“O’ magic of the moon reveal,
and move through phases,
that which heal ~
our body mind and spirit health ~
to start anew, empower thyself
To grow our wishes, hopes and dreams,
to full fruition and extremes.”
Manifesting with the Moon
The cycles of the moon are important when doing any kind of empowerment work in order to manifest what we want in life. When working with the energy of natural cycles, you are likely to get better results with the cycles of the moon since they have great power over the tides of our emotions.
This lunar influence is not a constant, unchanging thing, however, and an understanding of the basic lunar cycles can help us to understand how these cycles influence our lives. The moon orbits the earth about every 29 days, and this first cycle is the one most people are familiar with. The moon is illuminated by sunlight, the giver of all warmth, light, and life in our solar system, but we can’t always see the part being lit. As the moon goes around the earth, we see the moon from different angles. When we see a full moon, the moon is directly opposite the sun, when we see no moon, its because the moon and sun are in the same direction.
“As without, so within”. Knowledge of the basic cycles of life is an understanding of the forces that motivate and drive us; the forces that affect our lives.
Moon Mischief, Empowerment, Magic
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*When the moon is NEW, this is considered the time of birthing. Birthing new ideas, intention and seeding new ventures. This is also called the dark of the moon. This time also marks the beginning of a major new cycle in your life. It is not yet a definitive separation with the past, but it is a time when you instinctively feel an impulse for creating new beginnings. This is the right time for setting your intentions and releasing them out to the Universe to manifest and express.
*When the moon is WAXING, this is when it is growing toward a full moon. It is the time to do empowerment work in manifesting, expanding and growth. Use this time for developing a clear, practical plan, lose all hesitation and move forward.
Nurture the intention and ideas you started at the new moon. This is the time to be conscious of your new venture, as you work to make it manifest.
*When the moon is FULL, this is considered the highest time for manifesting goals, nurturing your passions, full scale healing, encouraging strength and power, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. It is the most potent time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination and any manifesting work that needs extra power. This is the time when the seed you planted at the new moon may have developed.
*When the moon is WANING, this is when it is shrinking after a full moon. It is time to do empowerment work in diminishing, decreasing and dissipating. This is a time to complete old projects and let go of strategies and situations that aren’t working. This is an important time for reversing circumstances, releasing old ways of thinking, removing unwanted negative energies, along with addictions, illness, or oppressive belief systems. The process of letting go.
With the Flow
When working with or manifesting with the moon, it is important to work WITH the cycles of the moon. To do otherwise, would feel like a fish who is trying to swim upstream, against the current. Once you accustom yourself to the cycles of the moon, you will be able to harness that energy for more than just empowerment work.
Here you will find the “swing” of the moon from new to full. Click on the moon’s names to learn more about their origins. Click on the dates to learn more about major “lunar events and festivals”.
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. The Hindu, Thai, Hebrew, Islamic, Tibetan, Mayan, Neo-pagan, Germanic, Celtic, and the traditional Chinese calendars are all based on the phases of the Moon.
Full Wolf Moon
January – Amid the cold and deep snows of winter, the wolf packs howl hauntingly outside Indian villages throughout the West and therefore, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Quite Moon by the Celts, the Old Moon by the Chinese or the Moon After Yule. A bright first Moon promised rain in Spring and a bountiful harvest in Fall.
Full Snow Moon
February – Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s moon, the Storm Moon or Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to it as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather made hunting very difficult. It is also known to the Celts as the Moon of Ice and to the Chinese as the Budding Moon.
Full Worm Moon
March – As the temperature begins to warm and the ground thaws, earthworms appear, heralding the return of the robins. Northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from warming and cooling. The Full Sap Moon, marked the time to tap maple trees and Lenten Moon, was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
Full Pink Moon
April – This name came from the wild ground phlox, vibrant pink in color, it is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the Spring season. Other names for this month’s 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. A full Moon in April brings frost. If the full Moon rises pale, expect rain.
