ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
Tonight, look up into the sky and gaze upon the Blue “Salmon” Moon. This is a very special moon for multiple reasons. The first being that it is the last Blue Moon until 2015. And for those who don’t know, a blue moon means it is the second full moon in a month. It isn’t actually blue.
This is also the Pisces Blue Moon. When the moon is in Pisces, the fish, it is a time to seek wisdom and oneness. In Celtic tradition, the Salmon was considered the wisest and oldest of all animals. They believed that the salmon, known as Bradan, gained its wisdom by feasting on the nuts of nine hazel trees growing around the Well of Segais, the well of wisdom. There is a tale about a young boy named Deimne who gained knowledge and wisdom while watching over the cooking of the Salmon of Wisdom. The boy was given the task to “watch the pot” when the hot juice splattered and a small piece of salmon skin landed on his thumb. Deimne’s immediate reaction was to stick his burned finger in his mouth, transferring the knowledge and wisdom of the Salmon to the young boy. He was then given the nickname “Fionn” meaning “bright” and he would go on to be a great hunter and warrior in Celtic-Irish mythology.
Personally, I find it a bit ironic that the tale of Fionn mac Cumhaill (aka Finn McCool), a great mythological hunter and warrior, is linked to this particular Blue Salmon Moon (Thanks to Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook). Today, a great, and perhaps some day mythological, hunter of the moon and stars was laid to rest. Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away this week and his family mourned him in a private memorial service today. His family even mentioned that tonight, we should all look up at the moon and wink at Mr. Armstrong as he gazes down at us from the heavens. The Universe planned it perfectly. We say goodbye to the first man who walked on the moon on the night where we observe the last Blue Moon in 2012–the last Blue Moon until 2015.
But no matter what you believe or how many Instagram pictures are posted of tonight’s Full Moon, I think we can all agree that every Full Moon is a sight to behold. We should always look at it as a reminder that the Universe is so much bigger than we are. The little things that upset us don’t matter in the great scheme of things. We need to let go of the past, enjoy the present and look forward to our unknown future.
But if you feel you need a little extra guidance, wisdom and knowledge this celestial evening, Kristin Madden of Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook has a few suggestions:
Seek wisdom and oneness on this Pisces Blue Moon. Fill a shallow bowl, with no inside marking, with pure water. Sprinkle a touch of ground hazelnut, hazelnut liquor, or hazelnut flavoring on top. Pass your left hand, then your right hand over the water, attuning yourself to its energy. Still your mind and allow your experience of Self to expand to include everything in every reality. Continue to expand your awareness until your current identity is just one small part of who you are. Tell yourself that you encompass all things and that you will retain some of this wisdom when you return to your body. When you are ready, gradually return to normal awareness.
In other words, go outside or sit by a window and take in the Blue Moonlight. Breath (and meditate if you wish), relax, and enjoy this celestial beauty that begins our extended holiday weekend. Don’t forget to take a moment to remember the man who achieved the impossible by leaving the first footprints on the moon. Be inspired and find ways to make your own footprints in the Universe!