Blue Moon on July 31, 2015
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own…
Blue Moon is the title of that well-known classic song written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934. It has been recorded numerous times, by artists as varied as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Benny Goodman, Julie London and The Cowboy Junkies. It is a song of love longed for and love found under the light of the rare and rarefied Blue Moon.
What makes the Full Moon a Blue Moon
The term Blue Moon is very old, but the designation of a month with two full moons as a Blue Moon is comparatively new. This description of a blue Moon has only become part of the popular idiom a few decades ago. The original meaning of Once in a Blue Moon was the occurrence of four Full Moons in one Season—with the third of those moons being considered the Blue Moon. A little confusing perhaps, but there were reasons for this associated with the Christian Ecclesiastical Calendar.
Whether you choose the old or the new meaning, it still signifies an event that occurs with relative rarity. The occurrence of the second full moon in a month happens in about fifteen years out of twenty, and the even more uncommon event of two Blue Moons in one year happens about every nineteen years. Our last Blue Moon took place in August of 2012. We won’t be having another Blue Moon month until January of 2018, so best to take advantage of this one.
After all, it is Friday Night.
Fall in love, or do something spontaneous.
Laugh, and live a little.
Dance in the light of the beautiful Full Moon (It probably wont look Blue, but don’t let that stop you!)
Happy Blue Moon!
Till next time…