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We dissolve stuck and rewrite patterns. We apply radical playfulness to life (when we feel like it!), embarking on internal adventures (credo of Safety First). We have a fake band called Solved By Cake. We build invisible sanctuaries, invent words and worlds, breathe awe and wonder.

We are not impressed by monsters. Except when we are. We explore the connections between internal territories and surrounding environment to learn what marvelously supportive delicious space feels like, and how to take exquisite care of ourselves. We transform things.* We glow wild.**

* For example: Desire, fear, worry, pain-and-trauma, boundaries, that problematic word which rhymes with flaweductivity.

** Fair warning: Self-fluency has been known to lead to extremely subversive behavior, including treasuring yourself unconditionally, unapologetically taking up space, experiencing outrageously improbable levels of self-acceptance, and general rejoicing in aliveness.


Naming the moon.

I’m reading the book Slow Time by Waverly Fitzgerald for … I don’t know, probably the fourth time.

If you don’t count all the times that I just pick it up and start reading a page or two.

It’s one of those “it lives by my bed” books. Just seeing the cover makes me happy.

And I got to do a teleclass with Waverly last week for my Kitchen Table program (we’re spending three months working on clearing up some stuff in our relationship to time).

It was pretty spectacular. She’s just as sweet and thoughtful as I’d imagined she would be.

Anyway. I wanted to do one of the exercises from her book with you.

Naming moons.

What I love about this exercise is the playfulness.

It gives you lots of space to appreciate markers of natural time … without having to necessarily challenge your functioning world that’s made up of artificial time.

It’s also about awareness. And about choice. And about noticing things. And about bringing some of you into the things around you.

And it’s about wordishness, which is pretty much my favorite thing ever.

So if Native American tribes would name full moons (Moon of Popping Trees, Thunder Moon, Moon of Storms) …

And there are Chinese names for new moons (Peony Moon, Harvest Moon, Kindly Moon) …

Waverly thinks we should get to create moon names too! Ha.

Her students have beautiful ones.

Like The Moon of Putting on Socks (October).

Or Firefly Moon for July.

I am going to try naming my moons.

The Moon-Names of Havi’s Year.

September: The Moon of Beginnings

October: Crunching The Leaves Moon

November: Red Boots Moon

December: The Moon of Doing Yoga Under Blankets By The Fire

January: The Moon of Being Pulled To Travel Somewhere Warmer

February: Contemplation Moon (but also Roller Derby Moon!)

March: Wishing Moon

April: Walking Moon

May: Barefoot Moon

June: Lilac Moon

July: The Moon of Berries Every Day For Breakfast

August: Porch Swing Moon

Do you want to play with me? Yay.

So if you want to share some (or all) of your results here, or just to describe some of what you’re noticing while doing the exercise, that would be so cool. And fun! And really interesting.

And then I won’t have to feel like I’m being all weird by myself.

Wheee! Play with me!

63 Responses to Naming the moon.

  1. […] The Fluent Self, Havi Brooks recently wrote about an exercise from the book Slow Time, written by one of my favorite […]

  2. FortyRocks says:

    My Moons

    September–Paper Moon
    October–First Born Moon
    November–Blessings Moon
    December–Clear Moon
    January–Snow Moon
    February–Candle Moon
    March–Green Cheese Moon
    April–Daffodil Moon
    May–Bliss Moon
    June–Cat Moon
    July–Berries Moon
    August–Buffalo Moon
    .-= FortyRocks´s last post … Unplugging Balance =-.

  3. Jennifer B says:

    I love this!

    January: cold white moon
    February: new buds appear moon
    March: dogwood blossom moon
    April: moon of pale green leaves
    May:lazy rabbit moon
    June: whippoorwill moon
    July: moon of hot nights
    August: orb weaver moon
    September:harvest moon
    October:turning leaf moon
    November:first frost moon
    December: moon of long nights

  4. Zion Mystic says:

    I’ve named some of the moons for my practice in my area:
    April: Dandelion Moon
    May: Lilac Moon
    June: Rain Moon

    August: Mushroom Moon
    September: Apple Moon

  5. Sara V says:

    I am ready for this this year

    September – Blackberry Moon
    October – Pull the curtains moon
    November – Cuddle up moon
    December – Spicy moon
    January – Sustaining Breath moon
    February – Stretching days moon
    March – Sun and wind moon
    April – Uncurl moon
    May – Deep Satisfaction moon
    June – Clear night Moon
    July – Island Moon – glorious full moon over Gun’s Island
    August – Volcano moon – Glorious full moon over Tacuba

  6. Darian says:

    Thank you for this, it was a fun exercise.

    September: Awakening Moon (My Birthday, and anniversary of my happy divorce from the wrong one)
    October: Muchness Moon (Let the creativity go wild)
    November: Snuggles Moon (And my husband’s Birthday – the right one)
    December: Longing Moon (Longing and Loneliness in reaction to the commercialized holiday promotions)
    January: Knitting Moon (Soap and Candle Making Moon too)
    February: Reflective Moon (Always the dig deep into me part of the year)
    March: Changes Moon (Wedding anniversary – to the right one – and the start of the renewal of my spirit)
    April: Wild Hair Moon (Spring always brings out my wild side)
    May: Anticipation Moon (Summer’s almost here, school’s almost out, almost time for vacation, my son anticipating his birthday)
    June: Vacation Moon (Speaks for itself – always on mental vacation for the month anyway)
    July: Fruit Bowl Moon (must be overflowing all month – yum)
    August: Campfire Moon (Can you smell it?)
    .-= Darian´s last post … More New Hats =-.

  7. Elisa says:

    I’m starting in September because it’s September right now.

    September: Angel Moon
    October: Witches Moon
    November: Turkey Moon
    December: Santa Claus Moon
    January: Birthday Moon
    February: Cupid Moon
    March: Lamb Moon
    April: Easter Eggs Moon
    May: Gentle Moon
    June: Yay for the Longest Day Moon
    July: Proud and Independent Moon
    August: Want More Moons to Name Moon

    I love the moon and I’m Happy Moonmoon! It’s fun to say the word “moon”!
    .-= Elisa´s last post … Group Healing- Release Fear and Doubt =-.

  8. […] So the totally fabulous Havi, who I am having a massive, hero-worshiping blogger crush on at the moment, has named all of the moons in her personal year.  She has Barefoot Moon, Crunching The Leaves Moon, and the Moon of Beginnings…and all the rest.. […]

  9. elisapiper says:

    I LOVE this idea and it is the perfect inspiration!

    I don’t make New Year’s resolutions … I make lunar resolutions. Something new & fun or resonating that I’m going to do for just a moon.


  10. Alison says:

    Sep-dig in the earth moon; Oct-crispness in the air moon; Nov-put the earth to rest moon; Dec-celebration moon; Jan-women’s health moon; Feb-howling at the wind moon; Mar-fruit tree blossom moon; Apr-daffodil moon; May-Bearded Iris moon; Jun-kiss of the sun moon; Jul-patio play moon; Aug-spa moon. *-)

  11. Ty Barbary
    Twitter: tybarbary

    This is completely brilliant, and I wanted to play along. :D

    January – Blizzard Moon
    February – Early Fire Moon
    March – Thawing Moon
    April – Moon of Flowers
    May – Moon of Rebirth
    June – Freedom Moon
    July – Zenith Moon
    August – Dog Moon
    September – Hallowed Moon
    October – Dead Leaves Moon
    November – Dreaming Moon
    December – Moon of the Past
    Ty Barbary recently posted… We- Too- Are Trees

  12. […] A business map of sorts outlining how I want the year to play out based on a moon naming exercise […]

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