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Friday Musings: Moon Cycle

Friday Musings: Moon Cycle

Two days ago the biggest super moon of 2022 graced us with its fullness. This particular July spectacle is called the Buck Moon because it coincides with the point in summer when the antlers of male deer have reached their largest size. As many of you know, every moon also has a symbolic interpretation that’s closely tied to the name assigned to it by The Farmer’s Almanac. Sometimes these meanings are a bit obscure, or their correlation is very broad, but that’s not the case with this moon. We can grasp its signification fairly easily, and we quickly understand that it’s all about channeling our own potential for growth while recognizing what might be standing in our way. The energy of any full moon, in general, is always about releasing that which does not serve us. This particular full moon pushes us to let go of the impediments that are preventing us from taking the next steps on our journey, the ones that will challenge us to grow and become what we’re meant to be. Does this all sound a bit over the top to you? It should. Full moons are loaded with drama, especially those that are incredibly big like this one. Not only do super moons outshine other full moons in terms of clarity and brightness, but they also score higher on the energy and impact scale as well.

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Celestial Cocktail #9: Outer Limits

Celestial Cocktail #9: Outer Limits

In the solar system that I grew up with, Pluto was still considered to be the outermost planet, until it was reclassified as a dwarf by the International Astronomical Union. It had always seemed so mysterious to me, sitting out there so unimaginably far away, moving slowly along in its weird elliptical orbit, and making its way around the sun once every 248 years. Okay, okay, I confess that I did not readily know those facts as a child. I became fascinated with Pluto when I was in 5th grade and did a

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Celestial Cocktail #8: The Deepest Blue

Celestial Cocktail #8: The Deepest Blue

When I learned about the planets in 3rd grade, it was Neptune that I fell in love with first. I was captivated by its beautiful shade of blue and by the fact that it was named after the Roman god of the sea. He was always my favorite. Neptune is an ice giant, along with its sister planet, Uranus, and it occupies the 8th position from the sun. In terms of size, if we go back to our analogy of the sun being as large as a front door, and Earth being a nickel, then Neptune would be as big as a baseball. A day

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Celestial Cocktail #7: The Ice Giant

Celestial Cocktail #7: The Ice Giant

We all knew someone growing up whose unfortunate name made us wonder what his or her parents were thinking. I always felt this way about Uranus. This is a celestial body, the third largest in the solar system and beautifully blue in color, yet it continues to be the one planet everyone is hesitant to even mention. let alone say is their favorite. It was named by a German astronomer, Johann Elert Bode, and we do actually know what he was thinking. Since Saturn was the mythological father of Jupiter,

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Celestial Cocktail #5: The Storm King

Celestial Cocktail #5: The Storm King

Named after the Roman god who ruled the universe, Jupiter is the largest celestial body in our solar system other than the Sun itself. It is eleven times wider than Earth, so if our planet were the size of a nickel, Jupiter would be as big as a basketball. It has the shortest rotational period of all the planets, with each day clocking in at just shy of 10 hours. A Starbucks on Jupiter would double its sales volume! Its year, however, is something quite different: it takes 4,333 Earth days for Jupiter to

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