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May Emerald Flower Moon

May Emerald Flower Moon

May Emerald Flower Moon

 

The full moon of May 5, 2023, also known as the Flower Moon, is a sight to behold. As one of the four lunar events known as the “cross-quarter days,” it marks the midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice, and has been celebrated by various cultures throughout history.

 

 

 

 

A full moon on Saturday 3rd June 2023 will make the coastline more dangerous with rip currents stronger. Swim within your depth on beaches with lifeguards. The sea still remaind cold so be aware. Check www.watersafety.ie/lifeguards/.

 

May’s  birth flower is the Lily of the Valley.

Lily of the valley is considered the sign of Christ’s second coming.

The power of people to envision a better world was also attributed to the lily of the valley

In Christianity it represents the Second Coming of Christ or Our Lady’s tears

 

 

 

The birthstone for the month of May is the Emerald

 It represents love or success.

The emerald has a meaning as a stone that brings luck

Deep green is the most desired colour

 

 

 

A Primrose flower blooms in the early Summer,

They represent youth, new beginnings, new life, or birth

 

 

Origin of Darling Buds of May

William Shakespeare, the renowned English playwright, was the first to use this expression. It appears in Sonnet 18, which is from the early 1600s.

Sonnet 18:

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

 
 
 
 
 

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;

Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:

   So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

   So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

Sat 28 Oct 2023

 

 

The next lunar eclipse of 2023 will be a partial lunar eclipse on October 28. It will be visible over parts of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, North/East South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic and Antarctica.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned with Earth between the other two, which can happen only on the night of a full moon.