The Cosmic Dance

by Sarah Fuhro

The Cosmic Dance is always available to us for wonder and participation. Sun and Moon create a cycle each twenty-eight days central to our psyches, and to the growth and death of everything on earth.

Each month the two parental luminaries appear from earth to conjoin, and then the Moon continues on her own journey. At the moment of greatest fulfillment, Moon begins the return to the Sun. She scatters what she has gathered in her journey towards fullness. We watch as she wrinkles and deflates, finally empty of her light, and enters her dark and invisible phase.

As the marriage of Sun and Moon draws close we see Moonrise closer and closer to dawn, and she is lost in his daytime splendor. During this dark Moon period, the earth and all her children often feel like a ‘motherless child.’ We are left with no visible lunar mother to brighten the night sky, yet at this moment of marriage and conception, we experience the mystery of the seed in the dark earth and the child in the dark womb.

This little birch Moon
slips out into dark night,
she steps silently away
from the lights and music
of the bustling cabin.

When the Moon
has her darkness,
she takes it in silence.
Going out, she leans against
the great dark tree,
and looks straight up,
as she recalls
how she sailed
through that tree top
as a full and flying Moon.

Moon feels the bark
against her tired spine.
In the dark,
and all alone, by herself,
she gives birth
to the next little Moon.

A few days later we see, just after sunset, the beauty of the crescent Moon setting in the West. If Venus is the evening star, there will be that lovely combination of Moon and planet. Our hopes rise as the Moon reappears in the sky at twilight. In many societies, there is a new Moon watcher who looks for the first trace of the crescent. As Druids, we might find this to be part of our role in family and community.

Whoever has walked
across a freshly plowed
field at twilight,
and raised loving eyes
to see the crescent
Moon adorned
by the evening star,
you are entering
the drama which
has no beginning
and knows no end.

Now the Moon sails along in her journey towards fullness. Excitement grips the earth. Insect voices are raised as she grows to her greatest brilliance. The Sun sets as she rises, and she takes center stage. At the moment of fullness the Moon is always in the constellation opposite the Sun. Sun and Moon show us the way to wholeness through integration of opposites. We experience the whole cycle of the ecliptic in one tumultuous moment of manifestation.

While the Sun plods along through the zodiac in his yearly journey, the Moon flits through all twelve signs every twenty-eight days. The cosmic dance contains many beautiful complexities. The Moon rises highest and she is brightest when nearest Betelgeuse in Orion each lunar month. She rises to her greatest height in mid-winter. The Sun is at his height in mid-summer and is low in the sky during winter.

Then there is the eclipse cycle in which the mysterious little satellite of our earth we call the Moon is just the right size and distance to block our star, the Sun, as they conjunct, so that for a few hours, we have neither Sun nor Moon. At the lunar eclipse, the earth’s shadow dims the light of the full Moon, and the stars are the only light in the sky.

The Moon and Earth dance with one another during an eighteen year cycle of eclipses. The Sun and Moon meet and part during a nineteen year cycle. Both have been recorded with great accuracy in Avebury and Stonehenge. The relationship between Earth, Sun and Moon are central to our work as Druids. When we hear the inner harmony of their dance we participate in  the wholeness they offer us.