Spring is in full swing and the world is all beautiful and chirpy. It is easy to forget about the stars and their worries when the world around you is filled with so much beauty.
But the fact is, a Full Moon is near and your indifference doesn’t guarantee the same response from the cosmos.
We have to prepare ourselves for the chaos and the upheaval fo the full moon. And the fact that it is just around the corner, at the end of this month is all the more reason to prepare for the eventual uproar associated with every Full Moon.
As you might already know, the Full Moon will occur on 29th of this May. The Full Moon of the month of May goes by quite a few names. Due to its proximity with the season of Flora, it is also known as the Flower Moon.
Other names include the Hunter’s moon or Beaver Moon. If you go southwards from the equator, it is also called the Frost Moon. Whereas if you go Northwards, it is referred to as the Milk Moon or the Corn planting Moon.
Association with the season is not the sole reason behind naming the May full moon as Flower moon. It is to be noted that the many names of the moon are not solely derived from the European tradition.
They are also heavily influenced by the Native Americans. This is because the colonials adopted many things from the natives, names and traditions included. Thus, when the natives noticed the blooming flowers and decided to cancel it the flower moon, the colonials followed suit and today all of us refer to it by the same name.
These were important practices in the old times when changes in the environment were the sole signifiers of the movements in the skies.
Therefore, changes in their surroundings made the Native Americans associate this Full Moon with the many flowers which sprung forth during this time. In the northern hemisphere, wildflowers such as bluebells, wild garlic, indigo, anemone, violets and sundrops are still abundant as they were in the yesteryears.
This May’s Full Moon is also significant for a number of other reasons too. The time of its rising is quite unique in itself. The official time for the Full Moon’s occurrence is in the morning at 10 hrs and 19 minutes, EST. Now all of us associate the Moon with the nighttime sky and thus a Full Moon in the morning seems quite out of the ordinary.
However, day and night has not much to do with the occurrence of the Full Moon. The Full Moon is technically said to take place when it is directly opposite to the Sun in the sky, without Earth in the middle.
This instance is known by the technical term, syzygy. However, only those parts of Earth are able to witness this Full Moon where it is night. So it might be morning here in the States, but the full moon will still take place, and the other half of the world would be better able to see it.
However this doesn’t mean that we should lose hope. The Full Moon, in all its beauty and grace will still be visible to us when night finally falls. Just because syzygy has passed is no reason that the giant orb will not be visible to us when we finally get to see it.
And since it is nearing its Full Moon stage, the Moon at the night of the 28th too would look quite full, so much so that many might not be able to tell the difference.
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