Upcoming Blue Moons
While not an officially recognized star-gazer or anything, I have always been enamored by celestial events. I enjoy being humbled by the unceasing regularity of the heavens. It reminds me not to take things so seriously, since there are some things out there that won't change no matter how great my successes, how frustrated I get or how badly I screw up. Anytime is a good time for us to have a laugh when we know that there are larger systems that continue to work irrespective of the success or failure of our most intense plans. It doesn't mean you should stop striving for greatness, but it does mean that the weight of the world is not ever solely on your own shoulders. This all is especially apparent when our artificial systems, such as the calendar in this case, bump up against nature's own grand clockwork. Take the Blue Moon for instance. When two full moons occur in the same month, the second is called a Blue Moon. It's really nothing special astronomically, but we take note because its a rarity when measured against our all-important life-driving wall clocks. The Blue Moon dates for the next 25 years are: June 30, 2007 | December 31, 2009 August 31, 2012 | July 31, 2015 January 31, 2018 | March 31, 2018 October 31, 2020 | August 31, 2023 May 31, 2026 | December 31, 2028 I recommend that especially on these Blue Moon days, we all pause, step back, and take a good look at what we're doing. We should smile, remembering that whatever vitally important things we do, while incredibly relevant to us, are of no real consequence to the universe at large. Sometimes true happiness is just how you look at things.