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Earth Attacks Moon

By Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman

Of all the creatures who had yet walked on Earth, the
Man-apes were the first to look steadfastly at the Moon.
And though he could not remember it, when he was very
young Moon-Watcher would sometimes reach out and try
to touch that ghostly face rising above the hills. He has
never succeeded, and now he was old enough to understand
why. For first, of course, He must find a high enough tree to
– Arthur C. Clarke, 2001 A Space Odyssey

Well, we Earthling Moon-Watchers built ourselves some
really tall trees so that we could get to the moon.
Rocket-propelled trees to carry us through space. And
so we got to the moon.

No sooner did we land there than we set about trashing
it. In the short time that we have been visiting our
attendance upon it, we have left over twenty tons of
debris — biological, atmospheric and manufactured —
on the surface of our once pristine satellite.

Here are just some of things we left to litter Lady Luna:
flags and dedication plaques from each moon mission,
video cameras at the launch sites, sensitometers, the
launch legs for the lunar module, geologic tools, laser
reflecting mirrors, the lunar rovers, a gold plated
extreme ultraviolet telescope, a Tesco super market
shopping cart, several Apollo backpacks, and three golf

As if that wasn’t bad enough, we have reached new highs
in our lows. At 7:30AM EDT on Friday, October 9, 2009
the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)
mission, will fire a Centaur rocket into a crater at the South
Pole of the moon which will act as a “heavy impactor”
crashing into the lunar surface at nearly 6,000 mph sending a
debris plume of 300,000 to 350,000 tons of material from
the crater floor over 30 miles high.

A second sensor satellite will then drop down into this plume
analyzing its contents in the hope of finding water. The result
of this search will ultimately determine how realistic a full-time
base on moon can be.

After the booster rocket hits the crater, blasting out a hole 90
feet deep, the shepherd will follow through the plume. After
analyzing the plume, the shepherd craft will itself slam into the
crater four minutes later, creating a second hole 60 feet deep.

According to NASA, this crash will be so big that we on Earth may
be able to view the resulting plume of material it ejects with a
good amateur telescope. The operation will unfold live on the
Internet, as well as under the watchful eyes of dozens of amateur
and professional astronomers and orbiting observatories, including
the Hubble Space Telescope. Front row seats to a cosmic rape.

“Water on the moon has haunted us for years,” said William
Hartmann of the Planetary Science Institute. “It’s all part of
humanity’s quest to understand our nearby cosmic environment.”
Yeah, right. He means “exploit.”

Who (said the moon)
Do you think I am and precisely who
Pipsqueak, who are you

With your uncivil liberties
To do as you damn please?

I am the serene
Moon (said the moon).
Don’t touch me again.

To your poking telescopes,
Your peeking eyes
I have long been wise.

Science? another word
For monkeyshine.
You heard me.

Get down, little man, go home,
Back where you come from,

Or my gold will be turning green
On me (said the moon)
If you know what I mean.
– Robert Francis

Yours with heartsick, heartfelt blessings for Mama Moon,


Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman,
eco-ceremonialist, ritual expert, award-winning author, syndicated columnist, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary multicultural, nondenominational ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. In addition to her popular public rituals for equinoxes and solstices, she is the official Grand Spirit Marshall of the world famous Greenwich Village Halloween Parade and the Mistress of Blessing Ceremonies for NYC Earth Day Festivities. She has conducted public blessings of the NY Stock Exchange on Wall Street, of the Waters of the Hudson River, of the Fleet for the Governor’s Quadricentennial Celebration, and an Inauguration Purification Ritual in Washington, DC.

She has published four books, a CD and an acclaimed quarterly journal. She currently writes a column for UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum, as well as a monthly Ezine. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she offers spiritual counseling, tarot readings, and works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.

