May 26, 2021 | 15 Sivan 5781 | Phoenix, Arizona
Some call today’s full moon, May 26, 2021, Mother’s Moon. According to Wikipedia, this full moon has a variety of names such as: Flower Moon, Milk Moon, Corn Planting Moon, Grass Moon, as well as Mother’s Moon.
Generally, these names correspond to the state of nature or agriculture. This time of year is the time to plant corn in the temperate zone of North America. Flowers are blooming; grass is growing after lying dormant all winter. However, it’s not apparent to me why this full moon should be called the Milk Moon.
What about about Mother’s Moon? I thought about it and came up with a guess. May is the month of Mother’s Day in American culture. So the full moon of this month is dedicated to mothers.
Surprisingly, the British don’t tell us that their list consists of traditional English names. Maybe this is self-evident since the web site is based in the United Kingdom. See the Royal Museums Greenwich.
UCL, London’s Global University , lists the names of the full moons that “were popular in England between the 17th and 19th centuries.” (The name ‘UCL’ has superseded the earlier name of ‘University College London’.)
These are pictures of this full moon:
The eclipse is underway. The full eclipse will be visible only once it sets behind the tree line. I didn’t plan to be in a higher place.
Other excitement for the day: Later in the morning, standing where I took the second picture, a coyote crossed the street; then, as I was walking home from my morning walk, a coyote loped across another street. It could have been the same coyote.
A blessed day indeed.