March’s Whispering Moose Full Moon

Feliĉa plena luno!

(“Happy Full Moon” in Esperanto)

Welcome to Issue 3 of Volume IV of Earth, Moon and Stars!

In this issue:

      • Moon Names ~ Whispering Moose
      • Moon Art ~ Cyndi Lavin
      • Seasonal Calendar ~ Full and new moon dates and times
      • Photo for March ~ Month of Rebirth
      • Poetry for March ~ Brewer and Blake
      • Celestial Mechanics ~ Equinox
      • 2012 ~ The Mayan Calendar
      • Folklore ~ Origins of the word “March”
      • Astrology ~ Re-visioning | Secret Garden | Down to Earth

MOON NAMES

   Many cultures kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon, appropriate for the month in which it occurred. As the winter ice melted in March, Native American tribes of the north and east, particularly the Algonquian-speaking peoples of northeastern North America, gave a variety of names to the full moon near the Equinox.

   Among these names were Moose Hunter Moon (Abenaki), Catching Fish, Crow, Worm, Sap, and Sugar Moon (Algonquin). The Hopi called it the Whispering Wind Moon, while many Chinese knew it as the Sleepy Moon. The Medieval English named it the Chaste Moon (explaining the name of Cyndi’s artwork, below). [refs: The Holiday WhizKeith’s Moon Page]

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MOON ART

March Chaste Moon [Cyndi Lavin]

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 The beautiful beaded embroidery you see here was created by Cyndi Lavin for her Bead Journal Project (a part of her Beading Arts Facebook page) where you can see all twelve of her Moon creations. Cyndi also has her own websites Mixed Media Artist, and Beading Arts, rich with examples of and information on beads, jewelry, and other art mediums.

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SEASONAL CALENDAR

March’s full moon:      Thursday Mar 8 09:40 UT (4:40 AM EST, 1:40 AM PST)
March’s new moon:     Thursday Mar 22 14:37 UT (10:37 AM EDT, 7:37 AM PDT)
April’s full moon:          Friday Apr 6 19:19 UT (3:19 PM EDT, 12:19 PM PDT)
April’s new moon:        Saturday Apr 21 07:18 UT (3:18 AM EDT, 12:18 AM PDT)
U.S. Daylight Saving Time begins: Sunday, March 11
March Equinox:           Tue Mar 20 05:14 UT (1:14 am EDT; Mon Mar 19 10:14 pm PDT)

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PHOTOGRAPHY FOR MARCH

MARCH- The Month of Rebirth

Yellow Trout Lily and Fruiting Moss (Wayne Browning)

Yellow Trout Lily and Fruiting Moss (©Wayne Browning)

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POETRY FOR MARCH

The last three days of March are said to be “borrowed” from April:

“March said to Aperill,
I see 3 hoggs upon a hill;
And if you’ll lend me dayes 3
I’ll find a way to make them dee.
The first o’ them wus wind and weet,
The second o’ them wus snaw and sleet,
The third o’ them wus sic a freeze
It froze the birds’ nebs to the trees.
When the 3 days were past and gane
The 3 silly hoggs came hirpling hame.”

 [Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1810–1897)]

Auguries of Innocence

 To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

[William Blake – Auguries of Innocence]

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CELESTIAL MECHANICS

March Equinox

   The March equinox signals the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It marks the moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator going from south to north. On this day the sun rises due east and sets due west, wherever you are. (more at EarthSky: Everything you need to know about the March equinox 2012)

Seasons ~ Equinoxes and Solstices (Robin Storesund)

Seasons ~ Equinoxes and Solstices (Robin Storesund)

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‘2012’

Each issue this year will include this section where we’ll take a look at interesting aspects of the significance of 2012, especially as it relates to astronomical events.

   Much ado has been made over the past few years about the ending of the Mesoamerican “long count” calendar, with some eschatologists claiming the Mayans were predicting the end of the world, or the end of the world as we know it.

   According to a compilation of Maya creation accounts, we are living in the fourth world, which succeeded three previous failed worlds created by the gods. According to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar, this fourth world will end on December 21, 2012.