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Lunar Lore

Lunar Lore

by Donna Lee

Rob Hand said one of the main things that many forget, or never knew, about the Moon and emotions in his book, Planets in Composite, is, “It is often difficult for others to deal with the lunar aspects of one’s being, because the level of intensity of feeling is so basic that they do not fit into the formalized way that people usually relate to each other.”1   In other words, there is a social veneer of “niceness,” or conformity to euphemistic, often illusory, social conventions which most people subscribe to that is essentially false and has nothing to do with one’s true feelings.  This lends an aura of comfort to relationships but is a deadening influence in that we suppress what is most real within ourselves in order to “get along” with others.  This, we call civilization.

The word, “menses” comes from the Latin word, “month,” which comes from the Anglo Saxon word, “Mona,” from which our familiar word, “Moon,” derives.  A “Blue Moon” in which time period we often say many things happen “once in,” occurs infrequently, hence the saying.  A Blue Moon occurs about once every two years and results when two Full Moons occur in one month.  The rest of the time, there is one Full Moon and one New Moon every month.

I also read somewhere, perhaps in the pages of Dell Horoscope, that a woman tends to menstruate at the phase of the Moon under which she was born, if her cycle is the regular 28 or so days.  For example, if a woman’s natal Moon/Sun aspect is a sextile, she will tend to menstruate when the Moon sextiles the Sun, etc.

Every 19 years is called a Metonic Cycle or Cycle of the Golden Numbers, after the ancient Greek astronomer of the 5th century BCE named Meton, who is reputed with first discovering this cycle.  Every 19 years, beginning January 1st of the 19th year in question, the Moon’s same degrees, phases and signs reoccur on the exact same day they did 19 years previously.  For instance, if the Moon appears in 5 degrees of the sign Cancer on December 26, 2004, and is in its full phase on that date (opposite the Sun in in 5 degrees Capricorn or 4 degrees plus any number of minutes rounded up to the next degree), it will be in exactly that same degree, sign, and phase again on December 26, 2023, and so on.

A strong Moon in the natal horoscope tends to give one a great capacity to endure the many ups and downs that life brings because it helps one to be flexible, to adapt to difficult circumstances, and to conserve one’s energies and resources.  Because the Moon rules women, this may be a partial explanation of why women live longer than men on the whole.

Another interesting fact, which is a slight digression, but which seems to have some bearing upon the above statement, I heard from a renowned heart surgeon.  He said that when he touched the blood vessels in women’s hearts upon whom he performed open heart surgery, these vessels were always softer to the touch than those of the men he operated on.  This seems to demonstrate that women are literally softer-hearted than men, even when they suffer from similar distress.

Police blotters have long testified that on nights of Full Moons that there is an increase in violent crime and doctors attest to increased emergency room rosters at that time of the month.  Psychiatrists, as well have noticed more “acting out” and general disturbances on their wards during the Full Moon phase.  Finally, in this vein, those who have surgery during Full Moon periods tend to bleed more.

We could very well say that maturity, like menses and childbirth, happen to women.  Conversely a man must be made into a man.  This seems to coincide with what many astrologers say, which is that one’s natal Moon (major feminine) influence represents what one is and one’s Sun (major masculine) influence represents what one must work to further develop or become.

Further, to submit to menses monthly, in the natural course of life, for some 40 to 50 years (!), gestation, childbirth, and the rigors of nurturing infants and children, are no mean feats at all!  These acts undertaken, not passively, but receptively, in an attitude of actively receiving, which is a matter of the quality of consciousness involved, and mediating between the forces of life and death through our bodies, although often taken for granted by Western patriarchal conditioning for many reasons, including because they are “unpaid” and underpaid labor, are some of the most challenging in the world and some of the most sacred.  It is given to women to, out of our bodies, literally, out of the very substance of our lives, give form to new creations.  This also is a meaning of the Moon — to create and dissolve form on the Earth plane toward and away from what our Suns or individualities are in unmanifest essence, in eternal cycles, also known in metaphysics as “the Great Round” of creating, sustaining for a time, then dissolving, all that is.

