Photo credit: Angela Jayne Latham www.celticmystery.co.uk/
Mid-January to mid-February is the Celtic month of the Rowan moon.
In 2018, Rowan Moon will feature the second full moon of the month, a blue moon. Occurring on the last day of January, the blue moon will also be a super moon; and on that night there will be a full lunar eclipse.
The following day, February 1, the pagan feast of Imbolc, is the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Heralded by Celtic cultures as the beginning of spring, it is also Saint Brigid's day. Appropriately, February 1st is also the day Megge of Bury Down will be published.
If you've read the Prologue and Chapter One of the book, you'll have glimpsed why this date is auspicious.
While all these elements--the Rowan (or Quickening) moon, the rowan tree, the name Brighida--came together naturally as I wrote, it is no surprise to me to learn that they seem to possess celestial synergy.
For more on the mystical properties of the rowan, see the wonderful compilation of writings at thegoddesstree.com/trees/Rowan.htm and the very informative post at underafullmoon13fullmoons.blogspot.com/2011/03/rowan-moon
To all, a wonderful new year and a magical Rowan Moon.