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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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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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