It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…



Supermoon!

Which sounds way better than Worm Moon. Poor Worm Moon, superseded by our current love of all things supersized.

In case you live under a rock, this particular full moon was to appear 14% bigger than the “regular” sized moon, because of the moon’s proximity to earth. That’s a decent amount of moon supersizing. From the left to the right is a 14% increase.

Several people commented they tried to photograph the Supermoon. It doesn’t come out right, does it? It’s because the cameras still aren’t as good as our eyes. This goes back to the “we photograph light” thing. The great big full moon is so bright against the dark sky, that it ends up being just this blob of a spotlight to the camera. No picking up the subtle shadows of the Sea of Tranquility. No gentle smile of the rising moon.

You’ll notice the best photographs are the ones where the sky is still pretty light, so there’s less extreme contrast. Or, like this one, where a few clouds mute the brightness, allowing for something less than glare.

At any rate, hopefully you got to see it. Lots of people had clouds. Even if you didn’t, it was really the same gorgeous moon we see come and go every night and day. The Worm Moon is for the advent of robins and the worms they eat. The soil is warming and thawing. The birds are singing. Yesterday was also the Spring Equinox.

I forgot to mention last month that the Chinese Year of the Rabbit that we just kicked into is also the year of the moon. Here’s a neat bit I found:

According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. Not many people know that the Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon, while the Peacock is the symbol of the Sun, and that together, these two animal signs signify the start of day and night, represent the Yin and Yang of life. It is said that anyone making supplications for wishes to be fulfilled are certain to get what they want… and in the Year of the Rabbit, the wish-granting aspect of the Sun and the Moon combined is multiplied. The Moon is YIN and this is the Yin of Heaven, signifying magic. Thus on each of the Full Moon nights of this year, go out into your garden to gaze into the Full Moon and visualize plenty of Moon dust and Moon glow flowing into you, filling your whole body with bright white light and granting you fearlessness, love and courage. This will not only strengthen your inner “Chi” energy, it will also bring wisdom into your life.

So, go make your wishes on the moon. Catch your breath. Calm your nerves.

Fill yourself with moon dust and moon glow.

Go be fearless and wise.

Supermoon!

6 Replies to “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…”

  1. Lovely pic!

    We were able to see Supermoon here…and it was warm enough to take a walk that evening. 🙂

  2. Supermoon was crazy big (and blood red on Saturday night as it was rising.)

    And for the record, I totally knew about rabbits and the moon. But that's because I watch anime.

    Sailor Moon's name is Usagi (which is rabbit in Japanese). Fitting, since she is a Moon Princess –>

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Moon

    Not that I'm a huge fan of SM, but my 5 year old cousin used to watch it when I lived with my Aunt for a few years, so I became very familiar with all that. Alas.

  3. There is also the myth about Chang O. Chang O is the moon goddess who was exiled to the moon in order to obtain divinity. A white rabbit was her only companion, and she stays there in contemplation as a very solitary goddess.

  4. Sure, sure, Allison – you only watched Sailor Moon to keep the kid company. We believe you.

    Thank you, Chudney!

    That's kind of sad about Chang O. Hopefully she likes it there.

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