Monday, August 29, 2011

crescent moonday

Pieces for flying dreams. The crescent moon is appliqued onto a moon I discharged with bleach soap, the other is a little nine-patch. Nine-patches truly are addicting. I'm wondering how everything will come together for this project. When it happens, I hope it feels like puzzle pieces connecting at last, such a good feeling.

This moonday we have an hours-old New Moon in Virgo. Since a New Moon occurs directly between the Earth and the Sun, we aren't able to see it for a few days -- at which point it can be seen in the west right after sunset and only for a little while before it, too, sets. If you look closely, the entire Moon may appear to glow, in addition to the bright crescent. This effect is called Earthshine -- it's sunlight reflecting off the Earth onto the Moon and then reflected back to Earth again. Moonshine, Earthshine. That's nice.

Virgo influences our digestion, absorption, and assimilation of both life and food. The next few weeks will be a good time to focus on the well-being of our digestive system because we will feel a Virgo influence during this entire moon cycle. Befittingly, now is when to begin thinking about fall digestive tonics to prepare for a change in diet along with the change of season. Hard-working Virgo also enhances outdoor work, and we can draw on that energy as we gather and preserve the garden's abundance.

The New Moon is when to begin something new. In a play, it's the inciting moment in the first act where the rest of the story is set into motion. Make wishes, lists, and resolutions; make fresh dye-baths and herbal tinctures; sketch ideas -- whatever, just take the first step. And that reminds me of this chant by Starhawk:

Let it begin with each step we take,
And let it begin with each change we make,
And let it begin with each chain we break,
And let it begin every time we awake.

Now I'm off to take some first steps.


Jeannie said...

Your cresent moon and 9 patch are beautiful.

woman with wings said...

Hi Jeannie, thanks! The bed of flowers probably helps...have lots of stitching left to do on both of these!

deanna7trees said...

i always love the colors you choose. love the crescent moon.

woman with wings said...

Thanks, Deanna -- I feel the same about your Otis quilt!

Nancy said...

From your beautiful cloths to the chant...Love it!

Trish said...


woman with wings said...

Hi Nancy & Trish! Thanks for the kind words. Am still in Virgo mode, making lists and even thinking up new kinds of lists! Ha.

Anonymous said...

your pieces will look great together. your stitching is so nice and even...sigh. i'm hoping for the puzzling magic, too. just gathered all the pieces i've started for the cloth, almost afraid to put them next to each other, for fear they won't fit.

woman with wings said...

Cindy, that's the thing. I've had my pieces together, apart, together -- and they don't look so hot. So I need to figure out borders or neutrals or ways to bring them together. I'm hoping Jude says or shows us something that magically makes it all work!