Last night was the first full moon of the new year, what some Native American tribes call the "Wolf Moon"—a time when wolves become restless during the heart of winter & hunger demands they be the most active. This moon's rising presence was no secret to me, because the light that streamed through my window was so bright I could actually capture it on film!
The silvery moonlight that caressed my shoulder felt like a gift from the heavens—a bright symbol of hope in cold winter time, which is why ancient Celts called it the "Birch Moon," heralding rebirth & regeneration. The stark white bark of the birch tree becomes radiant under moonlight, and birch trees are known to be the first to rebound & thrive after forest fires. How does this compare to the luminous moon? During the Birch Moon the winter solstice has already passed, so even though nights are cold, the days are getting longer, reminding us that spring will indeed come.
But even if I didn't know the lore behind the first moon of the year, I would still find its glow inspiring. Because what we see at night by the light of the moon is different than what we perceive during the day. Shapes take on new textures, landscapes show different facets, and even what we know to be certain colors can demonstrate entirely new hues. Below is a photo I took of a wintry twilight a few days ago. Normally my yard is brown in January from the dead grass & fallen leaves, but as you can see from this unretouched photo at the brink of nightfall, the whole world has become washed in cobalt blue:
And what about ourselves? Is it possible that we can discover new facets of our personalities at night, especially under a full moon? In my novel TWIXT, Rose has been so wearied by her difficult life journey that she's forgotten how to dream. But all that changes when a mysterious soul guardian named Chance Murphy takes her by the hand for a midnight waltz under a full moon, encouraging her to get in touch with her heart once again. This lovely art print created by Liza Lambertini at www.faeriewood.com captures the very moment when Rose finally allows herself to dream:
Yet sometimes moonlight forces us to face harsh realities, too. In my novel ROBIN IN THE HOOD, after the two main teen characters succeed in their first robbery (& steal money to provide for their families), Creek turns to Robin and says, "We're like vampires now—nocturnal creatures who only strike at night." As fugitives, they can't ever be seen in daylight again or else they'll be caught. So the two of them sleep while the sun is up & only pull off their heists under the cloak of night. Part of Robin is seduced by the danger of her new occupation, and another part of her has to work to overcome her fears. But one thing Robin understands, as all lovers do who've ever kissed under a bewitching full moon—the night holds a unique appeal, especially the chance to try on new identities. And it's that very opportunity for a former boarding-school girl who was imprisoned by her lonely & stale life that makes the moonlight so alluring . . .
Who do you become under a full moon? Have you ever taken a chance on love or in life that you normally wouldn't in daytime? I'd love to hear your thoughts, so when you have a moment drop me a line. And until then—allow the spell of this full Wolf Moon to lead you to new realms, both inside and out : )
P.S. Yes, I still do intuitive readings (especially under the light of a full moon!). If you would like an intuitive reading, please follow the directions below.
Directions to receive a free intuitive reading:1. Put your name (or a pseudonym) in the "comments" section of my blog below this entry and write, "I would like a free reading." IMPORTANT: DO NOT TELL ME YOUR PROBLEM OR CHALLENGE. That causes me to want to "fix" the issue or "make things better," which skews the reading. It's best if my ego gets out of the way & I just allow the angels to speak through me so that the information remains pure.
2. I'm not a substitute for medical/psychiatric/legal help. I can only offer spiritual solace, so if you are in need of such assistance, please see a professional. Also, I don't offer financial advice—only spiritual upliftment. Any words that come through me should resonate with what you know to be true for you. If it doesn't, then I am not the right conduit for you! You should ask your angels to guide you to someone who is more attune with your needs.
3. My readings for this month are free. If you want to return the "karmic favor", please consider joining my blog & buying my books—that's the best way to support what I do.