Full Flower Moon
May – In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time, therefore, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.This full moon is also the Buddha Moon or Wesak Moon, considered to be the most auspicious day in the Buddhist calendar. It is a week long celebration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha celebrated by cultures around the world.
Full Strawberry Moon
June – This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe. they called it the Rose Moon. The relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June. So the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry! A red-tinted Moon meant a dry year would come. This growing moon and flowing tide were also lucky times to marry.
Full Buck Moon
July – This month is when new antlers on bucks push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. Also called the Full Thunder Moon since thunderstorms are most frequent at this time. Also considered the Full Hay Moon or Meadow Moon, as the meadows are at greatest growth this month and its time for cutting hay. Other names for this month’s Moon include: Blood Moon, Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Herb Moon, Hungry Ghost Moon, Wort Moon.
Full Sturgeon Moon
August – 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 a sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
Full Harvest Moon
September – The harvest moon happens on the Saturday nearest the Fall Equinox and is attributed to the time when Native Americans harvested corn. Once in every three years we have the same full moon in October, but the one in September is called the Harvest Moon because farmers can continue their harvest late into the night by the light of this moon. Sometimes, the September full moon is called the Full Corn Moon.
Full Hunter’s Moon
October – This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September, early October, hunters could easily see animals that came out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honors, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.
Full Beaver Moon
November – This was the time Native Americans sought after the beaver, before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Full Beaver Moon also comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to by some tribes, as the Frosty Moon. A halo around the Moon would predict wet or stormy weather.
Full Cold Moon
December – 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 also an appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The fresh winter moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite the low Sun.
Manifest Your Goal
When you break down the process of what true intention really is, you will find a process that unfolds before you. By applying this process, you create your intention. Here is how you map out your intentions:
1. Have purpose : Your reason behind your intention is purpose. Having a purpose infers a more determined path. __________________________________ (building up-new moon to full moon or tearing down-full moon to new moon)
2. Design your intent : This suggests a more careful, laid out and calculated plan of action. What, when, why where, how. __________________________ (making more money-new moon to full moon or getting rid illness-full moon to new moon)
3. Improve your aim : By improving your aim, you add to your implications or target effort directed toward attaining your intention. _____________________ (making more money-by… or getting rid of illness by…)
4. Gain your objective : Create a clear objective by aiming for something tangible and immediately attainable. _____________________________ (making more money by… in order to… or getting rid of illness by… in order to…)
5. Reach your goal : The goal is the result of your intention, put into action and attaining it by thought out effort and un-waiving focus. _______________ (made more money to reach what goal… or got rid of illness to reach what goal…)
Learn more about optimizing your intentions…
Using Days of the Week
Sunday: Ruler: Sun – Sunday is best used for masculine issues, ambition, career, goals, health,strength, protection, spirituality, and success. Corresponding colors are yellow, gold, orange, and amber.
Monday: Ruler: Moon – Monday is best for magic involving home, family, pets, peace, healing, fertility, feminine issues, psychic development, divination, astral travel, and dreams. Best day for intuitive and creative work. Corresponding colors are white, silver, ivory, pearl, lavender.
Tuesday: Ruler: Mars – appropriate spells and magic include those dealing with business, work, confrontation, partnership, protection, sex, courage, bravery, gardening, and passion. Best day for aggression, passion and power work. Corresponding colors are red, pink, and orange.
Wednesday: Ruler: Mercury – Wednesday is best for issues of communication, creativity, healing, wisdom, legal issues, divination, astrology, studies. Corresponding colors are purple, silver, and magenta.
Thursday: Ruler: Jupiter – spells and magic relating to money, prosperity, holidays, travel, business, growth, self-improvement, wealth, health, generosity, and luck are best performed on this day. Best day for expansiveness and adventure work. Corresponding colors are any metallic colors, blue, green, turquoise, white, and purple.
Friday: Ruler: Venus – Friday is best utilized for magic involving love, friendship, affection, harmony, reconciliation, romance, beauty, and socializing. Best day for money, the arts and beauty work. Corresponding colors are green, pink, white, rose, and coral.
