Saturday, January 10, 2009

Full Perigree Moon Tonight

From Alaska!

If you saw December's full perigree moon, then you know how incredible it is to view one, but to have another opportunity to do so...and so soon...is remarkable and not to be missed!

Many of us are entranced by the magical energy of a full moon. But most of us truly know very little about them. One of the more interesting facets of their mysticism is in how they are named and what those names represented to ancient man.

Our American full moon names date back to the Indians of what is now the northern and eastern United Sates. The American Indian tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. These names were applied to the entire month in which each one occurred. While there was some variation, the same full moon names tended to be used throughout the Algonquin tribes......from New England to Lake Superior.

Our January full moon is thus known as the 'Wolf Moon' 'Old Moon' or 'Moon After Yule'. The term 'Wolf Moon' most likely came from the prevalence of wolf packs and their apparent howling at the moon. An event from which many superstitions and beliefs later sprung. Whether they heard the wolf's eerie cry or imagined mystical events springing forth, or being transformed by the moon's powerful energies on land, man, and beast, alike...the full Wolf Moon is one of power and of manifesting changes in behavior or desires. Perhaps, this is why the New Year ushers in so many resolutions for growth and change just as the full moon brings old cycles to a close and new ones to fruition.

Tonight's full moon...on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2009...will showcase a full perigree moon. The Moon's orbit around Earth is not a circle; it is an ellipse, with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other. Astronomers call the point of closest approach "perigee," and that is where the Moon will be this weekend.

As a result of this 'perigree' it will be larger, and because it is also 'closer' it will be brighter, than all other full moons this year. This Wolf Moon will not only be exceptionally large, but if your sky is clear enough for viewing...especially brilliant. As a full perigree moon, it will appear 14% bigger and be 30% closer than most full moons...so its beauty, as well as its inherent powers, will be even more suggestively manifest.

With Heart and Hands
© Michele (Savikko) Bilyeu
2008