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October 13th, 2011


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12:46 pm - An oddity about moonrise
I mentioned the other day about how I am doing moorise prayers at the moment. After just a couple of days, I find myself wondering just where this will go: each lunar month, there's a time from about the third quarter until the new moon where moonrise is in the wee hours of the morning. The moon shifts rising times between 25 minutes and a little over an hour, depending on the phase the moon is in.

I started doing this with the full-ish moon, so I have about another week until the moon starts to creep toward that point of being a little later than I normally stay up anyway, but it took only a couple of days to notice the pattern of this cycle. I have always known that a quarter moon, half moon, and full moon come up at different times, and that those times are somewhat regular, but I had never actually noticed what the difference truly is, or what the standard formula is behind it.

I love it when my religion opens my eyes to the rhythms of nature, even when those rhythms disrupt my sleep schedule a bit.
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From:dandelionlady
Date:October 13th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
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LOL. Good luck.

I've had the thought for years that I'd love to pull my girls out of school for a year when they're older so we could do things like be awake for the moonrise for a couple of months and learn about the constellations. I've never been totally clear on how the whole waxing and waning moon thing actually functions astronomically. I thought that would be a great way to learn it. I've never been sure if it's my religion inspiring me to learn science or science inspiring me to religion. Either way, I'm happy.
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 14th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
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Harvest Nights has some awesome workshops this year that are probably right up your alley.

I hear you loud and clear about Our Druidry being a beautiful cycle that drives us between science and religion. It is also one of the things I love most deeply about this strange journey we are on...
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From:dandelionlady
Date:October 14th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
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Sadly, I have commitments here in Lansing. I'm rather busy creating a quality Samhaine/Halloween experience for the family, grove, and community for the next few weeks. Taking on the Annual Halloween Party is a bit of a project. The autumn night sky thing looks really cool though. Have fun!
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 19th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
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I was starting to think I might come up for that (since I got a Facebook invite and all), but Maggie has me painting this weekend, so it's unlikely. Which is all for the best, probably: I haven't even started thinking about costumes. . .
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From:dandelionlady
Date:October 19th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Bah! Painting is boring and can keep til November. You and Maggie should both come up and have some fun where you're not in charge of anything. :) Just toss on a sheet ala Charlie Brown!
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 19th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Maggie is out of town, unfortunately, so she's definitely out. I was thinking about coming up while paint dries, actually; possibly between coats. :)

I guess I could always come as a famous painter. . . but I'm not willing to cut off my ear in the name of good costuming. . . But I will have plenty of drop cloths around that could be turned into wonderful sheet-ghosts. And I do have bondage pants that have chains on them, for the rattling-noises. . .
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From:dandelionlady
Date:October 19th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Well then, I think you have a plan, sir.
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From:whitmanschild
Date:October 14th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
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This was perhaps the sexiest posting about religion that I've ever seen. Thank you.
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 18th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
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I aim for sexy in my religion. And intelligence. :)

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From:athenamsb
Date:October 16th, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
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WANT!!

*Sigh* I just read on Ian's blog that this stuff is staying with the Clergy. I remain hopeful that, like with the Ancient Wise, I will make my own alliances when I am ready. Please keep posting what you can!
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 19th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
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I think that there will be some public work. I just do not know what yet :)

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From:kargach
Date:October 17th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
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As was noted at the festival this weekend, it looks like the changes in moonrise do correspond roughly to apogee and perigee. (http://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/pacalc.html) Which shows just how much of a difference an elliptical orbit can make!
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 19th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
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I know! I had an idea that the elliptical orbit might be the culprit, but I couldn't find any solid statement anywhere about it :)


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