The Mayan Calendar (Art Shirley)

The Mayan Calendar (Art Shirley)

   Wikipedia’s article “2012 Phenomenon” has a plethora of intriguing doomsday theories tied to 2012, many specifically to December 21. Here is one interesting tidbit:

   “Some media outlets have tied the fact that the red supergiant star Betelgeuse will undergo a supernova at some point in the future to the 2012 phenomenon. However, while Betelgeuse is certainly in the final stages of its life, and will die as a supernova, there is no way to predict the timing of the event to within 100,000 years. To be a threat to Earth, a supernova would need to be as close as 25 light years to the Solar System. Betelgeuse is roughly 600 light years away, and so its supernova will not affect Earth. In December 2011, NASA’s Francis Reddy issued a press release debunking the possibility of a supernova occurring in 2012.”

The above was excerpted from the Wikipedia article 2012 phenomenon. In coming months, we’ll delve deeper into some of the more interesting theories, including their astronomical aspects, along with some metaphysical interpretations.

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MARCH FOLKLORE

MARCH

   The word ‘March’ comes from the Roman ‘Martius’ after Mars, the god of war. March was the first month of the Julian calendar; January became the first month only relatively recently when the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752.

   The Anglo-Saxons called this month Hlyd monath (“stormy month”), or Hraed monath (“rugged month”).

   All through Lent children played traditional games of marbles and skipping rope. These games were stopped at the stroke of twelve noon on Good Friday, which in some places was called Marble Day or Long Rope Day.

   Children have been playing marbles for hundreds of years; in earlier times they used just about anything small that could roll: round stones, hazelnuts, round balls of baked clay ~ even cherry stones. Some historians think the game of marbles may have evolved from the game of rolling eggs.  [From “Facts About March” (Folklore Calendar)]

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ASTROLOGY

Carola EastwoodRe-visioning and re-purposing our lives

Here is a condensed summary of what Carola Eastwood writes about this Full Moon in Virgo, in her Planetary Cycles column this month in the Life Connection magazine:

   This full moon in Virgo reveals the essential dynamics at play in this pregnant time of potentially huge consciousness breakthroughs for all of humanity, which will continue while Mars is retrograde until April 13, giving us a twelve-week pause to slow down, revisit our career or business objectives, receive inspiration for new developments, and begin strategic planning for our future success..

For the complete article, with more astrology and horoscopes for each sign, see Carola’s Planetary Cycles.  

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.

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Molly HallMandala Moon

Here’s a brief excerpt from Molly Hall’s Full Moon article this month at About.com:

   This is a grand opportunity to cultivate your Secret Garden by planting the seeds of what you’d like to create. Jupiter’s presence means the rewards (of abundance and wealth) are great, when plans are fully in sync with regeneration and the holistic way of nature. This is also a time for Searing Truths, for calling a spade a spade — fearlessly looking into embedded, business-as-usual situations with fresh eyes.

(For the complete read, including the astrology behind these insights, see Molly’s full article “Full Moon in Virgo: Mandala Moon“)

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Jeff JawerHeaven comes down to Earth

Here is a summary of Jeff’s Full Moon in Virgo page:

   This full moon emphasizes the contrast between practical necessities and spiritual ideals, to make us aware of the training and habits required for us to live up to our highest expectations. Faith requires good works to bring it down to Earth in usable forms. Assertive Mars’ conjunction with the Moon can rub nerves raw if we’re overwhelmed by petty matters that drain away enthusiasm.

The above is from the introduction to Jeff’s article. Check out his full article “Full Moon in Virgo Horoscopes” for horoscopes for each zodiac sign.

Virgo Full Moon

Virgo Full Moon

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   If you especially like (or dislike) something you see here, or would like to see something in particular covered in a future issue, or you have something interesting about the Earth, Moon, or Stars you would like to share, please leave a comment. I’m always interested in how folks who stop by here are moved/influenced/affected.

Until the full moon in April, here’s wishing you and yours a month of beautiful new beginnings.

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