Thursday, December 31, 2009

Once In A Blue Moon

A "blue moon" is the second full moon in a single month.  A blue moon occurs once every 2½ years, but to have a blue moon fall on New Year's Eve is quite rare. The last time was in 1990 and the next one won't happen until 2028.

I don't pretend to know what this all "means," if in fact it may be said to "mean" anything at all. This has whatever meaning we choose to give -- just like everything else.

However, if we wish to experiment, we can say that this is an opportunity to do something we very rarely do -- something meaningful to others --- because this is a relatively rare day, impacted by an eclipse, no less, that magnifies everything by a factor of 1,000.

Whatever this means to you... well, I wish you every success.

Happy New Year from Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar.

I love you.

Where Mahadeva and Umadeva play, there is no time and place; nothing to hold, nothing to relinquish; nothing whatsoever upon which to depend.

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5 reader comments:

Unknown said...

Actually this is not a blue moon. A blue moon occurs when there are four full moons in a season rather than three and the third full moon is considered "blue". This full moon is on the other side of the winter solstice from the Dec 2 full moon and hence does not qualify.

The idea that two full moons in a month constitute a blue moon is a recent journalistic misunderstanding of the farmers' almanac. However, an eclipse on the cusp of a new year is pretty interesting in its own right.

Chrystal K. said...

That's exciting. I'll be sure to look up at the sky tomorrow night.

Anonymous said...

We love you, too.

Anonymous said...

...and Amitaba day!
Happy new Year!

Rigdsin Palden Dorje said...

Happy new year to you too!
Pema Tangdsin and Palden Dorje