What a year! A full year of Full Moon Salons. A strangely cool "moon"thly commitment P and I made well over a year ago. An inspired idea to "get us through" what we knew would be an interesting year. And yes, 2022 has been a VERY interesting year. Holy shit.
But here we are. Complete with all 13 moons in the experiment. 13 gatherings to explore a higher order. What does it look like and feel like and sound like to invite people over to our humble little home to talk, to dream, to learn, to ruminate, to germinate, and to connect on the night of the full moon, full illumination? Well, it looked like this when the weather was nice and we could meet in our giant backyard:
And it looked like this when we met in the living room because it was raining, too hot, too cold, whatever:
Each Salon was interesting and cool in its own right. Each Salon had it's own mixture of faces, with someone new coming each and every month. And of course there were committed ones, the ones who also attended each and every moon, just like P and me. The steady presence of dear friends and the wonderful conversations we had have totally have gotten us through a challenging year. A long written narrative of the whole series is basically written and it's been a joy to capture. Maybe I'll share it someday, maybe not.
Moving on, one of the new courses of study I've picked up in 2022 has been examining Runes. I received a set of them this past summer and have been working steadily with them since. You don't really "ask" the Runes a question, specifically a yes/no question. No, instead you bring a conundrum, an idea, a situation and then cast the stones. You determine your own course of action (or inaction) based on the interpretation of these oracle stones and the order in which they're cast. (Also, I'm not an authority on Runes but over time I am totally seeing how precise and amazing they are. I have deep respect for the Runes, y'all.)
So, after the final Full Moon Salon was over and we'd picked up the house, I sat down at my altar and went over the day in my head. A few really positive things happened, one kinda disappointing thing happened and then of course the cherry on top was the final Full Moon Salon in this series. Bittersweet is the word that comes to mind. And this is what I drew:
Without even getting into the interpretations of the stones themselves, I first noticed how oddly geometrically connected they are. How the one in the middle (bow)ties the two on either side somehow. I read each interpretation from my main source book. Okay. Sure. Meanings absorbed. Fine.
And then I went to my secondary interpretation material. Material I have personally aggregated from a wide variety of sources and put into my own reference document for a more faceted approach to their interpretation. The first thing I noticed from this secondary source is that the Rune on the far right is associated with Jupiter. A planet we had spoken about just that evening at the Salon. How Jupiter rules Thursday (the day of the final Salon) and how the day itself is imbued with the qualities of Jupiter: expansive, social, convivial and so on. The Rune in the middle is associated with the Full Moon. Which, obviously got a chuckle out of me because well, it's a full moon. And the final Rune on the left? It's associated with the sign of Gemini. Really? On the night of the full moon in Gemini?!
Because there I was: asking the Runes for insight on my (very full and rich) day. And they told me it was Thursday, Full Moon in Gemini. And the message of the Rune casting (to me) was to get present, be still, go within. Which, is exactly what I did. I set my meditation timer and did my evening sit. Mega-cool, present-tense meta, meta, meta!
Anyway, the universe has a sense of humor and I feel complete (for now) with the Salon. Yes, something else is sorta brewing for a 2023 Salon series but it won't be every month.
P and I hibernate now. More soon.
May it be so.
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