Saturday: Ruler: Saturn – spells and magic relating to binding, debts, justice, karma, discovery, protection, longevity, home, and endings are best done on this day. Best day for responsibility and task work. Corresponding colors are black, gray, brown, blue, red, and white.
Keeping A Lunar Journal
A Lunar Journal , is a great way to bring the power of your thoughts, good energy and a generous way to express your true insight on paper. This journal can be used for writing down situations and how you have experienced them. These journals are good places to record your outlook, your goals for achieving a path to your truths and your daily affirmation. It can allow you to look at that information later for understanding inspiration and guidance.
Creating Your Workbook
1. The moon goes through eight distinct phases. Four of these (new, full, waxing, waning) are particularly important when manifesting with the energetics of the lunar cycle.
2. You can divide your journal into 4 or 8 sections. It is a good idea to write key words associated with each section.
3. As the moon passes through each phase, write about your own perceptions and insights. Consider writing a paragraph or so about how you feel emotionally, key thoughts or anything unusual or unique that might have happened to you during this time.
4. When working with intuitive information , focus on an empty slate. Accept the process of receiving the information that comes in without judging or trying to understand it in the moment.
5. List what feelings you are holding on to. Are they negative or positive? Explain in your journal.
6. Now, learn about the power of the rhythm of these feelings. Do not assume anything. Write down each day, something new that you find as an instinctual action of doing, seeing, saying, hearing…
7. I feel it is important to keep a lunar journal for several months. This will give you a better, overall picture of how the rhythm of the moon plays a part in the cycles of YOUR life.
8. Learning to follow your intuition is essential to understanding what is at the root of all action. Find three things when interpreting your insight that makes it a stepping stone to the next level! List them now.
9. Be sure and write the time and day on the top of the page.
10. Make this journal your own! Buy or make a book that you are eager to go to each day. Use stickers, color, doodles that all express your journey to understanding yourself and others.
11. Consider keeping track of such things as your menstrual cycle, the fluctuation of your moods, emotions and libido. Write down any distinct dreams.
12. Understanding and developing more awareness of lunar cycles will help strengthen your connection to your divine and higher consciousness.
13. Now, lets take this to the next level. You probably know your sun sign (aries, leo, scorpio…) but do you know your moon sign?
14. The sign occupied by the Moon at your time of birth is your moon sign.
15. Moon signs define our emotions and make up the unconscious side of our personality.
16. If you do not know what sign the moon was in when YOU were born…. you can find out here.
17. The Vedic, Chinese and Celtic systems of astrology all use the moon as one of their most influential components in foretelling and forecasting.
18. As an exercise, you can write down your sun sign on the back pages of your journal. Then on the opposite side of the page, write down your moon sign. Under each sign, set up positive and negative trait aspects.
19. Then, look up your sign under each of the other astrological systems (Vedic, Chinese, Celtic). Make notes beneath your sun and moon sign columns.
20. This creates an amazing “profile” page about yourself to add to your journal. It is also great to look back on different traits and aspects of your personality.
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal (temporary) insanity (hence the terms lunacy and lunatic) insomnia, and various “phenomena”. Psychologists, are divided when it comes to the effects of the moon on human behavior. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. Eclipses have long been associated with major “life changes”, supermoons with an increase in power and blue moons, as rare events to fully express ourselves. What do you think?
New Moon Meditation
A new moon mediation is a journey into your deeper self, your true self, your real pure note, your spiritual resonance. It is a healing meditation on a multi-dimensional level.
Super Moon Rituals
A Supermoon, is the coincidence of a full moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth. This results in a larger than usual looking moon, affecting tides and energy all around it. Here are 10 rituals you can do on a supermoon or any full moon.
2017 Celestial Events: “Supermoons and Eclipses
January 1 and 2: The Full Moon on January 2, 2018 coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth; also called perigee. This makes January’s Wolf Moon a Supermoon. A Supermoon looks around 12 to 14% larger than its counterpart, the Micro-moon. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps. This moon has also been know as the Old Moon and the Moon After Yule.
