The MOON
Full Moon dates (EST)

2016

Year Month Day Time
2016 January 23 (8:46 pm)
2016 February 22 (1:20 pm)
2016 March 23 (7:01 am)
2016 April 21  (12:25 am)
2016 May 21 (4:16 pm)
2016 June 20 (6:04 am)
2016 July 19 (5:59 pm)
2016 August 18 (4:29 am)
2016 September 16  (2:07 pm)
2016 October 15 (11:25 pm)
2016 November 14 (8:53 am)
2016 December 13 (7:06 pm)
A tone
Of some world far from ours
Where music and moonlight
and feeling
Are one.

--Percy Bysshe Shelley
New Moon -- the Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

Waxing Crescent -- the visible Moon is partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the
illuminated part is increasing.

First Quarter -- one-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

Waxing Gibbous -- the Moon is more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated
part is increasing.

Full Moon -- the visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight.

Waning Gibbous -- the Moon is less than fully but more than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the
illuminated part is decreasing.

Last Quarter -- one-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

Waning Crescent -- the Moon is partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part
is decreasing.  NOTE:  Following Waning Crescent is a New Moon, beginning a repetition of the complete phase
cycle of 29.5 days average duration.
In May, the moon and her phases (faces) is called the Flower Moon. When the full moon arrives in May, it is called
the
Hare Moon.

Whenever I can catch a glimpse of the moon, I realize that I cannot keep my eyes off of her. She mesmerizes me,
which isn't safe when one is driving. When the moon is just a day or two old, it is a tiny waxing crescent. Maybe the
sky is BRIGHT BRIGHT!!!! and the stars are twinkling and dancing. And the planets (not twinkling) are shining down in
constant and true beams scattered among the stars. But the queen of the night is the moon, because on the dark
side of her face (not the dark side of the moon, which we do not see, but the unlit side of her face), there shines Earth
Shine. It is most glorious. Breathtakingly beautiful, in fact.

When a moon is waxing crescent, this is a time to plant seed for new beginnings. Patterns set during this quarter will
continue to develop throughout the lunar cycle. Perform magic on waxing moons to attract a new quality or behavior,
to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests
a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth.

"Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth
Repeats the story of her birth."
--Joseph Addison, "Spectator", no. 465, Ode

"I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it" --Albert Einstein

"Wolves have howled at the moon for centuries, yet it is still there"

"The moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun."
--William Shakespeare

"There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls." --George Carlin

"Fear can sometimes be a useful emotion. For instance, let's say you're an astronaut on the moon and you fear that
your partner has been turned into Dracula. The next time he goes out for the moon pieces, wham!, you just slam the
door behind him and blast off. He might call you on the radio and say he's not Dracula, but you just say, "Think again,
bat man.""
--Jack Handy

"I bet a fun thing would be to go way back in time to where there was going to be an eclipse and tell the cave men, "If I
have come to destroy you, may the sun be blotted out from the sky." Just then the eclipse would start, and they'd
probably try to kill you or something, but then you could explain about the rotation of the moon and all, and everyone
would get a good laugh."
--Jack Handy

"Never moon a werewolf." --Mike Binder

"The moon is nothing But a circumambulating aphrodisiac Divinely subsidized to provoke the world Into a rising
birth-rate"
-- Christopher Fry

"The timber wolves will be our friends.
We'll stay up late and howl,
At the moon, till nighttime ends,
Before going on the prowl."
--Bill Watterson

"They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of
the sand, They danced by the light of the moon"
--Edward Lear

"Folks still remember the day ole Bob Riley came bouncing down that dirt road in his pickup. Pretty soon, it was
bouncing higher and higher. The tires popped, and the shocks broke, but that truck kept bouncing. Some say it
bounced clean over the moon, but whoever says that is a goddamn liar."
--Jack Handy

"You moon the wrong person at an office party and suddenly you're not "professional" any more" --Jeff Foxworthy

"For centuries, people thought the moon was made of green cheese. Then the astronauts found that the moon is
really a big hard rock. That's what happens to cheese when you leave it out."

"There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."
--Pink Floyd
“I see the moon and the moon sees me,
God bless the moon and God bless me.”
(a childhood memory – not sure who said it first)

“Moon river, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day.
We’re after the same rainbows end
Waiting round the bend,
My huckleberry friend,
Moon River and Me.”
(Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

EarthShine:
When the moon is new, the bright earth reflects back and
illuminates the disk. This is often called
"Old moon in the
new moon's arms."

by Charles Best, 1608
Look how the pale Queen of the silent night
doth cause the ocean to attend upon her,
and he, as long as she is in sight,
with his full tide is ready here to honor;

But when the silver waggon of the Moon
is mounted up so high he cannot follow,
the sea calls home his crystal waves to morn,
and with low ebb doth manifest his sorrow.

