Tomorrow night, January 31, we will see a blue moon that's closer than it's been in 152 years. A supermoon tinged with red, this "blood" moon will bring with it the feast of Imbolc and the story of a family of women healers and seers whose lives and work I hope you'll want to follow through The Bury Down Chronicles.
MEGGE OF BURY DOWN has been in the works and on my mind for seven years now, and the book is coming out on Imbolc, February 1st. That evening, a small gathering of my family and friends will have a celebratory supper and raise a glass of mead to the woman who brought the story to life on the page: Elizabeth Burton, publisher, at Zumaya Publications.
Liz has worked tirelessly, always with a wonderful sense of humor, to edit the book and bring it out on this special day.
Thanks, Liz. Here's to you!
January 21: Day One of Rowan Moon
The Rowan Moon is associated with the goddess Brighid, the Celtic goddess of hearth and home.
Honored on Imbolc on February 1, Brighid is a fire goddess who offers protection to mothers and families, as well as watching over the hearth-fires.
Known by the Celts as Luis (pronounced loush).
The Rowan is associated with astral travel, personal power, and success.
A charm carved into a bit of a Rowan twig is said to protect the wearer from harm.
The Norsemen were known to have used Rowan branches as rune staves of protection.
In some countries, Rowan is planted in graveyards to prevent the dead from lingering around too long.
Credit and thanks for this lovely image and description go to Leila Raven at Temple Illuminatus.
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