1.  Robert Hand, Planets in Composite, (Rockport:  Para Research, Inc., 1975), 121.

Copyright 2004 by Donna Lee

Donna Lee is a novice at computer wizardry, but some in her neighborhood have called her “The Cyber Queen!”  (She has Uranus [Computers/”Cyber Culture”] in Leo [the sign of royalty] in her first house.)  In any case, she’s been studying astrology for over 30 years, as well as all things paranormal, psychological, and metaphysical.  She’s especially interested in Greek mythology, dream analysis, the Lost Continent of Atlantis, reincarnation, millennial prophecies, numerology and the psychological theories of Carl Jung.  The C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, gave her permission to paraphrase some of Jung’s basic thought in five-minute voice recordings for a metaphysical 900 number hotline she instituted with a partner, Tony Pica, in 1994, and again, with a New York State grant, in 1995.  This hotline is no longer extant.  She has contributed letters, fillers, and an article to Dell Horoscope magazine, entitled, “Jung’s Personality Types and Astrology.” She is single and lives in Jamaica, New York.  The Mountain Astrologer  magazine published an article she wrote called, “Saturn and the Shadow,” in their Feb./Mar. 2005 issue.  In 2008, she published a book of essays, entitled, Nowheresville, Everywhere, Earth, with which she competed for the Pulitzer Prize (unsuccessfully) in 2009.  Buy her book at www.authorhouse.com Contact Donna Lee at avataress@msn.com


Lullabies for Grownups: The Moon

Lullabies for Grownups: The Moon
By Kate Kohler
Piano Music For/Kate Kohler (2009) 65:00 minutes
Review by Kate Russell

Kate Kohler’s ‘Lullabies for Grownups’ ‘The Moon’ CD is the newest of three in her Lullabies for Grownups Series. A singer and pianist with a few albums to her name, this latest piano-only offering of moon inspired compositions offers some gentle, thought-provoking tracks for the after dark hours.

On first listen, I found the CD to get off to a slow start; the transition between the first track (Mare Serenitatis) and the second track (Lacus Somniorum) was a little too subtle for me. Maybe it was because I was listening to this album in the harsh light of day, as opposed to before bedtime – regadless, I just longed for a little more action to kick off the album. This wish was granted in the well-crafted drama of track three, Mare Imbrium: the contrast of imaginative runs and striking, solemn chords creating a stirring and compelling piece that feels like a grand entrance to understanding Kohler’s mysterious compositions.

Following on, Mare Nubium pulls the listener once again into the same simple wistfulness of the first two tracks, but with further development and musical surprises – running at points into stellar-like high notes, which give the flow of the piece an added ‘sparkle’. Palus Somni is reminiscent of a slowly winding-down trinket box in its paused and purposeful presentation and along with the cerebral dreaminess of Lacus Gaudii, these two tracks in their slow-movement inspire the listener to take a closer listen to the music.

Back down to earth again with Oceanus Procellarum and its grounding, echoing chords and melody. My favourite of Kate’s pieces are the ones where she builds drama, and this track, along with her third, were definite stand-out points from the album from an initial listening standpoint.

The final two tracks, Mare Tranquillitatis and Sinus Concordiae finish the album with more of her characteristic music-box style melodies, but at a louder volume, continuing the grounding theme from Oceanus Procellarum.

A little bit of trivia – the unique sounding track titles from the album refer to actual areas of the moon, something I did not think to find out about until listening to the album a few times. Looking into these lunar locations will certainly help you gain a deeper appreciation and empathy with the music, track by track. All in all, this is a mysterious and surprising album which will continue to reveal itself to you on subsequent listens and would be a pleasant accompaniment to creative projects or bodywork and relaxation activities. This is not an album for instant gratification, but for those of you who have the time and desire for contemplatative listening, you will be rewarded with a new listening experience each time.

Like staring at the night sky to see how many stars you can see – the longer you are prepared to look, the more beauty and intrigue you will find in this album.

Kate Russell is a singer/songwriter and busker from Vancouver, up until recently performing under the stage name Jadis Gloom (www.myspace.com/jadisgloom). Currently she is taking some time out from her solo music projects to write, listen to other styles of music and gain inspiration from other artists and their own creative journeys. Believing that to look into someone’s art is also to look inside their soul, she enjoys the intimate opportunities for understanding others in new ways that being a music critic provides.