12.03.2009

Yule Moon

I have been rushing around getting my house decorated and other things done, but fortunately I've been forced to pause (by Scott who notices things I don't and always has his eye on the sky) and look at the moon. Have you noticed how full it is, and beautiful?

There are various names for the moon in December. It's called the Yule Moon, the Cold Moon or the Long Nights Moon.

The Farmers Almanac says, "
During the month of December the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun."

To see the moon at its most amazing, see it in the early morning. Get up early - at dawn - when the sky is starting to get blue, but the sun is not yet up. (Because of the long night, it's not that early.) At 6:45 this morning the sky and moon were magnificent!

(This post is on my Cut the Crazy blog too. Painting by Tasha Tudor - one of my favorites!)

2 comments:

Megan Maughan! said...

I have noticed this! The other morning when I woke up (around 6:00 a.m.) I came downstairs and I thought someone had left a light on. I was wrong, it was the big beautiful full moon shining through the top windows in our living room! It was incredible! And last night I was driving home from Aimee's house, and Sardine Canyon wasn't as scary at 10:00 p.m. as it usually is, the moon was so big and bright it lit up the entire Canyon!

Georgana said...

The kids and I have been watching the moon lately because it's just been so large and beautiful. I had no idea that there was a name for it this time of year. Thanks for helping learn something today!