How many times in our lives have we heard the expression, "once in a blue moon?" Usually the phrase is used when referring to something that doesn't happen often and such is the case here.
New Year's Eve will bring a true "once in a blue moon" phenomena.
(And here I must pause to thank Janet Durbin of Whimsical Publications for bringing this rare tidbit to my attention. Thank you for the trivia, Janet. See what you inspired? LOL)
The second full moon of the month of December will be shining down when we leave 2009 behind us and leap forward into 2010. This hasn't happened in almost two decades.
What is a blue moon, anyway?
Wikipedia (in agreement with several other sources) gives the following simplified explanation:
- The Farmers' Almanac defined blue moon as an extra full moon that occurred in a season; one season was normally three full moons. If a season had four full moons, then the third full moon was named a blue moon.
- Recent popular usage defined a blue moon as the second full moon in a calendar month, stemming from an interpretation error made in 1946 that was discovered in 1999.
Does this blue moon bring a special significance to the 2010 New Year?
Is it a sign for the future? Perhaps a harbinger of doom? More wars, disease, and disasters? God forbid!
Or will it bring good things and happier times? World peace, major medical breakthroughs, an improved economy? We can but hope!
For me personally, this blue moon is bringing in a New Year and with it a chance to spend more time with my loved ones, to be a better friend, and to make a special effort to "pay it forward."
Hopefully it will also bring more time to write and share that writing with others.
CONTEST: I'm offering a free ebook download of Following Destiny (or two) in a random drawing from all comments made on this post until midnight (Eastern US time) on New Year's Day. Please include email contact info in your comment. The winner (or winners) will be announced on this blog the afternoon of January 2nd and notified via email.
Thank you all for a wonderful, supportive 2009. It's been quite a year hasn't it?
Now let's ride that blue moon into 2010 and make it an even better one!
Have a happy, safe, and blessed New Year!!!