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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | March 19th, 2011

Spring Moon

As we set our clocks forward and watch the days grow longer, we can now rejoice and truly step into spring.  While transition is powerful and essentially consistent, one cannot deny that in this moment of the vernal equinox, spring has truly arrived, and that we have earned the right to finally shed the anticipation of…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | March 4th, 2011

The Worm Moon

The new moon in March is known in certain cultures as “The Worm Moon,” which marks the onset of the long awaited spring season.  It is now, after a powerful and pensive winter, that casts of these worms reappear, attracting robins-the harbingers of spring-to return.  While our appreciation of this process may begin with the arrival of…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | February 18th, 2011

Temptation Moon

As we ease into the latter part of February, we embark on a time of year when we are most tempted to peer into the moderately near future and seek the first signals of the spring that we so deeply yearn for.  Indeed, it is enticing to look to the onset of a season of warm,…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | February 3rd, 2011

The Moon When Trees Pop

The new moon in February is known in certain cultures as “The Moon When Trees Pop,” which gives way to a very valuable analogy for respecting forces that we are unable to see. As the story goes, the popping sound of the trees is a result of the frozen branches snapping in response to the…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | January 19th, 2011

Cabin Fever Moon

Amid the deep snows and dark months in the middle of winter, you may notice yourself or people around you starting to get sick of the season.  You may hear people complain about having cabin fever or being frustrated with all the layers of clothing it takes just to get out of the house. Or maybe…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | January 4th, 2011

Ice Moon

Looking at the cultural names for the new moon in January, it is hard not to notice a common theme of dormancy or stillness in terms such as “Cold Moon,” “Quiet Moon” and “Winter Moon.”  In adherence with the neo pagan tradition that refers to the new moon in January as “Ice Moon,” it is interesting…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | December 21st, 2010

Eclipsed Moon

Today’s full moon and yesterday’s lunar eclipse are all the more significant because it is also the winter solstice, the day that marks the longest night of the year, as the earth is at its furthest point from the sun. The alignment of these three events all on the same date is very rare, so…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | December 5th, 2010

Long Night Moon

In Neo Pagan tradition, the new moon in December is the “Long Night Moon,” an appropriate name as the days get shorter and it becomes darker earlier in the afternoon.  It also signals the time to consider the value of darkness and its place in nature. Though many of us complain about the shorter days upon…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | November 21st, 2010

The Moon of Becoming

With the holidays upon us, this time of year is often very rich and full, from our schedules, to our bellies, to the memories we create at family gatherings and community festivities. Interestingly enough, a lot of people essentially choose not to experience fullness. They tell themselves that they can’t be happy because somebody is…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | November 6th, 2010

The Moon When Horns Fall Off

In Dakota Sioux tradition, the new moon in November is named “The Moon When Horns Fall Off.”  While this phrase may seem strange to our culture at first glance, it makes some very interesting points about nature’s cycles and this time of the year. One of the most regal images in the animal kingdom is that…

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