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On the Road

Posted on November 3rd, 2013 by Don Cerow

     This Moon Mail will need to be a quick one. Lisa and I are on the road, headed for Florida, where we will be presenting on the 7th and 23rd of this month. October left us feeling like a pin-ball wizards, bouncing from one book signing to the next all over New England. […]

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Blazing Star: Cherokee II

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by Don Cerow

  This is another reflection on a Cherokee myth, one that seems to tie together Uktena (our Dragon, Draco) with mountains, circular ceremonies, and a gem of great power for those who knew how to wield it.     If we follow the mythic clues being presented to us, an interesting pattern begins to emerge […]

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‘By The Book’: Cherokee I

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by Don Cerow

      “Throughout legends around the world, power over the elemental forces of nature have been associated with the Dragon, especially in Chinese, Japanese and Malaysian cultures, but they are found in the West as well.” “Hercules must save a kingdom beset by a Dragon vomiting floods in one variation on a familiar story.” […]

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When the Dragon Wore the Crown Book Events!

Posted on October 3rd, 2013 by Don Cerow

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts October 10, 2013 at 6:30pm. Boswell’sBooks 10 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 Saratoga Springs, New York October 14, 2013 from 2-4pm Barnes and Noble Wilton Square, 3029 State Route 50   Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-583-7717 Albany, New York October 17, 2013 at 7 pm. The Book House of […]

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The Great Bear: Lakota V

Posted on September 19th, 2013 by Don Cerow

  We’ve been observing Lakota star tales recently, noting some of the many ways the People (what the Lakota call themselves) made use of stellar information. The stars were employed to tell when to plant and when to harvest, they suggested where the People should be geographically and when, and were used as an inspiration […]

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The Sacred Hoop: Lakota Stars IV

Posted on September 5th, 2013 by Don Cerow

   Over the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at the Lakota and listening to a few of their stellar stories. While there are differences between their theologies and those of western tradition, there are also similarities.  The naming of the Bear, flight of the Thunderbird, and sharing of the sisters (Pleiades) provide an initial […]

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Owl and Bear: Lakota Stars III

Posted on August 20th, 2013 by Don Cerow

  The deeper one looks into the mythologies of indigenous peoples, the more one finds associations that link them to other traditions. We think of Ursa Major as the Great Bear, Big Dipper or the Wheel. Native Americans also called the seven principle stars of this constellation the Great Bear or Big Dipper. They tell […]

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Dried Willow Rising: Lakota Stars II

Posted on August 6th, 2013 by Don Cerow

In our last Moon Mail, we began to take a look at some Lakota myths and found a number of interesting similarities. In our work When the Dragon Wore the Crown, we spend a considerable amount of time observing the Center and Circle in myths around the world. The Center, of course, was guarded by the constellation Draco, the flying […]

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Star Knowledge: Lakota Stars I

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 by Don Cerow

  What did Native Americans know about the Sun, the Moon and the stars? If we look carefully, we can hear many indigenous peoples singing similar songs about the Love between the Moon and the deep-blue Sea. According to the Lakota, the stars were called “The holy breath of the Great Spirit,” the woniya of Wakan Tanka. […]

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The Big Bang and other Myths: Myths’ Cliff’s Notes

Posted on July 8th, 2013 by Don Cerow

  While following the mythic trail across the map of Heaven, a number of the celestial alignments have seemed to become exceedingly obvious.     The cardinal points we have been examining boil down to two, the North Celestial Pole and the Vernal Equinox, marking the North and East points of both Heaven and Earth.   […]

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Super Moon

Posted on June 23rd, 2013 by Don Cerow

Most “super” supermoon of 2013 on June 22-23 (from (The) Full Moon falls on June 23, 2013 at 11:32 UTC (6:32 a.m. CDT in the U.S.). Thus, for many, the moon appears about as full in the June 22 evening sky as it does on the evening of June 23. This full moon is not only the […]

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Lunar Shadows

Posted on June 8th, 2013 by Don Cerow

When looking at events for the coming year, I generally step over the lunar aspects and go for ‘planetary’ combinations, those involving other than the Moon. I have found that more powerful events in our lives are triggered by ‘the planets’. Since the Moon is the fastest moving body across the face of our sky, […]

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Uranus Pluto Square

Posted on May 25th, 2013 by Don Cerow

  It will be no surprise to anyone that we are in a time of major transition. On the 20th of May, during the third in our series of seven planetary alignments between Uranus and Pluto, a series of ‘hard’ aspects known as squares was playing out its hand. As seen from the Earth these […]

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Mother’s Day

Posted on May 9th, 2013 by Don Cerow

               It’s an old book now, with a plain faded-blue cover. The title, the name of a young girl, is all it says on its face. Opening the book carefully, on the inside in a script written by a nibbed pen in ink were the words:   Presented to Addene Dodson by Arliss Wilson for […]

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Posted on April 25th, 2013 by Don Cerow

  While waiting for the book to return from the printers, I have continued to investigate the trails along which both Dragon and Divinity may have once walked. I am excited about the amount of information contained within the Chinese classics and eager to return to some of the Native American pathways, but one of […]

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Why Not Draco?

Posted on April 10th, 2013 by Don Cerow

  WEBColumn from Moon Mail of April 10th, 2013 (We now switch to a column every fortnight, on the New and Full Moons.)     People walk around claiming to be a Leo, Gemini or Sagittarian. These are the light and breezy sort. Out and about, socializing, chatting and comparing life notes with others. Aquarians […]

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The Dragon takes Flight

Posted on March 27th, 2013 by Don Cerow

On last Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 1:22 PM, When the Dragon Wore the Crown left the publishers on its way to the printers. We are anticipating that it will be available early this summer. Naturally, this will be the beginning of a road trip, visiting book stores, libraries, astronomy and astrology groups, state parks, […]

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The Old Moon

Posted on March 22nd, 2013 by Don Cerow

On every front, advances are being made ian increasing awareness of ancient stellar observation. While Stonehenge has long been recognized as an observatory with which to monitor the heavens, even older than these are the sites at Newgrange, Malta, in Germany, Nabta Playa in Egypt, Armenia, and Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. The level of sophistication […]

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Posted on March 15th, 2013 by Don Cerow

    It’s amazing when you can take the key to the puzzle and drop it into place. All of a sudden the pattern makes sense, the moves are anticipated, the rhythm found.     Knock over the key domino, and the whole spotted serpentine form begins to unwind.     While following in the […]

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The Pisces Whirlpool

Posted on March 8th, 2013 by Don Cerow

    There’s been quite a bit of celestial activity going on over the last month as a number of planets have gathered together and are now ‘hanging out’ down by the ocean. Unfortunately, one of the ‘planets’ that’s taken the plunge is the Sun, so we can’t see the others very well because they’re […]

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