(Many) Moons


I’ve always been aware of the moon — its phase, its arc, its pull. Even more so here at Camp Many Moons!

I gave this place its name for three reasons. 1. It was the nickname my brother gave me. 2. It suggests a Native American connection. 3. I want the retreat we’ve developed here to last a long time — not just for me, but for my extended family.

Lately, I’m recognizing a fourth reason. I feel a connection to the moon, and always have, in both urban and rural locations. I look for it, and at it. Sometimes it soothes me and sometimes it disturbs me. When it waxes, I feel expectation and energy. When it wanes, I feel sadness or even trepidation.

Is that weird, or natural? Some people would say this reaction exposes my horoscope sign, Cancer, which is supposedly “ruled by the moon.” Maybe, maybe not. Like many things I can’t prove, I neither dismiss nor embrace it. But I can’t dismiss the symbolism.

Symbolically, the moon represents rhythm … of a woman’s cycle, of the seasons, of human development, and of time. And I think the moon links us to nature in a way that we have largely ignored – not just physical nature, which is special enough, but also our own nature. Human nature. So often inspiring, but sometimes disturbing. Constantly moving to the next phase. Cyclical. In its way, predictable. After years of seeing the disturbing side of human nature, I find that comforting.

Tonight is a moonless night at Camp Many Moons, but I have these photos to remind me of what will return. Even the darkest night will end. There will be another full moon! Just wait….

4 thoughts on “(Many) Moons

  1. Now that I’m on the third floor, with a fabulous view, I can see the moon outside my window when it looks full these past couple of weeks. You make me want to pay more attention to when and what phases I can see throughout the year!

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  2. Greetings from Lanse, Mi.
    Once a month for a few nights, I would lay awake staring at the ceiling right smack when most normal folks were getting their best sleep. Ta da; full moon. Some Prickly Pear Cactus before bedtime cured that. The fish also are affected by the moon, and they tend to pack their things and go on hiatus only God knows where, and no human that I am aware of has found a cure for them. Maybe God set that time aside for their vacation. Have a good day!

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    1. Prickly pear cactus, really? Hmm. I have noticed that about fish, too. When you consider that over 70% of the earth and 60% of our bodies is water, it’s not surprising that the moon’s pull would have some effect. We also notice it with currents…

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