Friday, 11 July 2014

The Doe and Buck Moon -July's Full Moon Esbat

       As July's full moon draws closer, (its tomorrow!) I can feel the enchanting energy of Luna growing ever stronger. At 99% full today, the moon feels almost at parity with Mr. Sun even though it still daytime. While the sun shines bright it feels like the sun and moon are engaged in the midst of an intricate energy dance in the sky.

       This moon as well as the next two moons, in August and September have been making quite a few headlines even in the non-pagan media as of late. Each of these 'Super' full moons for July, August and September are scientifically known as Perigee moons, meaning that they are 30% closer to the earth than the average full moon. While the media is pitting this as an extremely rare occurrence, like the blood moon that occurred earlier this year according to NASA scientists this occurs fairly regularly. January and February of 2014 were also super moons, and last year there was also a trio of consecutive super moons though the media only emphasized one. Essentially science tells us that super moons are not a sign of the apocalypse (sorry apocalypse watchers there's no scientific backing behind your theories), but rather that the super moon is a natural phenomenon.

       So we're not going to die, at least not from Ms. Moon's closer dance to Earth. Rather this perigee moon is a chance to reach out to Ms. Moon's energies and bask in her increased strength. For those who follow Native American practice this moon is recognized as the Buck Moon, especially in Algonquin traditions. According to the Farmer's Almanac, the concept of the Buck Moon originates in the physical growth of the stag during this time as July is the month when buck's grow new antlers. In my opinion the origin of this moon's name also likely results from the fact that like the buck, in the western hemisphere crops are growing strong.

       While I've heard of July's Celtic moon being referred to as either the Claiming Moon or Calming Moon, I wasn't able to find anything conclusive so for that, I think I'll need a little more book research. As it is, one of my familiars is a doe, and so I think that for my Esbat celebration July's full moon will be the Doe and Buck Moon. Then I shall be celebrating the feminine and masculine intertwined which seems to fit with the energy I feel in today's energies.

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