I’m a double Moon Child. In astrological terms, it means my sun sign and my moon sign are both in Cancer. And I was born on a new moon, so with me, what you see is what you get! Tonight at 11:34 pm EST, look up in the sky in wonder at this year’s Super Moon when the moon looms close to the Earth and appears to be 14% larger than ever. Scientists at NASA offer an explanation of the perigee moon.
Some of my earthier co-op gardening friends will be celebrating out in the garden, and have plans to toast our new mascot – a one-of-a-kind Scarecrow. Here’s a little mood music by King Harvest for the baby boomers out there. Wish I could be there, but instead will be whirling and twirling at a local contra dance. I describe contra dancing as a really hip version of an old-fashioned square dance. Men and women line up Boy Girl Boy Girl (thus the term “contra” as opposed to a “proper” folk dance). Every 30 seconds or so, you switch neighbors so I might dance with a bouncing 6 year old one moment and a scared rookie teenager the next. Then a woman wearing a tie (there are sometimes more gals than guys), then a zippy octogenarian. You just never know . . . which makes it fun.
The best part of this community dance, besides the dancing, is the live music played by a wide variety of musicians. Some are old-time music lovers. Some have a Celtic or jazzy flair. One of my favorite bands, Perpetual Emotion, plays a unique blend of electronic techno and traditional country music. A professional caller teaches the dancers what they should do, then stops calling once the group is on autopilot. For a link to a contra dance in your area, click here. Be forewarned, dancing is addictive, especially on a full moon!
Think: How much or how little do seasonal and celestial rhythms affect you?
Say: Invite a friend to witness the Super Moon with you tonight.
Do: Celebrate your place on the planet. Dance to your heart’s content!