Once In A Blue Moon

@pyewacket (44032)
United States
May 31, 2007 2:37pm CST
I think a lot of us here might be fans of watching the moon and its phases, but on a clear night nothing beats seeing that full moon beaming down on us mere mortals. It is said that some people are actually affected by lunar phases, especially the full moon...LOL..often it is said that for some reason full moons trigger off "extra" activity, even a bit of insanity at times, hence the phrase "lunatic"Well tonight is a real special event...the blue moon...which authorities say doesn't necessarily mean that the moon itself turns blue, but due to just the right atmospheric conditions will make the moon appear blue. The term "once in a blue moon" means that on certain times of the year, there will be two full moons in one month rather than just one, as what will occur tonight and can be seen in North America, while other countries will experience this phenomena in later June or July. In folklore, it is said that the blue moon has a face and that it will talk to items in its moonlight beams. Do the phases of the moon hold any significance to you, especially the full moon, and do you attribute any special meaning to yourself with the "blue moon"? Who knows, maybe this blue moon will give some of us good luck!! Here's some info on the blue moon:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_moon
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
31 May 07
I know I will be out looking at it tonight. I heard about it on tv. As for strange things happening on a regular full moon, I honestly believe this. But tonight I am hoping this blue moon will be a positive thing for me.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
31 May 07
I think a lot of us will be staring at the moon tonight--hehe
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
1 Jun 07
hehehe if I did that where I live I'd be arrested for indecent exposure LOL
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
1 Jun 07
I live in the country so the only thing I really have to worry about is the mosquitoes.
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
31 May 07
I think these unusual heavenly happenings are fascinating and I consider the blue moon to be good luck. I'd rather focus on that than on the lunatics it miht draw out. LOL
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
31 May 07
I want to consider the blue moon tonight as lucky too maybe the only lunatics that will be out tonight will be us MyLotters looking at the moon--LOL
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• United States
31 May 07
Well it looks like I will be doing some moon watching tonight. I have never seen a Blue Moon before. Since hubby don't have to work tomorrow I will be able to stay later than what we have been, and see if I can see it. I've never went through any drastic changes during a full moon. But I don't know whether it has to do with the full moon or not, but my kids always seem at their hyperest on that day. Hmm! Plus full moons have always been special to me, cause the night I first met my husband there was a full moon. So now I have a habit of calling the full moon, the "Lover's Moon".
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
31 May 07
Aww...Lover's Moon...that's really sweet! ;-)
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@TerryZ (22082)
• United States
31 May 07
Hey I sure hope so! I never heard of the blue moon. I will definetly be checking out the moon tonight and I will howling at it too.LOL I do believe that when its a full moon it has an effect on us and our moods. Sometimes I tend to grow alot of hair all over my body.LOL Just teasing you!LOL
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
31 May 07
Gee...Oh that happens to you, well I grow fangs and howl like a werewolf..LOL
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@jolenegreen (1209)
• United States
31 May 07
Never really paid attention to the blue moon, but boy I sure could use some good luck. No matter what it may be!
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
31 May 07
Maybe it will bring good luck! Here's hoping
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@BarBaraPrz (27447)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
31 May 07
red moon - Photo of a red moon rising.
Hmmm... I've never heard of the moon appearing blue. I've seen red moons, though. This photo was taken last fall, and looks over the "lower city" from "the mountain" in Hamilton.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
31 May 07
Actually that would probably be considered the Harvest Moon which usually is around the fall season...but goodness, that moon really is red--almost looks like the sun
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@BarBaraPrz (27447)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
31 May 07
Yeah, it really was a spectacular sight watching it rise. And it was so huge when it first broke the horizon.
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@Ravenladyj (22920)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I love blood moons....and they usually are pretty damn huge too for whatever reason....LOL being in the Hamilton area that must have been a nice thing to see for you....I hated that place when I lived there but to see that would at least make that moment in time in Hamilton 'better' ya know..
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• United States
1 Jun 07
Oh I love the moon and it's many faces as you know. I think it's cool though about the blue moon. My favorite two phases is the crescent and the full moon. They're absolutely breathe taking!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
1 Jun 07
Glad to hear from you....couldn't help notice you've been gone for awhile..thought you had gone awol...LOL--I've noticed a lot of folks have disappeared.
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• United States
1 Jun 07
LOL - I'm still catching up on the new discussions...been spending a lot of time outdoors lately :)
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• United States
2 Jun 07
Hi sugar. Actually, I have witnessed a blue moon numerous times. It is not bright blue, just a light blue. It must have something to do with the location of the sun, and how clear the sky is.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Jun 07
Must be a real nice sight to see...missed it since it was cloudly
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1 Jun 07
We had a red moon a little while back, it was quite spectacular to see although it was freezing cold standing in the garden to watch - LOL I have always felt that the moon affects me, particularly at the time of a full moon. I feel I can draw strength from the moon at that time.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
1 Jun 07
The full moon is supposed to be the best time for divination tools, like tarot cards...
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@kuting (885)
• Philippines
1 Jun 07
i stared at the moon last night. it doest appear to be blue.. but yes its the 2nd full moon in may. it was really cloudy and i think it would rain hard. maybe that's why i cant see any blue or something. although i would have really love to watch a blue moon.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
1 Jun 07
Well I didn't see the moon at all since of all times when I would've liked to have seen it, the weather didn't cooperate..
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@irishmist (3818)
• United States
1 Jun 07
I look at the moon everynight, but I have never seen a Blue Moon, but it sounds exciting. I would love to see it! Plus I could use some good luck if possible.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
1 Jun 07
I'm lucky that from one of my windows I can see the moon...but didn't last night as it was cloudy--darn--hope the moon gave you luck!!
