Thursday, May 31, 2007

Full Blue Moon

It was just brought to my attention that tonight there is a full blue moon.

Once in a Blue Moon ... is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?
According to the popular definition, it is the second Full Moon to occur in a single calendar month.
The average interval between Full Moons is about 29.5 days, while the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. This makes it very unlikely that any given month will contain two Full Moons, though it does sometimes happen.
On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century, so you could say that once in a Blue Moon actually means once every two-and-a-half years.
Instead of there being 12 moons in one year, there happens to be 13.
And Halloween blue moons happen even less often, they seem to come in 19 year cycles.

Some other things I found.

The Moon plays an important role in our lives, even if we never give it much thought. Planting is done on the New Moon, except root crops that are planted on the Waning Moon, and harvesting takes place under a Full Moon when there is more moonlight to work under. Many new businesses open on a New Moon. If you want something to be a success, then you plant it, or start it, on a New Moon. The gravitational pull also helps the body retain fluids during the Full Moon, and more babies seem to be born under Full Moon phases. It is also widely believed that the Full Moon phase gives way to more crimes being committed, more angina attacks, more hemorrhaging during surgery, and more fires started by arsonists. People just seem to be more aggressive and violent under a Full Moon phase. There is said to be more activity in mental institutions when the Moon is full. The belief that the full moon causes mental disorders and strange behavior was widespread throughout Europe in the middle ages, and still continues on today. Mental institutions used to be called 'lunatic' asylums, and 'lunacy' means 'insanity'...both from the Latin word, 'luna', meaning Moon. The influence of the Moon on our behavior has been called "The Lunar Effect" or "The Transylvania Effect". Whether or not these 'effects' can be proven by scientific facts, the myths and folklores are here to stay. Even without valid scientific evidence, it sure does seem to many people that the Moon has some sort of an impact on us for whatever reasons.

My mom did all her planting by the full moon. Her rose bushes were just beautiful. She had every color you could imagine, summer every one of them turned red. Yep, about fifteen different colored bushes all turned to red roses. And they stayed red for the remaining years of her life. About five I think.
Could it have been some type of cross pollination? possibly. Could it have been something else? maybe. I have no idea what would make rose bushes turn color after they had been growing and living for years and years. There were yellow, pink, white, purple, blue and peach.

So, why would they all turn to red? hmm, don't know myself.

So just a heads up about tonight's extra moon. Y'all know what happened on Charmed don't ya? they all turned to BEASTS on the full blue moon. Just sayin'...

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