This evening Ali had a party to go to and on our way there I noticed that we had a full moon, Anyway I’m sitting in the car googling and thought I would give you a little full moon lesson
A full moon will occur tonight or should I saw tomorrow morning as I am writing this on Saturday, anyway it’s Sunday 27th January 2013 04:38:24 am (GMT) for those who live in London. Although the full moon happens at the same moment every place around the world, our dates and time will differ due to our time zones.
A full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. It has many different names depending on the month it occurs in:
After the December solstice:
February – Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, or Wolf Moon
March – Sap Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon
After the March equinox:
April – Grass Moon, or Egg Moon
May – Planting Moon, or Milk Moon
June – Rose Moon, Flower Moon, or Strawberry Moon
After the June solstice:
July – Thunder Moon, or Hay Moon
August – Green Corn Moon, or Grain Moon
September – Fruit Moon, or Harvest Moon
After the September equinox:
October – Harvest Moon, or Hunter’s Moon
November – Hunter’s Moon, Frosty Moon, or Beaver Moon
December -Moon Before Yule, or Long Night Moon
But there’s also more than a scientific aspect of the full moon. Many believe in the folklore that the full moon offers a night of temporal insanity! For centuries the myth of a full moon was people became crazy leading to suicide, arson, violent crimes, labour, epileptic seizures and sleepwalker.
People believe that moon phases do affect our human behavior like the way it affects tides. If the phases of the moon could cause a bulge in the Earth’s crust then surely it could affect humans who are made of sixty percent of water.
Most scientists have determined that even if statistics show an incline in bad behaviour on days of the full moon, there’s no correlation or consistency.
Here are ten facts about the full moon you probably didn’t know:
1. The full moon occurs every 29.5 days; the duration of one complete lunar eclipse.
2. The chances of being bitten by a dog are twice as high during a full moon according to a study at Bradford Royal Infirmary, which reviewed 1, 621 cases of dog bites between 1997 and 1999. However, a study at the University of Sydney in Australia concluded there was no identifiable relationship.
3. The only month that can occur without a full moon is February.
4. A full Moon is considered unlucky if it occurs on a Sunday but lucky on a Monday or moon day.
5. The honeymoon is named after the full moon in June. As it fell between the planting and harvesting of crops this was traditionally the best month to get married.
6. Renaissance artists traditionally depicted the moon as a crescent rather than in its full phase.
7. It is only during a full moon that the dark side of the moon – the hemisphere on the opposite side to the sun – is completely dark.
8. The female menstrual cycle has long been linked to the full phase of the moon. One theory is that prehistoric men were more likely to go hunting during their womenfolk’s period because of taboos associated with blood. The most profitable time to hunt was during the full moon and the best way to convince the men to return with food was with the prospect of sex.
9. The full moon may appear round, but is actually shaped like an egg with the pointed end facing earth.
10. The moon is 10 times brighter when it is full than when it is in a quarter phase.
So those of you celebrating your full moon make sure you stay away from dogs!
When the thorn bush turns white that’s when I’ll come home
I am going out to see what I can sow
And I don’t know where I’ll go
And I don’t know what I’ll see
But I’ll try not to bring it back home with me
Like the morning sun your eyes will follow me
As you watch me wander, curse the powers that be
Cause all I want is here and now
But it’s already been and gone
Our intentions always last that bit too long
Far far away
No voices sounding
No one around me
And you’re still there
Far far away
No choices passing
No time confounds me
And you’re still there
In the full moon’s light I listen to the stream
And in between the silence hear you calling me
But I don’t know where I am
And I don’t trust who I’ve been
And If I come home how will I ever leave