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Why Do We Call It A Blue Moon?

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Symbolic Meaning of Blue Moons


At the time of this writing a blue moon is approaching tonight, May 21, 2016.  What’s up with that?  What’s does the blue moon mean?  Plenty.

Let’s start by explaining what a blue moon is.  Basically, there are normally three moons in a season.  Every couple years an extra moon crops up.  Hence the cliché “once in a blue moon” akin to describing a rare event.

Pretty simple explanation, right?  But what’s up with the colorful moniker? Why do we call it a blue moon?  Why not “weird extra moon”?

I mean, blue moons aren’t even blue all the time They can be any color.  The hue of this moon comes into play as an effort to identify an anomaly.  Why? I’ll explain.

As par with all assignments in symbolism – it’s hard to pinpoint an exact origin.  The term “blue moon” crops up in lots of places during different eras.

It’s widely agreed blue moon is a term of the Old Ways.  It started with those savvy country folk who lived and died by the rule of Nature.  In ancient Gaelic, the word blue identified the color, but it also had dodgy connotations.  In Gaelic slang, the word blue was used to express indecency or inappropriateness. In old French, blue signified a low mood.  Hence the phrase “I’m feeling blue”.

If we pull on this blue thread, we might wonder why dub an extra oddball moon as a bad thing?  Pretty simple answer.  Country folk of the Old Ways were profoundly connected to the earth.  When I say they lived and died by the rule of Nature, that is oh-so-true.  From crops to cows, cures to ceremony – earth and sky was the source of it all.  So what’s the blue moon connection?

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An extra moon in a growing season can do some really wonky things to everything.  It affects human behavior, animal behavior, and it certainly influences growth of crops/plant-life.  Full moons pack powerful punches once a month.  But twice a month – whoa Nellie!!  Stand back for a walloping effect.  Ergo, this renegade extra moon became known as the ‘indecent moon’ or ‘inappropriate moon’.  Basically it was an unwanted moon because to ancient country folk, it wreaked unpredictable results in life.

So that’s the winding road to answer the question “why do we call it a blue moon?”  But I can’t leave it at that.  I have this compulsion to turn frowns upside down.  What if we flip this bad blue moon rap into a better perspective?

We can look to the same ancient folklore that gave the blue moon its indecent proposal from the beginning.  The Old Ways tell of amazing results when we appeal to the power of the blue moon.  Whoa?  Yeah! Instead of getting freaked out over the unknown influence of this moon – we can harness its power – purposefully and profoundly.

This rare’ish lunar event is a perfect time to get serious about our affirmations.  When we solidify our intentions during a blue moon, this moon blesses it in a big way.  Think of it like sowing super-sonic powerful seeds in our lives.  Then consider the blue moon adding magic lunar juju to our seeds – insuring the likelihood of successful sprouting of our dreams.

In short: Offer up your dreams and expectations for the future to this blue moon.  Connect with Dame Bleue Lune on a personal level.  Envision this dynamic, cerulean Lady Luna as a giver of second chances and big gifts in your life.

Blue moons have historically proven themselves to be catalysts for mind-blowing life-events.  Don’t miss the chance to utilize this thin slice of night life.  It’s time to boogie in the moon light and dare to dream for your best future.

Interestingly, the Old Ways document a domino effect with this action.  If you engage the blue moon to aid you in your future manifestations, it will set factors in motion that will last until the next blue moon – which is about three years in the future.  Considering this is a time of impressive influence, energy and potential – it behooves us to choose our wishes for the future wisely.

I hope this post on “Why do we call it a blue moon?” was illuminating.  At very least, I’d like to think this post inspires you to wander outside and simply appreciate the bountiful beauty of this blue moon (even though it likely won’t be blue).  If you do go lunar-watching, do me a favor.  Just give thanks.  Thanks for the little things, big things, and everything in between.  But especially give gratitude for this glorious universe in which we live.

As always, my thanks to YOU for reading!

