Druidry and the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

ClayWoman
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As a newcomer to Druidic Dawn and Druidry itself, I'm very pleased to be in this space. There is so much to see and learn. Being new, I'll be be putting a few questions to you from time to time regarding various aspects of Druidry, and the Druidic perspective on various topics. I'm hoping they won't be seen as too naive or ignorant.

My first question concerns the full moon lunar eclipse, like the one we had recently. I don't as yet know a lot about lunar cycles and phases, however I was reading recently where this event is often referred to as the 'dark night of the soul'. I'm wondering then how the Druid tradition sees the full moon lunar eclipse and its effect on the individual as well as the collective soul. Is it a dark and gloomy patch that precedes rejuvenation? I look forward to your thoughts.

 

 



Astrocelt
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Moon Phases

Astrologically speaking the moon cyclic phases are often broken down into the following groups;-

New Moon
Crescent Moon
Moon in first Quarter
Gibbous Moon
Full Moon
Disseminating Moon
Moon in last Quarter
Balsamic Moon

Each phase has been attributed to various traits which astrologer's have observed within humanity these have become associated with each one. How these become integrated within one being, is a personal expression with additional factors. One might want too include within any analysis of the moon, the Sign in which it resides, its element, combined with the aspects or angles other planets on an astrology chart deduced through harmonics of the 360 degree circle. These interactions all play a part, when looking at astrological character profiles.

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Oak King
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Moon phases

A couple of years back at Druid camp - which was concentrated on the ovatic theme - we took part in the big Saturday camp ritual in which everybody acted as part of a group according to the moon phase under which they were born. Two resident astrologers took many hours to work them out. From there I know that I myself was born under a diseminating moon, which means just past the full moon on its downward turn. What this means for me as a person I have still to explore. What I do know is that our animals (dog and numerous cats) tend to behave strangely in Full Moon light and when the full moon is low and shines directly onto our bed then we prefer to draw the curtain across the sky light to keep it out even though it gets rather too warm in the room by morning.

Greetings to the moon and all its companions,

Holger

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ClayWoman
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Thank you, very useful

Thanks Astrocelt for this very learned piece. It certainly has answered my question in that the moon in combination with other factors can have an influence on one's emotions. A few days after the recent full moon total eclipse I noticed myself dwelling on some unhappy emotions, so I assumed  this had something to do with the "dark night of the soul" that I had read about in relation to this lunar/solar event.



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Might be useful

Many people today are still fascinated by the Sun and Moon, just as they have been from the beginning of time. Even the twinkling of the stars, we see on a clear night, can draw our attention. Early civilisations based on hunting and agriculture worked within the cycles which these two planets produced. Such observation brought about the acknowledgement of a seasonal flow where times of plenty was balanced with scarcity.

Together they play a special part within the lives of humanity. One projects the energy which sustains the natural growth within the environment, and all living organisms. The Moon lights up the night by reflecting the rays of the Sun, guides the nocturnal life. Mankind's fascination with these two planets arose possibly to enable humanity to understand its general place within the universe. Such influences can still be reflected today.

The cycles also became imbedded within early festivals, which more than likely, reflected the rhythm of the earth and other planetary bodies. These may have a similar tone, to ones we celebrate today, the meanings and ideas, may not be far away from those early original thoughts. Just simply changed to within the understanding of the people which may incorporate them.

Our calendars have also changed over the years, along with the way we measure the passage of "time". We are very Sun orientated, with the twelve months which measures our year. There was a time, when we measured it with the passage of the Moon.

Generally the Moon has been attributed to be connected with measuring the menstrual cycle , and connected, to what, was then considered the mystery of birth. Both cycles appear to be synchronised with this planet and the female body. As a general rule, the Sun has been considered to be masculine in nature, while the Moon is feminine. Although this has not always been the case.

Instead of people remarking on their Sun sign, they would of possibly explained they were born under a particular time of the Moon. Presumably further added the time of existence, through the number of winters or summers. Names where given to various complete Moon cycles, based on those observations happening in the environment. There is a little twist here, as there are generally one more Luna or Moon month, when compared to the twelve months in one solar year.

We even tend to break down each luna month into different phases of the Moon. First we say that a moon is "waxing". We slowly see more of its planetary surface reflected, we often refer to this, as the face of the Moon. We arrive at the full Moon, when its face is in fall view to us. It becomes a little embarrassed and flushes, as it reflects a reddish complexion. The Moon then retreats, which we refer it to be on the "wane", as she hides her face from our view. In so doing we see the reverse sequence, then it disappears, to become a New Moon. The cycle continues once again in another luna month.

So the Moon can be broken down into first two phases where its generally considered that a waxing moon is where its influence is on the increase, until the full potential is released at the full Moon. Having depleted or reflected all this night time energy from the Sun, it then wanes, and looses its influence gradually. Until of course the New Moon where its considered to reunite in union with the Sun.

Generally speaking, the New Moon is related to changing our thoughts and possibly initiating them into some form of action. These are likely to be governed by the emotional responses and possible inspiration. A time to become balanced and feel good about ourselves, however a lot also depend on where, the moon, is within the constellations of the night sky.

All tend to influence the mode of action which may manifest itself in each individual.

The Full Moon tends to bring about some form of awareness, and inner personal inspiration. Its a time for regeneration in the personal understanding of ones objectives. Rechecking on how things are developing, throwing away those thoughts, which may not be working. Its a time to become a sponge and soak up those energies being released, and turning them within ourselves.

These influences are generally considered to be checked in some way by other planets which may be in close proximity of the Moon. There is also one other part of the equation to be considered. The phase on the Moon in which you may of been born under, may also point towards how the inner emotional responses operate. After all every human being is unique!

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Blessings

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ClayWoman
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Druidy and Full Moon Total Eclipse

Thank you Oak King for your encouraging words. I'm very passionate about continuous learning, so it's good to know we're all learning together in this space.



Oak King
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Welcome ClayWoman!

Welcome to this site, ClayWoman! There is a lot to get round to on these pages, lots to learn, more questions to be asked. There is no such such thing as 'too naive' or 'too ignorant' as long as there is curiousity on your part and I'm sure you have lots of it, otherwise you wouldn't be here! As for your question, I'd much rather pass it on to someone else as I haven't explored the cosmological aspects of Druidry myself in great depths yet. Surely, someone here can help out?! Might be able to help in other subjects though.

Hope to hear/see more from you!

Bendithion,

Holger

 

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