〜Strawberry moon  6月の満月〜

Tonight, there will be the full moon of this month, which is called “strawberry moon” according to the Native Americans’ tradition.

For a period of time, it was wrongly believed in Japan that the reason for this name is the moon around this time often looks reddish.  However, its origin is strawberries are harvested in this season.  I wonder when people began to think December is the strawberries’ season.

Another interesting thing is April’s “pink moon” doesn’t indicate a color, but it is a collective word for pink flowers such as moss phloxes and dianthuses.

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今夜は満月で、ネイティブアメリカンの風習の満月の名前としては、「苺月」。

一時期、これはこの時期の月が赤っぽい色をしているからだという誤解が日本で広まったことがあったようですが、実際には、イチゴはもともとこの時期に収穫されるからです。いつからイチゴの旬は12月だということになったのかしらと思うのです。

4月の「ピンクムーン」は、桃色という色の名前ではなくて、芝桜や撫子などのピンク色のお花の総称らしいというのも面白いものです。

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〜Name for the May full moon 今度はお花いろいろ〜

According to the Native Americans’ tradition of giving a name to each month’s full moon, the name for the April full moon is Pink Moon, because the time is early spring when many pink flowers highlight fields and hills.

Then for the May full moon that is coming tomorrow, the name is simply the“flower moon” because the time is for various flowers blooming in profusion.

I love this Chinese character expressing “flower” in any style. 

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各月の満月に名前が付いているというネイティブアメリカンの伝統では、4月の満月は春先のピンク色のお花を表す「ピンクムーン」でした。

明日の5月の満月はいろいろのお花が咲き乱れる時期なので、そのものズバリの「花の月」だそうです。

「花」という字が好きです。どの書体でも。

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〜Full moon in March 芋虫か・・・〜

The tradition of the Native Americans of naming the full moons in each month intrigued me.  As today’s moon is the full moon in March, I checked its name to find the term “worm moon” to my little disappointment.  For, I was expecting something more romantic.  

Then I remembered I wrote before that in the twenty-four solar terms system that is believed to have started in ante-Christum China has “Jingzhe” at the beginning of March when hibernating worms are supposed to emerge from underground.

I thought people in old times must have felt and thought in a similar way about changing of the seasons both in the East and the West.

The most short-tempered worm will emerge from underground/

And move on to the shambles or the real world/ 

Full of fights, rages, pathos that derive from envy and suspicion/

Calligraphy and translation by Chio

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ネイティブアメリカンの伝統に、各月の満月それぞれに名前があるというものがあって、とても面白いと思います。それで今日は3月の満月なので、その名前を調べたら、worm moonつまり芋虫の類の月だったので、ちょっとがっかりしました。もっとロマンティックな名前を期待していましたので。

でも、紀元前の中国発祥とされる二十四節気でも、先日書きましたように、3月初めには冬眠していた虫たちが地中から這い出てくる日である「啓蟄」がありますので、昔の時代の人々は季節の移り変わりに対して洋の東西を問わず同じように考え、感じていたのだろうと思いました。

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〜Immeasurable prospects 無限の可能性〜

The Western astrology has kept expressing out loud the “New Era”.  I have been thrilled!  Somehow, I am excited.  Am I too simple?

And this is the framed work that I posted on July 20th.

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西洋占星術の世界で『新しい時代』が叫ばれ続けています。楽しみです! 何故かワクワクします。単純?

というわけで、7月20日に投稿した作品の表装済みの姿です。

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January 15

People have long celebrated the day, January 15 as a kind of second New Year Day, because according to the lunar calendar, it marks the first full moon after the New Year Day.

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The well-known shrine in my neighborhood provides rice porridge cooked with azuki beans every year.

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I got some for my mother who will turn 92 in summer, because the porridge is supposed and expected to bring good luck to the elderly.

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I wrote “avoiding disaster”, “inviting happiness”, “health” and “longevity” for her.

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Written oracle 静かなパワースポット

Yesterday, coincidentally, fell on the Full Moon in the Libra, I went to the shrinewhich I visit from time to time.

And there I got a written oracle.  Its comment in the form of tanka roughly goes as follows.

Birds freed from a cage are each having fun/

Lots of fun in the fields in springtime/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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折しも、天秤座満月の昨日、時々お詣りする神社に行ってきました。

御神籤もいただいてきました。短歌形式で書かれています。

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Special moon 夜の散歩

After dinner on the eve of harvest moon, I went out for a short walk with my mother on her wheel chair and was in an ill temper a little, hoping she would feel better.  As she was appreciating the huge, beautiful moon, she obviously began to feel better and peaceful.

Bright moon/

Untangles/

Old mother’s emotional tension/

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中秋の名月の前夜、食事の後で、ちょっとご機嫌斜めの母と夜の車椅子散歩に出ました。大きくて綺麗なお月さんを見ているうちに母の心もほどけて行きました。

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