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Lunar Calendar 2013

I am pleased to share with you the Lunar Calendar 2013 developed by my blog friend Moonchildsinger,(All rights reserved by the author and re-posted under her kind permission)
It includes a a brief paragraph about the common associations for each lunar month along with the dates (or approximate dates) of the celestial events and Quarter and Cross-Quarter celebrations in each lunar month.
As Moonchildsinger once explained to me: "Please keep in mind that we have followed the pagan tradition which holds that the old year ends with the descent of the solar deity into the underworld on October 31st which then plunges the world above into the darkness of winter. The first moon of our new year, then, is the first new moon appearing after the complete moonphase that contains October 31st.

Is this the only way to structure a lunar calendar? No... not at all. It is just one way, and we have set it out here for you to use as an example when you fashion your own lunar calendar. Again, the names we use, and the place in the eternal Wheel of the Year that we have selected for the beginning of the year are matters of option and choice. If you would prefer to begin your calendar with the first new moon in January and you prefer to name the moons after your favorite flowers, or your family members, or something else... please feel free to do so.

Many different paths from Native American to Celtic, to Egyptian, to Nordic, and Italian use names different from each other for each moonphase. But the differences aren't as striking as the similarities. What one path calls the Snowmoon another may call the Wintermoon, but you don't have to use any more than your own human intuition to know what season will most often hold this particular moonphase... and from there it is easy to determine the name you most closely associate the moon of the season. Simple eh?"

This calendar perfectly illustrates the caveat we have already mentioned regarding the possibility that 13 full lunar cycles may not begin and end on the same days which mark the beginning and ending of the year. For the lunar year in this example, the new pagan year begins on November 1st while still under the influence of the last moonphase of the old lunar year and ends in the same way... on October 31st while still in the final moonphase of the current lunar year. So, the 13 lunar cycles for the year are all represented, but the 13th cycle generally contains the end of the old year, while overlapping the beginning of the new year... a whole new cycle. Which is the way it should be... a cycle is another word for circle and a circle has no beginning and no ending... does it?

   
THE CANDLE MOON
(a time for divination)

Quickening energy. Beginning and conceiving. Awakening compassion. Looking to the future and it's needs.

01-11-13 CANDLE MOON - New
01-20-13 AQUARIUS RISES
01-26-13 CANDLE MOON - Full
02-02-13 CANDLEMAS, IMBOLC, FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, (AWAKENING)


   
THE SILENT MOON
(a time for protection)

The birth of energy and a break in the stillness of winter. Cleansing past actions and regrets. Shifting attention through purification to future growth.

02-10-13 SILENT MOON - New
02-20-13 PISCES RISES
02-25-13 SILENT MOON - Full
03-10-13 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGES


   
THE MAIDEN MOON
(a time for awakening)

The first lusty cry of energy breaking the veil of illusion. A balance of light against dark. Fire withstands ice. Making way for new beginnings, growth, exploration and prosperity.

03-11-13 MAIDEN MOON - New
03-21-13 ARIES RISES
03-21/22/23-13 OSTARA, EOSTAR, SPRING EQUINOX, (THE MEETING)
03-27-13 MAIDEN MOON - Full


   
THE HONEY MOON
(a time for love)

Full peaceful energy protects, strengthens, and wards the future. Romance, beauty, and healing are revealed in this light.

04-10-13 HONEY MOON - New
04-20-13 TAURUS RISES
04-25-13 HONEY MOON - Full
05-01-13 BELTANE, MAYDAY, WHITSUN, (THE MARRIAGE)


THE SEED MOON
(a time for growth)

Creative energy flows from the growth of all things. Strengthened connections to all powers natural and supernatural. Radience illuminates your path.

05-09-13 SEED MOON - New
05-21-13 GEMINI RISES
05-25-13 SEED MOON - Full

   
THE BLESSING MOON
(a time for magic)

Energy moves into creation. Opportunities for self reliance and confidence bloom. Unity and balance.

06-08-13 BLESSING MOON - New
06-21-13 CANCER RISES
06-21/22/23-13 LITHA, MIDSUMMER, SUMMER SOLSTICE, (MATURITY)
06-23-13 BLESSING MOON - Full


THE HARVEST MOON
(a gathering time)

Energy achieving fullness and success. Dream work, meditation, divination, and preparation for the spiritual harvest which will sustain life.

