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The Shock of Tammuz

Living near the ocean increases my awareness of the moon. I locate it more frequently in the sky than I do when I’m living in the city. Here on island, I’ve been awakened by the moon in the morning; sometimes even in the middle of the night. I’ve been writing and reading about it, meditating [...]

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Tammuz As Technology

I’ve been tracking these first two weeks of the Tammuz moon cycle the way our ancestors used to—by looking up into the sky. For the past two weeks (and all of Tammuz, thus far), my family of four was on a “no-screens vacation” in the South Shore of Maui. No computer, no phone, no email—we [...]

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Tammuz Heats Up

Aloha! I’m writing from the South shore of Maui, Hawai’i where I’m vacationing with my family of four.  We’re in paradise. Palm trees, lapping ocean waves, pink morning clouds, orange and yellow evening sunsets. And heat. We wake up to seventy-degree weather, and by mid morning we’re already baking under high eighty-degree temperatures. But the [...]

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A Healing Meditation: See Just In Front of You

To amplify the healing available this moon cycle, make a meditation date with yourself. Block out your calendar, turn off your phones, and establish a time and space for you to be without interruption for five to 45 minutes. Best if you can be outdoors, but not imperative. Choose whether you want to sit or [...]

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Seeing in Tammuz Is the Gateway to the High Holidays

The waning crescent Tammuz moon hangs in the sky. It just tipped over into a three week period of time (which includes two weeks of the next moon cycle Av) that is filled with introspection, assessment, and yearning. It’s July, for goodness sake, yet these final phases of the Tammuz moon indicate the very beginning [...]

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Dancing Under The Waning Tammuz Moon

The Tammuz moon has seduced me night after night this month. Waning Tammuz Moon, Paia, Maui. I was certain the pinnacle of it’s beauty was on the night it was fullest, but the night before last the waning moon was so bright and beautiful it sucked the air out of my mouth. I ran inside [...]

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The Full Glory and Heat of Tammuz

I’ve been feeling a little depressed lately. It’s hard to admit, given the fact that I live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Several times a day I have to blink my eyes and remember that I’m alive and not dead. I mean it’s so beautiful here that it’s hard to believe—and [...]

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Intensity of Tammuz Gushes Like a Waterfall

The moon is building in intensity and glow during this first week of Tammuz. Because the moon rises and sets one hour later than each previous day, the time when you can visually locate the moon in the sky varies. Some days the moon will escort you at the dinner hour while on other days [...]

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Tammuz Heats Up

The new moon Tammuz crested in the sky four days ago (see photo in posting below). Today, however, I felt the inner affects of the Tammuz heat burn against my tender heart. Death pulled its card on two of my dear friends. Neither of them willingly summoned this indiscriminate power: one sits in the final [...]

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The New Tammuz Moon Crests over the Pacific on Saturday Night

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