Today’s Full Moon has many names. It is known as the Lenten Moon, Chaste Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, The Big Famine Moon, and Worm Moon, among many other names originating from various cultures and belief systems.
March 20th was the Spring Equinox, the first day of spring. It is traditionally the day many Pagans celebrate the rebirth of the Earth. Earth is thawing and loosening itself from the cold grip of winter. New life will soon emerge and the land will grow green and fertile. What will develop into the ripened fruits of summer and autumn is still young and fresh. In March we see the fleeting virtue of innocence, the potential of the growth to come, while honoring the fleeting virtue of innocence.
Lent is a major religious observance of many Christian denominations. It begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Day. Its tradition is not much different from other traditions and cultures, which also view this very early spring moon as a time for repentance, giving alms to the poor, atonement and self-denial.
Everything in life has its own time. There is time to celebrate and there is time to mourn. This is the time for reflection and transformation. Let us look within and change into what we ought to be ~ Aaron Saul
To Christians observing Lent, this leads into Holy Week, which marks the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. According to the New Testament, this begins on “Friday of Sorrows”, followed by Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday, and ends with the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.
In the late Middle Ages the priest’s sermons began to move away from sermons being given in Latin, although not the Mass itself. From the German word for spring “lenz” and the Dutch word “lente”, the English word “Lent”, meaning “spring” was adopted. Thus, the Lenten Moon.
As the ground warms earthworm casts appear. Robins return to some places. Native Americans tribes refer to the Full Crow Moon for the cawing of crows signaling the end of winter, or the Full Crust Moon for the crunchy, crusty snow cover from the daily thawing and freezing.
In the book Moon Lore, compiled by Gwydion O’Hare, there is a story titled The Reindeer Maid, a legend from the Chukchi People of Siberia which gave rise to the name ‘Chaste Moon.’ In this fable the Moon descended from his place in the heavens to walk among the creatures of the Earth in the form of a man. His visit was prompted by the beating of his lonely heart. From his place in the sky, the Moon had seen a certain maiden. She was a young girl who’s duty was to tend her father’s herd of reindeer at night.
The maiden traveled away from her village to faithfully watch over the herd, alone but for the reindeer. She amused herself through the lonely nights by playing music on her flute. The Moon had heard these sweet melodies many times as he sailed across the darkened sky. In fact, it was this sweet music that convinced the Moon that he must have the maid for his own. He wanted to take her back to the sky with him to live forever.
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator ~ Mohandas Gandhi
But as the girl watched carefully over the herd, a wise old stag watched over her. The old stag saw the Moon man coming and hid the young girl by turning her into a lamp. Though the Moon left no part of the girl’s tent unsearched, he could not find her. Distressed, the Moon left the tent without his prize. As he left, however, the girl changed back to her youthful form and called out to the Moon, taunting him. He turned back to the tent and found it as he had before, empty but for a bed, blanket, and lamp.
As the Moon, continued his search he grew tired. He became pale and thin in his weakness, until at last he was so thin that the girl was able to bind him up with a rope. He continued to grow weak and begged the girl for release. At first, the maid refused to free her captive. She was angry over his search for her. She was angry that he had wanted to carry her off to his home in the heavens, without so much as asking her what she wanted. Finally, the maid released the Moon and made him promise to attend his duties in the sky and never return to bother her again.
This the Moon has faithfully done since that day. He remains in the sky, casting his bright light on the Earth below. But perhaps his loneliness sometimes reminds him of his visit to the Earth. And he remembers, the pain of his heart weakens his glow.
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