Pronunciation: Muhn Moon Phase: 10th Moon of Celtic calendar (August to September) Leo to Virgo Moon Name: Lightening moon Letter: M Title: Chieftain Height: is supported Influence: None/ Androgenous Age: Up to 5 years, eternal re-birth Legend: Incarnation, Parallel worlds, Thinning veil, Ascending, Converse spiritually, Release inhibitions. Deity: Muhn Element: Water Chakra: Sacral / Third Eye Aura: Indigo Medicinal Qualities: All wine is good in moderation, the key is moderation. Totem Entities:The Fox, Snake, Bumble Bee.
The spiritual meaning of the vine comes in many ways, it's influence is in its subtlety. A small glass of wine is a compliment to most occasions, a single grape can influence any meal. A cheese is complimented by the grape, the palate is aroused by the wine before the meal. Allow the subtle energies of the vine to enhance your own, your pursuit will be encouraged by the energies of the vine.
The Vine does not favour the frosts of the north, the harsher climates of the Celtic domains meant that the Vine was imported. On a grand scale by the Romans, evidence is supplied by the vineries of essex in the surrounding districts of Maldon, Steeple and Colchester. The Etruscan, Gauls and later the Roman Gods are commonly portrayed as wine swilling whilst the northern Celtic, Germainic and Nordic Gods are portrayed as Ale swilling again this displays how diverse the Celtic people were. But there are artefacts relating to the bronze age of grapes being grown in Prydain so to give sole credit to the Roman empire for importing the Vine would be wrong. We know by association that the Druids of Prydain knew of the qualities that the vine could offer. A more traditional and well known drink associated with both the Celtic, Nordic and the empires of Germaine is ale or beere made from Hops which would grow and flourish with ease with the climate of the northern hemisphere. I have included hops within this page as a true representative of the East Saxons and the Celts in the more northern of the Celtic regions.
Catholicism is practiced with the eucharist. The body and blood of Jesus Christ is eternal life. (John 6:48-56). We carry the burdens of mankind around with us, guilt, envy, greed, self importance etc. and because of this we remain very firmly grounded as we walk this earth plain. The advantage of the vine is it "on occasion" allows us to lower our inhibitions and be truer to ourselves, letting our light shine and closing the gap between the two worlds. Mary Magdalene' High Priestess of the Muin Grove, (Steeple, Essex) also had a Grove and druid school in Upminster, they practiced the druidic rites and rituals surrounding the energies of the Vine. Juno, High Priestess to the Muin Grove, (Guernsey and Marseilles) shared experience with her, in vineyards owned by the Magdalene' family.
The grape starts as green (Heart chakra) turning to blue (Throat chakra) going through indigo (Third eye) to purple (Crown chakra). The differing levels of ascension leading towards spiritual enlightenment. (this does not mean get drunk with wine lol)
With the threat of an early frost in these regions, and with a good summer sun, the time to harvest the grapes is now, 7 days in from the new moon and leading into the full moon the grapes will be at their best. With the power of Lugh overseeing their fruition, their time is slightly earlier than cereal crops, the cereal is best harvested under the moon, whilst these are glowing in the sun they are best harvested in daylight, as are the hops. Many a post war busmans holiday has been spent hop picking in the fields of Essex and Kent.
The Fox shows a wiley cunning as it goes about it's daily life, forever entwining with its surroundings in order to progress. The snake is seen at the height of the sun, a sign of fertility, fecundity and historical wisdom. The bee is a home maker, it will survive the harshest of conditions but will only be seen when the sun is at its most powerful.
The power of Lugh is the male element and arouses the masculinity in all that he touches but without the feminity and spiralling tentacles to support him no fruit will be bourne. The moon with which this plant takes the name "muin" provides the essentials and emotions of all that is feminine. Each of its totems relish and glory with both the sun (lugh) and the moon (muin) a paralell universe "as above so below."