I am going to deviate today a little bit….you can only hear about vampires so much in one week right?
Apparently, yesterday, we had what was called a “Wolf full moon”. It was really beautiful. And it was powerful to watch. Some people have mentioned to me that they get grumpy and surely during a full moon; I have certainly seen stranger-than-fiction things occur when I used to work at the hospital, and my husband did as well when he was still in law enforcement (he is retired now).
So what is a “Wolf Full Moon”? Fox news speaks to it being a nickname for the first full moon of the new year http://fxn.ws/1dt07eN . They reference Native American tribes calling this the Wolf Moon, and the smallest appearing full moon of the year, but of great importance as historically winter was a very hard time to hunt for both man and wolf. It was thought that this particular full moon carried importance as the “Wolf Moon” because it was most likely associated with howling wolves as both species of hunters came closer together in an effort to survive the harshest part of the year.
Is there something special about full moons in general? The tide tends to be affected by it. People’s tempers seem to be affected by it. Hospital staff generally know they will have a deluge of patients with the oddest issues at that time of the month.
I have found, for myself, that I like to purge myself of internal “gunk” at this time of the month. By that I mean that I sit outside (this time of year with a cup of hot chocolate, snow pants and warm coat), quietly look at the moon, think of the time and energy it took to create such a marvel. I look at a piece of paper I have written out before. It is a thorough list of everything which not longer serves me. Usually these are attitudes, internal thoughts and feelings and emotional baggage that is wearing me out. One time, after a heartbreak, an ex-boyfriend’s name made it on the list. I think about this list mindfully. Then I dig a small trench in the snow and dirt, say a little word of closure to the list, and safely burn it, putting snow (or water in the summer) over the ashes. (In the summer, I always use a little can for safety’s sake). I look at the moon again, and thank my God for the Grace He has given to me and my household (if you choose to use this little ritual, insert your faith here) and walk back into my home with a renewed heart and cleansed soul.
How do you view full moons? Reverently or with fear? Comment and let me know :)
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