What I always seem to be looking for on full moon nights in late summer is a perfect golden moon. After years of moon gazing, the longing remains in all its intensity - to be enfolded in something grand and golden and mysterious. Alas, although the moon was comely in her golden being a night or two ago, she was pearly white last evening as she rose above the trees - she was no less splendid for all that though.
French symphony conductor Pierre Boulez once wrote: Just listen with the vastness of the world in mind; you can't fail to get the message. Whatever happens to this old self and its molecules, when I shuffle off the mortal coil this time around, I would like to think that a tiny scrap of the world's grace and grandeur and vastness will remain in my consciousness as I go billowing off into the great beyond like a scrap of linen liberated from the clothesline... that and memories of Lady Moon gazing down on the earth, blithe and lambent of countenance. Every moon is a wonder to behold, my eye and lens tracing her contours, mapping her mountain ranges and valleys, her wide mesas and dry seas, cherishing her soft radiance.
Under the light of the August moon, geese move back and forth between rivers and fields, deer and wild turkeys graze along farm fences, coyote clans call across the hills in voices hinting at autumn. Moonlight turns trees in the woodland into throngs of joyous interlaced fingers and their dancing leaves into flocks of nocturnal butterflies, touches grasses with silver, morphs sleeping farm fields into rolling wavy oceans. "Barley Moon" is the perfect name for the lady shining down on us all this month, for the barley harvest is about to begin in the highlands of eastern Ontario.
We also know the August moon as the: Acorns Ripening Moon, Autumn Moon, Berries Dried Moon, Berry Moon, Big Harvest Moon, Big Ripening Moon, Black Cherries Moon, Blackberry Moon, Blackberry Patches Moon, Blueberry Moon, Centáwen Moon, Cherries Turn Black Moon, Claiming Moon, Coho Salmon Return to Earth Moon, Corn Is in the Silk Moon, Corn Cutting Moon, Corn Moon, Crest of Hill Moon, Cutter Moon, Dahlia Moon, Dispute Moon, Dog Days Moon, Drying up Moon, Eighth Moon, Elembivos Moon, End of Fruit Moon, Feather Shedding Moon, Flying Moon, Fruit Moon, Gathering Rice Moon, Geese Shedding Their Feathers Moon, Gladiolus Moon, Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Green Moon, Harvest Moon, Hazel Moon, Joyful Moon, Leaves Moon, Lightning Moon, Moon After Lugnasadh, Middle Moon, Moon of First Harvest, Moon of Freshness, Moon of Life at It's Height, Moon When Young Ducks Begin to Fly, Moon When All Things Ripen, Moon When Cherries Turn Black, Moon When Choke Cherries Are Ripe, Moon When Elk Bellow, Moon When the Geese Shed Their Feathers, Moon When Indian Corn's Edible, Much Heat Moon, Much Ripeness Moon, Mulberries Moon, Paper Bark Moon, Pear Blossom Moon, Plum Moon, Red Berries Gathered Moon, Red Moon, Ripe Berries Moon, Ripe Corn Moon, Rising Moon, Starts to Fly Moon, Still Green Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Tall Grass Moon, Thumb Moon, Vegetation Moon, Wode Moon, Wheat Cut Moon, Wild Rice Moon, Women's Moon, Wood Cutter’s Moon or Wort Moon
I am very fond of "Moon of Life at Its Height" and "Much Ripeness Moon"
August 21, 2013
resting easy in Lady Moon