Wolf Moon: unity, purity, and dormancy

The first full moon after Yule is called the Wolf Moon; it is a time of self-responsibility and self-honesty. Celtic folklore says that if you gaze into the face of the first full moon of the year, you may see your future lover. The Celts believed that the weather for the first twelve days after the Wolf Moon was indicative of the weather for the next year, one day representing each month.

The wolf and raven work together in the wild, communicating and sharing food as a way to survive. Wolves howl at the full moon, reaffirming their wildness. They also hunt and play in the moonlight. Several Celtic Goddesses and Gods, suck as Medb and Merlin, had the wolf as their emblem. Legend has it many of them shapeshifted into the wolf on the full moon.

Storm Moon: duality and polarity (as above, so below)

The Storm Moon is a time of polarity and duality, a time of stirring up energy (as in stirring the cauldron). Storms bring change, both positive and negative. The druids were renowned for raising the winds and fogs, levelling hills, and drying up rivers and lakes. Celtic people used singing, whistling, chanting, and drumming to control the weather and the forces of storms. the Goddess Bridget is credited for introducing the art of whistling to humankind, and the seafaring Celtic people practiced whistling-up-the-wind in order to sail over the waterways and seas.

A large body of folklore is related to storms and the weather (as above, so below). For example: If there is a halo around the moon, it will rain; when stars appear in the halo's ring, rain will continue for several days. When there are less than five stars within the ring, the weather will be warmer; when more than five stars, the temperature will be cold.

Chaste Moon: trinity of the Maiden, Mother, and Crone

Virtuous words and actions, together with clear and pure intents, symbolize the Chaste Moon. Purity in this sense indicates a lunar strength, free from imperfection and things that hinder, impair, and weaken it-an energetic strength.

The Chaste Moon is the third full moon of the cycle and thus symbolizes the Celtic trinity of Maiden, Mother, and Crone. The Triple Goddess and Threefold One carries many meanings: birth, life, and death; new moon, waxing moon, and waning moon; creation, destruction, and regeneration; past, present, and future; and positive, neutral, and negative. The trinity reminds us of the concept of oneness-that all fragments combine to create the whole. In fact, they cannot be truly separated, as the parts are like cells of the body of the Goddess, the Great Mother, Earth.

Seed Moon: the solidity of the four elements of manifestation

The four elements of manifestation, earth (north), air (east), fire (south), and water (west), are represented by the fourth moon, the Seed Moon. All patterns consist of these elements, with you, the practitioner, acting as the fifth element, or conduit of spirit. When working with elemental energies, remind yourself that you are an embodiment of the elements.

The Seed Moon is a time of to plant seeds in your personal life as well as in the garden. Seeds are ovules from which ass life stems. Within a seed are the combined energies of oneness: birth, life, death, and rebirth. The Celtic people understood that the growth of the seed was dependent upon the initial seed quality and upon environmental factors such as the timing of the planting cycles were based on moonlight. During the full moon, they planted the crops that grew above ground, and during the dark of the moon they planted root crops.

Hare Moon: control of the self, the physical manifestation

The hare is an important totem animal, familiar in Celtic folklore and mythology, which serves as the badge for first-degree initiates in Welsh Druid Tradition. Mary Queen of Scots also used the hare as her personal emblem. The Iceni Warrior Queen, Boudicca kept a hare within her clock and unleashed the animal when she went to battle the invading Romans. Shapeshifters change into hares, cats, and birds more than any other animals.

The Hare Moon is a time of learning control over our physical manifestations. Hara, which means "the seat of power," is the root of the word hare.

Dyad Moon: time, multi-dimensions, boons

The sixth full moon is halfway along the Path of the Moon, at the point where the energies of light and darkness meet. The Dyad Moon is called the "Boon Moon" in Druid Tradition. The Goddess grants you a gift, or boon, depending upon your works during the previous year. Symbolic of time, the Dyad Moon serves as a gateway through time and space, a portal to other dimensions, such as the home of the Celtic Goddesses and gods, the Land of Promise, Tir na N'Og.
The word dyad stems from the Greek word dyas, meaning the number two. The dyad Moon embodies the strengthening force of two-mortal human joined with deity. Similarly, a dyad is defined as an element, atom, of radical that has a combining power of two-that which is doubled or paired.

Mead Moon: lunar fertility, dreams, etheric link

The Mead Moon is a time of vivid and lucid dreams, lunar fertility, and etheric harmony. This is the ideal time to keep a dream journal or tape-record your dreams for later reference and use. Great joy and love are afoot at this High Moon.

