Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rain-chanting at Full Thunder Moon

We're hoping that tomorrow's Full Moon, at 22.28 degrees of Capricorn, known by Native Americans as Full Thunder Moon, will bring with it some rain accompanying any thunder, to break our extreme drought conditions. Moon will be at less than a degree from my natal Mercury - perhaps I should do a rain dance or, perhaps a more truly Mercurial, rain chant?

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon.

The FullThunder/Full Buck Moon/Full Hay Moon – July : normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.
Farmers' Almanac

Staying with the "thunder" motif, across many North America indigenous cultures, the Thunderbird is described as a large bird, capable of creating storms and thundering while it flies. Clouds are pulled together by its wingbeats, the sound of thunder made by its wings clapping, sheet lightning the light flashing from its eyes when it blinks, and individual lightning bolts made by the glowing snakes that it carries around with it. In masks, it is depicted as many-colored, with two curling horns, and, often, teeth within its beak. The Native Americans believed that the giant Thunderbird could shoot lightning from its eyes. (Wikipedia)

So...instead of me rain-chanting tunelessly how about Nina Simone with Randy Newman's I Think It's Gonna Rain Today, and Jane Morgan with a song from the 1950s: The Day the Rains Came Down.

Might do the trick. Can't hurt to try!


anyjazz said...

Good post. Only 118 degrees yesterday.

Twilight said...

anyjazz ~~~ What'll happen in August if it keeps going up, one wonders? Barometers will explode all over OK.