May’s Full Frog Moon

ಸಂತೋಷ ಹುಣ್ಣಿಮೆಯ!
(“Happy Full Moon!” in Kannada)

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

MOON NAMES

   As we are fond of noting here, many cultures kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon, appropriate for the month in which it occurred. Since there aren’t an infinite number of different moon names for each month, and since I’ve burned through quite a few of them over the past five years, I’ve decided to narrow this name section down to one (or maybe two) names each month. This will also give us the chance to delve into the names a bit more deeply.

   While most names given this May moon predictably highlight the vegetation springing up from the earth, a few focus on animals. The one that caught my eye this month was the Moon When Frogs Return. (None of the references I found named a specific tribe or peoples as having given this name.) The frog was seen as the guardian of all the fresh water in the springs and wetlands. As water is so essential to life, the croaking of the frogs in spring was a comforting sign.

   Russell Cox, Personal Coach & Shaman, says that frogs can also be seen as a metaphor for our own lives, helping us to see how important it is to learn to transform easily from one stage to another. (More to explore at Lunar ReflectionsThe Frog In Native American Mythology, and Everything Under the Moon.)

Frogs Return Moon

Moon When Frogs Return (Nae’s Nest)

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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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SEASONAL CALENDAR

May’s full moon:           Saturday May 25 04:25 UT (12:25 am EDT)
.                                        Friday May 24 9:25 pm PDT
June’s new moon:         Saturday June 8 15:57 UT (11:57 am EDT, 8:57 am PDT)
June solstice:                 Friday June 21 05:04 UT (1:04 am EDT)
.                                        Thursday June 20 10:04 pm PDT
June’s full moon:          Sunday June 23 11:33 UT (7:33 am EDT, 4:33 am PDT)

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POETRY and ART

May Flowers

May flowers

May flowers

CIVILE CONVERSATION

They make them believe,
according to the Proverbe,
that gloe wormes are lanterns,
and that the moon is made of greene Cheese.

                         ~Stefano Guazzo, 1574

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SKYWATCH

ECLIPSES

   The eclipse that will accompany this full moon will be almost a non-event, as it will be “penumbral” (the Moon falls inside only the outer, semi-lit band of Earth’s shadow). In this case will barely graze it, and “It will thus be impossible to notice anything out of the ordinary concerning the moon’s overall appearance,” according to Space.com in their article Minor Lunar Eclipse Tonight, which you can check out for further details and exact times. But as we said last time, hang onto your hats, because next year (2014) will have two total lunar eclipses, both visible from North America. So stay tuned!

A TRIFECTA OF FULL SUPERMOONS

   A “supermoon” is commonly defined as when the Moon is either new or full when it is at or near its monthly perigee (closest approach to the Earth). While it is difficult to see a new supermoon (visible only by its “earthshine”), a full supermoon appears both larger and brighter than usual. According to Farmers’ Almanac: “There are usually about four or five supermoon events each year, only about half of which tend to be full supermoons. This year is somewhat unusual in that there are only three supermoons, and all three are full.” Tonight’s is the first, June’s will be the second (largest and brightest), followed by the full moon in July. (See this blog next month for more on June’s supermoon.)

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CELEBRATIONS

WESAK

   This full moon highlights the Eastern celebration of Wesak (VesakVesākha or Buddha Purnima), at which time people who follow the Buddhist tradition in many countries celebrate the time when the Buddha reached enlightenment; thus regarding this full moon as the most powerful of the year.

   Sometimes informally called “Buddha’s Birthday”, it actually encompasses the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and passing away (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha. Many festivals are held surrounding this day, often beginning days ahead and continuing for days afterward. (The actual dates of celebration vary by country and local tradition; many celebrated it last month on the full moon in April.)

Wesak Moon

Wesak Moon

Wesak celebration

Wesak celebration

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   More to discover at Wesak 2013, the Wikipedia article Wesak, Wesak Festival 2013, Wesak Day, or simply Googling “Wesak 2013”..

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FOLKLORE

THE CELTIC TREE CALENDAR

   The Celtic Tree Calendar consists of thirteen lunar divisions. Rather than follow the actual waxing and waning of the Moon, most contemporary Pagans use fixed dates for each “month” so as to stay in sync with the (solar) Gregorian calendar. The modern tree calendar is based on a concept that letters in the ancient Celtic Ogham alphabet corresponded to various trees.

Hawthorn Tree by chris_l at photodaily

Hawthorn Tree (by chris_l at photodaily)

   The tree honored this month (May 13 – June 9) is the Hawthorn. The Hawthorn Moon and month was known to the ancient Celts as Huath (pronounced HOH-uh) — a time of fertility, masculine energy, and fire.  (See the full article at about.com “Celtic Tree Months.“) 

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ASTROLOGY

Molly Hall ~ Finest Frequencies

   Molly writes that she sees this Full Moon in Sagittarius (and eclipse) as a gateway or portal that encourages trust in your own understanding. Here’s an excerpt from her Sagittarius Full Moon:

   This full moon and eclipse ends a month of release and coming down to Earth. The [last two] eclipses were a call to invest more in what nourishes, than what steals our vital energies. For some, it’s been full of sobering experiences or having bubbles burst. That phenomenon of coming out of denial, “waking up” to hidden truths, or meeting the shadow lightens the load. That’s the reward of taking the risk — it’s the enlightening process! We die to old realities, and enter new ones.

Waking Up to Truth

Waking Up to Truth (Waitsel)

In a separate post on Sagittarius Eclipse Tonight! “Finest Frequencies” Molly writes:

   You can gain confidence in your own perception and self-sourced wisdom, even as it changes from one moment to the next. This becomes the ground you stand on, in chaotic times….

(For the complete reads, including the astrology behind these insights, see both of Molly’s full articles Sagittarius Full Moon and Sagittarius Eclipse Tonight! “Finest Frequencies”).

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Dian Bustillo ~ Plans Into Action

Astrologer Dian Bustillo returns with some very practical advice:

   In the last 6 weeks we’ve had a lunar eclipse, then a solar eclipse and now, another lunar eclipse. This is a powerful start to the summer season. But, what is the message? In three words: STOP…PLAN…ACT. Despite any misgivings you have, it’s time to put plans into action. Revisit your dreamboard, reread your New Moon Wishes. Consider what you want to accomplish and get moving. Believe in yourself and your dreams..

You can check out the full article in her Simply Astrology blog.

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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 “super” full moon in June, here’s wishing you and yours a month of nourishment and movement toward truth.

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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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