October 13th, 2011
|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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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.
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...
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!
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. . .
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!
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. . .
Well then, I think you have a plan, sir.
This was perhaps the sexiest posting about religion that I've ever seen. Thank you.
I aim for sexy in my religion. And intelligence. :)
*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!
I think that there will be some public work. I just do not know what yet :)
|Date:||October 17th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)|| |
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!
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 :)