Thursday, March 28, 2013
In Like A Lamb
The many names and faces of a spring new moon
A snapshot of the moon as it appeared early Thursday in Chilliwack.
other Nature flipped the switch this week and she seems to be saying; 'Yah mon, break out the Banana Boat lotion and get ready for some well-deserved UV', because by Sunday, Chilliwack will be under clear skies and slopping on the sunscreen in 21°C climes.
You pop your head out of your sliding patio door like Wiarton Willie on the first day of spring and do a quick breath-check. Unlike other years, this time you don't see your breath.
When is it officially spring for you? You know, that moment of equilibrium when you happen to notice a crocus that wasn't there the day before, or when you hear a lawn mower for the first time?
For gardeners, it may not feel like spring until the oak leaf is the size of a choir boy's ear. Pagans call it Eoster and celebrate the connection to life it brings the earth. Maybe it happens for you the first time you see the neighbour's lily white legs in gym shorts. But there's always that one moment when you realize spring has fully arrived.
According to Farmer's Almanac, this March moon is also known as a Full Worm Moon because "the ground begins to thaw and earthworm casts appear in gardens, northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.
The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter."
If you like moon photos, search the world's best filing cabinet – Google Images using the keywords; Chilliwack Moon or Moon Chilliwack and scroll down the list.
Enjoy the Easter long weekend.
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