Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday Musings

In consideration of the 40th anniversary of the first USA moon landing, I think I will muse on New Moon Festivals.

In the Old Testament, they celebrated New Moon Festivals.  I started to research it and came up with the verse below :
(Num 28:11 NASB) 'Then at the beginning of each of your months you shall present a burnt offering to the LORD; two bulls and one ram, seven male lambs one year old without defect,

I am not up for killing animals (although I do enjoy me a BBQ - I just don't want to kill the meat - which is kinda psychotic and worthy of a blog all its own!), so I guess I will have to make up my own New Moon Festival celebration.

When it is a New Moon maybe I should run outside, hop on one foot and say amen!
(NASA new moon picture - not mine)

But really, what I was going after was having fun with people I like on a regular basis. So maybe New Moon Festivals aren't what I was looking for.  But New Moons are a bit mysterious, aren't they?  And somewhat freaky.  Like there is a chance for a new beginning, which can be a bit frightening.  

This does seem like something to ponder further - so I will work some more on my New Moon Festivals and when I come up with something, I will let you know!

Happy 40th Moon Landing Anniversary to you!


  1. I have a friend who swears she cured a wart on her finger by rubbing it with a potato and burying the potato at midnight on the day of the new moon. I think it was the power of suggestion, but hey... who am I to say?

    I love all moons. And I love the term "gibbous" moon. It sounds evil like gibbons... Do you recall the gibbon who grabbed me at the zoo and began screaming at the top of its lungs?

  2. So that sacrifice thing, is that required of each family or the whole village? It seems like an awful waste of perfectly good meat in my estimation. Think of the gyros, won't somebody think of the gyros?

    I like a good crescent moon, especially through a telescope. The oblique lighting at the poles really brings out the surface detail.

  3. i'm not much of an old testament guy but i love the book of numbers. it told me to retire at 50 and wear 100% cotton clothes.

  4. ananda - gibbous does sound like a monkey - is that what they named the monkey after? BTW - i really like the moon phase follower on your blog. three thumbs up!

    aliencg - i think the priests got to eat the meat - so someone did think of the gyros. and i will check out the cresent moon - but with the binoc. thanks!

    billy - i didn't know you were a priest. i would imagine retiring at 50 would rock! (much better idea than what i did at 50).