Prayer to the New Moon

A new month begins,
a new moon appears chasing the sun into the dying fire of the western sky,
a new moon dancing an old dance,
the dance she has always performed,
the same dance in the same sky,
the old steps traced in the old pattern by the New Moon.
The Maiden, who is young,
whose art is skillful, perfected by long years of practice,
a long stream of new moon dances.
She dances, intent on the spoor of the setting sun,
dancing Him into his death with Her new life's spirit.
She dances into death the old,
dancing into life the new,
as she appears in the darkening sky of the world, of our lives,
and returns joy to all who lack.