Almost Full Moon
As I drove home tonight the almost full harvest moon dominated the sky. One important way that I am connected to my far-flung friends, relatives, and colleagues is via the moon. Wherever we are and no matter the time zone, we all get to experience the same moon. There aren’t different moons for each continent.
“If only I could show them to someone who knows,
This moon, these flowers, this night that should not be wasted.” – Minamoto Hobuakira (Not certain about this spelling)
There are so many things about Japan that I deeply appreciate and their reverence and love of nature is one of them. What is interesting is how they combine their love of nature with their social events such as how they celebrate cherry blossom season with special food and saki under the cherry trees with loved ones and even strangers. Or in olden times how they would have moon viewing gatherings and write poetry by the light of the moon.
The Harvest Moon
The harvest moon (the last full summer moon of 2022) will be full on Saturday the 10th. Apparently, a good time to view it will be at twilight, just after sunset, in the eastern sky. If you have the chance to see the moon over water it is even more breathtaking with the illuminated path cast by the light of the moon.
Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life. Wu-Men (1183-1260)
Enjoy these moons while you can
I know it is hard to imagine that we will run out of moons. But like it or not we are mortal. When we grasp this fundamental fact of life you/me might be inclined to take time to look at the vastness of the sky, the mountains, the sea, and the harvest moon in 2022. As Oliver Burkeman, stresses: “You really, really, really ought to spend more time in nature. We already knew that it boosts mental health. But new research suggests the effects might last for years.”
1:) Photos of the 2021 Harvest Moon thanks to BBC
2:) The photos on this blog post are thanks to Rob and Gottfried on beautiful Gabriola Island this past weekend.
3:) You may want to write a moon Haiku. Check out NASA
4:) Next week on the 15th is International Dot Day, live from the Metropolitan Museum of Art If you don’t know the story of The Dot by Peter Reynolds, it is worthwhile clicking on the link and see what the fuss is all about: 19 million people from 197 countries joining the celebration. Go ahead and make your mark.
5:) So many thanks for stopping by. I will see you again next week. Warmly, Trudy