Moon Phases

July 15, 2015 – I tend to be more conscious of the rhythm of the moon phases, even more so than the solar monthly calendar we all take for granted. Each moon cycle, I create a new moon tarot spread to get a feel for what is coming up, and to make sure that my energy waxes and wanes in a good order with my creative endeavors.

I highly recommend this practice. You’ll find focusing in this way brings a gentle, powerful rhythm to your soul life that’s rather like the rhythm of the waves washing onto shore.

full moonThis month is particularly moon-saturated. For one thing, it’s a month of a blue moon. Blue moons are fairly unusual, which is why we have the phrase “once in a blue moon.” It used to be that a blue moon meant the third of four full moons in a season (between solstice and equinox). Nowadays we usually use it to refer to the second of two full moons in a single calendar month.

Even more rarely, the moon looks blue in appearance. This happens after a volcanic eruption or because of the ash and dust created by a forest fire. The moon can also seem blue as the complimentary color of yellow: Stare at a yellow lamplight for a while, and then look at a big fat moon: it will appear blue.

There are also some exquisite astrological and planting sites that offer plenty of detail and insight on the interplay of light and dark, birth, growth, transformation, and the journey through the sky of the moon, and how it interacts with the planets and fixed stars as it passes by, as well as how these myriad starry relationships may affect you.

Here is a free planting calendar from Bach Biodynamics. I use it as a guide for my creative work, which is my own way of gardening.