Kissing Your Hand to the Moon

Our troubled economic times have come to my house.  We weren’t really too surprised, and with half a million people laid off last month in the US, we are certainly not alone. As I frequently do when I am troubled, I went out to look at the moon, to rise above the place of my daily life concerns and be in the moon’s realm of beauty and peace.  As it happened, last night the full moon was big and bright because this is the month when the full moon is closest to the earth.

It got me to thinking about how, according to something I once read, it was once considered very powerful to kiss your hand to the moon. Once more the moon became my comforter and muse as I thought of what this custom really says.  To me, it is a way to express that…

You love yourself.  I don’t mean that in an egocentric way, but that you accept who you are, appreciate your uniqueness and the fact that, of all the people who have ever been born on this earth and who ever will be born, you are the only one who can express exactly the message you have for the world and do what you need to do with your life to make the world a kinder, more just place for everyone to live.  So, you’d better get to it. 

You are connected to the universe at large. You understand that you are never really alone, never really isolated or lonely, because you are deeply embedded in the entire universe of planets, stars, and all creatures on this earth.  You are, after all, greeting the celestial body that circles your planet and is in gravitational balance with all the rest of the universe.  You are expressing and taking your unique place in the universe. You are saying that you belong here, that what you have to say and do has worth because you are right where you are meant to be.

Life is to be lived joyfully.  I mean, kissing your hand to the moon, if you do it well  (meaning with a smile on your face and a flourish of your arm, as well as a great big smacking noise) is kind of silly according to the rather staid and dour culture we seem to live in these days, so you must get into a mood for spontaneity and doing things just for the fun of it, especially if you do it with any frequency.

In other words, gaze at the moon, and then go inside and get back to work being creative and taking action, saying what you need to say and doing what you need to do, and doing so with joy.

I sometimes get lost in everyday life and all its complications.  I forget that the answers to getting through every day can be very simple.  Sometimes finding the impetus to respond  to life’s difficulties comes from just going outside and kissing your hand to the moon… kissing your hand to the moon and being grateful for all those celestial bodies and human beings who call forth happiness and joy despite all the stress and uncertainty of our times, who call forth respect for individuality and creativity and its expression as music or poetry or other art forms, who call forth compassionate action as a way of solving the troubles of the world.

By Carolyn Lee Boyd

Carolyn Lee Boyd’s essays, short stories, memoirs, reviews, and poetry have been published in a variety of print magazines, internet sites, and book anthologies. Her writing explores goddess-centered spirituality in everyday life and how we can all better live in local and global community. In fact, she is currently writing a book on what ancient and contemporary cultures have to tell us about living in community in the 21st century. She would love for you to visit her at her website,, where you can find her writings and music and some of her free e-books to download.


  1. Kissing your hand to the moon…. I had never heard of it but the concept as you’ve written about it speaks to me.

    Last night’s moon was beautiful – with a strong draw.

    I’m so glad you found meaning in it. Last night’s moon was indeed something to see.

  2. Hey good to see you posting again!

    Alas, it seems those touched by the failing economy are beginning to outnumber those who are not.

    May the blessings of the solstice be upon your home, and all of us.

    Thank you so much for both the blessings and the kind words! It’s just been one of those times when the world outside has taken so much attention that I haven’t had much to say, but hopefully this winter I will be more inspired. And many Solstice blessings to you and your home, too!

  3. Oh yes! Walking under the moon is sweet….and kissing your hand to the moon, and all that encompasses (as you so eloquently written) is divine…and connecting once again to it’s Source! Great post….

    I love how our perceptions can change when we connect like this…albeit I struggle to make the moment last…it’s heartening to feel the load lightened, however briefly.

    Take care luv,

    Thank you so much! And you take care, too!

  4. Hello 🙂

    The full moon was so incredible this past month. I love the idea of kissing your hand to the moon…with a big MUAH!

    I’m sorry that your family has undergone a loss of this sort….My hope and prayer is that you will work through this Bleep on the radar screen of life quickly.

    And that this closed door will precipitate the opening of an AMAZING new one, which will have you all going, “OH! So THAT’S why it happened!”

    Thank you so much for your good wishes, Grace. I’m hoping and working for a good outcome to the situation – I hate it when real life interferes with my ability to wander around the spiritual realm, though I know that the two realms are deeply intertwined and that there are lessons and gifts in this circumstance. Blessings on you!

  5. Just a quick flyby to wish you and yours the very Happiest of Holidays, C!

    Thank you so much, and may you have the happiest of holidays also!

  6. Once again today is just the right day to stop by and see what you’ve been writing. Thank you so much for your thoughts and inspiration. The moon was incredible on Sunday. And with snow on the ground outside reflecting it’s light, it was incredibly bright all around. Since passing 40, my sense of fun and spontaneity has grown, so it’s a delight for me to kiss my hand to the moon! I’ll keep that in mind.

    And I can see you doing just that! I’m so glad you have refound your sense of joy!

  7. I see the full moon every month outside my bedroom window. What a great idea to throw kisses to Her. Thanks again for your wonderful post.
    Mitakuye Oyasin

    How wonderful to have the moon gazing in on you through your window! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you!

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