|(Artist: Julie L. Hoddinott)|
As I sat down to get my Moon photos ready to post, I started thinking about how much I appreciate the Moon. It shines at night, and I have always preferred the night time. So much so that I often joke about there being vampires on my family tree. The outside world during the night is so magical and mysterious. The sounds, shadows, and dark recesses are particular to the hours that Luna occupies the sky. I find my connection with the Moon interesting...since I was born under a fire sign.
Leo's ruling "planet" is the Sun. (I don't know why they count the Sun as a planet since it is obviously a star.) The sun and I have never been on good terms. Spending lengthy amounts of time in the blazing rays of a summer sun has pretty much always resulted in red searing pain. I do remember being able to hang out at the pool, and being able to tan, when I was young. I'm not really clear why things changed, but they did in my twenties. Maybe it has to do with my auto-immune disease, Graves Disease (hyperthyroidism). Who knows? I don't do well in the heat, and my eyes don't do well in bright light. If I had my druthers, I would stay in all day and get stuff done at night. Too much of daily life happens during daylight hours, rendering that thought useless. As much distaste as I have for the sun, I do my best to tolerate it's unavoidable presence.
November's Full Moon was beautiful. Once I could see it. Here on the Georgia coast we had experienced some rain, and the sky was still filled with dense cloud cover during the day of the 28th. I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I would have to miss seeing the Full Moon. It was to be a special one, too, as it was to be accompanied by a lunar eclipse. Would I have gotten to see the effects of the eclipse? No, not really. There were some subtle effects visible with the naked eye. For about a half an hour before and after the peak/maximum of the eclipse, light grey shading would be visible along the northern 'limb' of the Moon.
As darkness descended over the marsh, I ventured outside a few times to check the sky. Just in case. I noticed some small areas where holes were appearing in the cloud cover, but nothing large scale. The last trip out, I was turning to go back inside when I noticed some brightness through the black line of tree tops along the marsh edge. Bingo! My sense of hope started to return. I grabbed the camera, tripod, and headed towards where I hoped the Moon would be.
It was there, but clouds still covered it. I decided to wait a bit to see if Luna would make an appearance. The clouds dispersed a little here and there, only the brilliant rays shining through. Then little by little the Moon appeared.
Up next, the Cancer Full Moon of December 28th...