via Daily Prompt: Pattern
Tonight is the night of the full moon.
The silvery orb illumines the sky with myth, magic, and mystery, the same nocturnal ornament known to our ancestors in the depths of the ancient past. They worshiped the moon – and no wonder: mover of waves, light in the dark, tide of women’s blood, regulator of hormones…the moon is humanity’s satellite as much as it is Earth’s.
Its pale light offers a healing reprieve from the ravages of the day.All of us need darkness – like seedlings, like babies in the womb, like caterpillars in metamorphosis – to grow, to heal, to reflect. The moon sees what the sun, in its gaudy brightness, cannot. It illuminates that which we do not need light to see.
One day the moon will end its dance with Earth and go spiraling away into the cosmic vastness, and the moon’s silver mystery will continue elsewhere…
Tonight is the night before Harvest Moon, the name for September’s full moon. Do you have any esbat celebrations planned?
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Harvest Moon is the time that the last crops are brought in from the fields and stored for the coming wintery chill. It’s a time for preparing spiritually and physically for the winding down of the year. As such, it is associated with hearth and home. Kitchen witchery is appropriate at this time, so cook something hearty for your family and infuse it with love and magic. Incorporate foods such as pumpkin, wild rice, and squash into your feasts. Moon-shaped pastries are a great idea too!
Autumn is a time of balance.
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Harvest Moon occurs within a few weeks of Mabon; the two have simliar energies. Incorporate imagery from Mabon into your full moon celebrations this month. The idea of balance between light and dark is a theme for both.
I’m going to have a quiet Harvet Moon: walking meditation through the heavily-forested area near my home and some pumpkin soup. What do you have planned? However you spend your time, have a joyous evening!