Moon Days

When I went to buy my pocket diary for 2018, I noticed many of them had the first day of the week as Sunday. This was disturbing to me, as I think of Monday as the start of the week and Sunday as the end. When I look at my page a week diary, I like to see what I have planned for my weekdays and weekend in one glance. I don’t want to have to turn a page to see what is happening on Sunday.

As I checked diary after diary I was losing hope that I would find a diary with my preferred formatting. Finally, at the bottom of the pile, I found one! I was so happy – especially as the cover was black. In fact it’s exactly the same brand as my 2017 diary. I’ll have to start looking much earlier for my 2019 diary as it seems I’m not the only one who wants to start their week on Monday.

Starting the week on Monday is more than just a way of staying in tune with the common separation of working and leisure days. Monday is named after the Moon and, as it is lunar cycles that resonate most with me, it seems fitting that I begin my week on the Moon’s Day. I was happy that 2018 began on a Monday as it reconfirmed my lunar commitment. January 1st was also the eve of the Cancerian Full Moon. The monthly lunar cycle is very time specific so you need to make sure you know where the Moon is in your time zone. When I give Moon cycle dates they are for Melbourne, Australia. Having January 1st fall on a Monday and on the eve of a Full Moon is a wonderfully powerful way for me start a new year.

As part of my new year celebrations I am going to try a ritual which I just found out about. I caught up with one of my friends a couple of days ago and she told me she spent New Year’s Eve in a forest with a group of “alternative” friends. 🙂 Sitting by a campfire they introduced her to a ritual called “Rose, Thorn, Bud.” The rose represents what came to fruition in the year just passed, the thorn represents the snags that held us back and the bud symbolises a seed that has been planted and will hopefully bloom in the new year. After telling me her Rose, Thorn and Bud revelations Jenny eagerly asked me what I thought mine were. I thought about it and gave her an answer, but what I was really thinking was that it was a beautiful ritual and I wished I knew about it before New Year’s Eve and not after!

Luckily, living a Pagan life means there are many times of the year when we can celebrate a symbolic New Year’s Eve. The upcoming Capricornian New Moon is one such time. It’s a perfect night to devise your own version of a Rose, Thorn and Bud ritual.

Pagans love ending their rituals with food and drink. I thought I would make it easy by combining the two in a cherry and wine offering. Cherries are part of the Rose family so they are a perfect food to enjoy after a Rose, Thorn and Bud ritual.

Cherries in Red Wine


1/2 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup red wine (I used Shiraz)
1 cup pitted fresh cherries (about 225g / 8oz)

Bring the water and brown sugar to a simmer in a small saucepan.
Add the red wine and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the cherries and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Cover and allow to cool before refrigerating until cold.
Serve in cups so you can drink the wine after you’ve eaten the cherries.


  1. Rose, thorn and bud sounds like a beautiful ritual! I love roses. The new moon is always a perfect time to ‘start anew’ or have a symbolic new year, so I may try it. (I love that in Paganism we have so many new beginnings.)

    I noticed my new calendars all begin on Sunday — although this never really bothered me!

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    1. I was surprised by how much it did bother me! But when I thought about it, starting the week on the Sun’s Day makes sense. Most of us start the day when the sun is up – unless we are vampires 🙂

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      1. I think the actual concept of “weekend” (which is SO important to us!) did not come into being until around 100 years ago or so. So I bet before that folks thought it made sense to start the week on Sun’s Day? Hmmm… Although I am sort of a vampire myself 🙂

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      2. The history of the work week and the weekend is fascinating. I did a bit of research on it but I’d like to explore the concepts further. One of the issues is deciding which day the Sabbath is on. As for us vampires – we can walk in the Sun so we can start our week whenever we choose 🙂 I’d love to start my weekend on Friday – it’s one of my favourite days and Friday the 13th would always be a holiday!

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      3. Let me know what you find out about the history of weekends! I suspect it also had something to do with labor laws/ unions and the right to have a few days off. Saturday is always my favorite, but I agree, every Friday the 13th should be a holiday!

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  2. Very interesting I have never really looked but have now just checked and its Sunday, Monday suits me better.
    Love the ritual ” Rose, Thorn, Bud ” the meanings and the photos, quite beautiful,

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