May’s Super Flower Dragon Moon

Feliz lúa chea!
(“Happy Full Moon” in Galician)

Welcome to Issue 5 of Volume IV of Earth, Moon and Stars!
In this issue:

      • Moon Names and Art ~ Traditional names for the full moon | Moon Art
      • Seasonal Calendar ~ Dates and times for full, new moon and perigee
      • Moon Mechanics ~ Super Perigee Moon
      • Moon Art ~ Cyndi Lavin
      • 2012‘ ~ More on Mayan calendar doomsday predictions
      • Astrology ~ Action | Full-On Emotions | Intense Experiences)

MOON NAMES and ART

   As the song goes, April showers bring May flowers, and thus many of the North American indigenous peoples speaking the Algonquian language historically called the May full moon the Flower Moon, in obvious reference to the flowers that are abundant everywhere at this time in the Northern Hemisphere. They said the flowers grew at night, and even danced under the light of this moon.   The Choctaw called it the Panther Moon, while the Apache and Dakota called it the Green Leaves Moon.

   When the full moon rose and the Dragon constellation was at its highest point in the sky, the ancient Chinese said that the Moon’s bright beams would shine with a special magical light, and so they named it the Dragon Moon.

Dragon moon star purple (Lori Howe)

Dragon Moon Star (purple) (Lori Howe)

   People would come out during that singular night and bathe themselves in the moonlight. It is said that the old become younger; the infirm find new health; the weary grow energized; and despair turns to joy. The legend says that stories told under the Dragon Moon will never be forgotten.

   Why not try this yourself? What have you got to lose?  [sources: Everything Under the MoonSpace.comEarthSkyKeith’s Moon Page]

Moon and purple rose

Moon and purple rose

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SEASONAL CALENDAR

Moon perigee (2012):       Sunday May 6 3:34 UT
.                                             Saturday May 5 11:34 PM ET, 8:34 PM PT
May’s full moon:                Sunday May 6 3:35 UT
.                                             Saturday May 5 11:35 PM ET, 8:35 PM PT
May’s new moon:              Sunday May 20 23:47 UT (7:47 PM ET, 4:47 PM PT)
June’s full moon:              Monday June 4 11:12 UT (7:12 AM ET, 4:12 AM PT)
June’s new moon:            Tuesday June 19 15:03 UT (11:03 AM ET, 8:03 AM PT)

                                                                                                                 [Ref: Moon Phases]

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MOON MECHANICS
Super Perigee Moon

   If you go back and look at my blog for the full moon in March 2011 (“Supersize My Moon“), you will see that the full moon then appeared to be the biggest (and therefore brightest) it had appeared in 18 years (about  15 percent bigger and about 20 percent brighter than a regular full moon). The full moon this month (May 2012) will appear almost as large: 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the other full moons of 2012.

   This variation in apparent size is due the fact that the Moon’s monthly orbit around the Earth is elliptical, not circular. Thus its distance from us is constantly changing, swinging between apogee (farthest) and perigee (closest). When a full moon happens to occur near perigee, it appears larger and brighter than usual.

Perigee is the point in the Moon’s elliptical orbit closest to Earth (NASA)

   It turns out that we get a supermoon on the average of once a year — although there are slight differences of brightness among them. If you peek at the Seasonal Calendar above, you will see that this full moon occurs just a scant one minute following perigee. While this degree of coincidence is highly unusual, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference with an unaided eye even if these two events had been an hour apart. [Refs: CBS News, CNet, NASA.]

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MOON ART

May Flower 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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‘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.

   Among the many doomsday predictions proliferating – especially via the Internet – is the claim that a planet called Planet X, or Nibiru, will collide with or pass by Earth sometime this year. While the ideas of a Planet X and Nibiru are not new and were not originally associated specifically with 2012 or the Mayan calendar, many 2012 doomsdayers have co-opted these predictions, although there is no objective evidence to support them. You can read more at the Wikipedia articles 2012 and Nibiru, and at The Skeptic.

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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ASTROLOGY
Carola EastwoodNew Possibilities Open; Action Is Required

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

   This full moon in Scorpio illuminates the field of possibilities before us, demonstrating what can be created with alignment to high inspiration and positive actions. At the same time, Mars, the planet of action, indicates that whatever choices or changes we may have been contemplating must now be put into motion. A good way to identify successful direction is to ask yourself, “Does this make my heart sing?”.

Read the full paragraph, along with astrology and horoscopes for each sign, at 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.

moon over water (sm)

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Molly HallBeauty of Bones

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

   Scorpio’s psychic-emotional power at this Full Moon can feel daunting — like it’s final, no turning back. Scorpio is often called the all-or-nothing sign. If you risk it, and surrender, the rewards are big. The whole self is poured out, and mixed with the potent Full Moon energies. The release of certain emotions can be destructive, if there are wounds exposed. But the deluge is movement, and is a catalyst out of swampy stagnation. There’s a chance for a cleansing, and being renewed.

   This Full Moon is a sign of healing, in the Plutonian sense, the kind that means facing demons, walking through fear and embracing the whole range of experience. It’s training for the pressure cooker in play from June on.

   (For the complete read, including the astrology behind these insights, see Molly’s full article “Full Moon in Scorpio: Beauty of Bones“)

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Jeff JawerHungry for More.

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

   At this passionate Scorpio Super Full Moon, we crave intense experiences, with the challenge of risking comfort to achieve greater fulfillment. Emotional needs and financial issues could come to a boil with this illuminating event. But while feelings may go to extremes, they are meant to expand the field of options instead of simply creating a crisis.

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

Full Moon in Scorpio

Full Moon in Scorpio

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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 June, here’s wishing you and yours a month of beauty, action, and fulfillment.

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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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