Tag Archives: Moon

Once In a Blue Moon

29 Feb

We all know that the expression “once in a Blue Moon” means “very rarely”, but where does this expression come from?

Contrary to popular belief, the expression does not refer to the moon’s colour, but to the moon’s cycle. According to the Christian ecclesiastical calendar, a “Blue Moon” is the third Full Moon in a season with four full moons. A more recent definition states that a “Blue Moon” is the second Full Moon in a calendar month. Hence, it is very unlikely that any month will contain two Full Moons, because, on average, the interval between Full Moons is approximately 29.5 days, whereas each month is made up of about 30.5 days. By the second definition, a Blue Moon will occur every two-and-a-half years.

The third definition of a Blue Moon is my personal favourite. I learned it at school at the age of nine and have never forgotten it since. According to my primary-school teacher, a “Blue Moon” is a Full Moon which occurs on the 29th of February.

This definition would mean that a Blue Moon occurs every 120 years, and, apparently, the next one will be in 2048.

I don’t know about you, but I’m marking the date in my diary. Wouldn’t miss a Blue Moon for the world!

Life’s Beautiful Surprises

4 Apr

Crane Lifting Moon

We often hear that the greatest opportunities and our life’s most important moments come from being “in the right place at the right time”. This can also be called ‘sheer accident’ or, as I like to call it, ‘destined coincidence’. With no prior planning or intention, we meet someone, see something or participate in an event that overthrows our life. This comes as an unexpected coincidence, yet it is so perfect for us at that precise moment, that it puts us into a sort of ecstasy. We are overwhelmed with happiness at the beautiful surprise that life threw our way. We cannot believe that none of this was planned; as if we were getting the present we most wanted from an absolute stranger.

Yesterday, I happened to be “in the right place at the right time”. Through a series of coincidences and intuition hints, I found myself meeting one of the bestselling British writers of current times. Not something I was expecting on a quiet afternoon in a foreign country! I was part of a small group to attend the writer’s talk at a literary festival in town. The writer, down-to-earth and honest, talked about his new novel, and, at the end of the event, was more than happy to chat in his mother tongue to the only Brit out of the group (me!). Our brief exchange created the possibility of this author hosting an event at the London bookshop in which I used to work (and to which I am still greatly attached). And all I had planned that day was a walk in town!

This meeting with the talented modern writer completely disoriented me. I was ecstatic not only from having had the opportunity to meet this author, but to have met him so unexpectedly, in such a perfect coincidence. And this got me thinking: are perfect moments like this only possible as coincidences? Or are they perfect precisely because they are coincidences? I doubt that I would have been ecstatic had I planned my meeting with the author months in advance; in the same way as knowing what you will be given for your birthday takes away the joy and surprise of receiving the present. It is precisely the surprise of such a perfectly destined coincidence that made the moment so special.

I wanted to say thank you for this wonderful gift. But who was I to thank? Who do we thank for a destined coincidence? Who do we thank for a perfect moment? Who do we thank for life’s beautiful surprises? And how is it that we should show our gratitude?

SUPERMOON, Saturday 19 March 2011

19 Mar

On my evening walk last night, I took a mental photo of the sublime moon shining in the dark blue sky. Soft grey clouds floated over it, hiding it from view in the first few minutes of my promenade. Then slowly, they descended, like a silk chemise falling down, revealing an exquisite body underneath. The moon glowed, lighting up the sky around it. I started at it, hypnotised.  With its magnetic force, it drew not only me, but water, earth and air, towards it. Its majestic reign over the evening sky was like a queen’s calm gaze over her devotees. Despite being distant, the moon has strong, but subtle power over us; although it seems disengaged from the world, the moon is completely connected to us. I looked at this mysterious goddess in the sky and, despite knowing that I would never fathom this ethereal creation, I was grateful for being able to appreciate its beauty.


Tonight, 19 March 2011, will be the first “supermoon” – a full moon when it is the closest to the earth – in nineteen years. Be sure to take time to look at the night sky and make the most of this extraordinary event. And if your camera is as good as this one, please send me a photo!

Mind, Body and Spirit Books

17 Jan

A few days ago I mentioned that I had written a list of recommended books to have in the Lifestyle section of my local bookshop. Here is my basic list, containing books (including fiction) that have had a positive or in some cases astounding effect on my mind, body or spirit.

Conversations with God – Neale Donald Walsch

Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

Like the Flowing River – Paulo Coelho

Moon Time: The Art of Harmony with Nature and Lunar Cycles – Johanna Paungger & Thomas Poppe

L’Art de l’Essentiel – Dominique Loreau

The Book of Silence – Sarah Maitland

The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joy and Enlightenment – Deepak Chopra

Screw Work, Let’s Play – John Williams

A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson

Embracing Ourselves: Voice Dialogue Manual – Hal and Sidra Stone

Heal Your Body – Louise L. Hay

Cellular Awakening: How Your Body Holds and Creates Light – Barbara Wren

Let me know if there are any other books that you think should be part of this list. I would love to read them!