As soon as the sun sets on May 4, check out the full moon rising in the east. It’s traditionally known as the flower or milk moon by Native American cultures. Can you guess how this full Moon got its name? That’s right 🙂 Flowers are becoming abundant now. They are literally everywhere. It can also be known as the Corn Planting Moon, the Milk Moon, and the Hare Moon. The Earth is most fertile right now so it’s time to start planting!
This closeness will also make the moon appear a bit bigger in the sky than usual, hence the name “supermoon.” While the visual effect may not be all that “super” to the unaided eye, it will offer some great photo opportunities for West Islanders with telephoto lenses, as it rises above the St. Lawrence River at sunset.
Let’s just hope for clear skies.
In terms of planet watching, two neighboring planets – Mars and Saturn – dominate high in the southern sky long after dusk all month long.
Look just to the lower right of orange hued Mars and find the 78-light-yeardistant brilliant white star named Regulus, the brightest member of the constellation Leo.
Saturn is to the far lower left of Mars in the southern sky after sunset. The ringed planet appears as a brilliant yellow colored star. Amazing to think that we see this 1.5-billion-kilometre-distant gas giant, like we do all the other planets on display, due to sunlight reflecting of its surface.
Just like the Red Planet, Saturn is also paired with a bright star; its companion, shining just below is 263-light-year-distant Spica, in the constellation Virgo.
Meantime, Venus is still the brightest in the western evening skies.
As the month progresses, observers will notice that it is making a steady plunge toward the glow of the sunset each progressive night. But by training a steadily held pair of binoculars or a small telescope at the planet, its crescent shape is easily revealed under high magnification.
It’s a great night to plant something in the garden. Get a baby sapling and plant it in honor of this full moon! Bring fresh flowers into your house, or design a headband made of flowers for yourself.
The energy on the night of a full moon is very powerful. It’s a perfect night to recharge your energy.
So let the emphasis to be on you! Use this night to draw down the energy of the moon and empower yourself for your work and what you wish throughout the month.
Don’t miss this wonderful evening!
The full moon is the perfect time to let go of the past and one of the best ways you can do this is by using the burning bowl ceremony. Watch the video for instructions.
Full moon blessings my friends!