Thursday, April 26, 2012

National Poetry Month

New Mating Moon 
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It is the new moon in the Mating Moon but National Poetry Month is almost over. Like last year, I have been finding and sharing poems on my Facebook page all month. Finding this poetry has introduced me to new ideas, and given me words to express what I didn't have a way to talk about before. These are key elements of the Mating Moon, a time when we are asked to think about how we interact with the other, the outside, the different and how we can integrate that other into a bigger, better us. 

 The Mating Moon this month is calling me to embody my theme for 2012, Grabbing the Tiger By the Tail. It's asking me to be authentically me, authentically open and curious. It's reminding me that I am pretty awesome and worth sharing what I have with others.

The Mating Moon is reminding me that it all comes and goes. Nice spring weather is here for a day, then gone again. Partners, friends, ideas, even this body and life I call my own, they are just here for now. But what a glorious now it is.

Happy National Poetry Month! Happy Mating Moon!

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New Mating Moon 2011: The New Mating Moon

New Mating Moon 2010: A Flower Story for the Flower Moon

New Mating Moon 2009: The Lusty Month of May

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Seed Moon

New Seed Moon 
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Oy, it's almost the full moon and I haven't written the New Seed Moon post. The energies have shifted, though, and I want to do a Full Moon Feast themed post this month. So, we move on.

Seed by The Yes Man

Spring is rocking and rolling in Portland, Oregon this week. The fruit trees have blossomed and some are even past their full flush. The streets are starting to look sprinkled with cherry and apple blossom petals. My morning activities are coinciding with the dawn chorus and that combined with the smell of flowers and wet earth can be overwhelming at 6am. There are even some robins who are singing all through the day and night, practicing, wooing, setting up camp for their ladies in waiting who are arriving. Trails in the parks are full of banana slugs, trilliums, wild lilies and so much more life just shooting out of the ground. The weather is still fluctuating back and forth between cold and wet, sunny and dry, icy and warm sometimes within mere minutes of each other. One of the wettest Marches on record has record has caused a number of trees to fall in my parks, but it has also caused some amazing sky shows. I was treated to some awesome wave form clouds over Mt. Hood the other morning at sunrise. Spring really is glorious!

Turkish Fig by Amanda Rudkin

The Seed Moon points us towards the things in our life, and in Life in general, that are contained as potential. Plant seeds and animal eggs contain all the information to become a fully formed organism, but are currently just the potential of that form. Seeds practically hum with their potential, and just like spring is humming now. Images that come to mind include the shuddering movement of time lapse video of frog eggs, the peeping of chicks as they hatch, the magical transformation of seeds to sprouts. Other images, more human, are evoked too of the sticky, bursting, shuddering lovemaking of new lovers. Spring is a time of potential, of what will grow but is only yet a sparkle in The Goddess' eye.

What is bursting, growing, springing to life around you? What seeds are still dormant, but will grow into something full and beautiful soon? What signs of spring are showing up in your neighborhood?

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New Seed Moon 2011: Johnny Appleseed (one of my all time favorite posts!)

New Seed Moon 2010: To Everything there is a Season

New Seed Moon 2009: The Seed Moon Is New (which includes one of my favorite poems of all time, Horses in the Spring by Connie Wanek)