   Monath is the old English word for month and sol, means earth or soil,and to further add confusion, sol with a long O can mean the sun.  Or further still it could mean the yoke used for teams of oxen.

The Venerable Bede also referred to it as the "month of cakes", possibly referring to the offering of special loaves to God (or originally Goddess)  by placing in the fields to insure a good harvest.

The full moon of February, is a time for honoring the earth, for rejoicing and celebrating her as Gaea wakes from her deep slumber and prepares to wake this years new life.  So i will call this beautiful, silvery, white hot moon, lighting the icy gems of snowflakes, the Honor the Earth full Moon.

February Moon names

Ice (Celtic).
Old Moon (Cree).
Gray Moon (Pima).
Wind Moon (Creek).
Winter Moon (Taos).
Nuts Moon (Natchez).
Avunnivik Moon (Inuit).
Geese Moon (Omaha).
Bony Moon (Cherokee).
Purification Moon (Hopi).

Little bud Moon (Kiowa).
Snow Moon (Neo-Pagan).
Lateness Moon (Mohawk).
Shoulder Moon (Wishram).
Rabbit Moon (Potawatomi).
Sucker Moon (Anishnaabe).
Long Dry Moon (Assiniboine).
Little Famine Moon (Choctaw).
Storm Moon (Medieval English).
Sparkling Frost Moon (Arapaho).
Running Fish Moon (Winnebago).
Coyote Frighten Moon (San Juan)

Spruce Tips Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Raccoon Moon, Trees Pop Moon (Sioux).
Hunger Moon : Dark, Storm Moon : Full (Janic).
Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Trapper’s Moon (Algonquin).

Other moon names : Wolf Moon, Wild Moon, Quickening Moon, Solmonath Moon, Chaste Moon, Horning Moon, Red Moon, Big Winter Moon, Cleansing Moon


Ah well, March is not so far away.

~~by Our Beautiful World and Universe

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