So you that are sovereign of my heart
have all my joys attending on your will,
when you return, their tide my heart doth fill.
So as you come and as you depart,
joys ebb and flow within my tender heart.
The full moon in May is called the HARE MOON. According to moon lore, now is the time to celebrate life and love. Renew and affirm your
sensuality, kindle the fire of romance. Dance and make love by the light of a bonfire, the glow of red candles, or just the full moon's
radiance. FREE YOUR WILD NATURE!!!!

Va va voooom!!

I ALWAYS refer to the moon with a feminine pronoun. I think that the way that we (girls) cycle with her makes it sooo obvious that she is a
female. I mentioned this to my husband, and he said, "Men cycle too." And you know what?? I agree with him. I also think that men
menopause, but that can open a whole new can of worms.

I still LOVE the full moon. It is most spiritual to me.

Now, since I consider the moon a woman, I did a little research. According to god and goddess PC, objects of fear and reverence would be
usually masculine, and objects of love and desire would be usually feminine. So most of mythical history considers the moon a man. But a
FEW have conceded and admitted, yeah, he (the moon) is either really a girl or is really in touch with his feminine side.

A touching tradition is handed down by
Berthold that the moon is Mary Magdalene, and the spots her tears of repentance. Fontanelle,
the French poet and philosopher, saw a woman in the moon's changes. "Everything," he says, "is in perpetual motion; even
including a certain young lady in the moon, who was seen with a telescope about 40 years ago, everything has considerably
aged. She had a pretty good face, but her cheeks are now sunken, her nose is lengthened, her forehead and chin are now
prominent to such an extent, that all her charms have vanished, and I fear for her days."

In North America, a tale told by the Esquimaux (Algonquin Indian Ekimantsic): "Their tradition of the formation of the sun and moon
is, that not long after the world was formed, a great conjurer or angikak became so powerful that he could ascend into the heavens when
he pleased, and on one occasion took with him a beautiful sister whom he loved very much, and also some fire, to which he added great
quantities of fuel, and thus formed the sun. For a time the conjurer treated his sister with great kindness, and they lived happily together;
but at last he became cruel, ill-used her in many ways, and, as a climax, burnt one side of her face with fire. After this last indignity she ran
away from him and became the moon. Her brother in the sun has been in chase of her ever since; but although he sometimes gets near,
he will never overtake her. When new moon, the burnt side of her face is towards the earth; when full moon, the reverse is the case."

Here is a recipe for Full Moon Incense:

~4 parts frankincense
~3 parts myrrh
~2 parts benzoin
~1 part sandalwood
~1 part gardenia petals
~1/2 part orris
~1/2 part thyme
~1/2 part poppy seed
~1/2 part rose petals

To
Buddhists, there is a special religious significance especially on full day because certain important and outstanding events connected
with the life of
Lord Buddha took place on full moon days. The Buddha was born on a full moon day. His renunciation took place on a full
moon day. His Enlightenment, the delivery of His first sermon, His passing away into
Nibbana and many other important events associated
with His life-span of eighty years, occurred on full moon days.

It is believed that the moon, like the other planets, exerts a considerable degree of influence on human beings. It has been observed that
people suffering from mental ailments invariably have their passions and emotional feelings affected during full moon days. The word
'lunatic' derived from the word 'lunar' (or moon) is most significant and indicates very clearly the influence of the moon on human life. Some
people, suffering from various forms of illness invariably find their sickness aggravated during such periods. Researchers have found that
certain phases of the moon not only affect humans and animals, but also influence plant life and other elements. Low-tides and high-tides
are a direct result of the overpowering influence of the moon.

Our human body consists of about seventy percent liquid. It is accepted by physicians that our bodily fluids flow more freely at the time of
full moon. People suffering from asthma, bronchitis and even certain skin diseases, find their ailments aggravated under the influence of
the moon. More than five thousand years ago, people had recognized the influence of the moon on cultivation. Farmers were very
particular about the effect of the moon on their crops. They knew that certain grains and paddy would be affected if blooming took place
during a full moon period. Medical science had also ascertained the different reactions of certain medicines under different facets of the
moon, because of the influence of the moon on human beings.

