Tonight is the first full moon of 2019. It is also a Super Blood Wolf Moon, which is rare and amazing. The January moon is known as the Wolf Moon, sometimes the Old Moon. This one is “Super” because it is at the perigee, the point of orbit closest to the Earth, appearing larger because it is closer. It is a “Blood” moon because tonight is a full Lunar eclipse, and the moon glows red. All three phenomena at once — Super, Blood, and Wolf is why this is a rarity.
From our home in Northern California, the moon is eclipsing as I write this. Outside is cold and wet, and the moon is visible between cloud banks in the night sky. We have a fire literally crackling in the fireplace, with radiant embers keeping us warm. Our Siberian Husky, looking more than ever like a white wolf, stays out of the fire’s warmth. He was a rescue found roaming the mountains of Utah and is the most dignified dog I have ever known. Majestic comes to mind. Wolf like.
The moon is tinged red now, washed in the reflection from the Earth’s atmosphere. Still, it is strange and unsettling to see the full moon glowing the color of the embers, like an orb of fire hanging in the sky. So many peoples, so many cultures, have watched these moons over the millennia, reading omens in the stars and planets. In these skies we see our past, our present and our future. The Universe unfolds before us.
What planet is our home? [No, this is not a trick question.] Earth is our planet and the only home we have. Science fiction thoughts of origins and futures aside, Earth is at this moment the only home we have.
As Stewards of this Earth, we are facing a huge challenge. If any of us treated our houses as we treat this Earth, we would be living shoulder to shoulder, knee-deep in putrid waste, and slowly asphyxiating for lack of air. Harsh, yes, but unfortunately true.
Our oceans are warming 40% faster than we thought even five years ago. 95% of all old growth redwoods have been cut down, and Greenland (which is 80% pure ice) is melting more than twice as fast as was predicted just a few years ago. If Greenland melts, the seas will rise a full 23 feet. 50% of the world’s population lives on our planet’s coasts. Just imagine the devastation!And this doesn’t begin to deal with the already-accelerating issues of hurricanes, wild fires and the climate-related catastrophes of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis.
My point? We are Stewards. Our job is to protect this planet and all life upon it. We at Johnny Outlander, in conjunction with all other Stewards and animals who share this planet which is our home, need to step up, reach out, and do the job that has been ours since the dawn of time.
Find a way home to your destiny. It is time. We are in this together.
A very Happy New Year to you and yours. Given the state of the world, the climate, the government, and our increasing natural disasters, that is no idle greeting; it is a fervent prayer for the year ahead.
2018 was an extraordinarily difficult year on many fronts, for myriad reasons. Many of us faced anguishing personal issues and struggled through unimaginable disasters. We now look to 2019 to begin something positive, order out of chaos if you will.
Johnny Outlander, and those of us who bring him to you, are sincerely taking the stand that 2019 will be a better year, one in which we will begin the realization of the Stewards. Read back over the previous blog entries to understand the true meaning of “Steward” and why this term is always capitalized. All of us who love our planet, love and honor all life upon it, and listen intuitively to the world around us, are Stewards. Our duty awaits. Our honor precedes us. Our time is now. And, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.