Hello, Wolfy here!
April was a wonderful month for the always gorgeous Moon we wolves love to howl at. On the nights of the 14th and 15th of April 2014, we had a “Blood Moon”. You might think that Clovis, being a vampire and all that, would be interested in the subject but no. He is not the blood-drinking type. He loves tea and so do I! Nothing beats a lovely cup of tea with a delicious dash of milk and a couple of shiny sugar cubes!
But I digress… Usually, April’s Full Moon is called “Pink Moon”. Because it comes shortly after the start of spring, it is also called “Sprouting Grass Moon”, “Seed Moon”, “Egg Moon” and “Fish Moon”.
We usually call October’s Full Moon “Blood Moon” as it is somewhat red-tinted and deliciously dramatic. However 2014 is special. It has two Blood Moons with a series of four lunar eclipses each. The first one was on April 14 – 15 and the second one will take place on October 7 – 8. Do you want to know what a lunar eclipse is? Why don’t you take a look here?
On the past 29th of April there was a partial solar eclipse and we also had New Moon. If you are curious, we are in the early stages of a Waxing Crescent Moon at the moment, when it starts gradually looking rounder and rounder until it goes Full again and we go out howling and howling! Awooooo!
This month’s Full Moon rose on the 15th and came rather pocket-sized. Yes, January’s Full Moon was a Minimoon, as opposed to a Supermoon. You get a Supermoon when the Moon is closest to the Earth; like-wise, the Moon looks smaller (a Minimoon) when it is furthest from our planet. No matter, big or small it is always beautiful, exquisite and, above all, “howlable” and “howl-a-licious”! I enjoyed it very much, as usual.
Also, did you know that January’s Full Moon is known as “Old Moon” and “Wolf Moon”? Now, that’s a name I like! Pretty flattering, is it not? Native Americans called the first full moon of the year Wolf Moon because they thought that wolves howled louder at it, apparently. I do not know, I always howl pretty loud!
How are you doing girls and boys?
I am deeply sorry for not writing an entry about September’s fantastic Full Moon, also known as “Harvest Moon”. I have no excuse, perhaps I was too happy staring at it, howling and thinking about its fantastic shine that I forgot to write my Full Moon blog entry.
Well, this October 18 we had an amazing Lunar Eclipse. Did you get to see it? If you did, allow me congratulate you. How lucky you are! This was the last Lunar Eclipse of the year. By the way, do you want to know what we Moon-savvy wolves call October’s Full Moon?: “Hunter’s Moon” but let’s not go hunting. Let’s just look at the amazing night sky!
Now, to celebrate this fantastic event I decided to upload on Youtube one of my howling videos. This time, it’s in Welsh. You might just learn a new thing or two in this language:
Mae’n leuad llawn: It is full moon
Diolch yn fawr iawn: Thank you very much.
Enjoy my videos and see you soon when the Moon is beautiful and round!
Hello, boys and girls!
How was last night’s howling? Mine was excellent, thank you. The Moon was as wonderful and howlable as ever! Now, I must mention that this August’s full moon is what we wolves… and astronomers call a “blue moon”. Ever heard the expression that goes “once in a blue moon”? No? Oh, well, it does not matter. I am a young wolf so I do not understand it either. I guess it refers to things that happen quite rarely.
Anyway, let’s get back to business.
Since a full moon roughly rises once a month, we would normally think that there are always 12 great full moons to howl to throughout the year but this is not really so. Sometimes we get a bonus. In reality, it takes 29 and a half days for a full moon to grace our skies again but then we have 28 or 29-day months like February whilst other months are 30 or 31 days long. So what happens? It may be that in a given year February could be left without a full moon, for example (poor, poor February) whilst lucky March gets two full moons (one at the start and one at the end of the month, yay!). This second full moon in a month is called a Blue Moon.
Wait a minute. This August we do not have two full moons, why is it called a Blue Moon then?
Well, there is also a blue moon when we get a bonus full moon in a season. Each of the four seasons has three full moons but sometimes in a single season we may get four, hurrah! This summer we are having four amazing full moons. When this happens, the third full moon of the season is called a “Blue Moon”.
Do you think this is complicated? Check this link out for more moony information: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/blue-moon-rises-explainer-130820.htm
See you on the next full moon.
It’s Full Moon time again. This is really exciting for a wolf like me, even more so because it is on Monday. I know, Mondays are usually not that fun but this one is. In old folk tales it is believed that a full moon on Monday is lucky. It could be a silly superstition but, in any case, I am going to make a wish and howl my best for it to come true!
The next full moon is on the 21st of August. If you want to keep track of the moon like me, or any self-respecting wolf for that matter, visit the Full Moon Calendar website: http://www.fullmoon.info/en/fullmoon-calendar.html.