Sunday, April 6, 2008

New Moon, New Starts, New Blog

Women and the Moon: The Crone

Well, I've written the first of my series of moon posts, Women and the Moon (Part One): The Crone Moon.

But it's not here.

It's here! (Or scroll down, to the post dated Friday the 7th of March.)

It has posted on the date I started and first saved it, I think. There's probably a way to move it, but I haven't discovered it ...

IWD: Towards 2011

It made me laugh that I now have a post that, besides crones, talks about the new women's blog ... weeks before aliqot and I came up with the idea for it! We started Towards 2011 in response to the lack of information we could find about International Women's Day which was started in 1911.

A blog by women, about women and for women (but not to the exclusion of men), Towards 2011 is a way of promoting the centenary of International Women's Day in 2011.

It's a very new blog, but aliqot has already put up some great posts, one of which triggered a conversation about wolf-whistles!

Check it out and leave a comment, or a suggestion about anything you'd like to see or do on there. We'd love to hear from you!

Aries New Moon: The Freshest of Starts

The moon was new at 4.55am this morning and it's in Aries, the youngest sign, a time of new beginnings and enthusiasm: "Aries asks us to live life fully, to try something new, to love and to be brave and independent."

Maria Vaiana explains why this new moon of all new moons is so exciting:

It’s helpful to view this day each month as your “fresh start” date. The dynamics of each New Moon are astrologically different and every month there will be an opportunity for a fresh start in a different area of your life.

This month, the New Moon occurs in the sign of Aries. Aries is the sign of the zodiac associated with new beginnings and individuality so it’s easy to understand why this lunation has me so excited for everyone. It is the ultimate yearly pass to start afresh! In fact, it's time this month to be a little selfish and focus on you!

I want to encourage everyone reading this to understand the significance of this lunation because you truly have the most amazing energy behind you to begin the new path you’ve been thinking about recently. It’s time to act and this lunation promises to give you the courage and independence you need to focus your actions on deliberately achieving whatever it is you desire.

The most powerful time to act will be in the two weeks following this New Moon and everyone is sure to feel the positive transformational energy in the air thanks to the beautiful trine this New Moon makes to Pluto, the planet of regeneration and rebirth.

What you will find thanks to this lunation is a new-found clarity on what it is you really want. Along with this clarity comes a burst of inner strength and conviction that will prompt you to use your assertive energy to boldly explore the new trail waiting for you.

And Lisa Dale Miller has this to say about the new moon for fresh starts:

Aries is all about adventure and the indomitable spirit of the adventurer helps open us to trying something different; something you think isn’t you… but might just be. Reinvigorate your lust for life. We have all become so fearful and risk-averse. Go on an adventure, be spontaneous, or just do something wild and crazy. There is a time and place for play, and this is the New Moon to remember that all work and no play make us very dull people!

Aries says, “I can!” with a level of faith that only an innocent child who has not yet failed can muster ... your heart and mind must be centered in an open attitude of excitement—“let’s go,” or “I can do anything,” or “I can be anyone,” or “the world is my oyster,” or “life is an adventure!”. This is a New Moon that asks us to take a leap of faith and do the impossible. This a New Moon to come at who you are with a sense of wonder, magic and first-time awe. Go find out who you are and what you want; you might just be surprised.

Have a very Happy New Moon!


On a very personal note, this may seem a little strange here, but ...

A Dedication to an Amazing Woman in my Life

A wonderful friend of mine has just been told she has a very aggressive form of cancer and is unlikely to see the next new moon. She is only just fifty so although barely crone by age, she has always been crone by spirit! She has guided and supported me through many difficult times and shared many beautiful moments with me. She has been a 'second Mum' to my girls since Youngest daughter was born. Wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and phenomenal woman, I am dedicating my post about crones to her, with love and appreciation. x

Eldest Daughter thinks I should "wait" to do this, but I know how much my friend wants her life to be celebrated, rather than her death to be marked. She is being incredibly brave and positive, which is why it seemed fitting to include this note here.



Annieye said...

I've just spent a very pleasant few minutes catching up on your blog.

Your friend sounds like an amazing woman. My heart goes out to her, but I can understand her wanting to celebrate her life while she is alive.

My mum had cancer and knew she was dying. In the middle of November 2006 she was in the hospice. She had a great idea of celebrating her life while she was still alive. The hospice gave us the lounge for a whole Saturday afternoon and I took in lots of mum's old photos and treasures (like her wedding dress). My sister-in-law and I did the food and we sent out invitations to her friends and all the family. We created a memory box for her 2 year old great-grandson during the afternoon, taking videos and photos etc. Mum had a marvellous time. No-one cried or anything. In fact, there was so much laughter it almost seemed indecent.

But it was what she, herself wanted. To say goodbye to everyone while she still could. She died two weeks after the party.

I'm so glad we granted her wish.

Lane said...

Firstly, great moon post! I especially like what Lisa Dale Miller has to say. I'm glad it's time to explore and be braver:-)

Secondly, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. That's so horribly unfair. I know these cyber hug things can seem meaningless but ((hugs)) to you and strength to her. I hope you can all celebrate her life to the full.

Moondreamer said...

Annieye, thank you so much for your lovely comment!

I'm really sorry to hear about the loss of your Mum to such a horrid illness. But what a positive story ... thank you for sharing it, I think your Mum's idea was wonderful.

I expect there must be some peace gained from being able to say goodbye. I think that focusing on that is a great help to my friend and her husband who are determined to spend the time left to them, collecting memories and making plans.


Lane, firstly, thank you, and I'm glad you liked it ... yes it seems a very upbeat time of year!

I really like the fact that it's a good time to change "I can't" into the "I can" of an innocent child who has yet to fail.

I did worry about whether I should add the bit about my friend, because there's no denying it's sad. And my intention is never to make people sad. It's lovely that you and Annieye have left such positive comments.

So, secondly, thank you ... your lovely cyber hug is not at all meaningless, but very touching and much appreciated.


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