Sovereign Earth 12 – The Moon

Sovereign Earth 12 – The Moon

I’ll start with the first couple of lines from an old celtic blessing that I often use in my ceremonies:
‘May the strength of the wind and the light of the sun
The gentleness of the rain and the mystery of the moon
Reach you and fill you.’
“We are the dance of the moon and the sun
We are the light thats in everyone
We are the turning of the tide
We are the hope thats deep inside”
To be able to see it from any point on earth and to know that all on earth can see it and have seen it and do see it -and that every single one of our ancestors will have cast eyes on the moon too – how phenomenal.
Lovers separated by vast distance can tune into the moon – even looking at it simultaneously from vast distances apart on land
“In the still of the night
From the darkness, comes a light
And I know in my heart it is you
And I know in my heart it is you”
The MOON –  enigmatic mysterious
We celebrate the moon in our language – but she is hidden.   Month – MOONth. There were once 13 lunar months – now there are twelve solar. There were once 13 in a dozen – now it is 12.   13 is the feminine number and 12 is the masculine.  We now have twelve cakes when we order a dozen, but we are literally being short changed – for there were once 13 in a dozen – and we have the term ‘a baker’s dozen’ to remind us – which is 13 loaves. Our daily bread is still marked (though in a hidden way) as being ‘of the feminine’.
“The Moon she is waning, waxing and waning
The Moon she is waiting for us to be free
Sister Moon watch over me
Your child I will always  be
Sister Moon watch over me
Until we are free. “
MOON day – Monday. So every week we have day dedicated to the moon. Yet how many people mark it?  Not many.  Thanks to my Druid path especially, I have for many years been followed the moon – marking her passage through the sky and her waxing and waning through the cycle of her monthly moonstruations (how ironic that they have come to be called menstruations – Time to reclaim the name perhaps!  Similarly with Menopause – how about moonapause? 🙂  However, a growing number of people – women especially but men too, are celebrating the cycle of the moon – the blood moon has particular significance for women. The moon embodies so much of the qualities of the feminine. Reflective, elusive,  mysterious, sublime!
“Stunning is the luminesence of your elusive lunar essence”
  From JJ Middleway poem “Ode to the Goddess”
‘Praise to the Moon – bright queen of the skies
Jewel of the dark night, the light of our eyes
Brighter than starlight – whiter than snow
Look down on us in the darkness below
If well you should find us, then well let us stay
Be it seven times better when we make our way
Be it seven times better when we greet the dawn
So light up our way and keep us from all harm
Cast your eyes downwards to our dwelling place
Three times for favour and three times for grace
Over the dark skies your face for to see
To banish misfortune and keep tranquility
In the name of the Maiden the fairest of face
In the name of the Mother so filled pure with grace
In the name of the Old One who’s face we don’t see
All praise to the Moon for eternity’
 Ancient English song adapted and part rewritten by JJ Middleway.
Silver is the element associated with the moon – just as each planet has a metal associated with it – gold for the sun, copper for venus and so on.   Now the magic of the cosmos and of the heavens is reflected in the skies above us. Here is a hint at the moon’s magic.  The moon enables the total eclipse of the sun only because it is at the precise distance from the earth to enable this to happen.The Sun’s distance from Earth is about 400 times the Moon’s distance, and the Sun’s diameter is about 400 times the Moon’s diameter. Because these ratios are approximately the same, the Sun and the Moon as seen from Earth appear to be approximately the same size:
“The Moon she dances
 On the waves on the waves on the shore
The Moon she dances
 On the waves on the waves on the shore
Making circles, Making circles
On the waves On the waves on the shore”
Even more surprising perhaps is this:
108 is 1 to the power of 1 multiplied by 2 squared multiplied by 3 cubed – 108 beads on an eastern rosary where both Hinduism and Buddhism have a mala   with 108 beads on it  and in yoga – an ancient practice – on special occasions – 108 sun salutations are offered e.g. at the end of winter and the beginning of Spring- which is also a hidden way of balancing moon and sun. Here’s one of the clues as to why:    the atomic mass of silver happens to be 108.  Adding those numbers = 9  – The number of the Goddess (1— God or higher truth  0 = emptiness or completeness 8 = eternity or infinity)
“Some nights stay up till dawn
As the moon sometimes does for the sun”   Chant
Amazingly the number of moon widths between the moon and the earth happens to be  …. can you guess ?  Yes – 108.  ( There are all sorts of other magical correlations in the sky which I can leave you to research yourselves or maybe cover in another broadcast. e.g. the number of sun widths between the earth and the sun is also 108. (99.8%) And the width of the sun is 108 earths )
The full moon is a mandala in the sky.
Meditate on what you might want to bring into being in the next month … ponder for a minute ……Then sing;
“Dark of the Moon – New beginnings
Dark of the Moon  – Plant a seed tonight
Dark of the Moon, what we envision
Will come to be by the full moonlight”
“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
― e. e. cummings
Let my heart reflect your light now
As the Moon reflects the light of the sun in love, always in love  – Rumi

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