Wednesday, 23 January 2013

A Baker's Dozen of Full Moons ~ 2013

This year will see 13 full moons between January 27th 2013 and January 16th 2014, hence the baker's dozen. The next full moon is known as the 'Wolf Moon' and will be on January 27th 2013.

The Wolf Moon - Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

Full Moons are a frequently researched event. Regardless of the audience, be it scientist, housewife or farmer, everyone wants to know the date so that they can take advantage of the energy of the night. Full Moons are intriguing, mysterious and, in many ways, like a beautiful sunny day, only at night. Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences in your life, protection magic and divination.

It is said that the best Full Moon magic can be conjured for seven days: the three days prior to the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon itself, and three days after the Full Moon. Sometimes the results of Full Moon magic can take approximately one moon cycle to take hold and come to completion.

Drawing Down the Moon

The Full Moon is the time to invoke the Mother Goddess at the height of her glory, this is when the ceremony called "Drawing Down the Moon" is performed. During this ceremony the energy and essence of the Full Moon is drawn into oneself, when done properly you will feel a heightened trance state combined with a power surge that radiates through your whole body. Traditionally this is only done within a protective circle.