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@feralwoman (2199)
• Australia
1 Jun 07
Picture of last night's moon - This is a picture of the full moon in the early hours of 1st June 2007 - the first day of Winter in Australia.
Now isn't that weird - just in the early hours of this morning I took a picture of the moon from my garden! It looked absolutely beautiful and I just had to get the camera out. I love the full moon and seem to feel a bit odd when it's full moon time. Perhaps it's the werewolf in me! lol;)
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
1 Jun 07
Ah--another fellow werewolf..hehhe---that's a great shot of the moon--has a real mysterious feel to it
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 Jun 07
As you may see on one of my discussions, I am crazy about moon phases...and I love paper moon as much as I like full moon... I am ready with my camera for tonight....…I will let you know….
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
1 Jun 07
Alas...I have no film for my camera...drat
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• United States
31 May 07
I'm afraid I don't pay much attention to lunar phases. I do understand the full moon theory and it really does have an effect on people, or at least children. Try driving a school bus with 50 kids when there is an impending full moon. That will renew your beliefs....lol.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
31 May 07
That must have been fun ...a school bus with 50 kids...never mind the full moon either!!!
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
3 Jun 07
The phases of the moon definitely affect my actions. And I often tend to make decisions about when to do things based on the moon, starting new projects at the new moon or doing things that require a lot of energy on the full moon. I must just be "moonstruck" or something. =p I can't think of any real significance I attach to the "blue moon" itself actually.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I base a lot of my things around the cycle of the moon too...in the pagan/wicca world, it's best to do positive actions for positive results (like spells) from new moon to full moon (waxing phase), while anything negative you want to be rid of during the full moon to new moon (waning) phase
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
3 Jun 07
*nods* I learned it that way too, but often when it comes to that sort of thing, I do whatever I have to when I have to do it. =p Besides, most of the things I do could be seen as having both positive and negative results, with the exception of healing. Because I look at things from about a million different angles before I do them, I guess.
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• United States
3 Jun 07
I love watching full moons. They're just so lovely and add a bit of mystery, but serenity to the night sky. A full moon seems rather magical in some way too me. It's just one of those things, that offur month after month but still are so beautiful.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Jun 07
Oh yes...full moons are very magical!! I agree.
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@jolenegreen (1209)
• United States
2 Jun 07
I didnt see no blue moon, but I definatley saw a red one...both nights!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Jun 07
That must have been nice to see..a red moon
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@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I am not sure about the blue moon but does it bring out things like the coyotes at night. a few nights ago when I was on my route and walking the coyotes around here were just going crazy and howling... scared me it did because I was raised in the city and now I live in a little country town and some of the wild animals that are out there in the dark. Is it true that they howl at the full moon? Hugs!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Jun 07
Mmmm...coyotes howling at the full moon??...never heard of that!
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• United States
3 Jun 07
I worked at a local hospital for 20 years and I can tell you we dreaded the full moon. A lot of our patients espically our older patients would become confused and some would become combative. I know the ER worker dreaded the full moon because the visits would increase. I feel some of the ER visits would increase because the gang members are out and can see each other for shootings. I know in the OB departments more babies are born during a full moon cycle.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
15 Jun 07
This is what someone sent in my email about it. I tried to take a picture of the last blue moon, but it did not turn out. - DNatureofDTrain -------- The Truth Behind This Month's Blue Moon By Joe Rao SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist posted: 25 May 2007 06:59 am ET Thursday, May 31 brings us the second of two full Moons for North Americans this month. Some almanacs and calendars assert that when two full Moons occur within a calendar month, that the second full Moon is called the "Blue Moon." The full Moon that night will likely look no different than any other full Moon. But the Moon can change color in certain conditions. After forest fires or volcanic eruptions, the Moon can appear to take on a bluish or even lavender hue. Soot and ash particles, deposited high in the Earth's atmosphere can sometimes make the Moon appear bluish. Smoke from widespread forest fire activity in western Canada created a blue Moon across eastern North America in late September 1950. In the aftermath of the massive eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in June 1991 there were reports of blue moons (and even blue Suns) worldwide. Origin of the term The phrase "Once in a blue Moon" was first noted in 1824 and refers to occurrences that are uncommon, though not truly rare. Yet, to have two full Moons in the same month is not as uncommon as one might think. In fact, it occurs, on average, about every 32 months. And in the year 1999, it occurred twice in a span of just three months! For the longest time no one seemed to have a clue as to where the "Blue Moon Rule" originated. Many years ago in the pages of Natural History magazine, I speculated that the rule might have evolved out of the fact that the word "belewe" came from the Old English, meaning, "to betray." "Perhaps," I suggested, "the second full Moon is 'belewe' because it betrays the usual perception of one full moon per month." But as innovative as my explanation was, it turned out to be completely wrong. More mistakes It was not until the year 1999 that the origin of the calendrical term "Blue Moon" was at long last discovered. It was during the time frame from 1932 through 1957 that the Maine Farmers' Almanac suggested that if one of the four seasons (winter, spring, summer or fall) contained four full Moons instead of the usual three, that the third full Moon should be called a "Blue Moon." But thanks to a couple of misinterpretations of this arcane rule, first by a writer in a 1946 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine, and much later, in 1980 in a syndicated radio program, it now appears that the second full Moon in a month is the one that's now popularly accepted as the definition of a "Blue Moon." This time around, the Moon will turn full on May 31 at 9:04 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (6:04 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time). But for those living in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, that same full Moon occurs after midnight, on the calendar date of June 1. So in these regions of world, this will not be second of two full Moons in May, but the first of two full Moons in June. So, if (for example) you live London, you'll have to wait until June 30 to declare that the Moon is "officially" blue.