From the MoonCircles Archive:

Quick Guide to Moon Phases

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We can slice the Moon’s cycle into as many phases as we want. Arabian, Indian, and Chinese astrologers divided the Moon’s orbit into 28 or 27 “mansions.” They noticed how each day of the lunar month had its own unique and recurring qualities. When I was growing up, most calendars, if they listed the Moon […]

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Tips for Working with Moon Signs: Elements and Stones

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Use a daily Moon calendar to determine the mood for the day. By using the element of the Moon’s sign, you will know the emotional shift for the day and the actions to take in order to work with the Moon’s agenda. If you don’t have a Moon calendar, I recommend a daily visit to Dana Gerhardt’s Today’s Moon page to determine the sign and element for the Moon.

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Does the Full Moon Make You Crazy?

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Mist covers the landscape.  A Full Moon peers ominously through the clouds.  In the distance, a wolf howls.  Alone in his room, a man grabs his face in horror.  Wolf hair sprouts from his hands and face, and quickly covers his whole body.  His agonized screams convert to throaty growls. Racing into the night on […]

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Waxing Moon Magic: Ripening, Ripening

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When the Moon is waxing, the old ones advise:  Plant broccoli and beans but not your carrots.  Harvest lavender blossoms for your bath, chamomile for making tea.  Pick fruits to eat, but not for canning.  I wish I could garden, gather herbs, and pick my fruit fresh.  But I spend my weekdays in an office, […]

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Waning Moon: Chop Wood, Carry Water

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Chop wood, carry water.  According to an old Zen parable, this is what we do before enlightenment.  And it’s what we do after.  In other words:  enlightenment is no big deal.  The small rituals that sustain life are as important as our bigger dreams.  This is especially true at the waning Moon.  It’s time to […]

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Change with the Quarter Moons

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The Quarter Moons remind me of how clumsy I was as a girl.  I skinned my knees at roller skating.  I had a hard time getting my balance while learning to ride a bike.  I could fall just by walking across a sidewalk, when for no reason at all, my ankles would suddenly give way.  […]

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Eclipses: Defending Your Life

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I’ve been semi-obsessively watching and re-watching Albert Brooks’ gently amusing  Defending Your Life, currently in heavy rotation on HBO.  The film presents a vision of  the afterlife in which the newly deceased are sent to Judgment City, a sort of cosmic Ellis Island where each spends four days in court viewing days from his or […]

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Fall into the Gap: VOC Moon

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A good office witch or urban sorcerer will know about Moon phases.  And will be aware of the void-of-course Moon, which occurs every few days for a number of hours.  You won’t know when it’s void by scanning the skies for a runaway Moon.  It’s something an astrologer sees in a chart or anyone can […]

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If We Didn’t Have a Moon

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How did our Moon come to be?  Most scientists today think Earth’s Moon emerged from a disaster.  A big planetary whack.  For millions of years, we were Moonless, until a Mars-sized planetoid whacked into us.  Just a five-minute blast.  But it hit with the force of a billion, trillion tons of dynamite, exploding a ring […]

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The Value of Moon Rituals

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I’ve been doing New Moon rituals for years.  There’s always a voice inside that wonders “What good is this anyway?”  Another voice usually replies, “Shut up, this is magic.  You want magic, don’t you?”  The skeptical voice persists: “So what.  You do a ritual or you skip it.  It doesn’t change the world.”  Cries the […]

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