Happy Chinese New Year of the Earth Pig. Happy Groundhogs day. Do you know what this all means? We are rounding the corner from Winter into Spring. For some it brings happy feelings and relief, and for some, we are still content to hibernate and cocoon our plans and visions, and wait this new moon phase out until the full moon or even next moon/month, when the earth and cosmos brings our eyes and energetic selves more fully into the picture of new starts. And yes, speaking of NEW STARTS, I have a new practice space at Manzanita Wellness Clinic and A NEW WEBSITE! Yipee. Read on for a continuation of what I started in my Winter newsletters, a description of this moon/month and it’s attributes.
The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.
Groundhogs Day: For the ancient Celts, this day and all cross-quarter holidays marked the midpoint between a solstice and equinox. It marked the beginning of each season, estimating how soon spring-like weather will come and when to plant crops. It was not held as a good omen if the day itself was bright and sunny (if the groundhog came out and was indeed able to see it’s shadow). If it was cloudy and dark, warmth and rain would thaw out the fields and have them ready for planting within 6 weeks time.
Transition Moon: According to the Hebrew calendar we are about to enter into the moon month of Adar. Miriam Maron writes in Ancient Moon Wisdom, Adar is “the magic wand that touches Winter and magically melts away the snows and the frozen Earth in preparation for Spring.” The moon of Adar is the final moon in the Hebraic calendar. Adar is a doorway to new beginnings, to the first of the months, Nisahn, which is the moon of birth and new beginnings.
The following are attributes and healing allies of this moontime:
- Attribute: Laughter
- Stone: Jasper
- Incense: Cinnamon
- Zodiac: Fish דג (dahg) – Pisces
- Prayer: Kiddush Levanah/Birkat HaLevanah
The lesson of the moon is that phases in themselves are natural and are part of our life process. The same forces which phase us into darkness will in turn phase us gradually into the light. When we wane and drop and feel low and uninspired, this too is part of our growing, of our very aliveness. The menstrual cycle is a perfect example of these phases and with riding the tides of this monthly cycle which is mythically tied to the wisdom of the moon, and which I wrote a book about (check it out here or via Amazon: https://healingmama.com/book/).
The Hebrew prayer for the moon declares, “A crown of splendor to those carried in the womb who are destined to renew themselves like her…Blessed be You, Hashem, who renews the renewing moons.“
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, writes, “Darkness has suffered bad press for millennia…As light represents the archetype of masculine energy, darkness suggests the power of the feminine, and it makes an intuitive sense that the experience of healing may be associated with darkness. Darkness is a condition of the beginning. The body first comes into being in darkness. It is nurtured, as a seed, in darkness. Some people may find their healing in remembering the beginning.”
May this month be a doorway to new beginnings,