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Tonight is the Blue Sturgeon Full Moon!  The full moon of August is commonly referred to as the Sturgeon Moon, or Grain Moon.  There are 2 types of Blue Moons- the first type is when there is a 2nd full moon in a calendar month, and the 2nd type is when there is a 3rd full moon during a season of 4.  This Blue moon is a seasonal blue moon.  Blue moons are considered very powerful & auspicious times!  Bless!

 
 
Just a quick post to speak of the counting of blessings.  This simple pastime & meditation is truly invaluable.  It raises our awareness & vibration each time we practice it-be it an inward musing or journal entry in form.  Even just a moment of this practice will reap great benefits both to you & the world.  Try it & see for yourself!  Bless!
 
 
Today is the pre-christian holiday known most commonly as Imbolc.  Imbolc means "in the belly" or "ewe's milk" from Old Irish.   It is the halfway point between Winter Solstice & Spring Equinox, one of four yearly cross-quarter days.  This ancient fire festival celebrates the first stirrings of spring and new life in the new year.

  This was an important moment honored by agrarian cultures, recognizing and welcoming the returning light and warmth of the Sun to the Earth.  Weather divination was perfomed on this day, a rite still followed in America known as Groundhog Day.  Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow determines if there will be early spring.


  In Ireland this day is sacred to the goddess & saint Brigid.   Brigid is connected to poetry, music, dance, blacksmithing, healing & initiation.   She is honored on this day most commonly  with music, poetry, & fire.  Traditionally milk, butter & baked goodies are given to her in spiritual offering for her favor.  This is a great seasonal time to initiate new beginnings-everything from dietary cleansing to spiritual initiations.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, birds are building nests for future newborns, bluebells & daffodils are sprouting up everywhere.  The light of both sun and moon has shifted & changed since the Winter Solstice, longer days & shorter nights are now apparent.  Happy Imbolc!  

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 beThe Northern Lights also known as the Aurora Borealis are one of the most magical wonders in our skies on planet earth.   I had the great honor to see them once from an airplane flying over the eastern canadian, icelandic & greenlandic skies a few years ago.  Truly magical! Here is a link to native legends of the creators of the the wondrous lights:



 I have just discovered that Canada has a northern lights live camera feed!  Here is a link to it below:

 
 
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Enter the Black Water Dragon!  Today is the Asian New Year, and in the eastern zodiac it begins with the totemic animal of the black water dragon.  Dragon is the most powerful animal in the eastern zodiac.  Known for its power, majesty, dramatic flair & maverick, dynamic nature.   

Dragon as a totem and power animal is known for magic, strength, courage & fortitude.  Here is a link for more information about dragons as a power animal & spirit ally.
http://www.whats-your-sign.com/dragon-totem.html