January 3: Earth at Perihelion
At 05:34 UTC on January 3, 2018, Earth will be at perihelion: the closest point to the Sun in its yearly orbit. The opposite happens in July when Earth reaches aphelion.
January 3/4: Quadrantids Meteors
The first major meteor shower of 2018, the Quadrantids, will peak on the night of January 3 and early morning hours of January 4.
January 31: Total Lunar Eclipse
The total phase of this lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon, will be visible in large parts of US, northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and Australia.
January 31: Blue Moon
January’s second Full Moon will not only be eclipsed, but it is also a Blue Moon. This is because it’s the second Full Moon in in the same month. The other definition of a Blue Moon is the 3rd Full Moon in an astronomical season with 4 Full Moons.
February: Black Moon
There is no Full Moon in February 2018 making it a Black Moon. However, this is not the only definition of a Black Moon.
February 15: Partial Solar Eclipse
A partial solar eclipse can be seen in southern South America, the Pacific, the Atlantic, and Antarctica. See an animation of the eclipse and follow its path across the globe in the link.
March 1 – Full Moon. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon because this was the time of year when the ground would begin to soften and the earthworms would reappear. This moon has also been known as the Full Crow Moon, the Full Crust Moon, the Full Sap Moon, and the Lenten Moon.
March 20 – March Equinox.The March equinox is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of fall in the Southern Hemisphere by astronomical season definitions. Solstice & equinox times worldwide. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world.
March 17 – New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 02:58 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
April 15 – New Moon. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
April 22, 23 – Lyrids Meteor Shower. The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The crescent moon should not be too much of a problem this year. Skies should still be dark enough for a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
April 29 – Full Moon. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Pink Moon because it marked the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the first spring flowers. This moon has also been known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Growing Moon, and the Egg Moon. Many coastal tribes called it the Full Fish Moon because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
May 6, 7 – Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. It peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7. The waxing gibbous moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year. But if you are patient, you should be able to catch quite a few of the brighter ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
May 15 – New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
May 29 – Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance. This moon has also been known as the Full Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.
June 13 – New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
June 21 – June Solstice. The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere. People around the world converge at the Stonehenge, England to celebrate the June Solstice.
June 28 – Full Moon. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time of year to gather ripening fruit. It also coincides with the peak of the strawberry harvesting season. This moon has also been known as the Full Rose Moon and the Full Honey Moon.
July 11 – July 13 The time of Manhattanhenge – sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Solstice -is a circumstance which occurs twice a year, during which the setting sun aligns with the east-west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The neologism is derived from Stonehenge, where the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices with a similarly dramatic effect. The word was popularized in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History and host of Cosmos. The term applies to those streets that follow the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, which are laid out in a grid offset 29.0 degrees from true east-west. During Manhattanhenge, an observer on one of the gridded east-west streets will see the sun setting over New Jersey directly opposite, from the street, along its centerline. The dates of Manhattanhenge usually occur around May 28 and July 11 – July 13 – spaced evenly around the summer solstice.
July 23 – New Moon. This phase occurs at 09:46 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
July 28, 29 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29. The crescent moon will set by midnight, leaving dark skies for what should be a good early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
July 30 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 27.2 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
August 7 – Partial Lunar Eclipse. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra, and only a portion of it passes through the darkest shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse a part of the Moon will darken as it moves through the Earth’s shadow. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of eastern Africa, central Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Australia.
August 12, 13 – Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. The waning gibbous moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year, but the Perseids are so bright and numerous that it should still be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
August 21 – New Moon. This phase occurs at 18:30 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
August 21 – Total Solar Eclipse. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the Sun, revealing the Sun’s beautiful outer atmosphere known as the corona. This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event for viewers in the United States. The last total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States occurred in 1979 and the next one will not take place until 2024. The path of totality will begin in the Pacific Ocean and travel through the center of the United States. The total eclipse will be visible in parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina before ending in the Atlantic Ocean. A partial eclipse will be visible in most of North America and parts of northern South America.
