Meanderings on a Blue Moon

Disclaimer: There’s a reason this entry is included in the Random Walk category… :)

Tonight I was driving home from Seattle, having just visited one of my oldest friends who has been living in London and was in town visiting. We had stayed up half the night, and it was past midnight when I hit the freeways heading home. It’s just a couple days past the full moon and it was nothing like the Blue Moon it was supposed to be. Instead, it was orange, hazy, and bisected with blackish horizontal clouds. The overall effect was misshapen and distorted, pieces separated from the whole and offset strangely.

It is quite unsettling when celestial bodies don’t look like themselves. I could just imagine villagers centuries ago huddling around the village square, muttering about dark portents and omens. I found myself continually checking the moon on the drive home to see if it had changed. It did change, but not necessarily to anything more reassuring.

In a strange segue from the past into the future, it occurred to me to wish that I could snap a photo of it for this blog, so you could all see what I was writing about. I had the random thought that maybe someday that will be possible – with a blink of an eyelid we’ll be able to take a quick photo, later to be downloaded into a computer. My mind seems to work that way already, it’s just a matter of technology catching up. I’m the one that always comes back from vacations without any photos, because I’ve stored all the images in my mind and they’re perfectly good that way.

And then there’s the fact that this Blue Moon isn’t even a Blue Moon for everyone, which makes it just a little bit stranger. One friend in a group of close e-mail friends had the idea of doing a goal-setting event, since folklore says that a Blue Moon is a good time to set your intentions in action. Since a Blue Moon only occurs once every 2+ years (it’s the second full moon in a month), she asked us to state our goals and intentions, and she would remind us again on the next Blue Moon.

The problem is, this one is occurring on the last day of the month. On the west coast of North America, it was around 6pm – on the east coast, 9pm. For our friends in Europe, it wouldn’t be until the morning – which would be June, not May. For them, the Blue Moon would be the second moon in June, offset from the rest of us by a month. All well and good and natural from an astronomical point of view, except we like to do things together.

Ah well, it’s not like we haven’t bent the space-time continuum before ;) We’ll be together, even if we’re not.


2 thoughts on “Meanderings on a Blue Moon

  1. judithornot says:

    Hearing the “Twilight Zone” theme in my head. :-) Love your description of the moon!

  2. Joe says:

    Hi Teresa —

    I was hoping to see the blue moon as well…but alas…ORANGE!!!

    I very much enjoy your colorful narratives and insights into the world around us…

    Glad to hear you had a good trip and visit with your friend.


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