Lotus Moon

երջանիկ լրիվ լուսին!
(“Happy Full Moon!” in Armenian)

Welcome to Issue 6 of Volume III of the Earth, Moon and Stars blog!
(Formerly the Full Moon Lore newsletter.)

 MOON NAMES IN FOLKLORE

The full Moon has been given different names by a variety of peoples. Colonial Americans called the June full moon the Rose Moon, while the Cherokee called it the Green Corn Moon and the Choctaw called it the Windy Moon. In China it is known as the Lotus Moon, while the Celts called it the Moon of Horses.

Lotus Moon

Moon and Lotuses

SEASONAL CALENDAR

June’s full moon: Wednesday June 15,  20:14 UT  (4:14 pm EDT)
June (summer) solstice: Tuesday June 21, 17:16 UT (1:16 pm EDT)
July’s new moon: Friday July 1, 08:54 UT  ( 4:54 am EDT)
July’s full moon: Friday July 15 06:40 UT ( 2:40 am EDT)
[Ref: Moon Phases, 2011 Equinox, Solstice & Cross-Quarter Moments]
 

SKYWATCH

Eclipses

Solar Eclipse
   As we noted last month, the sun was partially eclipsed by the new moon on June 1 (but visible only from very northerly latitudes). Here is a photo of what it looked like just after midnight in northern Finland:

The sun "smiles" over northern Finland during eclipse

The sun “smiles” over northern Finland during eclipse (National Geographic)

You can see more photos like this one at National Geographic.

Lunar Eclipse
   Also as predicted, the full moon today (June 15) was eclipsed by Earth’s shadow in the longest total eclipse since 2000. Though not visible in the western hemisphere (since it was daylight here when it occurred), you can see photos of it at many places on the Web. Here’s one from space.com:

Lunar eclipse over Italy [6~15~11] (David Paleino)

Lunar eclipse over Italy [6~15~11] (David Paleino)

   You can see more photos of various phases of the eclipse at this space.com page. And here is a Google doodle animation of how the eclipse went. 

 CELEBRATIONS – JUNE SOLSTICE

Sol + stice comes from the Latin for “sun” + “to stand still.” On this day (actually at this one instant), because of the Earth’s continued trip around the Sun, the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky for the year, and then begins a slow descent (toward the south).

As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, while the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.

Early Celebrations, June Weddings, and Honeymoon

This first day of summer has for centuries been celebrated by civilizations the world over. The English called it Midsummer, St. John’s Day, or the Wiccan name Litha. The Celts & Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun’s energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.

Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids’ celebration of the day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth”, resulting in the present day belief of a “lucky” wedding in June.

Today, the day is still celebrated around the world – most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.

Summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge

Summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge (The Stonehenge Tour Company)

   Pagans called the Midsummer moon the “Honey Moon” for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice. [You can read more details here.]

ASTROLOGY and FOLKLORE

Here are some excerpts from a selection of astrologers’ postings on the Web for this full Moon. Links in each excerpt will take you to the full article.

Carola Eastwood

In her Planetary Cycles column in the Life Connection magazine, Carola Eastwood has this to say about this month’s full moon: 

The total lunar eclipse in Sagittarius sets off a call to action following the realization of the need for a series of practical changes that must be manifested in our lives. Jupiter contributes much positive energy for growth, and aligns with planets that bring the expertise, vision, and creative ability to ground necessary changes. On June 21, as we leave Gemini and approach the summer Solstice, we engage in heightened activity for bringing the ideas generated in Gemini into a practical form of expression. 

See Carola’s full Planetary Cycles article for more along these lines. 

Carola Eastwood provides in-depth personal astrology readings that open the doorway to fulfilling your life-purpose. Her office is in San Marcos. 858/259-1590. www.HumanDesignForUsAll.com.

Molly Hall

Molly Hall has two full moon pages this month: “Total Lunar Eclipse!and
Full Moon in Sagittarius- Creating New Stars.”  Here are excerpts:

This full moon’s total eclipse is a significant turning point. With the Moon in the Earth’s shadow, it’s a great time to signal to the universe your true intention. Be alert to adjustments to harmonize with that pulse, to work with it to create what you want. The impressions set now can reverberate for the next six months or so.

Lighten your load. Let your baggage bust open, and take just the essential articles. This is a wild moment when your whole perspective can be turned upside down.

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Here’s wishing you and yours a most joy-filled transition to summer (or winter, depending on where you are).  See you for the full Moon in July!

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INTENTION FOR THIS EARTH, MOON AND STARS BLOG
The Earth, Moon and Stars blog is published once each Full Moon with (hopefully interesting) facts and lore about our moon and other sky phenomena. My wish is that you will have fun learning a bit more about our one and only natural satellite and how all of us — people, animals, plants, water, even rocks — are affected and connected by her.


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About aquarianman

Aquarian interested in anything to do with the Earth, our Moon, and anything flying around out there in space.
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