Page28 December 2012 at 7:23pmPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
and to that King of the Lunatics Peter Gabriel - wherever he is this full moon
The December full moon is called Cold Moon, Open Moon or Big Winter Moon. On December 28, 2012, the full moon will be in Cancer, the opposite of sun sign Capricorn.
Spells for December Full Moon
This full water moon exposes our vulnerabilities and may make us more sensitive to criticism and negative energy, so cleansing spells and rituals are called for. On the other hand, it’s an ideal time for love spells.
December Wiccan Correspondences
Flowers are narcissus, poinsettia and holly; stones are blue zircon and turquoise. For a Cancer full moon love spell, use Vervain oil and incense. Add a pink candle to your altar and a secret, like a heart, key or shell, to represent your intent. A rose quartz crystal will increase the vibrations of your love spell.
Page28 December 2012 at 8:08pmPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
Today's final full moon of 2012 is a somewhat rare occasion: It's the 13th full moon of the year.
That's a little odd, given that there are 12 months in a year, and months are based on the lunar cycle. But extra full moons happen periodically, because the moon's phases don't line up perfectly with our calendar. In fact, the moon takes just over 29.5 days to go from full to new to full again. Do the math, and it turns out there are actually 12.37 lunar cycles each year — just a smidge over an even 12.
That means that occasionally, you get two full moons in one month, an occurrence known colloquially as a "blue moon." It happened this year in August and won't happen again until 2015. Before 2012, the last blue moon occurred on Dec. 31, 2009.
The moon was at its fullest point this morning at 5:21 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (10:21 UTC), but will appear completely round to the naked eye through the day and night. Native American tribes in the eastern United States traditionally referred to December's full moon as the Full Cold Moon or the Long Nights Moon because of the frigid weather and winter solstice that brings the longest darkness of the year. [Gallery: Fantastic Full Moons]
As the moon waxes and wanes, you might wonder why we don't just see its fullness all the time. The reason has to do with how the moon, sun and Earth align. When the moon's rotation brings it in line with Earth on the far side from the sun, the sun's rays hit the Earth-facing side of the moon directly, illuminating it and causing a full moon. When the moon rotates between the Earth and the sun, the sun's glare washes it out, creating an invisible new moon.
One half of the moon is always illuminated by the sun, but that doesn't mean we always see that half. When the alignment is such that the view from Earth shows both the lit-up and shadowed sides of the moon, we see those in-between moon shapes known as crescent, half and gibbous (more than half illuminated, but not full). A waxing moon is on its way to becoming a full moon, while a waning one is headed toward new moon territory.
While 13 full moons in a year is a neat occurrence, a few years are even more special. It's possible for some years to contain not one, but two blue moons, making for years with a whopping 14 full moons total. The last time a double blue moon year occurred was in 1999. It'll happen again in 2018.
foodandart29 December 2012 at 1:44amPosts: 12 (0 today)Status: offline
Coolness.. thank you. Was looking up at the night sky and though 'Ah ha!' tonight would be an update but for PG taking a break.. Am wondering what he's up to. Hope he's getting some nice R&R. Hope all is well for all the Lunatics everywhere tonight and every night.
Zenrider29 December 2012 at 5:44amPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
So far we know he's been skiing.
MAK in the USA30 December 2012 at 7:45amPosts: 3644 (0 today)Status: offline
Miss PG's Full Moon updates...bet he's busy in the studio when not with the family writing/recording tunes for I/O. Just kidding!
Hope he's having a great time with family and friends. I do seriously believe that some great tunes will result from his "Year of interesting things" but all in due time...PG time that is. As the saying goes..."patience is a virtue".
Thanks for the moon info Page.
Peace and love to all for the New Year.
Duddy30 December 2012 at 2:30pmPosts: 5641 (0 today)Status: offline
A beautiful full moon with attendant stars here and a lovely clear night for a change. The flower Narcissus seems strangely appropriate Page!
I don't know about patience MAK, we have passed beyond that into some kind of cryogenic state! But it's all good
Greetings to all the Lunatics-"Ring out the Old, ring in the New..ring out the False, ring in the True"