Bright lunar love,

Avia

Click the links below for more symbolic meaning of moons…

Symbolic Moon Facts and Meanings

Moon Signs and Moon Meanings

Moon Meditation

Native American Full Moon Names

 

 

 

 

Rain, Rain Go Away. Folk Predictions of Rain and Storms


Folk Predictions of Rain and Storms

It’s that time of year again. Spring is pushing into our lives, stomping her foot down on Winter.

Spring can be a crazy-unpredictable time. It has to do with the transitional nature of the season. Winter and Summer tend to take command of their time in the year. Spring and Autumn, however, are all about shifts and changes. For more symbolic seasonal insights click here.

So Spring is springing (in the Northern hemisphere). That means rain. It can also mean big honking storms.

Now, I’m a huge fan of rain. It’s symbolic of neat stuff like:

  • Healing
  • Renewal
  • Cleansing
  • Emotional Rebirth
  • Gifts from the Heavens

All good things, right? Indeed, rain is a super-keen meteorological event. Without it, we’d all be in a world of hurt. From replenishing vital water tables, to insuring food on our tables – we owe a lot of appreciation to the rain spirits.

But sometimes Mother Nature can go bonkers. Whatever the reason, sometimes Madame Nature takes those life-giving raindrops and transforms them into bullets of destruction in the form of a storm. You’ve heard it said “Into every life some rain must fall”. Well, same is true with storms. Both literal and metaphorical storms happen. To all of us.

So what? Nothing we can do about it, right? Wellll, I wouldn’t be so committed to that view.

I grew up with a friend whose mother was a walking encyclopedia of folk wisdom and medicine. She had hundreds of ways of predicting the weather. She also had equal amount of ways in thwarting bad weather.

Did her methods for shooing away storms work? I can’t say for sure. But I do know her prediction skills were better than the weatherman on TV!

Whether you believe in folk methods for weather prediction and prevention or not – sometimes it’s fun to entertain the ideas.

The following are some old folk tips on predicting rain, as well as ways to dissuade storms ruining your Sunday picnic.

Folk Ways to Predict Rain and Storms

Turning over a new leaf:
When leaves begin to turn over, it’s often a sign of upcoming rain or storms. I’ve written about this phenomenon on a symbolic level here: Turning Over a New Leaf – It’s Symbolic.

Pitter pat, check out the cat:
When cats rub behind their ears during a cat-bath, rain is on its way.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out:
Spiders are predictors of many things in folk lore. Spiders ducking for cover and seeking shelter is a sign of rain or storms.

Oh! My achy breaky bones!:
Perhaps the very best barometer of rains a’coming is aching bodies. I know it certainly works for me. So pay attention to those cranky corns on your feet, creaky bones and stiff joints – it could mean impending rain storms.

Folk Ways to Prevent Storms

Pass the salt, please:
Sprinkling salt on a ceremonial fire is thought to thwart torrential storms in the Spring.

X marks the spot:
Appalachian lore says marking an X on windows with your right index finger protects the home from storm damage.

More bark than bite:
Find a piece of bark from a tree that’s been hit by lightning. Folk tales say keeping this tree bark will protect you from lightning and ill effects of a bad storm.

Get stoned:
No. Not like that! Striking two stones together sends a message to the thunder and storm spirits. One stone must be black, the other white. If you’re about to be caught in a storm outside, strike these two stones together until you are safely under cover – it’s said to protect you from storm damage.


All superstitions aside, deluges of rain and epic storms are nothing to snicker at. It’s up to you whether you want to employ any of these folk tactics to predict or avoid weather threats. Admittedly, I find myself doing some of these things out of habit. I remember my old friend employing her folk remedies and predictions – and I guess they rubbed off on me over time.

Belief is a big ingredient in any method of honoring rain and storms. Symbolism certainly plays its part too. While the folk ways offer nostalgia, I still find the best tact is a path of respect. For example, tap into the symbolic meaning of rain. Once we’re familiar with the deeper meaning of rain and storms, we tend to connect with it. We may even auger a sense of honor and respect for it. I certainly do. In that same vein, I practice a simple ceremony. Just a closing of the eyes and uttering words of honor and gratitude for Mother Nature and the nourishment she provides. I also pay respect to Her power in the form of storms. All that said, I ask for the very best outcome for all involved. Then I sprinkle salt on the fire, X my windows and put Ben-Gay on my poor knees. LOL!

