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Happy Vernal Equinox! Today (in Halifax) sunrise was 7:24 a.m. and sunset will be 7:33 p.m. Your homework for today is to learn why the day length is 12 hours PLUS 9 minutes. Anyone? In any case, day will be longer than night for the next 6 months and the growing things are already responding to the increased duration and concentration of the sunlight.
Today is the astronomical New Moon, which cannot be seen. It is the transition day between the Snow Blinding Moontime and Spring Moontime (also Maple Moon or Sweetwater Moon). Other knowledge-keepers are one step ahead of us in this cycle, but this is how we see it, respecting the indigenous tradition and true to the astronomy. The Full Maple Moon will take place on the last day of the Gregorian month of March, and it will be the second Full Moon in March, a rare occurrence, but really just a coincidence of two out-of-step calendar systems based on two different cultures. In the month of April, both systems will be in synch, so the Moontimes and Months will match up according to modern convention.
If you’re looking for the Moon, it’s a waning crescent in the eastern morning sky before sunup. In the evening, look west after sundown to see the planets Venus and Mercury.
Celebrate the Full “Snow Blinding” Moon tonight!
Because today is the first day in the Gregorian month of March, some folks are celebrating the Maple Moon or Sap Moon, which often occurs in March; however, we have studied the sequence of Moons carefully, and have concluded that March 31 is the date of that Full Moon. Taking the name of the Moon from the calendar month can get tricky, especially this year of 2018, which had two full Moons in January, none in February, and (ag...ain) two full Moons in March.
By our reckoning, the Spring/Maple/Sap Moon Time begins with the new Moon on March 17.
The irony in all this is that over the years, the maple sap has been running earlier and earlier in the year, and this winter has been exceptionally mild, with little snow on the ground. Just ask our friends at Sugar Moon Farm, who have an event today!
Our followers may be interested in the following event at Sugar Moon Farm https://www.facebook.com/events/1774175722892370/?ti=icl
Because the Moon rotates as it revolves, there is a “far side” we never see. Here’s a view of the entire Moon globe as seen by an orbiting satellite.
We are entering “Snow Blinding Moon” Time , even though there’s no snow on the ground here! But it is the sunniest time of the winter, for sure. Sometime over the next few evenings, during twilight, we’ll see the slim crescent of the young Moon, low in the west. Sharp-eyed Moon lovers may see the bright Venus a little to the right and down.
Chinese New Year—Year of the Dog. Today (Thursday) is the Dark Moon (or New Moon). Our calendars say that Chinese New Year starts Friday, but Friday in China is Thursday here! As usual, Canada Post has issued a Lunar New Year stamp with a likeness of a dog.