The eighth calendar moon of the year rises slowly into the night sky - she is as bright as a whole forest of lighted candles, and she is attended by oceans of stars and velvety darkness. I had a companion last evening as I stood in the garden with my tripod and camera, a young peregrine falcon who seemed to be as enchanted by the rising moon as I was.
The full moons of the waning year always seem a little brighter and more luminescent to me than their earlier counterparts, as if the Old Wild Mother is making up for the waning daylight hours by granting us a little more moonlight when late summer darkness comes tumbling down.
July's moon is ruled by Saturn, and so, this is an appropriate time to honor those who have been our teachers, tutors and mentors on this earthly journey, to give thanks for the lessons they have given us and the wisdom so freely shared. Let us also honor the poets, photographers (not this fumbling one however) and artists who also shared their vision and bequeathed us a rich inheritance of words and images when they passed beyond the fields we know. We also know the July moon as:
Blackberry Moon, Blueberry Moon, Buck Moon, Claim Song Moon, Corn Moon, Crane Moon, Daisy Moon, Fallow Moon, Feather Moulting Moon, Flying Moon, Grass Cutter Moon, Ground Burning Moon, Hay Moon,v Heat Moon, Horse Moon, Humpback Salmon Return to Earth Moon, Hungry Ghost Moon, Index-finger Moon, Larkspur Moon, Lightning Moon, Little Harvest Moon, Little Moon of Deer Horns Dropping off, Little Ripening Moon, Lotus Flower Moon, Meadow Moon, Manzanita Ripens Moon, Mead Moon, Midsummer Moon, Middle Moon, Middle of Summer Moon, Moon of Claiming, Moon of the Young Corn, Moon of Fledgling Hawk, Moon of Much Ripening, Moon of the Home Dance, Moon of the Middle Summer, Moon of Ripeness, Moon When Cherries Are Ripe, Moon When the Buffalo Bellow, Moon When People Move Camp Together, Moon When Limbs of Are Trees Broken by Fruit, Moon When Squash Are Ripe and Indian Beans Begin to Be Edible, Moon When Ducks Begin to Malt, Mountain Clover Moon, Peaches Moon, Raspberry Moon, Red Berries Moon, Red Blooming Lilies Moon, Return from Harvest Moon, Ripe Corn Moon, Ripening Moon, Rose Moon, Salmon Go up the Rivers in a Group Moon, Seventh Moon, Smokey Moon, Strong Sun Moon, Summer Moon, Sun House Moon, Thunder Moon, Warming Sun Moon, Water Lily Moon, Wattle Moon, Wort Moon