Once again the new Moon offers us the opportunity to, to be done with what has become obsessive and stale and to acknowledge our ignorance of what lies hidden in the dark earth and womb of the next 28 day cycle. This particular new Moon is bursting with energy. But first there is the quiet and strange light which takes place at a solar eclipse...
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On October 18 the end of the Lunar Eclipse will be visible here in eastern North America as the Moon rises at 7:45 pm. The moment of fullness is at 9:38 pm EDT. Of course we need clear skies to see this special event, but all those who are attuned to cosmic energies will feel the full Moon and lunar eclipse consciously, and can meet the powerful forces at work with an open embrace.
This is the Moon of Gort, the Ivy plant. A close companion with Muin (Vine) of last Moon,
Ivy represents the spiral search for the self. Chewed by the followers of Dionysus as a source of ecstatic release, Gort continues the connection with wine/vine because she was believed to relieve the worst effects of wine, and was often included in signs for taverns.
A public ritual of Pagans and friends from many paths to protect Albion from fracking is being held at Glastonbury at noon. Over 1500 people have said they will attend, and others are holding ceremonies in different parts of the country, and the world, at the same time.
The new Moon takes place in darkness yet begins a new cycle of growth and experience. This Moon is the gate to the Jewish new year, Rosh Hoshannah. It begins a period of contemplation and remembrance, a time to take stock of what has happened during the past year, and to measure what our words and actions have created. The opportunity for new beginnings is always available us.
This image of the Salmon in the pool of Segais is my inspiration as we approach the full Moon in Coll. The card is from the very beautiful Druid Animal Oracle, (Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm) illustrated by William Worthington. The Salmon lives in the Pool of Segais and eats the hazelnuts which fall from one of the nine hazel trees (Coll) which surround the pool. Salmon is revered as the Oldest Animal. He represents wisdom, inspiration and rejuvenation. Despite all obstacles, the salmon returns to her place of birth to mate and lay eggs.
Farewell OBOD Camps: Greetings White Horse Camps!
Many of you may have been wondering where OBOD Camps have gone.
Answer: like little Gwion we have undergone transformation and been reborn as White Horse Camps after the equivalent of a period in Ceridwen’s womb. We are now independent of, though still closely linked to, OBOD.
In Celtic lore, Hazel nuts are the food of the Salmon of Wisdom who dwells in the pool of Segais. The Salmon is one of the forms taken by Fintan, a combination of shaman and Noah called ‘the White Ancient.’ When Fintan becomes Salmon he is known as the ‘oldest animal.’ The Hazel nut represents concentrated wisdom, poetic wisdom and inspiration. Hazel knowledge includes measurement, surveying, and the art of dowsing for underground water sources.
It’s been a very good year for the well-known and much-loved scholar of Pagan, Druid and Wiccan history Professor Ronald Hutton. His wonderful TV series, Professor Hutton’s Curiosities is airing on Yesterday TV, and last week he was elected Fellow of the British Academy. Here is the news from the Bristol University website: