Monday, December 24, 2007

The Elder Moon of December

It was the thirteenth full moon of this calendar year, and it looked appropriately magical as it climbed high into the velvety heavens behind the old ash tree last evening.

I think of this moon as the Elder Moon, and as one born under the sign of the Elder Tree, this moon has special significance to me. It tugs away at my lunatic sensibilities as no other moon in the year ever can - as beautiful as all the other moons are in their times of fullness and shining, there is no farewell implicit in their appearance.

We also know this moon as:

Ashes Fire Moon, Bauhinia Moon, Bear Moon, Beginning of the Winter Moon, Big Bear's Moon, Big Winter Moon, Birch Moon, Center Moon's Younger Brother, Cold Moon, Cold Time Moon, Bitter Moon, Deer Shed Their Horns Moon, Dumannos Moon, Eccentric Moon, Frozen over Moon, Heavy Snow Moon, Holy Moon, Hellebore Moon, Her Winter Houses Moon, Hunting Moon, Ice Lasts All Day Moon, Ice Moon, Little Finger Moon, Little Spirits Moon, Long Nights Moon, Long Snows Moon, Middle of Winter Moon, Moon Before Yule, Moon of Cold, Moon of Long Nights, Moon of Much Cold, Moon of Popping Trees, Moon of Putting Your Paddle Away in the Bush, Moon of Respect, Moon When Buffalo Cow's Fetus Is Getting Large, Moon When Deer Shed Their Horns, , Moon When Little Black Bears Are Born, Moon When the Young Fellow Spreads the Brush, Moon When the Wolves Run Together, Moon When the Sun Has Traveled South to His Home to Rest Before He Starts Back on His Journey North, Narcissus Moon, Night Moon, Oak Moon, Paulownia Moon, Peach Moon, Poinsettia Moon, Popping Trees Moon, Poppy Moon, Real Goose Moon, Sap Moon , Sjelcasen Moon, Snow Moon, Star Frost Moon, Thirteenth Moon, Turning Moon, Under Burn Moon , White Orchid Tree Moon, Winter Maker Moon, Winter Moon, World Darkness Moon, Yule Moon

I also rather like "Long Nights Moon" and "Little Spirits Moon".


Anonymous said...

Hi Cate,
I love "Little Spirits Moon". I wish you and your loved ones a marvellous time this Season. The best of everything for 2008, especially good health.

Shelli said...

I love the moon. I think this is one of my favorite of your photos.

K Allrich said...

Lunar blessings, Dear Friend! Wishing you good health, peace and creativity in 2008. xoxo Karina

Endment said...

I have been enjoying the moon, its light and the beauty of this mid-winter evening - How wonderfully you have captured the evening