17 December 2013

December Full Moon Dreamboard

(Click on the photo to enlarge and see more detail)

Sadly Jamie Ridler isn't doing her Full Moon Dreamboards any more, so there was no prompt on the New Moon :-(

But I so enjoy doing this practice, I've decided to go it alone...

I discovered December's full moon in the Northern Hemisphere is called the Full Cold Moon. As we approach the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice, on the 21st, the focus is on warmth, shelter and family, and I've chosen words and images that reflect that.

Starting top left corner, I found a full moon image from an old We'Moon calender (Drombeg Circle by Kathy Glover 2005), and stuck on top a small poem by Mary Anne Radmacher from her book Lean Forward Into Your Life. I found the book in a charity shop, and once read, I've torn it up to use in journals, etc. (I cannot believe how daring I'm becoming in my old age...!!)

It reads:
as the moon wraps the end
of our day
we sit with the consequences
of our intentions
and pour a warm cup of gratitude 
for our family, our friends,
with such grace 
we prepare for another day.

Below that is another We'Moon image - a painting called Mother and Child by Barb Levine 1999.

To the right of it as an image from Toast's Winter catalogue on which I've stuck the words 'The gift of hope' clipped from a fairtrade catalogue.

On the right-hand page, is a large frosted berries image from World of Interiors, on which I've stuck the words 'Made It' and added, 'through another 12 months' (yay!)

To the left of the berry photo are more words by Mary Anne Radmacher:

i lean forward
full of the
possibility, the
hope of color,
growth, warmed soil
and being loose of
the chill of this
garden's long winter.

And underneath is another page of hers: 'celebrate the holidays that make sense', which I interpret to mean ignore the world's definition of what we should be celebrating, and make your own sense of the holiday season. Hence, my focus on the Winter Solstice, the primal need for warmth, shelter and family, and the chance to gather with loved ones and celebrate their being in my life.

And finally, there's a small picture of a farmhouse on the hillside, lights blazing as the daylight fades and the fog rolls in...


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! It's such fun to do :) x

  2. Oh, love this, Claire! I used to do Full Moon dreamboards with Jamie too, but didn't this year. So sorry to hear she's not doing them anymore. BUT, love the of creating your own prompts. Off to do mine :)

    1. I hope you'll share your board with us, Debra :)

  3. I'll be brutally honest and say I got quite lost when you were talking about the dreamboards and the moon cause that's not something I'm remotely au fait with, but I love your words at the end: "focus on the Winter Solstice, the primal need for warmth, shelter and family, and the chance to gather with loved ones and celebrate their being in my life." This, for me, as an atheist (sorry, hope I don't offend cause I gather you're not) sums up perfectly what this time of year is about. It's the sense in MY holiday season anyway and those words are just great - thank you.

    1. Don't worry - you cannot offend :-)
      I see making these boards as a practice in which I gather images that mean something to me... I don't subscribe to the 'making your dreams manifest-thing' - much too New Agey for me!
      But I do connect with the Moon and her phases in an instinctive, almost primal, sense, and doing this once a month connects me to the seasons, and the earth's rhythms in such a deeply joyful way. I just wish I'd found it years ago...

  4. Claire, I'm so sad too that jamie wont be doing her moon prompts either...I will be lost without them, although I have found sites with the lists of names of the moon for our southern hemisphere and will keep on making my own boards, which have given me a lot of success and focus. love the poem and off to click on the bigger photo of your board to enjoy!

    1. I hope you'll share your board :)
      I'm so new to this practice (this is my 3rd) - wish I'd found it sooner! - but I get such deep pleasure from it :)

  5. Thought I'd share the list hope it helps! cant remember which site it came off now..........

    Northern Hemisphere full moon names by month:

    January: Old Moon, Moon After Yule
    February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon
    March: Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Lenten Moon
    April: Grass Moon, Egg Moon
    May: Planting Moon, Milk Moon
    June: Rose Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon
    July: Thunder Moon, Hay Moon
    August: Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon
    September: Fruit Moon, Harvest Moon
    October: Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon
    November: Hunter’s Moon, Frosty Moon, or Beaver Moon
    December: Moon Before Yule, or Long Night Moon

    Southern Hemisphere full moon names by month:

    January: Hay Moon, Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Mead Moon
    February (mid-summer): Grain Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon, Wyrt Moon, Corn Moon, Dog Moon, Barley Moon
    March: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon
    April: Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon
    May: Hunter’s Moon, Beaver Moon, Frost Moon
    June: Oak Moon, Cold Moon, Long Night’s Moon
    July: Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon
    August: Snow Moon, Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon
    September: Worm Moon, Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Sugar Moon, Chaste Moon, Sap Moon
    October: Egg Moon, Fish Moon, Seed Moon, Pink Moon, Waking Moon
    November: Corn Moon, Milk Moon, Flower Moon, Hare Moon
    December: Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon, Rose Moon

    1. Thank you so much for this!! I really, really appreciate it :)
      Do you want to share boards next month?

  6. Claire, I think I've been put off sharing online... when Jamie said that there could be legal issues I was floored... and then she said to take them off all our boards, blogs etc... cos of legal reasons.So after that I deleted mine from my blogs, and now dont know what to do... dont want legal repercussions..... so will give this some thoughts! lots of them! I wonder how we can share this without feeling wary? any ideas anyone?

    1. I saw Jamie's post too, and I'm sure, if we reference what we can, that's OK. I can only see legal issues if someone tries to profit from another's words/images. I used to work in publishing, and while copyright is very important, there are common courtesies (such as referencing), which are recognized. As Jamie said, she can't quite see how Pinterest is legit if we can't share images online...
      As far as I'm aware, if we reference as best we can, don't profit financially from the images in any way (the blogs targeted may have income from their blogging), I can't see there's a problem.
      But that's only my opinion, and I don't wish to influence you in any way :)

  7. Only just had the chance to check your post out - I love the words you have chosen and the images, especially the red berries :) I have to confess I do follow jamie and keep meaning to try out some of her suggestions but so far I have never quite got round to it... I think you might have inspired me to try something small and creative!

    1. Small is good - beautiful, in fact :)
      In my dreams, I'm creative every day - the reality is barely once a week! Hence, I LOVE this practice once every 4 weeks :)

  8. I love this, and I am so happy to have found you.


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