Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with exploring the concepts of pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), quiety (serenity) and peace – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply delightful-to-me words.
N is for…
noctilucy – A 17th century word for moonlight.
I love the moon – I’m a lunar devotee for sure. She always has something to tell me, and I do my best to talk with her daily.
For many votaries it’s customary to blow a kiss to the moon when first spotting her, and I’ve always been charmed by that practice. And I certainly recite an adapted greeting “I see the moon and the moon sees me. I love the moon and the moon loves me. I bless the moon and the moon blesses me.”
The moon is magical. She waxes and she wanes. She pulls the tides both in the oceans and in our own beautiful body vessels, whether we think of that as physical or etheric. She’s poetry. She practical. She’s deeply feminine. And she always invites us to reflect.
I love the moon so much, I have a number of them around my house. I was delighted when I looked up I saw tiny little rainbows reflected on the wall, surrounding one of my vintage glass full moons. It made me laugh – it’s not often the moon gets to experience rainbows.
But of course nighttime is the most natural time to commune with La Luna. It’s a time to moon bathe, or be in quiet meditation, or go for a moon-lit walk, or simply pay attention over the course of a month to see where the moon rises, sets, where she waxes and wanes, grows full and goes dark.
But maybe the best thing to do is a noctilucy dance. I’ve always loved Edward Lear’s tale, and I adore this print by Australian artist Mara Girling which I have hanging under another one of my moons.
“They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.”
What about you? What noctilucy celebrations call to you? Are you a proud moon maven? Pay attention to lunar cycles? Talk to the moon? Do tell – you know I love to hear.