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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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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | October 22nd, 2010

Death Moon

This week, many Americans are choosing costumes and candy in preparation for Halloween. While this day of fun and amusement has its value, in other parts of the world the day after stands in rather sharp contrast to the tricks and the treats of the 31st. On November 1st, Mexican culture begins its celebration of…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | October 7th, 2010

Moon when Quilling and Beading is Done

Human beings have always been aware of cycles; the detailed fabric of nature’s rhythms surround us. There are astronomical cycles: day and night that last for 24 hours; weekly cycles that last for seven days; lunar cycles that last for 29.5 days; and seasonal cycles typically broken into four periods throughout the year. Indeed, we…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | September 23rd, 2010

Transition Moon

You may not realize it, but this year, the Autumn Equinox aligns with the full moon, so we have both cycles beginning on the same day.  Indeed, as is the case during each new season, this will be a time of powerful transition. As we experience this shift within, we can learn a lot from…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | September 8th, 2010

Barley Moon

n some cultures, September marks the month of the “Harvest Moon,” which brings to mind a time of transition: vegetables move from the crops to our tables, the long warm days gradually shorten and cool, and the seasons progress from summer to fall.  In the northeastern United States, soon the crisp air will drift through…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | July 26th, 2010

Wholesome Moon

How healthy are you, really? Most people’s initial reaction to this question is to say they’re “pretty healthy.” They’ll answer the question based on the conventional idea that “health” means “the absence of disease or injury,” and they’ll give themselves a pass.  For many others, in particular those who are dealing with illness as typically defined in…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | July 11th, 2010

Summer Moon

From the Chinese perspective, there is an abundance of yang energy during the summer months.  This energy is different from what we experience during the spring – the season of birth – when shoots are just rising from the ground.  During the summer, nature’s energy is hard to miss. The flowers are in full bloom and the bees…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | June 26th, 2010

Knowledge Moon

In our culture, we are taught to over-analyze everything. We prize intellect above all other means of obtaining information, and as a result we often lose connection with our inherent, natural source of knowledge. This imbalance compels us to go crazy trying to “figure out” how to live, when the reality is that not everything…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | June 12th, 2010

The Lotus Moon

The new moon in June is known in some cultures as “The Lotus Moon,” a very powerful metaphor for nurturing beauty and positivity in our lives and in ourselves. The lotus roots in mud, and out of the murky water, it produces a most beautiful flower. The symbol of the lotus assures us that a…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | May 28th, 2010

Cycle Moon

Today’s letter will remind you that we are in the Full Moon phase, a time when the moon’s gravitational effects on the planet are at their greatest.  Just think of the tides. It is commonly joked that the moon exerts a considerable degree of influence on human beings and it is regularly discussed how  people’s passions and…

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