Celtic Thought For The Day #10: …And Sister Moon

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Tonight there is a full moon. I love them. There is something mystical about them, something romantic. For ancient and latter-day Celts, Druids etc lunar cycles are important – for Celts, tonight is the Moon of Calming.

‘Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens
You have made them bright, precious and beautiful.’
(Saint Francis)

By the moon we can trace the march of time – a lunar month being approximately 29 ½ days. The moon is responsible for two tides a day, it balances life on the planet, and it ‘energises’.

He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.
(Psalm 104:19, The Book)

Jews would recite a special blessing and verses of praise called the Sanctification of the Moon, or kiddush levanah, too. So, why not you and I?

And, then we see the face-in-the-moon looking down; a western phenomena. Ancient Chinese saw a rabbit, some ancient African tribes saw a frog, To really impress your friends, the psychological phenomena that causes this ability to ‘see’ faces where there are no faces, is called pareidolia (par-i-doh-lee-a).

‘The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.’
Rumi

2 thoughts on “Celtic Thought For The Day #10: …And Sister Moon

  1. Holy Habits for walking in God’s presence:

    + St. Benedict recommends we divide our spiritual reading into three parts: first read until we come upon something that touches our heart, then meditate on it for a bit, finally turn it into a prayer to incarnate it into your life.

    + St. John Cassian recommends we pick a verse from the Bible, especially the Psalms, to use throughout the day as a help in maintaining the unceasing remembrance of God. Other fathers called this sort of prayer an arrow prayer to direct ourselves back to God if we start to get off the path. Two verses I have been using lately:

    “Be Thou attentive, O God, unto my help; O Lord, make haste to help me.” (Psalm 69 [70]:1)

    “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” (Is. 26:3, KJV)

    + Blessed Jerome advised that we try to learn a verse or passage from the Bible each day and whenever we happen to wake up during the night to take a little time to go over in our minds some of the Scriptures we have learned by hear

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