When I saw this year’s
selection for the cover ‘Apple Trees at Moonrise’ by John C. Menihan,
it took my breath away. Although not well known, Menihan’s work is in
some of the best worldwide collections. Known for his prints and
lithographs, Apple Trees is acrylic on board and shows how our Earth is
the soul of the Moon just as the Moon can be our Earth’s soul.
There may be no
annual calendar which is so respectful of the Mother of Nature. Printed
in the U.S. using soy-based ink and recycled paper, it’s a wonder that
we continue to be so blessed, year after year.
- excerpt of review
from THE UNICORN
The ’10 Lunar
Calendar (Dedicated to the Goddess in Her Many Guises), Luna Press,
15511, Kenmore Station, Boston, MA 02215, Nancy FW Passmore, ed., wall
I first came to know the Lunar Calendar in the early years of The
Unicorn. What a blessing it was to have such an enlightened and
refreshing approach to keeping track of time. Our Moon certainly was an
influence in my life and I have memories of being up all through the
night, riding my bicycle out into the farmland and arriving home at
sunrise so my family would think I’d simply risen early and was
working in the gardens. As a published poet, one of my finest works was
of the Full Moon, as an artist the oil painting I created of a Full Moon
hangs today in our temple, 35 years later.
Having a calendar which marks time by the Moon makes such sense. Every
year, this devoted editor puts together this amazing calendar. Working
with Robert Graves’ The White Goddess as the foundation for the lunar
associations with trees, this calendar ought be in the home of every
Wiccan, even as Graves’ influence has permeated all of the modern
I love this year’s bright and playful cover! How the times have
changed. As this year’s calendar teaches us, Julius Caesar outlawed
the lunar calendar in 45 bc and the Roman Church followed after. Use the
2010 Lunar Calendar to stand up for our heritage, to learn to live and
dance in rhythm with the Moon.
Printed locally (not outsourced) and using soy-based ink on recycled
paper, you deserve a copy of this calendar. And so do your friends. Give
a gift which is truly of the lunar spirit!
Rev. Paul Beyerl
The Rowan Tree Church
'09 LUNAR CALENDAR: DEDICATED TO THE GODDESS IN HER MANY GUISES
beautiful calendar that helps us see time as a spiral."
Grandmother of all Goddess calendars...this year continues the long
tradition of combining beauty with a wealth of information...the lunar
months in all their glory. Highly recommended."
THE BELTANE PAPERS
A Journal of
lunar calendar is in its 28TH year – where were you and
what were you doing in 1975?
Nancy Passmore was putting together the first one of these, nine
years before the first fledgling form of TBP appeared, This makes the Lunar Calendar
more than a calendar – it’s also a touchstone and an icon of the
women’s spirituality movement, and fortunately so for many many
people, some of whom rallied this past year when Luna Press was in dire
straits and helped “to keep (this) little moon boat afloat.”
Each of the
thirteen calendar pages have all the phases of the moon arranged in an
elliptical form and includes information on one of the sacred trees (to
learn more about them, read Robert Graves’ classic The White
Goddess), and each year’s edition includes new appropriate,
interesting and provocative art and poetry. At the back is a year’s worth
of moon phases on one page, charts of moonrises and moonsets for San
Francisco and London, how to interpret and use the calendar and a
lengthy bibliography that includes The Beltane Papers. It is this calendar’s subtitle
and dedication that Cybill Shepherd quoted in her now-famous Golden
Globe acceptance speech a few years ago: dedicated to the Goddess in
Her Many guises.
Why a moon
calendar? For one thing,
moon time was the first “calendar” time, as women counted their
cycles by the phases of the moon; the
first moon calendar of record is in the right hand of the Venus of
Laussel. It is a natural
and easily visible-to-the-naked-eye method of keeping track of the
months and seasons of the year. It’s
where the term “month” comes from!
a great gift to yourself or to any woman you know. And of course Nancy Passmore has
been one of TBP’s Advisory Council members and supporters for a long
review by Marione
Up / Revealing Her Mysteries
’04 Lunar Calendar: Dedicated to the Goddess in Her Many Guises, Nancy FW Passmore editor, The Luna Press
Back from the
brink of folding, but fine as ever, The ’04 Lunar Calendar is a visually and energetically
rich compilation of musings and information from a most talented array
of co-conspirators in this 28TH annual lunacy, based upon the
13 lunar months of the Celtic tree calendar which serve as inspiration
for much of the art and poetry. Accompanying
the month of Saille-willow, Sarah Fuhro’s “Willow and Moon”
lightning from the black sky,
full of green water draws Moon,
to pause from ascent or descent.
likes to nestle in the tresses of Saille,
again upon the silver tube
Moon to Willow’s roots.
Other poets include our own Asphodel Long, Lourdes
Theusen, Marge Piercy, and Robert Graves, whose poem “This Holy Month”
during the time of Tinne-holly (overlapping with half of August),
demon who throughout our late estrangement,
malice in my footsteps, often
Making as to
stumble . . .
We both know
well he was the same demon,
rule and calculation,
Who lives for
our love, being created from it,
with blossom, silvers the hills
than moonlight, summons bees in swarms
From the Lion’s
mouth to fill our hives with honey,
into fire, and eyes into deep lakes;
And so may do
once more, this holy month.
I always look forward to Agusta Agustsson’s delightful and often
whimsical artwork, and her accompanying image of lion-begotten bees to
his poem does not disappoint. Other artists include Cathy Weaver Taylor, Sandra Stanton,
and Donna Iona Drozda, with Joan S. Anderson’s beautifully delicate
“Ceremonial Coat: Full
Moon Rising Jacket” gracing the cover.
And Jean Vallon’s poignant image, “Sharing a Dream of Peace”
during the month of Fearn-alder, reminds us of the precarious state of
world affairs, but does so with a stately serenity.
lunations begin at the New Moon and spiral counterclockwise through the
month, with information provided about the astrological signs throughout
the lunar cycle, the times of Moonrise and setting, and the Celtic tree
name of each month with a rubbing of the corresponding leaf. Editor Nancy F. W. Passmore ends
her explanation of “Why a Lunar Calendar” with:
ancestors were intimately familiar with the movement of earth, sun and
moon, something too often obscured by our modern buildings, artificial
lighting, and popular mythologies and mysogynies. Yet her powers remain intact and as vital as they have always
been. This is where The
Lunar Calendar becomes such a useful tool: even when invisible to us on
earth because of clouds, sun, smog, etc., a glance at the calendar will
“reveal” her face. The
Lunar Calendar actually provides you with two calendars: one a record of the moon’s many changes, the other a
complete cross-reference to the “familiar” day, dates, and times. Look up!
Nancy, on your lunatic survival! You
spiraled out of the waning, just like She always does. And so it is, and Blessed Bee!