The Wolf Moon Cycle

Copyright (C) 2012 Sandra Jones, All rights reserved

Copyright (C) 2012 Sandra Jones, All rights reserved

The picture above was taken by my wife, Sandy, last year on the Wolf Moon.  This year in 2013, the Wolf Moon occurs on January 26, 2013.  Cycles of the moon have been named many moons ago by various cultures throughout the world.  Rob Mahan has a great synopsis of the different cycles of the moon and has graciously granted permission to include his blog for the information.  I am also attaching the link to The Farmers Almanac, so that you can see the various dates of each cycle of the moon as well as the name.

It is simply amazing that our ancestors charted so much about the celestial skies.  One needs to step back from the hurried pace of today’s technology and think about how this wonder was documented throughout the ages in such an accurate fashion, with just the use of the human eye.  Sometimes going back to basics and understanding the fascinating history of the moon and how it has been studied throughout time offers a bit of tranquility to the human spirit.

The title of the book, “The Wolf’s Moon” evolved because the book started in January and I finished it in January.  My wife took a picture of the Wolf Moon in January.  Kind of a coincidence, isn’t it?  If you look even deeper into the picture, can you see the wolves dancing in the moonlight?

Once in a Blue Moon

Great information from Rob Mahan about the upcoming “Wolf Moon” cycle.

Rob Mahan Books

There was a full moon on August 1, 2012, and today, August 31, marks the second full moon of the month. Using the commonly accepted calendar definition of a Blue Moon, tonight’s moon will be the last Blue Moon for nearly three years, as the next one won’t happen until 2015. But if you side with the Farmers’ Almanac definition of a Blue Moon, the next one won’t happen until 2016.

No matter which definition you ascribe to, Blue Moons happen because the lunar month, which is always about 29-1/2 days, don’t exactly match up with our Gregorian calendar months, which vary from 29 to 31 days. (I still have to count knuckles.) Confused? Here’s a brief explanation.

In the English language, the earliest recorded uses of the term “blue moon” had religious connotations, but the 19th and early 20th century history of the term is a bit closer at…

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