I hope you found this post on folk predictions of rain enjoyable. Maybe it will come in handy. Maybe not. Either way, I’d like to think you came away with a little laugh and a renewed respect for Mother Nature.

As always, thanks for reading!

Mightily Brightly,

Avia

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Natural Phenomenon – A Symbolic Moment

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Someone asked me recently to describe a memorable experience had in Nature. It was hard to pin down just one remarkable communion, but this one moment in time was a real soul-shaker for me….

I remember walking on the sun-baked earth, flat and expansive, somewhere between Midland and Odessa, Texas. It was evening, and the moon was full, casting illumination across the parched expanse. A breeze lifted the heavy heat of the air, and a light sprinkling of rain began, which suddenly gave birth to a torrential rain.

In seconds, the cracks in the earth began to fill. My shoes became sponges as I continued to walk through the accumulating rain (squish, squish). Just as suddenly, the rain stopped and the moon returned, lighting my path once more. In the distance stood a lone mesquite tree – short and squatty – a rebel to stand out so staunchly in the flat dessert terrain.

While focusing on that mesquite tree in the moonlight, I was stopped-short by a behemoth strike of thunder. Lightning followed, cracking open the night like an onyx egg. A tendril of lightning touched a slender branch of the tree and ignited it into a bright fire suspended in the black night. Softer rain then fell, but the fingertips of the mesquite tree kept burning.

I sat and watched this for as long as the fire flickered at the end of the branches. Eventually the fire was quelled, and so was I.

—That was a very symbolic moment for me; namely, it represented all four elements (fire, earth, air, water) in a crazily unlikely, but well-choreographed dance. It was Nature’s allegory about balance, and how sometimes oddly cool things can happen at the most unexpected moments.

So, allow me to ‘pay it forward’ and ask you to contemplate a moment in which you bonded with Nature in such a way as to make it memorable and profound for you. I found re-experiencing this moment really shifting – I hope the same will happen for you.

Brightest,

Avia

Other Pages of Interest:

Meaningful Messages from Nature

Tuning Into Nature’s Symbolism

Moon Meanings and Symbolism

Symbolism of Trees

The ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse. A No Nonsense Guide

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Full ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse is upcoming!

The blood moon (also known as hunter moon, harvest moon and/or falling leaf moon) is not uncommon.  However, what’s unique about the blood moon this month is that it’s a full lunar eclipse.

The term “Blood Moon” is fairly new in modern, popular media.  In truth, it’s a term that’s been used by earth-worshippers for a very, very long time.

Blood moons commonly happen during the months of Autumn (Sept-Nov).  In the old religions, and ways of life, this is a time of hefty harvest as well as slaughter.  Blazing bright foliage is reminiscent of the color of blood.  Slaughter of cattle is obviously a blood-related event.

This is a painfully simple explanation for the connection between “blood” and “moon”.

So what’s it all about, Alfie?  And what are we supposed to do with this blood moon stuff!?!?

Here are a few ideas to keep in mind during this blood moon lunar eclipse:

Get Grateful:  As this is a time of the long-held traditional harvest, we might give thanks for what we have gained in our lives while admiring the blood moon.    An attitude of gratitude is powerful any day of the year, but especially during the full harvest moon.

Get Picking:  This is a full moon.  That means it’s a great time to do some harvesting of our own.  Our modern world may not muster every villager, gather in the fields and harvest crops…but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fruits to pick.  Consider ideas ripe for the harvest that need to be picked and worked on.  Also consider loose ends that need tidying before the long winter months hit.  Part of harvest is prevention.

