Wonder sees beyond the physical world, with eyes beyond eyes.
Wonder makes us still and tremble in awe, we consider our lowliness and humility of heart.
Wonder is never small, never a dim light and never disappoints. it can be fleeting, momentary, even fragile, but it is never meaningless.
It is the sun rising above the horizon as the cool wind blows. It is a flock of birds making huge circles in the sky as they prepare to migrate. It is the friendly hand extended by a stranger when we stumble. It is a baby’s innocent smile, a lover’s kiss, a kindly word or deed. It is the knowing, empathetic, tearful glance when words fail. It is the unexpected: the daily synchronicities of the Creator we so often ignore in our busy-ness.
Wonder is the Creator’s gift to us to declare who He is, what He is doing, and how He loves us.
And, as we observe and so participate in wonder, it is His way of including us in His never-ending cosmic dance of creation.
The July new moon is due tomorrow, 10 July, and the full moon will be due on Saturday, 24 July, 2021. For Celtic, Druids, and other Faiths isn’t it awesome to think of the new or full moon, soon?
The full moon is always wondered to me (both the new moon finds wonderful, too), and a poem (or liturgy) for the full moon follows, now, tonight, and it affects both hemispheres, too.
The first verse is our July poem from ‘Moonemclature (sp)’ of 8 July, 2020, but other verses include other words..
TheJuly Full Moon
We celebrate midsummer, Oh Moon of Corn, that from darkness, you are now full-born. Around us mirth and joy is heard, You light the world by the Creator’s word.
Teach us to listen and observe. to nature’s wisdom, to love all, and all to serve.
We remember those who are loved ones of the Southern Hemisphere, who see also the Wolf Moon, or the Ice Moon, and the Ice Winter and the Old Moon. Yet it changes the world, and we all see the Creator’s word.
May we take the stormy clouds and cold weather, as we know the nature’s balance all around us.
In July’s full moon, it is so light, above us, and the sky is darkness beyond the cloud. And, yet it shows us that Arianrhod is divine light.
Arianrhod loves us, and may we love Arianrhod, and love each other.
Here is the full moon, today, for 24th June 2021. And, here’s a haiku poem (or more, and a suggestion that you might to send a haiku to me, for fun)) for it, and a list of the ways others call different names of the June’s name for the moon.
June’s Full Moon: Poem: Haiku
As moon rises, and bees collect mead from the sun It enriches us.
The moon is here, now, and summer lightens oak trees. Wisdom brightens us.
Imagination! Fairies and elementals love the summer’s moon.
The moon and the wind, as horses canter at night, as the height of June.
The moon’s light is seen, a lotus blossom rises. Peace the world, tonight.
Moon’s Names For June
Medieval view: Mead Moon
Ogham Moon: Oak Tree Moon
Faery Moon: Wild Cherry Moon by Franke Rogers by ‘Tree Fairies’
Celtic people: Moon of Horses
Chinese people: Lotus Moon
Native American people: Strawberry Moon
Wiccan people: Dryad Moon
Buddhist people : Poson Poya
Southern Hemisphere people: Oak Moon, Cold Moon, Long Night’s Moon
Blessing you and those whom you love, including animals, on this day of the full moon. Tadhg
As a Celtic, Druid, Pagan, Christian or other faith, it is wonderful to talk about Lavender. Lavender can be used by sacred events, used at home, used by the kitchen, and in the garden (or balcony in a city). I love lavender. They’re ancient English plants, are good herbs, are good for sacred wonders, are greatly fragrantly etc, and the 1849 lyrics by James Halliwell was used when I was (about 1961) a primary school boy, and song was, “Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly, lavender’s green; When am I king, dilly, dilly; you shall be queen…” etc. Though some parts of the lyrics weren’t ‘completed’ used.
However, the Lavender (Angustifolia Hidcote) is doing well now by me, and it is loved by the bees. My front of the garden has a lovely Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum), and grass, and ivy). If you’re able to buy lavender or anything similar, please do what you can to suggest for bees – they need it.
Do use Lavender it at other sacred (isn’t everything so) events, and use it at home, in your garden (how about buying one this week) or at a city balcony.
Botanical name: Lavender angustifolia
Temperate Zones: 5-8
Blooming times: June to August
Height: 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90cm)
Flower colours: Lavender in deep blue-purple, light pink, or white.
For working for the kitchen, Lavender buds, it is said, are best when harvested right before they fully open (if you know when this is), and
Immerse some dried lavender buds in a jar of sugar, and you may sugar for baking and in desserts.
Add some flower buds to preserves or fruit compotes.
Chop fresh buds and add to add them as a cake batter or sweet pastry dough.
Use some fresh lavender to infuse teas and other beverages.
Sprinkle bits of fresh lavender on a salad as a part of a garnish.
Use chopped lavender buds and leaves to flavour roast lamb, chicken, or rabbit etc.
Some believe, spiritually, that lavender as an unction promotes peace, cleanliness, and love.
Poem From Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’
And now you ask in your heart,
“How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?”
Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower,
But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee.
For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life,
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,
And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
People of Orphalese, be in your pleasures like the flowers and the bees.
Conclusion: There is a wonderful fragrance from Lavenders at this time of the year. And, if you haven’t got a Lavender, my suggestion buy one plant of it this summer. I love Lavender, and have about thirty of of them in the front garden. Yes, I love them.
Here is some information for the Hawthorn tree or Hauthe the Ogham details for the alphabet, it’s full moon name, and the Hawthorns spirituality and mythology
So, here’s more about it.
