As we move into the new moon phase known by earlier civilizations as the Lightning Moon, we are reminded of a fascinating duality of one of the earth’s most awe-inspiring forces.
Both literally and figuratively, the topic is a charged one, since lightning’s powerful dance is impossible to ignore, even if we do find shelter from the intense surge. And, just as it strikes fear into the hearts and minds of many, it is especially designed to instill a delicate balance of reverence, commanding a respect that can be replicated by nothing else in nature.
While it might be difficult to fathom the time in history when the majority of our landscapes were covered in sheets of frozen glacial rock, powerfully shaping the terrain beneath it, the marvel of lightning remains a modern one, still rearing its electrifying head whenever the skies are primed for it. In this, we recognize not only its matchless force, but its admirable longevity, exposing its oft-neglected value.
Tonight, as we look to the blanket of darkness that the new moon delivers to the August sky, imagine the wonder that the Neo Pagans felt when a single bolt of energy and light suddenly divided it, and revel in your ability to relate to it now, striking you once again with awe.
And, just in case, stay indoors if the skies are ripe.
While the blossoming energy of summer may inspire us to be more active, we must remember the issue of balance. It is important to see the big picture – to appropriately use this time, but also to pace ourselves so that we don’t become exhausted. This is a time to make use of these extended daylight hours and heat, but we must take care not to overdo it.
Since the days are long during this season, we can take advantage of the extra hours. In many traditional cultures, people take a time of rest during summer afternoons. They allow themselves to stop work during the hottest time of the day and then return to their activities rejuvenated when the temperatures cool down. Clearly, this makes sense on many levels. By wisely balancing your expenditure of energy in a similar way, you may see that you can accomplish a lot without draining yourself.
Carve time every day to relax and enjoy life whether it comes in the form of reading a book, listening to music, snuggling with your child, taking your dog for walk, or standing outside and taking in the beauty of a summer sunset.