Last month, I started a new series called Luna Labels with the release of “Harvest Moon”. The names that were given to each month’s moon are so colorful it inspired me to create a series based around the names. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the Native Americans named the moons to help them keep track of the seasons. European settlers joined in the fun and created their own names for some of the moons. Names such as strawberry moon, green corn moon, snow moon, thunder moon – each name creating a picture of a moonlit night and the quietness it brings.
The beautiful full moon of every month is an inspiration to me. Growing up, I remember waking up on moonlit nights with the moon’s light spilling all over my bed. Even now, the light awakens me and I get up in the middle of the night just to gaze out the window at the wonder of the nighttime landscape which is illuminated so beautifully by moonlight.
Speaking of the harvest moon, Gladys Taber says it so perfectly – “the harvest moon is heavy with gold; the stars are polished diamonds.” And “the full harvest moon is the color of a ripe peach and brings a mellow glow to a quiet earth.”
Photo by qnr
“The moon is…a light that decreaseth in her perfection. The month is called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her changing, being an instrument of the armies above, shining in the firmament of heaven; the beauty of heaven, the glory of the stars, an ornament giving light in the highest places of the Lord. At the commandment of the Holy One they will stand in their order, and never faint in their watches.” ~The Apocrypha (Book of Ecclesiasticus)
If you love the beauty of the full moon, I hope you will consider stitching the Luna Labels series. “Harvest Moon” and “Hunter’s Moon” have already been released. Stay tuned for the next piece in the series, “Frost Moon”.