Friday, 27 December 2013

Full Moons in 2014 and a Giveaway

Blog readers and friends know how much I'm a moon lover - gosh I garden by the moon, Photograph every single full moon , and every New Moon I have some grand plan to begin something new. The next New moon is on 2nd January at 12.14am Wellington NZ time -. New Moons are a grand time to begin something new. So maybe this  New Years Resolutions may just happen SMILE. (mine is to give up coffee) 


 Here in New Zealand (the Southern Hemisphere) our moon phases look different to the Northern Hemisphere.

The above symbols is often used to help Northern Hemisphere folk
 remember if they are in a waxing or waning phase.

The left side representing the waxing (time to plant above ground plants), the middle circle being the full moon (time to frolic and not plant) and the right side representing the waning (time to plant below ground plants)

But this is how we see the moon phases here in the Southern hemisphere.Opposite to the Northern Hemisphere - just as our seasons are opposite. It's always soo odd living here when Christmas, Easter and even Halloween arrive our seasons are so wrong to the advertising ie Christmas  Let it snow, Let it Snow... songs on the radio while we are all living in Tee Shirts and shorts in blazing hot sun.

Oh a little tip if you get mixed up with waxing and waning moons - Waxing is like waxing a floor you wax your floor bigger and bigger - Hope that helps you remember waxing is from a new moon the moon starts to get bigger and bigger till it's full moon. 

Waning can be remembered as W-e-A-k-e-N-I-N-G.getting weaker and weaker from full to a new moon.(weaking has the word waning in it)

The current moon phase is waning so if you have a look tonight at the moon, think how the moon will be looking a tad different in each hemisphere.

source pinterest.

Ancient cultures around the world have followed the cycle of the moon phases. It has been how they kept track of the time. Even today fisherman watch the tide by the moon, farmers often move livestock depending on the moon.Gardeners will swear gardening by the moon gives healthier crops.

There are many names for each full moon and you will find they differ from hemisphere depending on season.


Full moon 2014 Southern Hemisphere.


16th January Wort Moon. Wort is an old Anglo Saxon name for herb - January being summer in NZ is the main month for the herbs to be harvested.

15th February Corn or Barley Moon. A moon to honour the staple grain harvests. Usually we are eating corn from the garden at every meal in February.

17th March Harvest Moon The moon closest to the Autumn Equinox (20th March) and usually when gardeners are harvesting the autumn crops.

15th April Blood Moon or Hunters Moon. It is time for farmers to start culling their stock to ensure enough feed is available for the animals and a time for homes to have a full freezer of meat.

15th May Snow Moon or frost Moon - Winter season arrives and the cold begins - here in Paraparaumu we do not get snow but we can get a good frost - the nightly ritual of putting nightgowns (sacks) on the fruit trees begin.

13th June Oak Moon or Moon of Long Nights The full moon closest to Winter Solstice (21st June)

14th July Wolf Moon The moon after Winter Solstice - now in the deep dark of winter a time to stay in doors living off the years harvest that was put away in summer and autumn to keep hunger or the wolf from the door.(A good old HOWL at the moon is awesomely fun too)

11th August Storm Moon or the Hunger Moon. August can be a stormy time of year and also a lean month in the garden hence hunger moon, There are usually only dregs of the root crops left from the garden harvest (Just as well we have farmers markets and supermarkets). A time when we often are hanging out for some fresh greens in the garden.

12th September Seed Moon September is one of the busiest months of the year to get seeds started in trays for spring. 

8th October Hare Moon or Egg Moon. There are plenty of bunnies making babies (jolly pesky things!) Hare is a symbol of fertility and spring. The hens are laying well and plenty of eggs again

7th November Strawberry Moon The first of the strawberries are ripening. 

7th December Mead Moon or Honey Moon The bee hives are full of honey an important ingredient to make mead.

Ok how about a giveaway.


One of my favourite books -Full Moon Feast: The Hunger for Connection  by Jessica Prentice.
 (It is written for Northern Hemisphere but us Southern Hemisphere folks are pretty good at swapping seasons) 

Want to take a peek inside the book click here to Amazon. It was one of the first books that I really "GOT" when I began eating to the seasons. You will note Jessica uses different full moon names - but that is the fun of naming a full moon - pick your own full moon names that feels right for YOU and your hemisphere.

Sally Fallon has written a book review here (another one of my fav authors)



Enter to Win a Copy of Full Moon Feast 
by
Commenting on this post
Link to this giveaway from your blog
Like and Comment on Cottage Tails FaceBook page
Books depository will post the book anywhere in the world for me.
The winner will be selected at random on the first New Moon for 2014 (NZ time) next  year on 
Thursday 2nd January.

25 comments:

  1. Some really great information thanks heaps. Yes it's funny living in the southern hemisphere it's all backwards lol

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    1. yep even our sun goes widdershins (counter clockwise). Looking at the equator, the sun moves from left to right in the northern hemisphere, and right to left in the southern hemisphere.
      Love Leanne

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  2. Despite coming from a culture which celebrates the full moon as a holiday every month (Sri Lanka) my knowledge of this was very limited. Very interesting post.

