What Star Is This?
This Thursday’s Full “Cold Winter Moon” (which began at 12:12 AM , twelve/twelve on 12/12, twelve/twelve), also called the “Long Night Moon” or the “Yule Moon”) was not only the last full moon of the year, but also of the decade, a pretty amazing confluence of events (and yes, it was very pretty).
It rose huge and sparkling, looking more like a star than the earth’s moon, and one could easily see how in the days of Jesus’ birth it compelled the 3 Wise Men to follow it Eastward. With many cloudy nights of late, it was a blessing that on Thursday morning it rose in a bright clear sky.
Numerologists have long paid special attention to the number “12”. In the Twelfth Month, Christians celebrate the birth of Christ and Jews celebrate Hanukkah (Festival of Lights to commemorate the day Maccabean Jews regained control of Jerusalem. Buddhists also celebrate Bodhi Day in December (12/8) , which celebrates the day in which they celebrate Siddhartha Gautama sat underneath the Bodhi tree and when they say he attained enlightenment. This one defining moment would become the central foundation upon which Buddhism is built . In Christianity there were Twelve Apostles, twelve tribes, and Twelve Days of Christmas.
There are twelve digits on a clock to indicate the twelve hours we count in a day. The Knights of the Round Table were said to number 12, and there are 12 members chosen for a jury. Things are also commonly measured in twelves; 12 inches in a foot, and most egg cartons hold an even dozen. Being at the end of the numbers spectrum, according to numerologists it represents completion, and a new beginning.
Shakespeare, wrote one of his most famous plays to celebrate the end of the Holiday Season, with some comedy to lighten the winter’s cold evenings, naming it “Twelfth Night”.
(Photo by Edie Johnson :(at 12:12 on 12/12. Some text contributed from the 2019 Farmer’s Almanac)