The Moon by Emily Dickinson
The moon was but a chin of gold
A night or two ago,
And now she turns her perfect face
Upon the world below.
Her forehead is of amplest blond;
Her cheek like beryl stone;
Her eye unto the summer dew
The likest I have known.
Her lips of amber never part;
But what must be the smile
Upon her friend she could bestow
Were such her silver will!
And what a privilege to be
But the remotest star!
For certainly her way might pass
Beside your twinkling door.
Her bonnet is the firmament,
The universe her shoe,
The stars the trinkets at her belt,
Her diminutives of blue.
Some say a full moon brings out the madness in people, and a new moon gives us a chance to start afresh. I have a fascination for the moon; an admiration for that huge, bright, spherical planet in the sky, shimmering with light. On silent nights, I watch the moon and wonder what it would be like to go there; to escape the humdrum of our daily lives, the noise, the pain, the stress. Let’s enjoy the silence of the moon.
“When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.” Mahatma Gandhi
Suddenly In The Sky Appeared by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī
Suddenly, in the sky at dawn, a moon appeared,
Descended from the sky
Turned its burning gaze on me,
Like a hawk during the hunt seizing a bird,
Grabbed me and flew with me high into heaven.
When I looked at myself, I could not see myself
For in this moon, my body, by grace, had become soul.
Full Moon Festival by Thich Nhat Hanh
Everyone is here at the Full Moon Festival.
Friend, what are you waiting for?
The bright moon shines above us.
There are no clouds tonight.
Why bother to ask about lamps and fire?
Why talk about cooking dinner?
Who is searching and who is finding?
Let us just enjoy the moon, all night.
We can view our lives in phases; like those of the moon… The phases of our life start from our birth through the various stages of development and growth; the ups and downs of our lives, the periods of tremendous growth and strength, through to the waning years, the fading years, and finally our demise. The Moon represents them all in its lunar phases: New moon, Waxing crescent moon, First quarter moon, Waxing gibbous moon, Full moon, Waning gibbous moon, Third quarter moon, Waning crescent moon, Dark moon… If we pay attention, we’d notice that different aspects of nature mirror the cycles of life. Let’s contemplate the beauty of moon. More below!
“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.” Irish Blessings
The Freedom of the Moon by Robert Frost
I’ve tried the new moon tilted in the air
Above a hazy tree-and-farmhouse cluster
As you might try a jewel in your hair.
I’ve tried it fine with little breadth of luster,
Alone, or in one ornament combining
With one first-water start almost shining.
I put it shining anywhere I please.
By walking slowly on some evening later,
I’ve pulled it from a crate of crooked trees,
And brought it over glossy water, greater,
And dropped it in, and seen the image wallow,
The color run, all sorts of wonder follow.
I was thinking about what post to share on a day I was feeling worn, spent, in need of air. The moon beckoned, whispering in my ear that it is natural to wax and wane, to feel some pain, to turn within, to seek this moon, to let my body, by grace, become whole again. And I did listen to the moon. Let’s embrace the blessings of the moon. What are your thoughts? Do you pay attention to the moon? What draws you to it? What do you know about moon phases? Do share! Thank you.
Positive Motivation Tip: We can wish upon a star or look to the moon for answers… the answers are not there but inside us.
- USPS Star Calendar for 15-21 January (uspsstargazer.wordpress.com)
- Haiku of Moon (mindfulcloud.wordpress.com)
- Skywatching Events for February 2012 (space.com)
- Moon Phases and Lunation Cycle (astrologyinhealth.wordpress.com)
- Idling… (bedroomwindowperspective.wordpress.com)
- USPS Star Calendar for 12-18 February (uspsstargazer.wordpress.com)