Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon. Farmer’s Almanac The Wolf Moon, also known as the Cold, Snow, or Winter Moon, is a time of protection and strength. While it is the first full Moon of the calendar year, in terms of nature it occurs in the middle of the cold winter season, a season of death and desolation. In these respects, the Wolf Moon can be seen as a time of both beginnings and endings. This is the time to start to consider what you want to plant and plan for the spring. You can do magick so that as the spring approaches your magickal goal will grow close and closer to fruition. –angelfire – The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Wicca and Witchcraft – By Denise Zimmerman and Katherine A. Gleason
Standing out in the middle of the night, with the chill wind factor of 20 degrees is not always an easy task. Yet, last night the beauty of Lady Moon, shapeshifted into Wolf Moon, reminds us that even during the cold, miracles can occur, the goals, the dreams of life we ask for, are growing closer to fruition. As I reflected in her soft light, I thought about the day, the events happening in our lives, realizing that the perfect time for Wolf Moon had come. She is a time of both beginnings and endings ( refer the quote from Zimmerman, and Gleason). As yesterday, I had said goodbye to yet another family member, thinking of all the “stuff” that comes after, I had started to be concerned about the future of the next few months. As we sent her back to Mother Earth, worries about the tasks that come from these changes, I started to worry about the little details. So we gathered some of the flowers to share, as although Wolf moon would shine on the earth last night, the cold would destroy the lovely blooms. I went to lay a couple of roses on my father’s site as he had left on his journey in Sept. I didn’t see Brother Rabbit, sitting in the cold right on my father’s grave. Until he jumped toward me, not away from me. Looking me right in the eyes, he leaped away in bounds, quicker than a bunny. The message was clear. My father had taken care of the animals when he was here, so the fact that brother Rabbit found comfort of the cold at his place was not surprising. The fact that I was reminded taking care of others we can never go wrong, that do not be fearful, but with Rabbit totem, Wolf moon to teach us to find comfort from the cold harsh winds of the world, we will find the new beginnings to life.
Animal totems: Rabbit: The old wise ones tell of a story of how rabbit began his ways. In the old days when the dragons still walked the earth, the people still believed in miracles, in magick of life, Old Wise woman and Rabbit were dear friends. Old Wise woman created many miracles, gave Rabbit many gifts, to protect, to help, to guide, to provide needs, along with desires. Yet Rabbit started to worry, be afraid. He started ignoring Old Wise woman refusing to talk to her, or see her. She was angry, came to Bro Rabbit, demanding to know why. He explained that she was so powerful, that he was afraid if she got mad at him that she would turn on him, hurting him in the end, so he cut off communication with her. This hurt Old Wise Woman deeply, so she told him that from now on he would always jump, be startled, have fear. He would be gentle, but fear would keep him from having his gifts, his blessings. He had to learn to overcome fear. Now whether we are of the Old Ways, Christian, Buddist, or whatever, separating ourselves from the Most high power, cutting ourselves off from our spiritual walk, moving in fear will cause us more pain. We must step out in faith on the path we have been given.
I am here my usual hours today. May the fairies dance around each of us today. Love ya, Me, Cherokee, Cidro, Frankiecapone Sugar Fortune Cookie T and the sweet spirit of bob and Bets.
MOONZIES PREFERRED FRIENDS: Our stone of the week is Amber. A beautiful amber (brownish yellow) color, the reflections of the light filtering through this stone alone can help ground our inner being. Holding her properties in our hand, when the fears try to come, we feel stronger, more grounded to mother earth that ever before.
Chamomile the herb of the week is calming. life can throw us some huge curves yet facing them without fear, with calm solid nerves will help keep our minds clear. Resting well at night, getting good sleep, the chamomile gets us ready to meet the harshness of the world, of the day with clarity , with calmness , ready for anything life tosses us.