07-08-13 HARVEST MOON - New
07-22-13 HARVEST MOON - full
07-23-13 LEO RISES
08-01-13 LAMMAS, LUGHNASADH, HARVEST HOME, (THE DECLINE)


   
THE PROMISE MOON
(a time for prophecy)

Energy expended into harvest and gathering supplies and sustenance for the coming winter. An appreciation for vitality and the loss which balances it.

08-06-13 PROMISE MOON - New
08-20-13 PROMISE MOON - full
08-23-13 VIRGO RISES


   
THE SINGING MOON
(a time for exhilaration)

Completion, acceptance, mellowing, and rest after labor. A balance of light and dark lead to organization and clean-up of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter.

09-05-13 SINGING MOON - New
09-19-13 SINGING MOON - Full
09-21/22/23-13 MABON, AUTUMN EQUINOX, WINTER FINDING, (CRONING)
09-23-13 LIBRA RISES


   
THE BLOOD MOON
(a time for sacrifice)

Letting go and clearing away to find justice, balance, and harmony. Inner cleansing and the lament of loss. Seeking shelter in friendship, karma, and reincarnation.

10-04-13 BLOOD MOON - New
10-18-13 BLOOD MOON - full
10-23-13 SCORPIO RISES
10-31-13 SAMHAIN, SHADOWFEST, ALL HALLOWS EVE, (THE DEATH)
11-01-13 THE NEW LUNAR YEAR BEGINS


   
THE SPIRIT MOON

(a time for power)

Strengthened communication with the spirits, the elements, and the self in order to prepare for the coming transformation through the greatest darkness.

11-03-13 SPIRIT MOON - New
11-03-13 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGES
11-17-13 SPIRIT MOON - Full
11-22-13 SAGITTARIUS RISES


   
THE SPIRAL MOON
(a time for renewal)

The moon of the winter solstice. Slow change, contemplation, and preparation for the re-birth of the light.

12-02-13 SPIRAL MOON - New
12-17-13 SPIRAL MOON - Full
12-21/22/23-13 YULE WINTER EQUINOX YULETIDE (THE BIRTH)
12-22-13 CAPRICORN RISES



Regarding Names...
I love this comparison depicted on Wikipedia, though it is based on a 12 month lunar calendar , there is a close relationship based on Solstice and Equinox Periods as many cultures have...


Full moon names
Positional name Associated Month English names Algonquian names Other names used Hindu names Sinhala (Buddhist) names
Winter Solstice
Early Winter January Old Moon Wolf Moon Moon After Yule, Ice Moon Paush Poornima Duruthu Poya
Mid Winter February Wolf Moon Snow Moon Hunger Moon, Storm Moon, Candles Moon Magh Poornima Navam Poya
Late Winter March Lenten Moon Worm Moon Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sugar Moon, Sap Moon, Chaste Moon, Death Moon basanta (spring) purnima, dol purnima (holi) Medin Poya
Vernal Equinox
Early Spring April Egg Moon Pink Moon Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Seed Moon, Waking Moon Hanuman Jayanti Bak Poya
Mid Spring May Milk Moon Flower Moon Corn Planting Moon, Corn Moon, Hare's Moon Buddha Poornima Vesak Poya
Late Spring June Flower Moon Strawberry Moon Honey Moon, Rose Moon, Hot Moon, Planting Moon Wat Poornima Poson Poya
Summer Solstice
Early Summer July Hay Moon Buck Moon Thunder Moon, Mead Moon Guru Purnima Esala Poya
Mid Summer August Grain Moon Sturgeon Moon Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, Lightning Moon, Dog Moon Narali Poornima, Raksha bandhan Nikini Poya
Late Summer September Fruit Moon Harvest Moon Corn Moon, Barley Moon Bhadrapad Poornima Binara Poya
Autumnal Equinox
Early Fall October Harvest Moon Hunter's Moon Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Blood Moon Kojagiri or Sharad Purnima, lakshmi puja Vap Poya
Mid Fall November Hunter's Moon Beaver moon Frost Moon, Snow Moon Kartik Poornima Il Poya
Late Fall December Oak Moon Cold Moon Frost Moon, Winter Moon, Long Night's Moon, Moon Before Yule Margashirsha Poornima Unduvap Poya


Deep peace of the gentle light on you...
Shine On! ☼





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