Moon Journal

THIS IS A VERY CUTE IDEA TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND TEACH THEM ABOUT THE PHASES OF THE MOON AS WELL AS PAGAN PATHWAYS. SINCE Moon.png Moon image by mysticx08xglowTHIS IS A NEW YEAR I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA FOR OUR EZINE THIS MONTH SO EVERYONE COULD START A MOON JOURNAL AND SEE HOW IT GOES FOR A YEAR. ENJOY THE TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND LET ME KNOW HOW YOU LIKE THIS IDEA!

The first page is The Moons of The Year by month. I would suggest that you make up your own moon charts, based on season changes and regional traditions, so the names are something relevant to your kids.
The Moons of the Year
1. December – Oak Moon. Moon of the newborn year.
2. January – Wolf Moon. The moon of deepest winter.
3. February – Storm Moon. The moon of potential. (Also called the Chaste Moon for Imbolc).
4. March – Seed Moon. The moon of planting.
5. April – Hare Moon. The moon of fertility. (It’s mating season for many animals, including rabbits.)
6. May – Dyad Moon. Celebrating the sacred union of The Goddess and The God.
7. June – Mead Moon. Also called Honey Moon.
8. July – Wort Moon. The gathering of herbs.
9. August – Barley Moon. A time to contemplate the cycles of life.
10. September – Wine Moon. (Also Harvest moon.)
11. October – Blood Moon. The slaughter of animals before winter snow sets in.
12. November – Snow Moon. The start of winter storms.
13. Is the Blue Moon and falls in difffering months. It’s the second Full Moon in any month.

The rest of the book is the jounal pages. You could put picture at the top of the page that says “Moon Journal” in all capital letters and beneath that, a picture of the moon in it’s three phases, waning, full, waxing. Each month gets it’s own page and the kids can write as little or as much as they want.
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Date :_____________________Time :________________
Moon :____________________Season :_______________
Weather:________________________________________
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What’s happening today:
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It’s pretty straightforward. For “Moon” you look it up on your moon chart. For instance, November is the Snow Moon. The season would be Fall. Each month a different child gets to fill in the moon journal. Under “What’s happening” they write things they did at school, special activites for the day, friends visiting, etc.
The Moon Journal is fun for a lot of reasons. One, is the cycles. For instance you can look back to the month before and see what the weather was. Then it was hot and Indian Summer, now it’s cold and snowy. How does this reflect the turning of the Wheel? It helps give the kids a handle on the passage of time, and the changing of the seasons and their lives.
A moon journal is a nice marker for older kids too, and this is the one that could be a nice, bound book. Pre-teens can pour out their hopes and fears. And it’s very reassuring to look back a month or two and see that, indeed, the heartbreaking break up with the boy of her dreams *wasn’t* the end of the world afterall… and the mortifying embarrassment of dropping the ball during the big game *has* been forgotten. No matter what, the sun will come up every morning and life goes on.

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