Getting ready for a few more months of winter, I’m turning to music that got me through the difficult years of high school– specifically this X song, The Hungry Wolf. This Full Wolf Moon comes between the long night moon and Imbolc, before spring starts make a brave show through the frost. This moon was named for the hungry wolves that surrounded villages back when stores were getting lean, from a time when perhaps we better understood we were part of a living cycle, just as vulnerable as the wild things around us.
The moon is a constant inspiration for me, and you can find the latest moon-inspired designs in the Howling Moon Collection.
I thought it was fitting today that the Tarot card I pulled was the King of Stones from the Wildwood Tarot– a beautiful wolf howling at the moon.
It’s almost here. This month’s full moon is dear to my heart, falling as it does near the Heathen celebration of the Blessing of the Plough and the pagan Imbolc, the day sacred to Brigid, goddess of creative fires, among many other things. Tools are blessed this month, and I hope Brigid as well as the many wise dwarves who have forged for the Gods may bless my tools I use for forging. This year I plan to make friends with fire and solder, and may they bless this also.
This month’s moon has many names, but I love the Quickening Moon as this is the time of year we can feel the lunar pull on the seeds and plants that have lain dormant all winter. Sure, the sun might be coaxing them out but while they are laying in darkness, the moon that rules the tides and our own emotions is sure to be doing her own magic to bring out life again!
As part of Esbat celebrations, I’ve created a treasury for the Cold Moon with some of the beautiful handmade items available on Etsy. With this moon in mind, it’s time to hibernate, conserve energy and respect the rhythms of the seasons. Now is the time for delicious sleep, embracing the lush darkness and the latent excitement of the threshold to spring. Small changes, now– sage smudging round the place, epsom salt baths with olive oil and an apple tea bag thrown in. Reading, dreaming of Imbolc. Some black out curtains for the bedroom to block out the jarring yellow street lamp!
I compiled this Flower Moon treasury on Etsy in honor of tomorrow’s esbat. Right now the cottage garden is alive with an ever-changing array of blooms, like a kaleidoscope of days the spring is passing into summer. What are you doing this full moon to celebrate?