All full moons have names. This one, the "Blood Moon", is also the Hunter’s Moon.
Northern Hemisphere full moon names by month:So why the extra added goth moniker? (from NPR)
January: Old Moon, Moon After Yule
February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon
March: Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Lenten Moon
April: Grass Moon, Egg Moon
May: Planting Moon, Milk Moon
June: Rose Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon
July: Thunder Moon, Hay Moon
August: Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon
September: Fruit Moon, Harvest Moon
October: Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon
November: Hunter’s Moon, Frosty Moon, or Beaver Moon
December: Moon Before Yule, or Long Night Moon
As with the eclipse in April, this week's event will be another "blood moon" because, as Space.com explains, the reflected light off the lunar surface first passes through Earth's atmosphere, where the sun's rays are scattered, stripping out the other colors in the spectrum.
|Gus chows down while pumpkin watches|
We’re apparently in the midst of a lunar eclipse tetrad— a series of four consecutive total eclipses taking the stage at six month-ish intervals. The last one popped up in mid April.
"During the 21st century, there are 8 sets of tetrads, so I would describe tetrads as a frequent occurrence in the current pattern of lunar eclipses," says Espenak. "But this has not always been the case. During the three hundred year interval from 1600 to 1900, for instance, there were no tetrads at all."
The End Times Loons are on the case. Of course.
It seems there’re some prophecies which one of the right wing, douche-bag, christianist, doomsday preachers is using in order to plug his latest book which names this moon (cue the ominous, scary music!) the BLOOD Moon.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.So then, either the rapture went down and all those griftery, Jesus abusing assbags didn't make the cut OR, boyhowdy, their god’s not done fucking with us all yet.
Joel 2:31 (Joel? Who?)
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
You know, it’s gotta be one or the other. Right?
If I’ve not mentioned this already, if I were to join a church, it might well be Vonnegut’s Church of God the Utterly Indifferent with its two main tenets:
Puny man can do nothing at all to help or please God Almighty, and Luck is not the hand of God.If there’s a creator, we done got spawned and now have to make our own way.
A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.So then....pretty moon last night, eh?
~ Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
Take care of the people, and god almighty will take care of himself.
~Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan