On Halloween we had a Hunter’s Blue Moon, something not seen since 1944. Think about it. In 1944, the world was still in the midst of a World War, the second in thirty years. D-Day had taken place, the Nazi forces were being driven back through the USSR, and slowly, Hitler’s War Machine was beginning to falter. That was in the last century, 76 years ago. The world we live in is very different from the world in 1944, and not because of the global conflict, although it is true to say that now we see a different global conflict…against a virus this time. However that may be, things have progressed around us.
As you can see in the picture I managed to take (I am working on my photography skills), the moon was stunning, hauntingly beautiful. I imagine the Pre-Raphelites would have been very inspired by it! I am fascinated by the changing aspects of the moon over the months, the seasons of each year. I remain conscious of the differences in the moon here in Canada and how it appears in the UK… I know, that sounds strange, if not silly, but bear with me. Even though the city I live in has grown exponentially over the last 25 years, the skies are still clearer here than in many bigger cities and many parts of the UK. More often than not, I would see the moon in a city where the light pollution would dim it and it would never seem as clear or bright. However, if I was lucky enough to be out in the country, I was viewing it against a different canvas from that here in Western Canada; the British Isles is an older landscape compared to the geologically youthful mountains and plains in Alberta.
The landscapes we view the skies against differ all over the planet, be it seeing the Northern Lights, or the Southern Cross in the Southern Hemisphere. To have the freedom to travel is a privilege, not a right, something we have been reminded of this year. Today, November 11th we remember the fallen. Instituted by George V in 1919 as Armistice Day. In 1931, Canada changed the name of the day to Remembrance Day and after the Second World War, the UK and Commonwealth countries chose to follow suit and call the day Remembrance Day. In the US it was renamed Veterans Day. We owe our freedoms to all the men and women (not to mention the animals) who stepped up and fought oppression, violent regimes, and genocide. Outside a school in our neighbourhood this week, the Community Board had this message.
Think 2020 is bad? What about 1914-1918 or 1939-1945
We must never take our lives for granted, never forget to be grateful for being able to live our lives in safety and peace.