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Get a Clue:  This is a full lunar eclipse.  Symbolically, a lunar eclipse speaks to us about stuff that is a major presence in our lives.  We know it’s there.  It shines brightly in our lives.  Nonetheless, it’s often blocked by something (time constraints, the ego, ignorance, denial, etc).  During this blood moon eclipse, it might be a good idea to recognize and appreciate the ‘big obvious’ in our lives.  This could be as simple as recognizing mentors, family, our kids or special friends in our lives.  Those people who always shine, but our business or whatever gets in the way of giving thanks for them.

Get a Life:  Blood is a big deal.  It means life.  It is the ocean in which all life might continue to exist on this earth.  This blood moon eclipse might be a good time to get in the flow of that concept.  This could mean paying attention to our health concerns.  It might mean re-devoting ourselves to our “life-blood” which could be our passions, our children, our community…that big aspect of our lives that insures life moves forward.

Give it Up:  Blood is about sacrifice.  Not trying to freak you out, but it’s true that blood has been steeped in the concept of sacrifice since ancient times.  Consequently, this might be a good time to consider the sacrifices others have made for you.  Blood moons are a time for me to thank the military men and women who shed their blood in service to our country.  This is also a good time to consider what kind of sacrifices you can make to better yourself, others, your community, the world.  What can you shed that will lighten the world?

These are just a few symbolic ideas that hold hands with the full blood moon.  However you intend to acknowledge this special lunar eclipse – I hope all your moments with Lady Luna are illuminating.

Brightly,

Avia

More Symbolic Lunar Delights…

Moon Meaning and Symbolism

Full Moon Names Per Month

Moon Signs and Personality Types

Moon Symbolism and Meditation

 

Solar Flare Symbolism

Solar Flare Symbolism

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I’ve been thinking about solar flare symbolism in the aftermath of a few major solar flares we’ve experienced this month.

In classical symbolism (sourced by the ancient Greeks) the sun is a symbol of:

  • Life
  • Action
  • Energy
  • Initiation
  • Passion
  • Illumination

Our ancient Asian ancestors recognized the Sun as distinctly yang in its essence, with symbolic implications similar to the Greeks, and adding attributes such as: Maleness, assertion and forceful expression.

Astrologically speaking, the sun is a representative of the Self – specifically, the self we choose to show publicly, the side of ourselves exposed to the light of the world.

It’s important to note these symbolic ideals about the sun in order to gain deeper meaning about the solar flare phenomenon. Why?  Because it helps to answer the question ‘what does this mean?’ from a deeper, more thoughtful level.

The geeky-science explanation of solar flares deals with pressure release.  Solar flares are caused by tremendous magnetic shifts in the three layers of the sun’s atmosphere (photosphere, chromosphere and corona). Opposing magnetic forces manifest gargantuan battles within the sun’s atmospheric layers.  These opposing forces eventually produce mammoth expulsions of plasma – hence, a solar storm (or flare – the terms are synonymous).

As a metaphor for life, solar flare symbolism provides an illustration of catharsis after a period of turmoil. All of us experience inner conflict, and release of that conflict is vital. Often, our inner energies are forceful. Sometimes our conflicting emotions feel just as volatile as the energy we see blaze-dancing on the surface of the sun.

Am I suggesting we all explode into raging fire-fiends to release our inner turmoil? No. But, I am encouraging deeper contemplation of releases in Nature (such as seen in solar flares) as an example of the dangers of stuffing our conflicting emotions. If the sun were unable to release the tumult of opposing magnetic forces, damaging implosions would occur, wreaking long-term havoc on itself as well as the Earth.

In short, this solar phenomenon is a perfect example of conflict leading to release which leads to renewed balance. 

Cool video from NASA of the solar flares that took place 4/2/14

An interesting symbolic correlation is that sun storms occur at the peak of a solar season, as the sun goes through an active cycle every 11 years. Numerologically speaking, the number 11 represents an initiation with a goal to achieve balance.

In this light, all life experiences conflict which prompts action to seek balance. That renewed balance has tremendous rewards.

How so? Well, a large solar flare produces an array of energetic particles that showers down to the Earth’s atmosphere to create an aurora (like the borealis).

