Thursday, December 31, 2009
Blue Moon/Betrayer Moon
Today December 31, 2009 is a Blue Moon. The Blue Moon is a full moon that is not timed to the regular monthly pattern. Most years have only 12 full moons. But in addition to those 12 lunar cycles, each solar calendar year contains an excess of 11 days compared to the lunar year. The extra days accumulate, so that every 2 or 3 years, there is an extra full moon. It is called a blue moon. Was called a Betrayer Moon in olden days. The last Blue Moon on New Years was in 1990.
This year the Blue Moon also falls on a lunar eclipse. Europe, Africa and Asia will have the best opportunity to veiw this eclipse. To some this will be a very important event because of the two events happening on the same date.
This would not be a good time to travel or have an operation. It could cause an emotional or teary New Years Eve.
The Marcells made the song "Blue Moon" famous back in the 60's. Elvis had a version of it in the 50's that I liked better. The group "Cowboy Junkies" probably got thier style of singing by listening to Elvis's version. X.