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Monday, January 2, 2012

New Moon Prayer 2

The new moon was actually last week, but this seems like a good way to start the new (secular) year out. This is my own personal practice whenever I see the new moon for the first time each month, something I have doen for a long time, although the prayer changes; sometimes it is spontaneous poetry, or even silence, while others I might recite some traditional prayer as in this example.
 At my first glimpse of the new moon in the sky the other night I kissed my fist, saluted the moon with it, and recited this prayer:
 "If you have found us
   Well tonight, O Moon,
   May your light leave us
   Seven times still more blessed
   O Moon so fair,
   May it be so,
   As seasons come, 
  And seasons go."*

* based on  a prayer from page 123 of volume 1 of the Carmina Gadelica. The original is:
 "If to-night, O moon, thou hast found us
      In peaceful, happy rest
     May thy laving lustre leave us
      Seven times still more blest.

         O moon so fair,
         May it be so,
         As seasons come,
         And seasons go."
and can be found at http://sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/cg1/cg1057.htm

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