“It only happens once in blue moon,” my Mother would say, but I had no idea what she meant except that it was something that didn’t happen very often. Later in life I learned what the “Blue Moon” was and at least once something really nasty happened to me on a July blue moon so it is a night I look on with trepidation. I take some solace that it only happens “once in a blue moon” but I’d like to change this nasty reputation of the Blue Moon.
Tonight at midnight you can look out your window at the Blue Moon. No it won’t be blue but because it is the second full moon in the month of July it is called that. Another more complicated explanation which is the origin of the name is the third full moon of four which will happen in the season. In that explanation the blue moon is the extra moon of the season in which there are usually only three. The third full moon of the season is called blue because the shamin and astrologers don’t want to change the names of the other three. By that definition you won’t see a blue moon until next May. (True Blue Moon)
(Names of the Full Moons in the Northern Hemisphere are below along with a great site to find out more about the names of full moons below.)
All of the fascinating information about blue moons aside I am wanting to change the reputation of the blue moon from bad to good, at least in my experience, and I’m looking for some wonderful tradition we can start on the Blue Moon. Port Dover and the bikers have their Friday the 13th so why can’t we come up with something to howl about on the Blue Moon. While it only happens about every three years, if we use both definitions it happens almost every other year and sometimes more than that.
Because they happen in all seasons it needs to be something doable in all seasons. Dancing and celebrating by a fire comes to mind. That is certainly something that can be done in any season providing we have the proper permits. I’m of a mind it should be an event for women because we are so in tune with the moon.
My house. Midnight. Bring marshmallows and wine. The next one (the seasonal blue moon) will be May 21, 2016.
Northern Hemisphere full moon names by month: (More at this site)
January: Old Moon, Moon After Yule
February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon
March: Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Lenten Moon
April: Grass Moon, Egg Moon
May: Planting Moon, Milk Moon
June: Rose Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon
July: Thunder Moon, Hay Moon
August: Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon
September: Fruit Moon, Harvest Moon
October: Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon
November: Hunter’s Moon, Frosty Moon, or Beaver Moon
December: Moon Before Yule, or Long Night Moon