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    1. Hi I think celebrating the moon every month as a holiday would be mighty grand. I don't know much about Sri Lanka and customs so very interested to learn. I'll get some library books out next visit. Isn't blogging fun we get to meet different folks from around the world. WONDERFUL.
      Thanks for saying hi and good luck on your name being drawn.
      Love Leanne

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  3. A great informative post Leanne. I see that the name for the April full moon is Blood Moon or Hunters Moon - this is usually when lots of the menfolk go deer hunting as its called The Roar. I love how they all have appropriate names. It is quite fascinating once you really get into it. I have enjoyed your blog so much for bringing all this to my attention. Thanks so much for sharing all this info. x0x

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    1. Hi Julie - Glad you are enjoying the odd titbits I throw into the blog. No doubt naturopath stuff will sneak into it too. I'm back to the books when the garden is calling but a few extra weeds for a few years won't matter I hope. Your April moon might get named the roar moon in your home. SMILE. Good luck for drawing your name - but if it doesn't get pulled I'd recommend this book be purchased (Books depository is the best price - with free postage)
      Love Leanne

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  4. The trailer on the book is the most amazing I have ever seen. One super talented lady, and yes, for all ages, And please enter me , The moon phases are so interesting, when our Japanese host daughter was here, she commented on " The Pot", saying it was the other way at her home, and the stars were so much brighter here, I guess less pollution and a lot less city lights to compete with the sky. Greetings to all at your home, Jean.

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    1. Yes the star formations would be backwards too. We found such a huge difference in seeing stars just from being in Wellington star gazing. We really are blessed living here with no lights. Good luck on your name being drawn.
      Love Leanne

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  5. I would love to win a copy of this book xx

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    1. Hi Sharon thanks for entering. oh and did you know you can get a do dar for your moon phase on your blog that is in the southern hemisphere so the crescent is the right way around. And no I'm not one of THOSE that has to straighten pictures just thought you may like to know
      Love Leanne

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  6. Leanne - another fascinating post. Would love to win the book I already cook by the seasons but this seems to go one step further.

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    1. Susan this book does go one step further - I must admit I haven;t cooked any recipes from the book (allergies and all) but I really enjoyed reading about her research and history.
      You need to email me your address I still have your seeds you won.
      Good luck for the book
      Love Leanne

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  7. lovely giveaway! I hope you had a great Christmas with your family and furry friends :)

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    1. Hi Karen glad you like the look of the book - all faiths can enjoy the book lots of great history and research was done. Good luck for your name to be drawn. Yes thanks we had a good Christmas a very relaxing one - as this time of year is very busy for my husbands work so we keep it pretty low key and its just the 4 of us plus all the critters.
      Love Leanne

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  8. Give Up COFFEE???Hahaaaa....I'm picking myself up off the floor!Hahaaa
    Coffee has been found to lower your chances of stroke by 50%.....
    hughugs

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    1. Donna I'll not share all my learning re coffee on my naturopath course so you can enjoy your cuppas. SMILE. Love Leanne

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  9. I love the moon just a question do you like silver or gold for jewellery. I gave up coffee a few years ago and now drink tea but it has to be made with loose tea in a teapot.

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    1. Hi Kate I actually prefer no jewellery and wear very little. I wear a gold band on left hand which isn't even my wedding ring as my wedding ring has diamonds in it and no good for the garden (it was my nana's from her first husband). I only wear that so any good looking fellas know they missed out and I'm happily married SMILE. Good luck for your name being drawn. It's a lovely book.
      Love Leanne

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  10. very interesting post, I enjoy reading your blog and getting your perspective on things from your corner of the world. :)

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  11. What an interesting post. I'm all for the frolicking full moon part---not so much the planting part! I think the symbols for your hemisphere are easier to follow since they can just be read from left to right.

    And giving up coffee is just not for me although I only drink caffeinated coffee in the morning and decaf after noon otherwise I would be up and as wide awake as an owl at 3:00 a.m.!

    The book sounds interesting. I really think that eating seasonal food is the best route. Strawberries in the middle of winter just don't taste right. And there is a lot to be said for anticipation of foods to come into season that adds to the deliciousness of them when they do appear. If you can have them year round there is nothing special about them anymore.

    Victoria
    Indiana USA

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    1. I'll get you into gardening by the moon before you know it SMILE. Spot on about eating to season and local. We are all hanging out here for home grown tomatoes and runner beans oh and sweet corn. Summer food.

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  12. Oh I would LOVE that book. I am trying to live closer and more in harmony with nature and the seasons. I've limited my coffee to one cup per day....I think that's all I want to give up right now.

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    1. Getting in tune with the moon cycles is one of the easiest ways to be in harmony with the seasons. Good look for the draw. Love Leanne

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  13. Leanne may I enter please? Thanks.

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