Blue Moon.

Hi peeps,

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In my last post I mentioned a blue moon and wondered where that particular saying came from, and what it meant.

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As usual I found myself curious about such things and needed to find out what I could about it.

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There is not one particular opinion about this, and the original meaning could be lost in folklore, but here goes.

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It would appear that although it is normally assumed that there are only 12 moons in every lunar cycle, that is not actually correct.

A blue moon seems to be a full moon that is extra to that number.

There are 11 extra days in every year, so that  after roughly two and a half years there will be an extra full moon.

This being a ‘blue moon’.

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Farmers, who keep an eye upon the turning of the seasons, would expect to see three full moons in each season.  If there were four full moons in one season then the third full moon would be known as a ‘blue moon’.

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Some folklore says that sometimes the moon would be blue and full.

When that happened, the moon would have a face and it would speak to those who could hear it.

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Perhaps it is just based upon the fact that there are rare occurrences that do appear to colour the moon blue from our viewpoint of it.

It seems that after the Krakatoa Volcano was active in the 1800’s, it’s dust stayed in the atmosphere for about two years and caused the moon to look blue for that length of time.

It is also reported that after vast forest fires in North America in the 1950’s, there were particles left in the air which caused the same effect.

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Perhaps it is just a euphemism for a very rare happening.

Perhaps it just means never.

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The moon is important to us for many reasons, and it is often used to describe moods of sadness in poetry and song.

Times when we are feeling ‘blue’.

Like the sad feeling in the song Blue Moon, written by Lorenz and Hart, and sung about by various people such as Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

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I love the feel of the words..Blue Moon…they conjure up all you need to understand just by themselves.

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J

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