Secrets of Sun and Moon: this week on the Storyteller's Night Sky

Apr 15, 2019

Watch for Moon rising in the east at 7:45 pm on Thursday, April 18, while the Sun begins to set in the west

There’s a Full Moon this week, and even though it’s not the first Full Moon of the season, it is the one that determines the Spring festivals of renewal this year, like Easter and Passover.

In the world of the fairy tale, this is the Full Moon that signals the sacred time each year when the Earth regains the center, when the castle doors open, and the powers that wait on noble deeds peer into the world, to assess the actions of human beings on the Earth. 

Every month the Full Moon rises just as the Sun is setting, but only once every year does the Full Moon rise below the celestial equator for the first time. And when the Full Moon is below the equator, that means the Sun is above it, and that’s the cue that the year’s great mystery is upon us! So, picture your favorite horizon when the Sun is setting in the west and the Full Moon is rising in the east (you can do this on Thursday, starting at 7:45 pm). As you stand there, imagine the equator of the Earth, which is not coincident with the horizon~they’re tilted to one another. Now, as you look toward the setting Sun, imagine that even though it’s setting below the horizon, it’s still above the Equator; while the Moon, even though it’s coming above the horizon, is still below the equator.  At just such a moment, the Earth becomes the castle that is east of the setting Sun and West of the rising Moon. And then, the castle doors open, and all who would enter must know that now the mighty tests will ensue, tests that will reveal whether we have the stuff to discern truth from error ~ which is what happens in all fairy tales where heroes and heroines would find their way to happily ever after. Follow this link for the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon