The Moon. It's a big dusty ball that lights the night's sky. How does it do it? I didn't think dust could be shiny.
In honour of the great cheese sphere I open this new thread, in honour.
Traditional Full Moon Names:
Wolf Moon – January
Snow Moon – February
Worm Moon – March
Pink Moon – April
Flower Moon – May
Strawberry Moon – June
Buck Moon – July
Sturgeon Moon – August
Harvest Moon – September or October
Full Corn Moon (Harvest) – September
Hunter's Moon (Harvest) – October
Beaver Moon – November
Cold Moon – December
October’s Full Moon is the Hunter’s Moon. It is also called Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, and sometimes Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon.
Every three years, the October Full Moon is also the Harvest Moon. This particular name is given to the Full Moon which is closest to the September equinox, which is the start of fall in astronomy.
However, the astronomical seasons do not match up with the lunar month. Therefore, the month the Harvest Moon occurs in, varies. Most years, it is in September. However, every three years, it is in the month of October.
Hunter's moon is mentioned in several sources as the Anglo-Saxon name for the Full Moon of October. This is the month when the game is fattened, and it is time to start preparing for the coming winter. Traditionally, this included hunting, slaughtering and preserving meats for use in the coming winter months.
Me and the moon have a long relationship. As long as I can remember it always made me feel restless when it was full. Sometimes even a few days before and after. Tonight is no different. Urges to do reckless things come in soft but perceivable waves. Nothing too crazy, mind. As the night goes on, the feelings get a little more intense. But it's only ever subtle. Never anything near a narcotic effect or whatever. I've grown used to checking the moon phase when I get these feelings. So often they come on the exact day of a full moon. But how? And I know I'm not the only one. Magnetic forces? Joni Mitchell once warned "beware the power of moons." Why, Joni? What is it?
It's really easy to write it off as nonsense because it's the bloody moon and it only seems to effect some people. But from my own observations of my own self I've noticed changes before even knowing the moon phase. This happened a lot before I started to put 2+2 together. So I don't think it's just suggestion.
Weed aids a full night's sleep, so that's good. And I doubt I'll ever be cured of it. So I guess it's something I'll have to live with. Even though it can make sleep a little difficult, I love my relationship with the moon. One time in 2008 on my birthday, the moon was literally the biggest I ever saw it. Looked double it's usual size at least. Like it was leaning in and having a closer look at us. Cartoonishly big. And the surface had so much more detail. And what is that face thing? And we only ever see one side of it?!
And they went there once but can't get there again? And then destroyed all the tech? And Stanley Kubrik filmed the fake landing and then told us about it in The Shining?
How can such a seemingly innocuous ball hold so many secrets and inspire so many minds?
Here's to The Moon.