July’s Mead Moon in Aquarius

Happy July Full Moon!
Welcome to Issue 7 of Volume V of Earth, Moon and Stars!

   Made it to Yosemite…and back! I believe that a visit to Yosemite should be on everyone’s bucket list, especially since it offers experiences ranging from the most primitive of hiking and camping, to superb rock climbing, to laid back and even luxurious. And for those of you out there who have never seen Ansel Adam’s photo “Moon and Half Dome”, I include it below.

In this issue:

      • Ansel Adams in Yosemite
      • Moon Names ~ Traditional full moon name – ‘Mead’
      • Moon Art ~ Cyndi Lavin
      • Seasonal Calendar ~ Full/new moon dates and times
      • Skywatch ~ Near-Earth asteroid fly-by tonight
      • Celebrations ~ Gurpurnima
      • Poetry and Art ~ Singing under the stars
      • Folklore ~ Celtic tree of the month
      • Astrology ~ Full moon in Aquarius – Peaks of clarity

ANSEL ADAMS in YOSEMITE

   Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist best known for his black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially of Yosemite National Park. One of his most-recognized works is his 1941 high-contrast black-and-white photograph “Moon and Half Dome” taken in the Valley of Yosemite National Park.

Moon and Half Dome by Ansel Adams (1941)

Moon and Half Dome by Ansel Adams (1941)

MOON NAMES

   In medieval England the full moon in July was called the Mead Moon. In fact, one of the Anglo-Saxon names for this month was Maedmonath (“mead-month”). Mead – also called honey wine – is a very old drink, a slightly alcoholic fermented mixture of honey and water. July is the month when the honey harvest is at its peak.

   In Celtic mythology, mead – considered the nectar of the Gods – was associated with fertility. Therefore, traditionally, the bride and groom drank mead for a month after the wedding. Some believe this is where the word ‘honeymoon’ comes from. The Oxford English Dictionary is less romantic; it says the ‘moon’ of honeymoon refers to the moon itself, not a month, and relates to the fact that the moon is full only very briefly, after which it wanes, just like the couple’s affection for each other.

   I say – don’t let that deter you from a) bathing yourself in the delicious light of the moon; b) allowing yourself to be bathed in real love.

[sources: The Virtual Linguist, Oxford Dictionaries Online, Internet Sacred Texts, Keith’s Moon Page, Wikipedia.]

Newlyweds in moonlight (zazzle.com)

Newlyweds in Moonlight (zazzle.com)

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MOON ART

July Thunder 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

July’s full moon:         Monday July 22 18:16 UT (2:16 pm ET, 11:16 am PT)
August’s new moon:  Tuesday August 6 21:51 UT (5:51 pm ET, 2:51 pm PT)
August’s full moon:   Wednesday August 21 01:45 UT
.                                      Tuesday August 20 ( 9:45 pm ET, 6:45 pm PT)
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SKYWATCH
       Big Asteroid Flies By Earth Tonight (July 22)

   A newfound near-Earth asteroid about the size of a football field will cruise past Earth tonight (July 22). You won’t be able to see it with an unaided eye, but you can follow all the action live online. Check the details at this space.com Web page

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CELEBRATIONS
       Gurupurnima (July 22)

   Hindus and Buddhists around the world celebrate each full moon – transliterated from Hindi as “purnima” or “poornima” –  with a different festival. This full moon, Gurupurnima,  is an Indian festival traditionally celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists, to thank their teachers. [See the Wikipedia article Guru Purnima for more details.]

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POETRY and ART
LOVE under the STARS

The Happy Virus

I caught the happy virus last night

When I was out singing beneath the stars.

It is remarkably contagious –

So kiss me.

by Hafiz, the famous Persian poet (translated by Daniel Ladinsky)

Dancing under the stars (24.media.tumblr.com)

Dancing Under the Stars (24.media.tumblr.com)

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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.

Holly tree (treesdirect.co.uk)

Holly tree (treesdirect.co.uk)

   The tree honored this month (July 8 – August 4) is the potent holly, a symbol of masculine energy and firmness, and the counterpart of last month’s mighty oak in the enduring legend of the battle between the Oak King and the Holly King.

   The ancients used the wood of the holly in the construction of weapons, but also in protective magic. Hang a sprig of holly in your house to ensure good luck and safety to your family. Wear as a charm, or make holly water by soaking leaves overnight in spring water under a full moon — then use the water as a blessing to sprinkle on people or around the house for protection and cleansing. (The above was excerpted from the about.com article “Celtic Tree Months.”) 

ASTROLOGY

Molly HallOut of the Blue

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

   Full Moons are peaks of clarity and a flash vision could take you into the forward fringe of what you know and give you the chance to experience life in the fast, bright, Aquarius currents. Aquarius breaks with what’s established and earns the rep of triggering quantum leaps of progress.

Waterfallred (Getty images)

Waterfallred (Getty images)

   This is a time for magic, as Dion Fortune defined it — the art of “changing consciousness at will.” An alert mindset makes it ideal for active visioning. There’s an art to holding a vision until things shift and you can close the gap between the real and the ideal.

(For the complete read, including many more helpful insights and the astrology behind these insights, see Molly’s full article “Aquarius Full Moon in Houses“.)

 

Aquarius full moon (tarot.com)

Aquarius Full Moon (tarot.com)

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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 August, here’s wishing you and yours a month of clarity and quantum leaps!

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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.

The Happy Virus

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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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One Response to July’s Mead Moon in Aquarius

  1. Cyndi L says:

    I think I’ll go with your first definition of “honeymoon” and forget about the Oxford’s!!

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