September 6 – Full Moon. This phase occurs at 07:03 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Corn Moon because the corn is harvested around this time of year.
September 12 – Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 17.9 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.
September 20 – New Moon. This phase occurs at 05:30 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
September 22 – September Equinox. The September equinox occurs at 20:02 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.
October 7 – Draconids Meteor Shower. The Draconids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 7th. Unfortunately, the nearly full moon will block all but the brightest meteors this year. If you are extremely patient, you may be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be in the early evening from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
October 19 – New Moon. This phase occurs at 19:12 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
October 19 – Uranus at Opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view Uranus. Due to its distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
October 21, 22 – Orionids Meteor Shower. The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. The crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
November 4, 5 – Taurids Meteor Shower. The Taurids is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. The shower runs annually from September 7 to December 10. It peaks this year on the the night of November 4. Unfortunately the glare from the full moon will block out all but the brightest meteors. If you are extremely patient, you may still be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
November 13 – Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. A spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the evening sky. The two bright planets will be extremely close, appearing only 0.3 degrees apart. Look for this impressive pairing in the Eastern sky just before sunrise.
November 17, 18 – Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The nearly new moon will not be a problem this year. Skies should be dark enough for what should be good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
November 18 – New Moon. This phase occurs at 11:42 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
November 24 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 22.0 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
December 13, 14 – Geminids Meteor Shower. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The waning crescent moon will be no match for the Geminids this year. The skies should still be dark enough for an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
December 18 – New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 06:30 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
December 21 – December Solstice. The December solstice occurs at 16:28 UTC. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.44 degrees south latitude. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.
December 21, 22 – Ursids Meteor Shower. The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. The crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for optimal observing. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
The Moon’s Influence Over Us
Tides: The Pull of the Moon
Ocean tides are periodic rises and falls in the level of the sea, and are formed by the gravitational attraction of the Moon and Sun on the water in the ocean. Although the Moon is much smaller than the Sun, it has a greater gravitational attraction for the Earth because the Moon is much closer to Earth. This causes the oceans to bulge out in the direction of the Moon.
Moon Garden: Flower Power
Moon gardening at night is a great way to enjoy white or light-colored, night blooming plants, in addition to those that release their intoxicating aromas in the evening. White flowers and light-colored foliage reflect the moonlight. Not only are these a beautiful sight to behold, or smell, but these night gardens also attract important pollinators, such as moths and bats.
Food For Thought
Food has been used all over the world to help celebrate rituals and festivals and food associated with the moon is no different. Enjoy these wonderful ideas for your moon ceremony.
Crystals Associated with the Moon
Embracing the energies of the moon can be a great tool when you are doing any kind of empowerment work. The moon has a powerful relationship to our lives. The moon’s influence can be seen by its connection to the Earth’s tides. There is a connection to the moon and the intuitive aspect of one’s nature. The phases of the moon relate to seasons, color, menstrual cycles, life cycles and along with the sun, the moon’s energy is a higher conductor and amplifier of our moods and emotions.
Usually solid, dull, mottled, brownish to black. Non-iron varieties amplify thoughts/telepathic sending/receiving, greater awareness, some connection to extraterrestrial life. Odd/unusual energy, best used by those drawn to them. Some believe that since Meteorites are in tune with the energies of the cosmos and therefore more capable of raising our energies to a universal level.
Moldavite is a great stone for bringing great change in short periods of time. This stone is used for accessing the higher self working as a catalyst for the inner evolving spirit. It is used to align yourself with the power of the divine. Its divining spiritual nature is believed to come from it extraterrestrial roots.
Moonstone honors the Goddess in all women. This stone helps women (and men) to be more comfortable with their gentler feminine/yin receiving side. This stone is also an excellent remedy for overly aggressive females or for men who need to connect to their more feminine/emotional side. Its connection to the moon has been documented for centuries.