In view of the possible influence of the moon, the ancient sages advised the people to refrain from various commitments on this particular
day and take it easy for the day. They are advised to relax their minds on this particular day and to devote their time to spiritual pursuits.
All those who have developed their minds to a certain extent can achieve enlightenment since the brain is in an awakened state.
This is a lunar rainbow or a Moonbow.. This photographer lives in New Zealand and has some beautiful pictures on his
site of the sky. It is totally worth the visit
: www.southernskyphoto.com
When the moon is waning, it is the ideal time to focus on what you would like to disappear from your life. Perform magic to diminish your debts, lessen your anxiety, to make an illness shrink
away or to put off an unwanted admirer. Visualize all your problems gradually decreasing, just like the moon. ALSO it is good fortune to give to others during this phase.

Between
May 13 and June 9, the moon is called a HAWTHORN MOON, according to Celtic calendars. Under this moon, focus on keeping a barrier between yourself and things you don't
want. Aim to push away old problems or lingering irritations.

The idea that the Moon is a goddess can be traced back to the fertility cults of
Neolithic Europe. The 13-month Celtic tree calendar was built around the 13 full moons of the year.

Goddess of the Moon
(of the day):

DIANA -- Roman
goddess of the crescent Moon. Wash your hair in the light of the waxing moon and Diana will grant you lustrous locks!!!

Here's how you can make a moon charm:

Select a charm, a crystal, or whatever. Place your chosen object in the Moonlight and let it absorb the mystical rays. To charge the object for the first time, bury it on the night of a full Moon
and wait for a month. During its waning phase the Moon will cleanse the buried charm. During its waxing phase, the Moon will bless the charm with lunar energy. Collect the charm on the next
full Moon and bow three times in thanks. Wash the charm with Moon water, made by leaving a glass of water in the Moonlight.
"Whether it is a crescent silver or gloriously full, we know we are only observing a facet of the same spherical moon. In the same way,
ancient people saw the goddess as one, yet triple in her three phases of maiden-mother-crone. Cycles were observed in the moon, in the
seasons and fertility of the earth, and in women's bodies, which shared qualities with both. "In ancient times and in indigenous traditions,
when a girl began to bleed, she became a woman in the MAIDEN PHASE of her life, the metaphoric equivalent of the WAXING MOON. A
ritual marked her new status. After the onset of menstruation, her menstrual periods would come into synchrony with other menstruating
women (as happens with women who live together in dormitories or sororities) and with the moon. Then, once a month, she would bleed
during her menses, or 'moon time' until she became pregnant. Her first pregnancy was an initiation into the SECOND PHASE of her life,
corresponding to the FULL MOON and the second phase of the triple goddess. When she became pregnant, it was said that she retained
the blood in her body to make a baby. Only after she gave birth and stopped lactating
would she being her monthly bleeding again. She would then continue to do so until she became pregnant once more, or until she entered
menopause. The cessation of menstruation now marked another awesome change. Once again, it was said that a woman retained blood in
her body; only this time, it was not to make a baby but to make wisdom. Menopause marked the transition into the THIRD PHASE of a
woman's life, corresponding to the WANING MOON, and was the initiation into the wise-woman or elder phase of a woman's life."
The New Moon. I love how the moon is described as "new" when there is no moon visible, instead of old or dead.  The new moon is
being born. The old moon, in all her glory has given way to a newer moon.

But in honor of the old moon, we can sing the
Hopi Prayer:

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain.
I am the gentle Autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry: I am not there, I did not die.

The
New Moon occurs when the earth, sun, and moon are in complete alignment, and the moon is in between the sun and the
earth. The side of the moon that faces away from the earth at this time is one that is never visible to earth. As the moon travels in
orbit around the earth, it also rotates, just like we do. The rotation is perfectly in synchrony with the orbit, so that the side of the moon
which is visible to us is always the same.

The new moon is a time of chaos, disorganization, stagnation, and confusion. Use this time to terminate projects, and make SURE
that you get some rest.

My froggie gave me a moon book that has a section where you can figure out your moon sign if you do not yet know it. My moon sign
is
Cancer. My astrological sign is Libra. But here is what the book says about Cancer Moon sign:

The Moon's connection to Cancer is stronger than with the other signs, because Cancer is the ruling planet of the Moon. Cancer
awakens the feminine tendencies that each individual possesses. Consequently, if you are a woman with this Moon sign, you will be
strongly grounded in the principles of the family, maternity, and nurturing. You display sensitivity, attachment to memories, and
nostalgic connections to childhood. In addition to your attachment to femininity this sign stimulates your imagination. One could say
that the Moon in Cancer might inspire one to write an epic familial novel. You tend to be very sociable and like to be in close proximity
to your family and good friends.

