The Blue Moon at the Glastonbury White Spring (31 Dec 2009)
 

31 December 2009 was an auspicious day. This saw the second full moon of December - a blue moon. The thirteenth full moon of the year was closer to the Winter Solstice than the one earlier in the month. This moon would be taking us in to the new calendar year and decade and it experienced a partial eclipse early in the evening. Blue moons occur every few years, the next being due in August 2012. Blue moons on the last day of the year are a once in a generation event. Eclipsed blue moons on the last day of the year are once in a lifetime events - just 11 are due over the next thousand years! The photos below show the rising full moon in different parts of Glastonbury, followed by a few pictures inside the White Spring, then one of the eclipse viewed from Glastonbury and then a final few images back in my garden. The event was celebrated at the White Spring, as with most full moons. I arrived to see the building looking resplendent in the greenery we had placed out at the Winter Solstice as well as many dozens of lighted candles placed out that evening. Just after 18:30 Max gathered everyone in the centre. The group linked hands and performed three tones of the universal ohm. Around 10 minutes were then available to connect to the environment, in silence and thinking of plans for 2010. Once the group had reconvened Max got everyone to sit in the Bridget area and then led the group through a guided meditation linked to the full moon. Once this was over Max suggested that everyone should connect with the water and value the abundant supply here. Meeting back in-circle it was time for any other contributions. I performed part of my Misnomers poem. Someone else talked about a recent dream and how it included imagery of the White Spring, even though they had never visited before. There was also talk about the eclipse that night. To finish the group linked hands again and performed three more tones of the ohm, changing into any other sounds that came to us. With that the event was over and we went outside to look at the eclipse, which was well underway by this point.

Rising full moon viewed from Leg of Mutton Road, Glastonbury

Rising full moon viewed from Leg of Mutton Road, Glastonbury

Rising full moon against Glastonbury Abbey

Rising full moon viewed in Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury

Rising full moon above Chalice Well, Glastonbury

At the White Spring, Glastonbury

Inside the White Spring

Inside the White Spring

Inside the White Spring

The eclipse at around 19:25

Back home, viewing the moon from the front garden

Back home, viewing the moon from the front garden


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