I found it interesting that there is still so much confusion about what Harvest Moon means. Many sites including NASA seem to think it is just the full Moon in September but it isn’t quite that simple. In a terribly oversimplified explanation what you are seeing is the solar calendar (the months) and the lunar calendar not lining up very well. The following text is from the Farmer’s Almanac:
The Harvest Moon is the one that occurs the closest to the Autumnal Equinox so this year it occurs in September, although occasionally this title can be bestowed upon the October full Moon. From 1970 to 2020 this happens twelve times and, in fact, will happen in 2017. The 2016 version of the Harvest Moon comes six days prior to the Autumnal Equinox, although it can occur as early as September 8 (as in 2014) or as late as October 7 (as in 1987).
Source article: http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2016/09/12/harvest-moon-2016/
Happy New Year!
This New Year’s eve is not only a Full Moon, but a Blue Moon. What does that mean? It means that there are two full moons this month. When that happens, the second full moon is called a blue moon. It happens infrequently, which is why we refer to something rare as happening once in a blue moon. The last blue moon was in 2007.
Click to read more about Blue Moons.
January is named for Janus, the Roman god of doorways and gates, beginnings and endings. Janus has 2 faces and can see the past and future simultaneously.
Click here to read more about Janus.
Click here to read my New Year’s Resolutions post from 2009.
Click here to read about New Year’s traditions from around the world.
A few ways to celebrate the New Year:
Fireworks at the Space Needle! Seattle’s Space Needle will host the West Coast’s version of New York’s Time Square as more than 50,000 people gather below to watch the Fireworks shoot across the mid-night sky.
This year’s New Year’s Eve concert at St James Cathedral will be a performance of the Roman Choral Fireworks by Handel. It starts at 11pm and my buddy Kimmie’s husband is one of the musicians.
Jan 1 at noon is the Polar Bear Plunge at Burien’s Three Tree Point.
EMP’s Indulgence 2010 SeattleBash features a variety of live music, comedy and dancing for the 21 and over crowd.
Tacoma hosts a New Year’s Eve festival; a family-friendly, alcohol-free bash called First Night.
What will you be doing?
This Moon will appear exceptionally large as it rises since it is both full and at its perigee, the point in its orbit where it passes closest to the Earth. At midnight, it will appear quite high and bright. The Full Moon is when you can “see” the results of what you have been planning and working on for the last two weeks. It is time to release the plan and review your ideas and to reorganize or restructure where necessary. The Moon in Gemini can indicate distraction and difficulty in focusing your energy. One way to try to help your self to get tasks done is to use the distractions rather than fighting them Make a list of what you need to get done and then just go ahead and start a few of the items on the list. Don’t worry about forcing yourself to methodically finish one task then the next and so on, but just allow yourself to flit from one to the next. When I have needed to do this, I’ve noticed that I do complete all the tasks that need to get done without the procrastination and stress that would be caused by forcing myself to work on just one task at a time when my “brain” isn’t in the right mood. Leave a comment if you try this or if you want to share what you are working on.
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Other gift ideas: I am fascinated by Josh Simpson’s little “planets.” The planets are hand blown glass marbles. Check out his Infinity Project scrapbook which contains photographs of his marbles that have been placed all over the world as “a testament to the longevity of glass.”
The cool book of the season is Porn For Women. Also in the same series: Porn for New Moms. No, honestly… you MUST click the link and then post what you think.
And a plug for my perennial companion: Every home and every gardener needs a copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Step away from the computer and go outside. No, really! Jupiter and Venus are conjunct and the Moon will appear to pass right by them. The best pictures of what to look for are here at Skytonight.
The other important item is that tonight is a New Moon which means that NOW is the time to start whatever new project or new practice you’ve been planning. Sorry the distribution list isn’t set up yet. You will get proper warning for the upcoming Full Moon!
I’ll get to see the conjunction on my way to take Rob to class. He is finishing Beyond Basic Obedience tonight. At least, I think he is, he may have one more week to go. It is a good thing I don’t have children, eh?
Picture of Robert Bruce taken by Stephanie