I always liked the phrase Once in a blue moon. It refers to the rarity of some event. It also, according to Wikipedia, describes extra full moons:
A blue moon is a full moon that is not timed to the regular monthly pattern. Most years have twelve full moons which occur approximately monthly, but in addition to those twelve full lunar cycles each calendar year contains an excess of roughly eleven days. The extra days accumulate, so that every two or three years (on average about every 2.7154 years) there is an extra full moon. The extra moon is called a “blue moon.” Different definitions place the “extra” moon at different times.
- In calculating the dates for Lent and Easter, the Clergy identify the Lent Moon. It is thought that historically when the moon’s timing was too early they named an earlier moon as a “betrayer moon” (“belewe” moon), thus the Lent moon came at its expected time.
- Folklore gave each moon a name according to its time of year. A moon which came too early had no folk name – and was called a blue moon – bringing the correct seasonal timings for future moons
- The Farmer’s Almanac defined blue moon as an extra full moon that occurred in a season; one season was normally three full moons. If a season had four full moons, then the third full moon was named a blue moon.
I often use the moon in my art and poetry, including the blue moon on rare occasions (yes, I did that on purpose). So when I created this blue pear, the phrase popped into my head as a title, with a slight revision.
It’s a small, 8″ by 8″ collage painting on a solid birch panel (like the collage paintings I did in April). It is quite textured, and I was very pleased with the sides. I have a thing for the sides of a painting: they play important “supporting roles” to the main star or face.
Hey, Sis, this one’s for you!