Friday, October 18, 2013
Frost Moon, Ivy moon, Maple Moon, StMichaelmas Daisy Moon, Changing Seasons Moon. Rutting Moon, Samhain Moon, Looking Back Moon, Falling leaves Moon, Quiet Moon. Geese Flying Moon.
There will be a penumbral eclipse of tonight's moon, the change will be subtle, I am told, but hopefully It will not be obscured by rainclouds.
October" full moon is also known as the Blood Moon, because cattle were frequently slaughtered at this time Called the Hunter's Moon it sometimes guided the hunter's or the poacher's efforts.
Sometimes called the Raven Moon or the Augury Moon, augury is a method of predicting the future using the actions of birds or the number of bird seen. The bird used most often were magpies if you live in Europe, crows and ravens also participated, birds known even then for their intelligence. The Romans consulted them often. The word augury simple means omen.
Counting Rhyme (from The Folklore of Birds, by Laura C. Martin, 1993) One for sorrow, two for mirth,
Three for a wedding, four for a birth,
Five for silver, six for gold,
Seven for a secret not to be told.
Eight for heaven, nine for hell,
And ten for the devil's own sel'.
Counting Rhyme One crow sorrow,
Two crows mirth,
three, a wedding,
four, a birth,
five brings silver,
six takes wealth,
seven crows a secret,
More I can nae tell.
~~~source unnamed Counting Crows One for sadness, two for mirth;
Three for marriage, four for birth;
Five for laughing, six for crying:
Seven for sickness, eight for dying;
Nine for silver, ten for gold;
Eleven a secret that will never be told.
~~~~source unnamed poems from http://www.shades-of-night.com Tonight, as the full moon rises through the bare branches, gleaming and casting reflections on window sills candle sticks and crystals, I wonder if geese will cross her face on their journey south. The first fire of the season has been kindled and the house is filled with a soothing warmth. I can't help but look back at the past year, both good and bad , under this Looking Back Moon. Looking forward also under Raven Moon, Augury Moon with anticipation, hope,curiosity and resolution.