According to my “Moon Phase: Pro” app, December’s full moon occurs at 10:47am Sunday December 3rd, 2017 Eastern US time. Thanks to modern science we can pinpoint the exact time of each moon phase. And thanks to theU.S. Naval Observatory’s Astronomical Applications Departmentand the internet, we don’t need an app to help us find those precise moments.
In centuries past, the folks we like to call the Ancient Pagans, didn’t have the precise tools we have today. They did have their own eyes and their early forms of astronomy to help them track the heavenly bodies in the sky. All around the world they used early methods to mark the important times of what know today as the months and the seasonal changes to honor the spirits and the natural world in their lives.
They may not have understood the concept of perigee within the celestial bodies, giving rise to some wondrous myths and legends. Today we know that Perigee occurs once a year when the moon is at its closest point to Earth during its orbit around the planet. This makes the Moon appear larger from our perspective, than we usually witness. Continue reading →
This week marks Friday December 13th, 2013 and many people are wondering what is it with Friday the 13th days anyway? What does it mean, where did this spooky tradition start and is it really a day for bad luck?
It’s known as “Black Friday” or “Black Cat Day” and fear of Friday the 13th is known as triskaidekaphobes. It may not surprise many people to know it’s not a world-wide thing. It’s pretty much an Anglo-European/American thing.
As with many evil and spooky occasions such as this, fear of Friday the 13th began with the vilification of pagan beliefs and practices from the early Christian Church. What a surprise! But this isn’t about them, it’s about Friday the 13th for December 2013! Continue reading →
Back in November 2009 the movie “2012” was released and it honestly scared a lot of people. Now two years later we’re coming into the Year of Prophesied Doom and no doubt the air waves are going to be overwhelmed with specials, investigative reports, secret insights and “expert” interpretations of the Mayan Calendar ‘prophecies’. I thought it might be a good idea to take another look at the claims being made by so-called professional insiders and get some real facts from actual academic and professional experts.
On a side note..Since writing the original article I’ve seen the movie that inspired the article. I’m usually critical of people who nit-pick at movies. For me, movies are designed to suspend reality for a brief time to entertain. Even movies that are designed to retell history are not wholly accurate or factual. So there’s a difference between a movie and a documentary. Continue reading →