Day moon

The moon drinks

sunlight

kissing

moonglow,

sipping

sunlight.

Days

wax

lyrical,

Sunlight

drinks the moon.

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Photo credit: IvaCastro

March moon will be full on Sunday (12th). The moon in Iva Castro’s  photo is not quite as full as it was yesterday when I wrote this poem but its beauty was irresistible.

Shapeshifter—December Full Moon

Winter winds roar.

White lantern swings from heavy billows,

once a sharp crescent, now rotund orb,

a shapeshifter guides nightly wanderers,

Winter winds roar.

My companion waxes, grows brighter still,

floods frozen fields in its twilight glow,

hours to fly on a long winter’s night as

winter winds roar.

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Full moon night is Tuesday  December 13, but there is usually a good view on the night before and the night after, as well as the ‘night of’.  And it will be (for the third month in a row) a supermoon, slightly brighter and larger than usual due to its closeness to the earth.

Many of us can’t plan when we will get a chance to look at the moon, but for those who can, the moon is said to appear particularly large when it is near the horizon at moonrise and moonset.  In the Northern Hemisphere, December Full Moon is known as Full Cold Moon or Long Nights Moon.  Recent days have been very short as nights become longer and longer. This process will peak on December 21,  Winter Solstice, the longest night.

Supermoon on Monday November 14

Luna swings by close,

monthly perigee peaking,

surges felt below.

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Moon event:  On Monday the moon will  be a supermoon, larger and brighter than it has been for almost 70 years. The moon is not inflating (obviously), but it appears bigger when it is at the closest point (perigee) of its earth orbit and this month, closer and bigger than usual.  The next time the moon will swing by so close will be in 2034 — the last time was in 1948.

The moon affects tides and it is said to influence human behavior as well,  manifesting as lunacy and spiritual enlightenment.  Let’s hope for much enlightenment.

I’m linking this post to TJ’s Household Haiku.  The prompt is ‘peeking’ and I’m hoping my homonym, ‘peaking’, is within its scope.

Harvest Full Moon on Friday

The harvest full moon will be this Friday evening—in fact, the moon has been bright all week allowing me to work later outside.  I wrote a haiku:

Moon companion

Cool night-air harvest humming

Hearts rise to her glow.

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Harvest Full Moon can fall in September or October.  This year it is the September 16 moon, being the closest full moon to the Autumnal Equinox (coming up on September 22). When not hosting Harvest Moon, September’s full moon has other names such as ‘Full Corn Moon’ and ‘Barley Moon’.

You may have heard that there will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on Friday.  This means that the sun, earth, and moon will line up so that some of the sun’s light will be blocked by the earth’s outer shadow.  The outer shadow is so faint that many people will not notice that the full moon is dimmed.  I am not an astronomer, but learned this eclipse information at Timeanddate.

 

Moon when all things ripen—August 18, 2016

On the eve of August’s full moon I feel both happy and sad.  We have just over a month of summer left and with luck, two more months before the frost. Traditional native American names for August’s full moon include: Sturgeon Moon (historically a good time to catch sturgeon in the Great Lakes), Green Corn Moon, Wheat Cut Moon, Blueberry Moon, and Moon When All Things Ripen.

August is a time when crops such as corn, zucchini, cucumber, apples, eggplants, peppers and squash reach maturity.  The amount of bounty has dropped across Ontario, including my garden, due to a scarcity of rain.  However conditions vary from location to location and markets still display local produce.

Where I live, rain finally came over the last few days so I wrote a full moon tanka:

At last! rain drenched soil

Drooping leaves lift up, fruits swell

fresh flowers open.

Revived gardens come alive,

Hopes ripen on August moon.

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This photo, sourced at Pixabay, shows how red peppers ripen from green to red. A few of my peppers–the ones not eaten by rabbits–have been turning red recently.  They are small, but tasty.

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Tribute to July Full Moon on Tuesday July 19

The moon will be completely full tomorrow night.   July Full Moon is known as Thunder Moon or Buck Moon according to Native North American traditions.  Buck Moon relates to bucks growing new antlers in July—an event I haven’t had the fortune to witness.  Thunder Moon of course reflects the frequent rumblings and flashes of lightning at this time of year.  Where I live (Ontario, Canada) threatening black clouds have been a common sight:

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Other features of July  are recognized in other full moon names:  Rose Moon, Hot Moon (on average July is the hottest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere), and Hay Moon (hay is cut and harvested after dry summer days).

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 To conclude, a July poem:

Lightning

flashes thunder,

rolls of hay, ice cream days,

dripping heat, childhood memories,

July.

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