I went to visit a friend with a waterfront view overlooking Perulpa Bay facing East, all prepared for the moonrise of the Easter Moon of 2022 on Macleay Island. Alas, the weather was not co-operating and the sky was covered in cloud. Patiently we waited, until, there was a glimmer of moon, a bare slice, peeping between the clouds and the horizon, first glimmer being at 6.10 pm
The moonrise was very elusive. just a touch of moon behind the trees and between the clouds. It was not until 6.30 that the moon had risen above the low clouds and flaunted its beauty at us mere mortals below. Judith has a peacock that sleeps on the railing at night. Peacock was not amused at me trying to capture him with the moon behind using a flashlight. I left him in peace eventually deciding Photoshop could do the placement and the colouring.
The next full moon is the Pink Moon, the Sprouting Grass, Egg, or Fish Moon; the Pesach, Passover, or Paschal Moon.
The Pink Moon in April gets its name from pink wildflowers that bloom in the early spring. It is thought that the name comes from the brightly-colored pink phlox wildflowers that are native to North America and that often bloom around the time of April’s Full Moon.
Common names in Europe also refer to the budding and birth of spring: with grass sprouting, birds laying eggs, and people planting seeds. The Celts had names like Budding Moon, New Shoots Moon, Seed Moon, and Growing Moon. A Neo-Pagan name is Awakening Moon.
The Anglo-Saxons called it Egg Moon, which is often referenced as a possible reason for the emergence of the modern Easter Bunny laying Easter eggs https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/pink.html
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