L is for Luna

The relation of the phases of the Moon with it...

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Luna was the ancient Roman goddess of the moon, the female compliment of the Sun god, Sol. She has been referred to as the Queen of the Night. In this post I want to talk about celebrating the lunar cycle. There are eight phases in the lunar cycle – from the new moon to the full moon and back again. The moon is very important for life on earth – especially for controlling the tides (natures recycling plan).

In ancient times, many cultures planned their calendars by the moon and there are still farming communities today who plant according to it. The metonic cycle of 19 years is the time it takes for the lunar and solar calendars to come together in sync and that might be why 19 years is mentioned in Druidry.

I think the best times to celebrate the lunar cycle is at the full moon and the new moon. The full moon is a time of thanksgiving. It is a good time to get together with family or friends, have a big feast with lots of moon shaped foods, create a full moon altar or go to a local water source to watch the tides. It is also considered a time for peace, so it is a good day to spend focusing on helping the community and working for peace locally or globally. Other possibilities include researching and learning more about the moon or indulging your creative side (the moon is seen as feminine and creativity is often seen as a feminine attribute) e.g. by writing poetry.

The new moon is a great time for going stargazing and focusing on our relationship with the universe. It’s also a time for meditation and inner reflection. It is a time to look back over the past month to evaluate it and to make plans and goals for the next. Its also a time for cleaning your house or altar.

There are many ways to celebrate the lunar cycle as Naturalistic Pantheists. Do you celebrate it in your practice? What do you do?

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9 thoughts on “L is for Luna

  1. I do celebrate the lunar cycle, mostly to give my practice structure and a consistent and frequent ritual cycle. I simply run through my usual ritual outline, and have a short dedication/meditation to the dark or full moon towards the end.

  2. The ancient Celts believed the world began in darkness, thus they counted by nights rather than days, lunar months rather than solar months and the new year began in the darkest time of the year.

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