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Waxing moon refers to when the light part of the moon is expanding before it becomes a Full moon.  January’s full moon is called Wolf Moon. At certain times of the cycle, this moon can be seen at sunset.

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To the southeast, I noticed the Waxing Wolf moon above clearly through the windshield as I drove.  I wanted to take a walk in the chill evening air.  As I got to the pond, the moon had disappeared, so I just went for a short walk and decided to go over to the Wellness Center for a short workout.  I looked in the sky there for the moon, but perhaps it had disappeared behind a large grey cloud in the evening sky.

After a brief workout, I decided to emerge and maybe resume my walk.  Though I looked in every direction, I still couldn’t spot her.  The sun was starting to set. Had the moon set?  When I got back to the park and got out of the car, there she was overhead now to the East in the fairly clear pale sky.

Happy I had found her again, I started walking around the pond.  As I passed a lady and her little girl who said, “Hi”, I said, “Look at the moon!”  The sun was now going down, starting to disappear behind the trees to the west.  In all the colors of the evening, the pond was silently reflecting the trees, the houses, and the sky like a glass mirror.  All was very still, save for occasional walkers, the ducks, and the geese making their way across the pond surface.

I stopped to look as the color filled the horizon and sky where the sun had gone down.  The sky became a deep reddish-orange, magenta color, as if from soft chalk pastels and some strokes from a large brush; I mentioned it to a couple of passersby; I think they looked at it.  It was beautiful beyond words.

As I walked back lonely though satiated from the experience; I met a couple on the gravel trail along the pond, and they agreed with me; it was beautiful beyond words.



The Navajos have a saying that the purpose of art is “to beautify the world.”

On the face of it, this does not sound so different from the function of art in the West.  Yet, pleasure for the senses is only one dimension, and by no means the most important, of what Navajos understand by making the world beautiful.

Beauty, rather, means balance, the proper order of things. Its affirmation or its restoration implies that society, the natural and the supernatural environment, and the individual are in the normal state of health and harmony.

**Many works [therefore] of the first Americans express and convey magic and mystery as much as beauty

Teachings from the American Earth – Indian Religion and Philosophy Edited by Dennis and Barbara Tedlock

© 2020 Richard MacKay, All rights reserved.

Featured photo: Waxing half moon over Brofjorden as seen from Sandvik, Lysekil Municipality


-Richard MacKay

Things that inspire me: 

Learning in a variety of ways, literary, analytic, experimental, communicational, and being compassionate.

Creative endeavors, such as art, music, poetry, and dance. Hiking in the woods or in nature.  Feeling the energy of oneness in nature that is not felt in the city.  Strumming on the guitar and composing poetic verses.

The spirit of oneness in my experience.  The connection between different facets of my experience, such as visual colors, harmonies, nature and language.  Spirituality is sensing my world as both.

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