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Harvestmoon.

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How many of you knew I was born during a full moon? Might explain a few things about me, doesn't it? ;)

Anyhoo, in some cultures, the first full moon after the Autumnal equinox is called the Harvestmoon (with and without the space between "harvest" and "moon"). The full moon of 9-10 October 1965, of which I was born on the 10th, was that year's Harvestmoon. For me, that, and its opposite, the Flower Moon (first full moon after the Spring equinox, also known as the Easter moon), are probably the times of year with the most meaning to me.

No, I don't think my birthday falls on Harvestmoon this year. :)

My leptictidium character, Ilene, was also born on a Harvestmoon, and her culture counted birthdays collectively on full moons, but as a courtesy to her best friend, Amy (my mouse character), she chose to use Amy's birthdate, which is the same as mine- 10 October.

Amy is 13 years younger than me.
Ilene is 11 years younger than Amy.
And for the record, I'll be 48 on 10 Oct.
Do the math. :)

Now, I'm going to go ponder Neil Young's song, "Harvestmoon"..... :)

d.m.f.
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LupineAssassin
5 years, 1 month ago
^^
dmfalk
5 years, 1 month ago
:)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
5 years, 1 month ago
Not counting Ilene's extra 50-some million years, of course.  Mostly because she didn't live those years.

This year, Wester will be after everyone's birthday, on the 20th.  It didn't exist back in Ilene's youth, of course, as no one had invented either Easter or Sundays back then. :p

As for me, I missed Thanksgiving by two days, but my aim's never been the greatest.  I might hit something, after all.
dmfalk
5 years, 1 month ago
" CyberCornEntropic wrote:
Not counting Ilene's extra 50-some million years, of course.  Mostly because she didn't live those years.

Well, the broadest span given for the leptis were between 50 and 30 mya (million years ago), and Ilene's time was about 32 million years ago, which means a well-developed society, but just a few centuries before certain major technological advancements, which led to the leptis following their cosmocentric view of their place in the world....

" This year, Wester will be after everyone's birthday, on the 20th.  It didn't exist back in Ilene's youth, of course, as no one had invented either Easter or Sundays back then. :p

Ilene would treat it as her "traditional" birthday. :)

The lepti month was literally from new moon to new moon, with all births (and other ceremonies) celebrated in the middle of the month, on the full moon- The date or moon phase was not important, and simply regarded as just another day. The procession of seasons (based on equinoxes and solstices), as well as the marking of years at the Winter solstice, were always a consistent way of measuring time. (To the leptis, the "center of the universe" was the brightest point of the Milky Way galaxy itself, rather than the Sun or the Earth. They grokked the notion that they were somewhere halfway between the center and the edge of a great disc of stars from a very early time.)

(Why the full moon? It's the one time of the month that leptis might see the most legendary of creatures- the Golden Leptictidium. A female lepti, about half the size of evolved leptis, and said to have been the first. That she had lived so long, it's been believed that she will see the last lepti alive. Every lepti either meets or sees her at least once in their lifetime. Ilene has met her 4 times, already, though she doesn't remember the last time, as the Golden Lepti was the one who was responsible for saving young Ileni's butt from the gas bubble that wiped out her family & village by putting her into a temporal wormhole. Ilene will see the Golden Lepti at least twice more, the last time on her death, as Ilene is taken with her to wherever in timespace she has been living.)

" As for me, I missed Thanksgiving by two days, but my aim's never been the greatest.  I might hit something, after all.

Better be the dinner plate, or you might be eating crow? ;) *hide*

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
5 years, 1 month ago
[q-dmfalk]Well, the broadest span given for the leptis were between 50 and 30 mya (million years ago), and Ilene's time was about 32 million years ago, which means a well-developed society, but just a few centuries before certain major technological advancements, which led to the leptis following their cosmocentric view of their place in the world....[/q]
I was thinking those 32-50 million years didn't count on Ilene's tally was because she wasn't around to live them, much like how the weekend doesn't count towards one's paycheck because one wasn't working during those hours.

" The lepti month was literally from new moon to new moon, with all births (and other ceremonies) celebrated in the middle of the month, on the full moon-

Is that New Moon to New Moon as we would calculate them – from when the Moon is mostly aligned with the Sun as seen from Earth to the next instance of synergy – or as Muslim cultures have – from the earliest sighting of the crescent Moon to the next month's earliest sighting?

" ... the Golden Leptictidium. A female lepti, about half the size of evolved leptis, and said to have been the first. That she had lived so long, it's been believed that she will see the last lepti alive. Every lepti either meets or sees her at least once in their lifetime. Ilene has met her 4 times, already, though she doesn't remember the last time, as the Golden Lepti was the one who was responsible for saving young Ileni's butt from the gas bubble that wiped out her family & village by putting her into a temporal wormhole. Ilene will see the Golden Lepti at least twice more, the last time on her death, as Ilene is taken with her to wherever in timespace she has been living.

Hunh.  All Lepti were the borogoves and the mome raths out-Golden?

" Better be the dinner plate, or you might be eating crow? ;) *hide*

I'm vegetarian, myself.  Can't digest meat of any sort (it bounces right back up).  Furthermore, I have a grumpy digestive system that's very picky about what it'll eat with the stuff it will accept.  As you can imagine, my stomach is not the best way to my heart. :o  Thus having a birthday supplementing Thanksgiving is actually to my advantage, strangely enough.
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