A Resilient Moon
The next full moon is a blue moon, meaning that it is the second time that the moon is full in the same month. Here in western North Carolina, gentle blossoms are unfolding against bitter winds and spring seems still to be unwilling to burst through, but it will. These blossoms are so fragile and their petals have mingled with the snow and the rain. Their resilience in their youthfulness mirrors the movement for gun reform that is sweeping the US. On a national scale we are seeing young people stand up against the callow system of white capitalism that is literally killing them.
The spring equinox is about balance and activation and I felt that keenly as I watched people flood the streets of cities across the US, demanding the right to be safe, the right to live, to come before profit. It is the most important declaration - “I deserve to live and to exist.”
Flowers of change are tougher than they might appear.
One of the first trees to flower in this area of the world is the magnolia. It’s stark buds and blooms can be seen long before its leaves even bud. Magnolia mythology marks this as a tree of steadfastness and yes, resilience since its flowers can be seen long before the warm weather returns. Magnolias are also thought to be ancient, perhaps one of the oldest trees on the planet. They are in it for the long haul. The full moon at this time has many names all over the world. I call it the Magnolia Moon, the Resilient Moon bringing change, a promise of warmth and growth.
Look around you wherever you are, what is showing in nature? What is saying it has the right to exist? You have a right to exist, you have a right to seek change and security. Name your moon, claim it.
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I'm Liz Watkin a fiber artist and educator with an online learning background. I've been sewing since I was a kid and love the therapeutic nature of crafts.