Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~ Benjamin Franklin

COTG wishes you all the best for 2010.
Health, happiness, prosperity and peace.

Enjoy tonight's Blue Moon!
A Blue Moon is the second full moon in the month and happens ... well ... "once in a blue moon"!

It's happened only 4 times in this last decade:
2001, November 30 20:51
2004, July 31 18:06
2007, June 30 13:50
2009, December 31 19:14

and will happen again in 2012 on August 31, 13:58

Did you know that every full moon has a "name"?
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is the Farmers Almanac's list of the full Moon names.

Wolf Moon - January - Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon
Snow Moon - February
Worm Moon - March - with other variations: Full Crow Moon, and The Full Sap Moon, and also known as the Lenten Moon
Pink Moon - April
Flower Moon - May
Strawberry Moon - June
Buck Moon - July
Sturgeon Moon - August
Corn Moon - September
Harvest Moon - October
Beaver Moon - November
Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon - December

(H/T Roger B.)