July 2014 "Super" Full Moon
The Blessing Moon, The Hay Moon
July's full moon marks the first harvest of the Earth's bounty. It's time to reflect upon and express gratitude for the abundance of all that she provides.
Because this is a perigee moon (when the moon is closest to Earth), it appears to be about 30% brighter and up to 14% larger than other full moons and is referred to as a "super" moon. This month's moon is the first of three super moons of 2014 that will follow in succession (the others will occur August 10th and September 9th). The moon reached her fullest peak this morning (July 12) at 6:25 a.m. CDT, but there's lots of full moon light left to frolic under for the next few nights!
Blessing Moon Gratitude Prayer
We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.
Art by Gretchen Del Rio