Mead is the name of heavenly drink of the old Teutonic Gods. The Celts were connoisseurs of the elixir and rivers and lakes of mead flow throughout Scottish and English ballads. Mead, probably the first fermented beverage ever made by humankind, is considered to have medicinal and healing qualities.

Wort Moon: the yearly cycle

The yearly cycle and the eight Great Days are represented on the eighth full moon. The Wort Moon is a time of predicting the seasonal cycles of the upcoming year but examining the signs of seeding, cultivation, growth, and early harvests, and by observing the movements of the stars.

The wort is a type of plant or herb, such as pennywort and navelwort. In the brewing of beer, the wort is an infusion of malted barley combined with hops and special grains. The wort is combined with the yeast, springs to life and eventually transforms into beer. The Celts made beer only in the summer because of the warm temperatures required for successful brewing.

Barley Moon: wisdom and knowledge

The Barley Moon is a night of magic, healing, and wisdom. Barley, with its triple spikelets, is the oldest of foods. The first cereal ever cultivated, barley was a food staple as hunting cultures evolved into agrarian societies. In Celtic societies, women directed the planting of the barley seeds, cultivated, harvested, and dried the grain. The grain was stored, used for making bread, used medicinally for healing, and malted for brewing beer.

Common in Celtic rituals, barley was honoured at births, initiations, weddings, and funerals. Similar to the Corn Mother, the Barley Mother symbolizes the ever-renewing cycle of life. When the Goddess weds death, as the Barley Mother does, she renews herself. That which is born never dies, but is reborn.

Wine Moon: prophecy

The Wine Moon is a time of prophecy. the gift of prophecy comes from the ability to merge with spirit, as well as from observing and reading patterns in life. Often prophecy is made under divine influence or intervention, and intoxication was one way the Celts let go and connected with the Goddess and God.

Wine, the oldest of medicines, also servers as a menstruum in medicinal preparations. the Human body absorbs herbs much more quickly if the ingredients are first dissolved in wine.

Blood Moon: maternity and fecundity

The Blood Moon is the ancestral moon, honoring the maternal qualities of the Goddess. The Celts believed that the spirit of a person resides in her/his blood. Blood is life itself. Our blood actually mirrors the salinity of Earth's oceans. The Holy Grail is a life-giving vessel, as it holds the divine blood, just as the Goddess is a living vessel who holds the blood of the Earth.

Specific groups such as Irish Red Branch and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table were joined through covenants of blood. Through ritual, they become loyal to one another, of one blood and family, as if they were joined by ancestry.

Snow Moon: divine or royal purpose

The Snow Moon represents divine or royal purpose and the sovereignty of the land. It becomes a time for developing your divine or royal inner awareness. The sovereigns of the ancient Celts were spiritual leaders as well as rulers of the people. They embodied the power of the Goddess and the God on the Earthly plane through divine birthright, while connecting to the very sacredness of the land itself. When the land and the people thrived, the sovereigns thrived and vice versa.

The Last Moon in the twelve-full-moon years, the Snow Moon symbolizes the potential of things, much like the frozen water necessary for life that waits for the thaw.

Oak Moon: the lunar cycle, rebirth, and transmigration

As the thirteenth moon, the Oak Moon embodies the lunar cycle, the creative process of birth and expansion as well as transmigration, regeneration, and rebirth. The word Druid translates as "Oak Seer," as all knowledge and wisdom resides within the roots and belly of the oak. Symbolizing strength, endurance, and fertility, the last leaf of the oak never falls, and its acorns served as a food staple for the Celts. Vast evergreen and oak forests once covered Europe and the British Isles. Most worshipped of all trees, the oak was the first tree created, from which sprang humankind. Need-fires and the traditional Yule Log are still kindled from the sacred oak.

Mistletoe gathered from the oak was considered the most powerful all-heal by the Druids. They gathered it on the Summer and Winter Solstices by knocking the plant out of the tree with a rock or stick and catching it in a white cloth before it touched the ground. Mistletoe, which bestows fertility and represents the "life of the oak," was used traditionally for protection, healing, heightened sensitivity, and spiritual knowledge.

The Thirteen Moons
In the decay of the moon
A cloudy morning bodes a fair afternoon.
- Tusser, "Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry" (17th century).
All the moons of the Solar System are named after Greek and Roman mythology, except the moons of Uranus, which are named after Shakespearean characters.
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