By the Moon 

the full moon of each month . . .

has a special name and meaning ~

April is the Pink Full Moon

Creeping Phlox ~
 

The reason the April full moon is called a "pink moon" dates back to the custom of Native American tribes and settlers to keep track of seasons by naming the full moon to describe the landscape of the season . . .

The pink creeping phlox create the beautiful pink hued landscape on the night of the April full moon.

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Time for Harmony~

In 325 A.D. the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox.

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Flower Moon of May ~

Flowers spring forth in great abundance, so May heralds the "Flower Moon" ~ breathtaking . . .

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Dreams and Harmony~

Creeping phlox symbolize harmony, partnerships and, most appropriately during the "pink full moon," sweet dreams.

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The Full Moon Plays a Part ~

Easter is delayed by one week if the full moon is on Sunday, which decreases the chances of it falling on the same day as the Jewish Passover. The council’s ruling is contrary to the Quartodecimans, a group of Christians who celebrated Easter on the day of the full moon, 14 days into the month. This is the reason some Christians celebrate Easter on different dates.

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Strawberries and Honey Moon of June ~

The full moon of June is upon us soon. It has many names, including the "hot moon" since the heat of summer is on the horizon.

Because we're busy in the garden . . .

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harvesting those little ruby beauties . . .

we prefer to call it the Strawberry Full Moon. However we must remember that June is the month of love . . .

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and it was once referred to as the "honey full moon" as well ~ because it has more of a honey color, up in the sky. Of course it is where we got the the term, "honeymoon" that we still use today . . .

Another little tidbit of astronomical flare,
the full moon in June
is the only "mini-moon"
of this 2017 year.

In its elliptical orbit,
it will be farthest from earth.
so smaller it appears
to all who observe . . .
and the glimmering planet not so very far ~
is the beauty of Saturn, not a star.

Hear the Thunder of the Buck Moon of July ~

make some hay, and share a cup of mead ~

The full moon of July is known as the "Thunder Moon" because of the large number of thunderhead clouds that form throughout July.

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Many Native American tribes called it the "Buck Moon" or "Elk Moon" because July is when antlers shed in late winter begin to appear on deer, elk, and moose.

In days gone by, it was also known as the "Hay Moon" because it was common to harvest hay in the bright full moonlight and cooler night hours.

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Lest we forget, there was also the "Mead Moon." Mead is an old word for July, hence the Mead Moon. Mead is also an olde alcoholic drink made from the fermentation of honey and water. Honey is at peak production in July, thanks to those honey bees that pollinate our flowers.

The official time for the Thunder Full Moon in 2017 is on July 9 at 11:07 p.m. CDT. The moon will appear bright for three days from July 8 through July 10, so you have many opportunities to enjoy!

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What Dreams Have You on an August Full Moon? ~

It won't be long, summer will be gone. The full moon in August goes by a few different names . . .

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While others prefer the fruit or blueberry moon, not because the moon is blue, no ~ because the great summer fruit harvest is in full swing.

Some call it the Green Corn Moon . . .

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If you are an angler, you may prefer to dream under the Sturgeon Full Moon, for the sturgeon run strong in the Great Lakes in August.
 

Whichever you choose, be sure to watch the August full moon. You can begin your watch on the evening of August 6, but this full moon is a little different for it will be at full peak at 1:10 p.m. on Monday, August 7.  Yes, we will have an afternoon full moon!

October's Moon Smiles Bright ~

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 we have a special sight, the Smiling Moon. There is only one this year and it is accompanied by the Morning Star, Venus which will be crowned by the golden-orange Mars above.

 

What makes it so special this year?

 

The reflection of the earth is strongest on this day and will create a most dazzling Earthglow for us to observe!
 

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The Full Frost Moon of November ~

The full moon of November is also called The Full Frost Moon and the Beaver Moon. It will appear at full crest on November 4, 2017 at 1:04 a.m. It will appear like a super moon in the night sky, but it is not the super moon - at least not yet!

 

The wonderful thing about the November moon is the anticipation of a magical ride in the frosty moonlight! 


 

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