The Energy Of The Moon
On Sunday June 23, 2013 the moon will enter its full moon phase and it’s point of perigee for the year. Perigee occurs once a year when the moon is at its closest point to Earth during its orbit around our world. This makes it appear larger from our perspective and thus its the largest Full Moon of 2013.
Perigee doesn’t always occur when the moon enters its full phase. So when that happens, it’s extra special to Pagans. When it does happen, the occurrence is referred to as a “SuperMoon“-Wikipedia.
If you’re pagan, you may want to schedule a special ritual for this SuperMoon which occurs tomorrow night. You can check for Moon rise in your area through the WorldClock – Moonrise and Moonset Calculator.
This full moon is known as the Strawberry Moon as the gardens are bursting with berries. Letting us know life is full of sweet flavor. Ages ago, cultures around the world kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which the full moon occurred. Today we have the advantage of aligning our energies with the cultures we’re drawn to, or to the perspective our tradition follows. So if you’re of a European tradition, or Norse or Native American tradition; you can pick and choose the name set that you feel most connected to. Learn more at Naming The Full Moon.
The Moon and Pagans
For early pagan cultures, the Moon was often referred to as Grand Mother Moon and she was seen as the Crone aspect of the Goddess. She rises in the sky to watch over Mother Earth and precedes Father Sun across the sky.
Today we think of the day/sun as the predominate time period and the night/moon following the day. In ancient cultures however, time was governed by lunar calendars where each new day began as the moon rose. This is one reason scholars suggest Pagans begin their holiday rituals at sunset/moonrise.
In this modern chant “The Sun Becomes the Moon”, The Sun (the God) shines on Mother Earth giving her light and warmth. Grand Mother Moon shines on her at night and directs her flow of energy (the tides of the ocean and our bodies). In this perspective, the Sun helps the Mother to grow and the Grand Mother provides her with guidance through her life.
Another perspective I’ve come across is that the Sun represents male energy, which in the pagan world is associated with the Physical world. The Moon represents female energy and the spirit world. The phrase then takes on the meaning that we move through the world under the Sun and under the Moon we discover the spirit.
As with most things in the pagan world, there isn’t one specific symbolic meaning or perspective. Different cultures and societies all put their influence on symbols and come up with their own correspondences.
Even in the early times of pagan societies the connection between feminine spirit and energy and Grand Mother Moon was strong. Each phase of the moon brings with it a special energy for that lunar cycle. Everyone knows the moon affects the tides of the world’s oceans, but because we are mostly liquid ourselves, these phases also affect us humans too. This is certainly true for women and their monthly cycles. Statistics have shown the majority of new births occur during the phase of a full moon, adding to the mystic nature of the Moon’s connection to feminine energy.
Full Moon Energies
Today you’ll find a majority of pagan groups holding special Full Moon Rituals to honor Grand Mother moon. During these rituals practitioners, including men, bring forth the feminine side of their natures and connect to the energy of Grand Mother Moon. Those natures include compassion, love and nurturing of the spirit, the self and those around you in your life. It also emphasizes feelings, both emotional and intuitive. So it’s a wonderful time to conduct a special meditation that focuses on going within to communicate with your higher spirit and Divine Consciousness.
Additionally, anyone who feels drained from life’s stress; high paced activities and demands that can often make you feel run down and zapped of energy, can re-energize during a full moon. Today it’s easy to give compassion and nurturing to others at the expense of our self. This is especially true for women, and single dads, who are often looked upon as the dominant nurturing force in a family. Taking a little time to connect to the moon can help restore some of that energy and restore that sense of nurturing the self.
Grand Mother Moon Ritual
You don’t have to conduct a full moon ritual to benefit from connecting to Grand Mother Moon and her energies. A personal ritual to revitalize your energies can be just as effective.
A Grand Mother Ritual can be done during any phase of the moon, but during a New or Full phase is best. Simply find a quiet place to sit where you won’t be disturbed for about 30 minutes. Light a white or pink candle if you’d like and turn on your favorite meditation music.
As you move your thoughts into a relaxed state imagine a silver cord, like an electrical extension cord, traveling from your solar plexus (where the rib cage meets at the bottom of your chest). See this cord traveling out into space and plugging into the Moon. Visualize Grand Mother Moon sending back pink and white Divine light to energize your spirit and body. Imagine this energy filling your physical being as if filling a glass with light until it is spilling over. When you feel an abundance of energy, sit for a moment and see this light re-energizing your physical strength, nurturing your thoughts and consciousness and filling you with a sense of Divine compassion.
When you’re ready to end the meditation, say thank you to Grand Mother Moon. Give her any offerings you may have prepared beforehand, then imagine your silver cord unplugging from the moon. Watch your silver cord return to your physical being, getting safely tucked back inside. Give yourself a few moments to reorient yourself to your surroundings. Then go about your day or night with a new sense of positive loving energy about you.
It’s a simple meditation ritual that can have a great deal of positive influence over an individuals psyche and perspectives. It often leaves a person feeling relaxed, cared for and uplifted. And sometimes, it can even help a person feel a little closer to that giant glowing orb in the night sky with a smile and comforting spiritual hug.
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