Name as the Hawthorn tree or Huathe
Huathe pronounced Hoh-uh
The tree is energetic, strength, a decision-maker
Alphabet for one that ours calls: H
Ogham has one ‘stave’ to the left (see photo below)
Its month or moon month is: 13 May – 9 June
Poem: Siegfried Sassoon:
Not much to me is yonder lane Where I go every day; But when there’s been a shower of rain And hedge-birds whistle gay, I know my lad that’s out in France With fearsome things to see Would give his eyes for just one glance At our white hawthorn tree.
The Hawthorn is associated with the realm of the Fae and it tandems the oak and ash trees with them, too.
Some Christians believed that hawthorn branches formed that crown of thorns that adorned the bloodied heads of Jesus at the Crucifixion. It is also thought that Joseph of Arimathea planted the Holy Thorn Tree while traveling with the Holy Grail after Jesus’ death by going to Glastonbury in Britain
Hawthorn has a matched capacity to support local wildlife. Hawthorn tree or hedgerows have been often seen teeming with life, and it is said the Celts definitely noticed this by birds and rodents nearby.
The Latin word for the Hawthorn is called crataegus, and it comes from the Greek ‘kratos’ for hardness of its wood, and for ‘akis’ to mean sharp. Its thorns are known by many who are might unaware of it. They are prolific.
Here is a poem, a haiku (or liturgy) of the next full moon (and for some, an eclipse moon) due on Wednesday, 26th May), of Arianrhod and the Elements. For those who will see the eclipse of the moon, the colour may become a cerise colour and similar, and others such as some Americans, Chinese people and others may like the ‘moon full’ become a redness, and similar colour to some. Yes, for some the cherry hue means beauty and fortune for the moon at the eclipse.
Moon The moon was quite white. Now cerise as the eclipse may make her hue, red.
Dear Arianrhod, is her beauty and fortune, to elementals.
Northerly As elementals, great Gnomes as northerly ones, make the Earth so bright.
Make mountains and sands, mammals, flora and fauna. Blessèdthe white moon.
Easterly Easterly, the Slyphs, make the air, winds, hurricanes, environments, all.
She makes the moon high, and makes her above the clouds. Blessèd the white moon.
Southerly OfSalamanders , they make great fire, volcanoes, houses, energy.
Above the high moon,, this elemental is seen. Blessèdthe white moon.
Westerly The waters are seen,, in rivers, lakes, oceans, too, Watery Undines.
As elementals, she is seen in faucets, too. Blessèdthe white moon.
We live in a universe full of vibrant colour, and though we can only see part of the spectrum, what we can see is wonderful in its beauty.
We can witness the yellow radiance of the daily new-born sun as it rises above the horizon, to the deep red colour of evening and sunset. Grass, trees, flowers, a superabundance of insects and animals, nature arrayed in all its beauty is set before us in a blaze of colour, to gaze upon in awe and for us to be blessed.
The following, reviewed a few years ago, then, may be used as a poem for yourself or as liturgy in a ritual, and as a blessing to you and others:
Title: The Rainbow Blessing (By Tadhg Jonathan)
May the blessing of the red sun as it sinks below the horizon be yours. May the blessing of orange, the colour of flame and hearth be yours. May the blessing of the wild, green earth and all life be yours. May the blessing of the blue sea and wind which calls forth waves upon it be yours. May the blessing of indigo, the twilight colour of change and coolness be yours. May the blessing of violet, the colour of majesty and might be yours. And may all the colourful blessings of the God Of The Rainbow be upon you and yours, now and always.
You might, like me, have a liturgy you use each month – perhaps as a new moon, or like me you might like the monthly full moon. Here are words that can form as part of a liturgy or as a poem for the face’s moon. These words were used a year by me ago or so, and I like them to show the moon’s travail by us (as a full moon is due soon), but which can also be used for new moon words/liturgy soon after this liturgy/poem.
Not only do I like the moon because I am a Druidic-Christian (or as a Christo-Druid), and it fascinates me above the night’s sky, and as a poet it to meld words, but also as I am an amateur astronomer.
I hope this following liturgy/poem is useful to you.
Ah , The Kindly Face (Poem/Liturgy)
Ah, The kindly face.
The blessed Earth-maker moved and the Earth was split, rent asunder, and its twin was created, yes, the the Moon was formed. Blessed be the Moon-maker, who made this wonder, and who created its face to look down upon us.
Ah, the kindly face.
The crown of the moon is Oceanus Frigoris, a place ancient and old. A reminder that it is, indeed, the Sea of Cold, and, best seen in winter.
One eye is Oceanus Tranquillitatis, the Sea of Tranquility, or peace, where in July nineteen sixty-nine humankind first set foot on the moon in Apollo eleven. A fact to remember, in awe, as we gaze, upward, into the heaven[s].
The other eye is Mare Imbrium, the Sea of Rain. It is the larger of the two, so no need for eye-strain. But, on the day when it pours, and you choose to stay indoors, it may be the Moon to whom you should complain.
For, the moon controls the tides, and does impact upon our weather and part of the mouth on that face, Oceanus Procellarum, is the Sea of storms. And, as you and I look upward, together we now know.
But, there’s more, and no reason to quibble, for that mouth seems to dribble into Mare Humorum, the Sea of Moisture, to the south.
The blessed Earth-maker moved and the earth was split, rent asunder, and the the Moon was formed. Blessed be the Moon-maker, who made this wonder, and who created its face to look down upon us.
Ah, the kindly face.
And, as we look up, and wisdom seek, May we be a star in the (soon) waning Moon May we be a staff to the weak.1