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The moon was just as bright tonight as last night’s full moon, glowing like it had nothing else to do. Technically, though, it’s only 97% full, waning gibbous (gibbous means greater than half but not quite full). The average lunar cycle is 29.53 days, although the moon needs only 27.3 days to orbit Earth. The other 2.2 days of the cycle are spent “catching up‘ because Earth travels about 45 million miles around the Sun during the time the Moon completes one orbit around Earth.” 2.2 days, just trying to catch up, like a lovelorn suitor refusing to give up despite regular rejection.

The moon orchestrates the tides, pulling on the oceans like it pulls everything on Earth, trying to bring it all closer. The moon’s constant yearning for us moves entire oceans, twice a day. When’s the last time you spent that much energy trying to get anything done?

Just as Stevens saw the rabbit gain power in the moonlight, Yeats sees the cat’s kinship in the changing crescents.

The Cat and the Moon

The cat went here and there
And the moon spun round like a top,
And the nearest kin of the moon
The creeping cat looked up.
Black Minnaloushe stared at the moon,
For wander and wail as he would
The pure cold light in the sky
Troubled his animal blood.
Minnaloushe runs in the grass,
Lifting his delicate feet.
Do you dance, Minnaloushe, do you dance?
When two close kindred meet
What better than call a dance?
Maybe the moon may learn,
Tired of that courtly fashion,
A new dance turn.
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
From moonlit place to place,
The sacred moon overhead
Has taken a new phase.
Does Minnaloushe know that his pupils
Will pass from change to change,
And that from round to crescent,
From crescent to round they range?
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
Alone, important and wise,
And lifts to the changing moon
His changing eyes.

One comment on “29.53

  1. Reblogged this on Psychic Tibor and commented:
    This is a WEALTH of information!

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