Yesterday I was up really early, a just finished sculpture was being collected, and I wanted to be ready and organised. Though it was hours before sunrise, it was almost light, the moon shone so bright. As I got to the sheds the geese greeted me, their whiteness almost luminous in the bluey beam, soft and glowing they appeared as magic geese.
Image and all moon names at Vivaboo
It was a full moon, the first of the year and known as the Wolf Moon. Full Moon names date back to Native Americans who used the full moon to help keep track of the seasons. In January amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule, Ice Moon or even the Full Snow Moon.
The moon has long been a source of fascinations and facts... of magic, mystery, and research. It is most interesting when lore and science collide, and even agree.
It is well-storied that the full moon was the catalyst that turned men into werewolves, and current hospital records and police blotters show that on full moon nights, the number of violent occurrences indeed does rise. From "luna" (moon), comes the word "lunacy".
The moon eventually let go to a spectacular crimson sunrise and beautiful morning and we packed my sculpture into the van for the journey to its new home.