'Is the moon tired? she looks so pale
Within her misty veil:
She scales the sky from east to west,
And takes no rest.
Before the coming of the night
The moon shows papery white;
Before the dawning of the day
She fades away.'
Christina Rossetti 1830 - 1894It's the last day of the shortest month of the year and there is a full moon sailing in a cloudy sky. The February full moon is called the Snow Moon, the Ice Moon or the Hunger Moon, though it has other names in other cultures. For example, some colonial Americans may know it as the Trapper's Moon while the Cherokee name is Bony Moon and the Choctaw people call it the Little Famine Moon. Meanwhile the Sioux know it as Moon of the Racoon or the Moon When Trees Pop and that last name seems to me to be similar to the Chinese name of the Budding Moon.
I found this version of an 18th century English recipe for 'Moon Shine' – and this is not for the alcoholic beverage! I have simplified it as much as I can, though I have to say there are some steps that seem quite confusing.
The full moon always rises at sunset while the new moon always rises at sunrise.
|It is made in a large half-moon shaped mould and in one large and two or three smaller star-shaped tins.|
Much of this trivia I have gleaned from the internet. I was pleased to see the moon tonight though it is not shining brightly and I guess we will have more rain before morning – oh joy!