Gardening by the moon is an age old practice.  Since the moon controls ocean tides, it is believed that it influences the groundwater tables beneath our feet and the movement of fluids in plants.  This is why planting at a certain phase and harvesting at a certain phase is supposedly beneficial.  These photos I took of the moon by no means do it justice but they remind me just how amazing the moon is. web-moon-041

    The size of the moon when it first appears on the horizon is enormous. It appears like that because our brains perceive a low moon to be larger than one that’s high in the sky.  They actually have a name for this ~Moon Illusion. The moon also can appear warmer or reddish on the horizon.  This is caused by moonlight passing through a larger amount of atmospheric particles than when the moon is overhead, this scatters the bluish part of moonlight (which is really white light reflecting from the sun), but it lets in the red parts of the light which travel a straighter path to our eyes.web-mu

 The Harvest moon is actually the full moon closest to the fall equinox.  It usually occurs in late September or early October.  It was called that because it’s brightness made it possible for farmers to harvest after dark.

  After doing a little reading I found out the November full moon which is also referred to as the Beaver moon which lets you know it is time to set your beaver traps before the swamps freeze. This info ensures a supply of warm winter furs for a trapper. So if you are a trapper, get to work soon.  If you’re not you can do other things when the full moon is out like dance by the light of the moon, or howl at the moon, or turn into a werewolf…web-moon-058

It all sounds like lunacy to me. ;) 

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Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

This evening, the last of the year 2009 will have some interesting sights.web-moon-046

  I am not talking about Uncle Mike wearing a lampshade as a hat, or your friend Mary singing her own rendition of Auld Lang Syne while standing on the bar,  and not even the sight of thousands of people crowded together freezing in Time’s Square waiting for a really slow apple to drop to the ground.  

 I am talking about a celestial sight that we refer to often~ blue moon.  The moon itself won’t be the color blue, no I am referring to the rare occasion (“once in a blue moon”) of having two full moons in one calendar month. 

 Normally this occurs every 2 and a half years. This year it happens to fall on New Years Eve which makes it even more special since that only happens once every 19 years.  We haven’t seen this since 1990.web-moon-041

So tonight as the clock strikes 12 and 2010 arrives take a look in the sky and witness this once in a blue moon occurence. 

 Those drunk people you are with may not think it’s amazing but full moon-058

… it is. 

I wish you all a safe and
Happy New Year!party-animals

 

~Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.  ~Oprah Winfrey