Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Welcome the Snow Moon

“The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.” 
- Yasunari Kawabata, Palm-of-the-Hand Stories


Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope this day finds you in great health and spirit.  After a wonderful surprise of extended three day weekend, it's time to get back to a regular schedule.

Today we welcome a second full moon of the year: the Snow Moon.

Native tribes called the February full moon the Snow Moon because it appeared during time of the heaviest snow and cold.  Although that was a common name, it was not the only one. Hunger Moon was also used by some natives, as thick blanket of snow covered mother earth and frigid winds hugged her to sleep, making hunting very difficult.  It's not hard to imagine that people went hungry with no crops available and wildlife scarce in the brutal cold.

Here in Hamilton, Ontario,  the moon will reach full illumination at 6:10 EST.  I always make sure to take a peak when the moon is at its fullest but tonight I might be out of luck.  Our forecast calls for increasing clouds and more snow tonight which in itself is great anyway.  If the mercury goes up a bit, we should have enough snow to build a snowman! :D

For now the sun is out and although it's quite cold out there, I'll be setting out for a short hike in a little while. 

Cheers!

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