Shine on, December Full Moon

Hey All,
Trying really hard to send this one out from my Mac.  Not the most savvy computer user, but what I lack in skill, I make up for in sheer driving slog.  Thought  it was so cool that our thought experiment with Vedic Lunar Yoga began with a full moon.  Do you think we should end with one?  I plan to keep the same class times going into 2016.  Do you think the Lunar theme has been helpful or would you like to move on, so we don’t get dogmatic?  We could do more with any area of yogic study you might suggest.  For Yuletide this year, my gift to you is choice!  Lemme know what you think!
Sincere gratitude for sharing your practice with me,
L

Long Night Moon on December 24

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“If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold ever-more wonders.”
-Andrew Harvey, The Return of the Mother  (Yikes.  To me this is True, though.  Now I just need some ‘o those wonders . . .~L)
Nothing is what we think it is and there is no set prescription for getting through anything. (!!!!~L)  You may think this needs to go a certain way, but if you leave things alone and step out of the way you just might tune into a miracle, and learn more about life in the process. – See more at: http://mountaintimes.info/horoscope/#sthash.1IM0ukKP.dpuf
This month, the December full moon falls on Friday, December 25, 2015. For Earth’s Western Hemisphere, it’s the first full moon on Christmas Day since 1977.*
We won’t have another full moon on a Christmas Day until 2034.
A 19-year cycle of the moon is the reason. Amazingly, the moon’s phases recur on (or near) the same calendar dates every 19 years. This cycle – known as the Metonic cycle – happens because 235 returns to full moon almost exactly equal 19 years.
So, in other words, the phases of the moon realign (or nearly realign) with the same calendar dates every 19 years. We just missed a full moon on Christmas 19 years ago; instead, the full moon fell on Christmas Eve. It was December 24, 1996 at 20:41 Universal Time, or UT.
But two Metonic cycles ago – 38 years (or 2 X 19 years) – the full moon fell on Christmas Day. That full moon happened on December 25, 1977 at 12:49 UT.
Astronomically speaking, the moon is only full for an instant – at the moment that it’s 180 degrees opposite the sun in ecliptic longitude.~earthsky.org
Iconic earthrise photo - taken December 24, 1968 - by the crew of Apollo 8.
Iconic Earthrise photo – taken December 24, 1968 – by the crew of Apollo 8.
It’s not really an Earthrise, of course. As seen from any one spot on the moon’s near-side surface, the Earth doesn’t rise or set, but instead always hangs in a single spot in the lunar sky. The astronauts saw Earth rise because they were moving, in their spacecraft, above the moon’s surface. All that said … isn’t it beautiful?~L
Mistletoe dressed up and ready to party. Image Credit: Dorocia.  Viscum album.
From Swati Jr.:
The winter months bring increased soma, more ability to resource from within, while helping us clear away what doesn’t nourish or support our growth. It is a cycle of death, release and endings. (this is said of all full moons in many traditions.  is it true? ~L)

This Week’s Intention: Find ways to drop into your depths and ground within, while surrendering to the many changes happening- inner and outer. Gather extra resources and support to hold you. Where can you let go and lighten your load?
(Encouraging you to drop by www.swatijrjyotish.com if you want the full Moon Mind calendar.)
 
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ART BY: MYSTIC MAMMA
Grandmother Moon shows her fullness for the last time in this calendar year in Mother sign of Cancer on Christmas day!
May her Mother energy hold us all and may the celebration of the birth of Christ consciousness reminds us to love and accept one another in all our colorful diversity. Unity through diversity, for love knows no bounds~~~MM
 
“This Cancer Full Moon will bring up issues that relate to our truth and our purpose—those beliefs that make you who you are. “Are you living your truth? Are you standing up for your beliefs? Are you being nurtured by your work and is your work nurturing to the world?”
 © Copyright 2015 ~CATHY PAGANO. All Rights Reserved
“Solstice is one of the most powerful points of the year as the axis of the Earth pauses, shifts and moves in the opposite direction…For three days around the solstice points we experience the power of the standstill point and the shift of direction. 
“This Full Moon chart also carries that intensified energy of standstill and shift (called stationing) where a planet goes retrograde or direct, changing directions in the form of Uranus stationing direct on December 25…“This Moon squares Vesta in Aries pointing to the lack of commitment to our more feminine emotional and intimacy needs. ”  (No joke~L)  From PAT LILES from The Power Path.com
Richard Tarnas, author of Cosmos and Psyche:

“Generally speaking, Uranus-Pluto eras have tended to bring forth the catalyzing of powerful forces in many forms, the awakening of a will to power than can be both creative and destructive, and a tangible intensification and acceleration of human experience.” Source: Astrology News Service” 
(I am sending out a little request to the Universe that Uranus completing it’s (3 YEAR) retrograde square to Pluto may provide us a little relief, but if Vedic Lunar astrology has shown me anything, it’s that this relief is up to me to find.  Maybe the Lunar cycle is just too short to include these important aspects.  Also, Richard Tarnas is one of the reasons I entertain astrology AT ALL.  He is a deadly dull speaker and a dry as bone academic, but there is no denying his brilliance. ~L)
 
“We all are gaining in our abilities to bring harmony to our masculine/feminine polarities that will in the end make us whole.  Honor yourself for what you have been able to forgive and let go of this year.”© Copyright 2015 ~PAT LILES. All Rights Reserved

There is class on Saturday, if you would like to bring it back to the mat.  Honor YOU, care for YOU.  If attending does not achieve that this week, try a home practice:
Dr. Melissa West.  She’s adorable.
The spring comes every year, the light will return.  Until then, I shall see it in you,
L

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