If you want me to figure your moon sign, tell me your year of birth and date and month, as well as whether your birth year was a Leap
Year.
The June Moon is called the Strawberry Moon, or the French call it the Rose Moon (la lune rose). (Note the feminine "la" in front of the moon, and people say she is a man!!!!) She is
also called the
Dyad Moon. Create an altar of roses and honor the beauty of nature. Send flowers to your mother! Hike to the top of a mountain.

Goethe said this in "Faust": "And when the clear moon, with its soothing influences, rises full in my view, --from the wall-like rocks, out of the damp underwood, the silvery forms of past ages
hover up to me, and soften the austere pleasure of contemplation."

"The man in the moon! why came he down
From his peaceful realm on high,
Where sorrowful moan is all unknown,
And nothing is born to die?
The man in the moon was tired, it seems,
Of living so long in the land of dreams;
'Twas a beautiful sphere, but nevertheless
Its lunar life was passionless;
Unchequered by sorrow, undimmed by crime,
Untouched by the wizard wand of time;
'Twas all too grand, there was no scope
For dread, and of course no room for hope
To him the future had no fear,
To make the present doubly dear;
The day no cast of coming night,
To make the borrowed ray more bright;
And life itself no thought of death,
To sanctify the boon of breath:--
In short, as we world-people say,
The man in the moon was ennuye."

and on and on . . .

"I know thee well, O Moon, thou cavern'd realm,
Sad satellite, thou giant ash of death,
Blot on God's firmament, pale home of crime,
Scarr'd prison house of sin, where damned souls
Feed upon punishment. Oh, thought sublime,
That amid night's black deeds, when evil prowls
Through the broad world, thou, watching sinners well,
Glarest o'er all, the wakeful eye of -- Hell!"
Full Moon

last night, filled the 3 ring blow up pool
floated gardenias and myself under the beautiful moonbeams
lit a candle
burned tulsi, frankincense, sandalwood and sage
in a bowl by the urn,
and twirling my bamboo stick in front of me
to catch the webs,
walked to pond and scattered my loves' ashes
as he requested.
our 9th anniversary, always the second Saturday in June.
will try the roses tonight
love and blessings to us all
lada
Anywho, moon stuff. Last quarter. I want to just give you some soulful moon quoties.

Romeo: Lady, by yonder blessed moon I swear
That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops --,
Juliet: O! swear not by the moon, the inconsistent moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest they love prove likewise invariable.
(William Shakespeare)

"I saw the new moon late yestreen
Wi' the auld moon in her arm,
And if we gang to sea, master,
I fear we'll come to harm."
(Anonymous ballad)

"It is the very error of the moon,
She comes more near the earth
than she was wont,
And makes men mad."
(William Shakespeare)

While the flowers, pale and unreal in the moonlight, floated away upon the river; and thus do greater things that once were in our breasts, and near our hearts, flow from us to the eternal
seas.
(Charles Dickens)

"There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery." (Joseph Conrad)

The sky was a midnight-blue, like warm, deep, blue water, and the moon seemed to lie on it like a water-lily, floating forward with an invisible current. (Willa Cather)

And God made two great lights, great for their use
To
Man, the greater to have rule by day,
The less by night . . .
 (John Milton)

Doth the moon care for the barking of a dog? (Robert Burton)

The devil's in the moon for mischief; they
Who call'd her chaste, methinks, began too soon
Their nomenclature; there is not a day,
The longest, not the twenty-first of June,
Sees half the business in a wicked way,
On which three single hours of moonshine smile--
And then she looks so modest all the while!
Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

How like a queen comes forth the lonely Moon
From the slow opening curtains of the clouds
Walking in beauty to her midnight throne!
- George Croly

Lend me thy pen
To write a word
In the moonlight.
Pierrot, my friend!
My candle's out,
I've no more fire;--
For love of God
Open thy door!
[Fr., Au clair de la lune
Mon ami Pierrot,
Prete moi ta plume
 Pour ecrire un mot;
   Ma chandelle est morte,
     Je n'ai plus de feu,
       Ouvre moi ta porte,
         Pour l'amour de Dieu.
- Folk Songs

The moon, the moon, so silver and cold,
Her fickle temper has oft been told,
Now shade--now bright and sunny--
But of all the lunar things that change,
The one that shows most fickle and strange,
And takes the most eccentric range,
Is the moon--so called--of honey!
(Thomas Hood)

Such a slender moon, going up and up,
Waxing so fast from night to night,
And swelling like an orange flower-bud, bright,
Fated, methought, to round as to a golden cup,
And hold to my two lips life's best of wine.
(Jean Ingelow)

The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon.
(Sir William Jones)
Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon,
July 1969 A.D.
--Plaque on moon marking first moon landing.
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