June Moon of Horses

Happy Summer and Full June Moon!
Welcome to Issue 6 of Volume V of Earth, Moon and Stars!

   This will be a  somewhat abbreviated post, as I’m in final countdown for a camping trip to Yosemite. Just want to get you the basics for this month (esp as I didn’t post last June), and to be sure you are on the alert for the supermoon Saturday and Sunday nights.

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   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.   [sources: Everything Under the MoonSpace.comEarthSkyKeith’s Moon Page]

Horses in Moonlight by vilko0o

Horses on Moonlight by vilko0o


June Strawberry Moon [Cyndi Lavin]

June Strawberry Moon [Cyndi Lavin]


 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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Moon Dates and Times

Moon perigee (2013): Sunday June 23 11:09 UT ( 7:09 am ET, 4:09 am PT)
June’s full moon: Sunday June 23 11:33 UT ( 7:33 am ET, 4:33 am PT)
July’s new moon: Monday July 8 07:15 UT (3:15 am ET, 12:15 am PT)
July’s full moon: Monday July 22 18:16 UT (2:16 pm ET, 11:16 am PT)
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Super Perigee Moon

   As the first two lines in the above Seasonal Calendar indicate, Ms. Luna’s closest June approach (perigee) to Earth will be a scant 24 minutes prior to her exact fullness this month. (Last year it was within one minute.) In recent years this purely coincidental confluence of events has been popularly dubbed a “super moon”, because closer means appearing larger and brighter.  It turns out it is not rare for the Moon to reach perigee near her fullness. However, this month’s perigee will be the closest one in 2013.  (More at EarthSky and Huffington Post.)

   But don’t fret — nothing out of the ordinary to worry about. NASA says that while the tides might be slightly higher because of the Moon’s close approach, it won’t make a noticeable difference for the average observer. The only thing that humans might experience this weekend is a good lunar show. (Space.com)

   The 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 up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual, though you might not be able to discern this  unless you use some kind of device to compare apparent sizes and brightnesses.

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, it is very difficult to detect these differences with an unaided eye even if these two events are an hour apart. [Refs: CBS News, CNet, NASA.]


Moon and Cup of Gold Flowers (Nadine Zenobi)

Moon and Cup of Gold Flowers (Nadine Zenobi)

Amidst The Flowers A Jug Of Wine
Amidst the flowers a jug of wine,
I pour alone lacking companionship.
So raising the cup I invite the Moon,
Then turn to my shadow which makes three of us.
Because the Moon does not know how to drink,
My shadow merely follows the movement of my body.
The moon has brought the shadow to keep me company a while,
The practice of mirth should keep pace with spring.
I start a song and the moon begins to reel,
I rise and dance and the shadow moves grotesquely.
While I’m still conscious let’s rejoice with one another,
After I’m drunk let each one go his way.
Let us bind ourselves for ever for passionless journeyings.
Let us swear to meet again far in the Milky Way.

 [by Li Po]

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    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.

   The tree honored this month (June 10 – July 7) is the mighty Oak, a symbol of power and strength. The Oak King rules over the summer months, and this tree was sacred to the Druids. The Celts called this month Duir, which some scholars believe to mean “door”, the root word of “Druid”. The Oak is connected with spells for protection and strength, fertility, money and success, and good fortune. Carry an acorn in your pocket when you go to an interview or business meeting; it will be bring you good luck. If you catch a falling Oak leaf before it hits the ground, you’ll stay healthy the following year. (The above was excerpted from the about.com article “Celtic Tree Months.”) 


Molly HallA Vision of Love-liness

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

   The Capricorn Full Moon awakens the indigenous soul, the one that’s in synch with the seasons and cosmic rhythms. There’s a gorgeous water trine in play, for emotional wherewithall — the kind that washes away sins, leaving you cleansed.Capricorn is the sign of climbing mountains, and being dedicated to what matters deeply.

   At the Full Moon, we’re drawn into the karma-heavy, rich, musty, earthy caves of the planetary past — and can find the wisdom of the ages there.

(For the complete read, including many more helpful insights and the astrology behind these insights, see Molly’s full article “Capricorn 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 July, here’s wishing you and yours a month of warmth and loveliness.

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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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