This is a great crystal for finance and prosperity. It will help attract a gradual increase in your finances and you will begin to feel more financial security. Like the new moon, changing to the full moon, black moonstone is symbolic of this “new moon beginning” and the ideal time to plant the seeds of good intentions in order to watch them grow.
Obsidian is actually natural glass that is formed when hot lava is submerged in water. This is a strong grounding stone and is known as “the protector”. It is said to “mirror one’s soul. This stone brings about objectivity, dis-attachment and is grounding. It reduces fantasy and escapism.
In tune with emotions, water, and women, especially pregnant women, pearls are a symbol of pure heart and mind; innocence and faith. Because it is from the sea, it has watery and lunar elements, therefore it is used for balancing emotions, especially for water signs. Absorbing by nature, this mineral absorbs thoughts and emotions and because of this, must be used only occasionally.
Thought to amplify both body energy and thoughts. It can assist in the creation of power, clarity of thinking, meditation, cleansing, clearing the aura, spiritual development and healing. Clear Quartz is considered the “stone of power”. Pure white light passes through it easily, leaving all the colors of the spectrum unaltered and giving substance to the argument that Clear Quartz crystals can help balance all the elements needed to make us whole and fulfilled.
This is the mineral gypsum. Its white/clear striated crystaline body is a sheer source of calming, spiritual light. It works with the higher spiritual Chakra in accessing our higer consciousness, spirit guides and the angelic realm. Beacuse of its striations, like tourmaline, it works along the spinal column grounding and anchoring our Earth vibration and utilizing kundalini to rise freely up our light body stimulating each center as it vibrates.
This metal is excellent for mental, emotional, and physical releasing and cleansing. Works on mind/emotions to see life’s overview, our emotional balance, and need for patience. Like the moon’s energy, silver has a gentle, cool, smoothing effect. Therefore, it reduces inflammation, fever, nervous system stress.
Smoky Quartz is a grounding stone. It is used most often to overcome depression, soothing nightmares and stress. Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. Because it is associated with the Root Chakra, it helps to alleviate fear, anxiety and associated emotional depression.
Snow White Quartz
Snow White Quartz: also known as Snow Quartz or Milky Quartz, it is a variety of Rock Quartz crystal with microscopic water bubbles and inclusions of carbon dioxide. This gives the stone its “snowy”, white, or “milky” appearance. Snow White Quartz is the “Observation Stone”. Like the introspective and contemplative time of winter, this unique stone allows us to notice more the actions around us,
This is a type of natural glass, chemically and structurally unique, to meteoric origins. Tektites are found on earth within a narrow equatorial belt 80 degrees wide. Tektites usually have a heavily pitted surface. Many have the appearance of being stretched while in a molten state. They assist one in attaining knowledge and learning lessons throughout the travels of life.
Magic Moon Musical Playlist
The pull of the moon is indescribable! Romantic and mysterious, illuminating and simply curious, the moon’s magic has been captured in song by some of the world’s most beloved composers, all of which have, in some way, been beguiled by this lunar orb.
I thought it would be an inspired opportunity to share some of the most renowned music written for the moon. These melodies have been choosen from mixed genres and their themes relay their message, rhythms and tempos of this emotional body that influences us in so many ways. Discover the moon as expressed in song. I call this list:
The Magical Moon's Musical Playlist
1 Claire de Lune , London Symphony Orchestra
2. Fly Me To The Moon , Frank Sinatra
3. Talking To The Moon, Bruno Mars
4. Moon River, Andy Williams
5. Shepherd Moons, Enya
6. Shine On, Harvest Moon, Boswell Sisters
7. Man on the Moon, REM
8. Moon Over Bourbon Street, Sting
9. How High The Moon, Ella Fitzgerald
10. Song To the Moon (from “Rusalka”), The New Age Academy
11. It’s Only A Paper Moon , Nat King Cole
12. Sisters Of The Moon , Fleetwood Mac
13. Moonlight Sonata, Ludwig Van Beethoven
14. Moonlight Serenade, Glen Miller & His Orchestra
15. Moon Over Miami, Jimmy Cooke
16. Blue Moon, Mel Torme
17. Moonrise Dan Gibson
18. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do), Christopher Cross
19. Moon Over Manakoora, Harry James
20. La Lune, Sarah Brightman
Get Your Moon Over the Mountain
Are you feeling at the top of your game mentally and physically? In other words, do you have your moon over the mountain?
