December 30th 2009 - Full Moon at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
According to Wikipedia, a Blue Moon is defined as “… a full moon that is not timed to the regular monthly pattern. Most years have twelve full moons which occur approximately monthly, but in addition to those twelve full lunar cycles each calendar year contains an excess of roughly eleven days. …” This means that tonight there will be a blue moon as the first full moon for the month of December occurred on the 2nd. Tonight, in Trinidad and Tobago, the moon will rise at 5:58 PM and set at 6:05 AM on January 1st 2010. People will get drunk sometime between those times and drugs, guns and US dollars may disappear for police stations once again. As far as I know, the moon doesn’t actually look blue unless it is Photoshoped.
There are many superstitions that are associated with a blue moon and they are similar to a full moon. The main superstition is that more people become mad during a full moon than any other time of the month and some believe even more madness occurs during a blue moon. Because of the blue moon tonight, people will be setting off those wonderful fire sticks called fireworks making the fireworks businesses almost as profitable as the big flag pole business. Dogs, cats, birds, citizens and other wildlife living in cities with too much high annual rental value houses will go into a frenzy tonight as if the Gods decided they have no say in what goes on or their sanity.
For those who are reading this in 2009 and early 2010, the start of a new decade, this blog would like to wish you and your belongings a Happy New Year full of low property valuations, less muggings and stupid Government Ministers!!
On January 10th 2009 the moon was the closest it would be for the year and as a result the World went even madder. That is what those who believe in lunar madness would have us believe but could the moon really incite madness.
The word lunatic was derived from the word lunar (Roman Goddess of the Moon) because people thought there was a direct link between madness and the lunar cycle. Long ago people believed during the full moon some people went mad while the rest turned into werewolves. What ancient people failed to observe was that it was also the time leaders used to deliver addresses to the nations and walk the streets with their wives. Also, because of the brightness of the night, some men took the opportunity to walk the streets with their girlfriends which, naturally, did not go down too well with their wives. Because the night was brighter people would see more and the more people observed the more madness they saw. The only problem was that men stayed at home on the dark nights and were not able to observe anything except their wives in bed.
If you lived in a completely dark room and every time you lit a match you saw your big toe you can erroneously conclude the lighted match created the big toe. Yes, people possibly observed more madness and werewolves during a full moon but to blame it on something as romantic, inert, brilliant and defenseless as the full moon is unscientific madness.