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113. An Alternative READ: The 2006 Lunar Calendar ~ The Lunar Press

Title: The ’06 Lunar Calendar
Contributers: 22 artists, poets and writers.
Publisher: http://www.thelunapress.com
Genre: Calendar /New Age/ Pagan
Publication date: 2006 (Out Now!)
ISBN: 1-877920-16-9
Pages: 32

The ’06 Lunar Calendar – 22 artists, poets and writers.

The 30th Annual Edition is as magnificent as the moon and just as stunning!

Printed on recycled paper using soy-based inks with an aqueous coated cover, this calendar is a luminous example of a caring and talented team of artists, poets and writers. This year The Lunar Press have dedicated this 30th Anniversary edition to the Goddess in her many guises. And what a gift this is. From the moment I saw the cover art ‘Celtic Twilight’ (designed by Joan S. Anderson, who also created the calligraphy and leaf rubbings) I knew this calendar was special.

Inside begins with the first lunation (December 30, ’05 to January 28th, ’06) where each double page spread guides us through to the 13th lunation (December 20 – January 17th ’07). As the calendar hangs, the top of each page is adorned with a black and white picture and/or a poem by various artists and writers. On the bottom page moon icons show the position of the waxing and waning moon. Reading moonwise (anti-clockwise) from the first new moon (shaded) to full (light) you will discover the day, solar date and the times the moon rises and sets.

That’s not all. I found the V/C information very enlightening. V/C stands for ‘Moon Void of Course’, otherwise known as a silly season or vacation from normal living! In simple terms, this is the best time for subjective, spiritual non-material concerns, like prayer, yoga, play, psychotherapy or a passive experience, sleep or meditation. In other words, nothing too strenuous or anything involving heavy decision-making. The period of V/C starts as the moon in transit begins to move from one sign of the zodiac to another. It could continue for three days and three nights, or just a few seconds. Although more details are supplied, it is recommended you observe what the Void of Course Moon indicates during your daily living. There are also plenty of books you can read on this subject.

At the back there is a key to a sample lunar month to teach you how to read the moon in all it’s glory. There are many additional features too, for example, clearly marked in the top left hand corner of each lunar month diagram you will find one of the 13 corresponding consonants and 5 vowels, which together complete the lunar tree alphabet. The 5 vowels correspond to the seasonal stations of the sun throughout the year (the 2 solstices, 2 equinoxes and the extra day of the divine child, which exists magically outside of the year).

The ’06 Lunar Calendar includes fascinating details of the 8 seasonal stations of the sun, known as earth festivals, pagan festivals, or ancient holy days. Further information about the distance of the moon’s elliptical orbit, termed the apogee (greatest distance from the earth’s centre) and the perigee (the closest distance) can also be found. As you can see, the explanations and detailed terminologies are written in a clear and concise manner.

We also learn the Celtic/Druidic name for the tree-month, accompanied by a leaf rubbing from the tree the month celebrates and a written description of its qualities. Whether your interest is related to the pagan way, astrology or just moon-watching, you will discover a wealth of information to enhance your daily life. As you can probably tell by now, this is not a calendar to schedule your appointments, however, considering the information I have already supplied, I don’t think this matters. I personally cannot wait for December 30th to come round, so I can start using my calendar to its full potential.

We now turn to the question of my living in England and the accuracy of my corresponding time zones. As stated above, this is printed in America, and I have the daylight saving hours to consider before I can find my scheduled times for moonrise and moonset. This may sound very complicated, but it really is just a point of adjusting time zones to suit. And if that sounds like too much hard work (or you are just incredibly lazy) then you don’t even have to do that much. Turn to the back inside pages and there is a whole page dedicated to the times for London, British GMT and San Francisco, CA 2206 PST. Yes, those talented people at The Luna Press have thought of everything, with one easy glance you have all the correct times for the lunar year ahead and you’re ready to look up, as they say at The Lunar Press.

No one can completely know their future, but with this calendar you have a chance to understand how the moon can have an effect on your emotions and physical being. With this knowledge you can learn to adapt and enhance your life, as in astrology. This is nothing new, ancient astronomers and astrologers have been watching the skies since time began. The moon is a natural source for guidance. By the way, if you are into magical practices this is an ideal accompaniment to your studies.

There are many ways you can find out more about the Lunar Calendar. The Luna Press recommend reading ‘The White Goddess’ by Robert Graves, but you can also learn by personal observation of the lunar flux and by studying the trees themselves.

Please support The Luna Press, an independent press, to ensure the production of the 2007 version! Once you’ve bought this, you’ll never be without one! They also sell postcards of their current and previous front covers which are beautiful and are decorating my ‘writing room’ as I write. Click on the link above to take a look for yourself because you will not be disappointed.

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