That’s a sweet ending to a solar spat, isn’t it? From a spiritual perspective, we all can experience the glimmery afterglow of an aurora within our lives when we soulfully seek ways to release inner tumult with the expectation of renewed balance.

I’ve written a few more articles about sun symbolism. Click ’em if you’re interested:

Sun Meanings and Meditation

Native American Sun Symbols

Sun Symbolism

You can catch up on current solar flare activity on the official NASA site here: Solar Flare Activity – April 2014

Image of solar flare used with permission from NASA.

 

Behaving Outside The Norms

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Have you ever exerted extraordinary, almost inhuman displays of behavior?  Perhaps in times of extreme distress, high violence, and/or  moments of threat…have you ever shifted into a person you couldn’t recognize as yourself?  In these dire moments, I believe we all pull out pieces of energy that lay dormant within us.  As humans, we are multi-faceted.  There’s really no telling what we can conjure in a moment of intense duress.

I remember times when I have exerted strength way beyond my tiny frame in order to pull a buddy out of a bad situation.  I remember times when I have spoken so vehemently about human rights in support of the underdogs of this world.  I remember moments when I have fiercely defended my loved ones, full-on, with teeth bared, and claws at the ready.

Acquaintances have retold stories about my behavior.  I listened in disbelief. I have no knowledge of what I spoke or how I behaved the day after these events.   I can’t believe someone like me could conduct such severity of word or action.  It’s a bit of a head-trip.  Almost an out-of-body experience.   I never hurt anybody, but according to accounts, I was a frightening force to be reckoned with in the heat of the moment.  Witnesses said I didn’t even look like myself, it was as if I was someone else defending, snarling, protecting.

When recounting these experiences, I am flummoxed about the source.  Looking back, it feels as though it was not me who acted or spoke in these situations.  Rather, it was as if I was being channeled by something greater, grander, more powerful than myself

Please don’t misconstrue what I’m saying here. I’m not some crazy nut-job. Never have been. However, there are times that beg us to pull out of our normal structure to defend, to make right, to establish authority.  I’m talking about extraordinary, unusual, even diabolical circumstances here.

Now, normally, I believe there is no need to be vicious to get our point across.  Grace and eloquence are far better contenders in the race for getting our notions known to others.

But there may be extreme moments in each of our lives that punch at our need for justice.  Moments in which we are yanked out of our personalities,  out of our bodies, and it seems we become the “other”.  In these moments, we become primal archetypes.  In my case, it seems other-wordly entities have taken over to present a much bolder, fiercer persona in an effort to protect and preserve that which is sacred to me.

When those moments come upon us, I urge you to consider…where does that concentrated power come from?  What about the words you utter in the heat of defense for a loved one?  Where do they come from?  How about you mother’s out there who have exerted inhuman feats and efforts to protect your cubs?  Where does that come from??

Sometimes we cannot delineate.  Sometimes the need for ferocious protection and defense is so strong, we cannot discern the consequence of our actions.  Through experience, I urge you to try the peaceful path before getting to the point of no return.  Before you start “seeing red” – give peace a chance

Having said that…there are trigger-finger moments that exact extreme reactions from us humans.  I pray these moments never arrive at your doorstep.  But when they do, conjure the force of dynamic , capable, ancient energies that are more-than-willing to hurl their energy into you to squelch out the fires in your life.

For me, I’ve found several animals and ancient deities have bombarded my faculties in times of crises.  This invasion (in retrospect) is welcomed an necessary.

In short, I believe archetypal energy is ancient and ever-ready to inject us with the energy we need to act appropriately when necessary.

Thankfully, this energy is available to us in times of stress as well as in times of peace.  Ancient energy of our ancestors can enter our hearts in times of tranquility with as much profoundness as when we are in high anxiety.

Let’s not rely on our powerful, knowing ancestors solely in times of duress.  Let’s open ourselves to their wisdom in times of silence, solace, stability, and tranquility too.

Just thoughts.