Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Blue Moon

Another month that we're blessed with a "Blue Moon" as it's known, on the 31st.  So many stories, legends and even scientific postures have given us this moniker for Luna Maria.  Here's what we know:

Every month that contains two FULL moons, (rather than full and new) is a blue-moon month by way of the second one.  Back in 1999 a very unusual pattern of lunar phases occurred.  TWO FULL MOONS, each in January and March - none at all in February - triggered a groundswell of public interest in our satellite friend.  Every opinion, theory and research involving blue moons came to the fore.  But the truth is, we're really still not quite sure.

However, we CAN trace the calendrical meaning of "blue moon" back to the 1937 Maine Farmer's Almanac, but a page seems not to support the "two full moons in a month" theory.  And there's others.  But what's the difference?  Science seeks the cause, we reap the effect, and alot of people are red-faced and apologetic. 

For the record, all of our Blue Moons have a strong connection to the seasons.  They all occur on the 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd day of November, February, May or August.  Here's the clue:  these dates fall a month before the Northern SUMMER and WINTER EQUINOXES, respectively.  How could that possibly happen on its own?  No coincidence, this.  There's a seasonal connection. 

Years change, calendars change, seasons certainly change.  But our Luna will never change - although she now wears alot of boot-prints on her lovely gray head, a few flags and a bunch of stray golf balls.  Humans will never stop reaching out, and thank You, God, for that. 

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Facts courtesy of Sky & Telescope, Skywatcher Magazine.  Sentimentality always courtesy of moonstruck author. 

 

11 comments:

buggieboo1 said...

I did a blue moon entry this afternoon! I an hoping with the blue moon I can get the kids to do chores with out fighting!

Sharon

firestormkids04 said...

Amen!  Doesn't matter what "they" think ~ we know Who gave us the pleasure.  In the love, joy & service of Jesus Christ our savior, Penny http://journals.aol.com/firestormkids04/FromHeretoThere
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hadonfield78 said...

The Blue Moon is beautiful...

treesrgreen78 said...

When I read this entry first thing that came to mind is my dear friend always paints in words a beautiful picture of the moon, almost romantic.  The second thing that came to mind was the song "Blue Moon", blue moon, I saw you standing there ..................  I will be sure to look for it.  Thanks my friend.

luddie343 said...

author 2 trees:  and you'll notice the tune I was listening to of course ((#))

acoward15 said...

The last full moon I witnessed was at the rugby 7s at Twickenham last Saturday. A shocking display!
http://journals.aol.co.uk/acoward15/andy-the-bastard

rockoned7 said...

Thanks for that Cathy,
It’s a bit overcast tonight to have a greater look. I saw it earlier and it didn't seem that close. Good explanation for how it was named. Next year we have the same again in May only it is the third full moon of the season.
The old saying "do you think that there is two blue moons in the sky"? Was a favourite of my old lady? So it brings back memories of her.

queenb8261 said...

I LOVE watching the moon. We've had a lot of cloudy nights of late. I miss the sky sometimes. We usually have just over 4" of rain this time of the year. This year we are already at over 14"!!  Thanks for your informationial entries.
Hugs, Barb

princesssaurora said...

The blue moon was beautiful... it had a lovely orange glow as we watched it last night...

be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

mutualaide said...

The Blue Moon seems to catch the eyes of folks more readily ... it's as if they say to themselves, 'wait, wasn't there just a full moon?'  It WAS lovely this month!  

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