Sunday, July 13, 2014

July's Full Mead Moon

Shaggy gardens and hedgerows of maturing rosehips, fields of hay and ripening orchards, bees humming in the clover, the daisies and the goldenrod...

Last evening's full moon was a super moon, and both August and September will host super moons, next month being the biggest and the brightest of the year.  It was also the second of the four "gathering" moons that grace the interval between June and September. We are a few weeks past Litha (the Summer Solstice) now, and daylight hours north of the equator are already waning, but it is summer and a festive time - skies blue and flooded with sunshine by day, violet and spangled with starshine by night.

Images captured on full moon nights often resemble paintings when they are uploaded into the computer, and no matter how often that happens, it always comes as a surprise.  There is something about the velvety dome of a fine summer night that lends itself to lofty thoughts of journeying and exploration, to broad and sweeping brush strokes and magical images like sky sailing galleons, dragon boats and balloons.  Just being out  under a summer moon seems convey a sense of connection that is hard to describe in words - it is just as the late Carl Sagan wrote so eloquently:

"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we've learned most of what we know. Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."

Not so long ago, I wrote (or rather scratched) a note to myself, a sticky mauve reminder to remember Carl Sagan's words and the star stuff within.  The thought is uplifting on days when arthritis or chemotherapy or plain old age get the upper hand and leave me feeling somewhat fragile, a tad crotchety and despondent.  The other uplifting thing to do (of course) is to screw a macro lens on the camera, grab notebook and pencil and go pottering about in hedgerows with Spencer.

We also know this magical moon as the: Blackberry Moon, Blessing Moon, Blueberry Moon, Buck Moon, Claim Song Moon, Corn Moon, Crane Moon, Daisy Moon, Fallow Moon, Feather Moulting Moon, Flying Moon, Grass Cutter Moon, Ground Burning Moon, Hay Moon, Heat Moon, Horse Moon, Humpback Salmon Return to Earth Moon, Hungry Ghost Moon, Index Finger Moon, Larkspur Moon, Lightning Moon, Little Harvest Moon, Little Moon of Deer Horns Dropping off, Little Ripening Moon, Lotus Flower Moon, Meadow Moon, Manzanita Ripens Moon, Midsummer Moon, Middle Moon, Middle of Summer Moon, Moon of Claiming, Moon of the Young Corn, Moon of Fledgling Hawk, Moon of Much Ripening, Moon of the Home Dance, Moon of the Middle Summer, Moon of Ripeness, Moon When Cherries Are Ripe, Moon When the Buffalo Bellow, Moon When People Move Camp Together, Moon When Limbs of Are Trees Broken by Fruit, Moon When Squash Are Ripe and Indian Beans Begin to Be Edible, Moon When Ducks Begin to Malt, Mountain Clover Moon, Peaches Moon, Raspberry Moon, Red Berries Moon, Red Blooming Lilies Moon, Return from Harvest Moon, Ripe Corn Moon, Ripening Moon, Rose Moon, Salmon Go up the Rivers in a Group Moon, Seventh Moon, Smokey Moon, Strong Sun Moon, Summer Moon, Sun House Moon, Thunder Moon, Warming Sun Moon, Water Lily Moon, Wattle Moon, Wort Moon

As full moon names go, I am rather fond of Blessing Moon, Blackberry Moon and Meadow Moon.


Katherine Thomas said...

I never knew there were so many different names for the summer moon! Thanks for sharing those, and for the Carl Sagan quote too! Have you read his book "Contact"? There are some really beautiful thought provoking words in that story. Thanks for a lovely post and some lovely thoughts to fill my mind with this morning!

kerrdelune said...

Katherine, Contact is one of my favorite books ever, and I have the movie as well.

Jennifer said...

Oh, dear. I had no idea you were having chemotherapy, Cate. My husband had chemo following surgery two years ago, so I definitely understand how difficult it can be. I'm sending lots of healing thoughts and care your way!

Debbie said...

Stunning photo, dear Cate! And so love "star stuff"! ;)

Made a point to go out and greet our beautiful Blessing Moon that evening and, as I grinned, face upturned, eyes closed and basked in her lovely light, I thought of you in particular and sent warm thoughts.

Much love,
Prairie Star