Get Your Moon Over the Mountain with New Moves, Fresh Start, Get Motivated!
The New Year can be a time of new and invigorating power! Between the stress and strain of holiday pressures, parties and procrastinating, we have only enough energy left to get by, exist and run on auto-pilot until the pop of New Years’ Eve is over. Well, now’s your chance to take advantage of The Three M’s. Get motivated, get moving, get out the mirror!
(Remember, this does not have to be applied at the New Year ~ It can be applied at a New Moon, Full Moon or anytime you are ready to get motivated!)
Motivating ourselves is the fire, which jump-starts our actions. Find a good reason to be motivated…good health, better career, a new relationship….whatever your reason, make your choice and stick to it! Then use tools to get you motivated. Try inspiring music, the power of scent (lemon, orange, floral scents) or a more mind centering process like yoga, meditation or hypnosis.
The sun signs are the 12 signs of the zodiac. This system of astrology, which considers only the position of the Sun at birth, places one “personality” within one of the twelve zodiac signs. Also called your “star sign” this basic twelve-fold division relates the current movements of all the planets to each other, using traditional rules to divine meanings for each sign separately. Because the Moon has the fastest apparent movement of all the heavenly bodies, it is often used as the main indicator of daily trends for sun sign astrology forecasts.
Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the Lunar new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The lunar calendar has a sixty year cycle. In Chinese Astrology, the five basic elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth, which make up all matter, are combined with the twelve animal signs of Rat, Oxen, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep/Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar/Pig to form the sixty year cycle. One’s Chinese horoscope is based on which lunar year in this sixty year cycle one was born.
The Celtic Calendar is a compilation of pre-Christian Celtic systems of timekeeping, including the Gaulish Coligny calendar, used by Celtic countries. The Ogham (commonly pronounced Oh-m) is an early Medieval alphabet used primarily to transcribe the early and late period, Irish language The glyphs are the only written form left by the Druids. The Ogham is sometimes called the Celtic Tree Alphabet, based on ancient medieval traditions, ascribing names of trees to the individual letters. The Ogham were associated with the 13 sacred trees and followed the 13 moons of the calendar year.
This ancient art is the traditional Hindu system of astrology, also known as Indian astrology or Vedic astrology. Vedanga Jyotisha is one of the earliest texts about astronomy within the Vedas. Your sign is devised from the position of the moon at your birth, as well as your ascendant sign. Astrology remains an important facet of Hindu folk belief in contemporary India. Many Hindus believe that heavenly bodies, including the planets, have an influence throughout the life of a human being, and these planetary influences are the “fruit of karma.”
Today’s Your Birthday
A birthday is a day or anniversary when we celebrate our special date of birth. Birthdays are a big deal. Monumental. Sacred. What could be bigger in your life than the day you were born? Birthdays are celebrated in numerous cultures, often with a gift, party or rite of passage.
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Your Personal Birth Chart
A birth chart, also called natal chart, shows the positions of the stars in a chart drawn for the exact time of your birth at a particular place on Earth for the purposes of gaining more insight as to who you are. Because the sun, moon, planets, and primary angles in the sky are constantly in motion relative to the earth, as each second passes the natal/astrological birth chart is changing and a new chart is created for every moment at each location. A natal chart is extremely personal and unique, depending on the specific date, exact time, and precise location of the birth.
Your Relationship Charts
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Tonio’s unique method is based on the psychology of each sign. We all know that each sign has their specific traits. We also know that each sign is influenced by their associated planets, moon and sun signs. Sun sign compatibility takes into account only one of hundreds of compatibility factors. Many other factors are involved when evaluating the compatibility of two people.
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