Full Moon Magic and Mystery

 

It is a wonderful sight the full moon.  Nothing seems to conjure up more magic, myths and reverence than that golden orb rising above my tree line.  For a while I am transported from my problems and left to watch in deep regard for this constantly returning visitor.   

As it rises in the night sky a warm glow is cast over the farm and I’m sure the animals wonder when I will be turning out the lights.  Even the roosters crow in the middle of the night when the full moon splashes through their coop window – hmm, perhaps shades are in order for the next coop renovation. 

For centuries, cultures have ascribed magical properties to the full moon and in literature and art it is depicted in fascinating ways. 

There are so many wonderful stories and myths regarding the full moon and it allows us to look up in wonder and let our mind wander for just a bit.  Be captured by the majesty and magic. From werewolves to lunacy to love and lust and everything in between. 

A full moon can bring a sense of calm to even the busiest moment – I’m sure the hustle and bustle of this old street scene in LA came to a standstill at some point to observe the moon. 

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Los Angeles Under A Full Moon

I recently ran across this interesting “myth” about the moon and I must say it was not one I have heard before.

 

A rabbit dwells on the moon.

Intriguingly, legends from various traditions around the world, including Buddhism and Native American folklore, recount the tale of a rabbit that lives on the moon. This shared myth may reflect common interpretations of markings on the lunar surface—an alternate take on the fabled “man in the moon.” Shortly before Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, mission control in Houston jokingly referred to the Chinese version of the story, telling the spaceship’s crew, “Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning, there’s one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit.” Command module pilot Michael Collins replied, “Okay. We’ll keep a close eye out for the bunny girl.”

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Bunny Clock

 

 

MOONDANCE LYRICS (Thanks Van Morrison)

Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance With the stars up above in your eyes A fantabulous night to make romance ‘Neath the cover of October skies

And all the leaves on the trees are falling To the sound of the breezes that blow And I’m trying to please to the calling Of your heart-strings that play soft and low

And all the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

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Moondance Art

 

From the National Geographic Site – The October full moon will also make its closest approach to Earth on the 16th, making for a spectacular lunar event. Sky-watchers are gearing up for a super-sized moon that will grace evening skies this Sunday, October 16. The so-called HUNTER’S Supermoon kicks off a lunar triple play happening over the next three months. And if you miss this month’s Supermoon, don’t despair. The full moons of November and December will also be Supermoons. Next month’s Supermoon promises to be the most impressive, as it will be the largest full moon visible in our skies so far this century.

 

So – go look up in wonder and let your mind wander – enjoy the beauty, drink in the magic.

 

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A Haunting Moon

2013 Garden of Weeds

All winter long I dream of summer in my garden.  February/March sees me tenderly planting seeds to get things growing for the greenhouse.  April the ground is cultivated and tilled and the excitement grows as my garlic pushes its eager face up through the straw mulch.

Basil Seedlings for planting

Basil Seedlings for planting

In May and June the garden starts in earnest with planting of potatoes, beans, peas, peppers, squash and my beloved heirloom tomatos, by the hundreds.  So clearly during the month of July, after taking off my garlic scapes, I must have blinked.  I turned around and wondered aloud “Where did the weeds come from?”.  Admittedly we had copious rain and lots of warm sun this year but my garden now looked like Jack and the Beanstalk had taken up residence. 

Bindweed, pigweed and weeds that I’m sure have names longer than the tap root I was about to yank out.  Seriously, I couldn’t see my tomato plants for the waving heads of weeds.  I am loath to remove the milkweed as the flowers are so beautiful and fragrantly reminiscent of lilac and I welcome the Monarch butterflies and bees to my garden.  The rest of the weeds however had to go. 

Beautiful Milkweed Flower

A solid week working methodically row by row (the garden is on the mammoth side) wheelbarrow loads to the weed pile, I could feel the gentle breeze blowing between the rows, sun warming and ripening fruits and there was a restored sense of calm to the summer garden.  Two weeks since my weeding marathon and the new growth on the veggies is extraordinary.. 

I am waiting for a boy scout to arrive and present me with a merit badge for forestry as the tomatos are now almost 5 feet tall and ripening fruit faster than shooting stars. 

All is good in the summer garden.

Ernie’s Plump straight from the garden