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Eearth Celebrations

There are a number of instances for celebration in the Eearth calendar, including:

Eearth New Year - Full Moon Rise -
New Moon Rise - Equinoxes - Solstices - Extreme Weather - Natural Events

Eearth New Year
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Most people in the Western world associate 1st January as the beginning of the New Year. Yet in reality, the use of any particular date for the beginning of the New Year is an arbitrary choice. This is because a year is the time it takes for the Earth to circle the sun, and there is no place on a circle that offers a natural starting point.

Around the world, New Years days is celebrated on many different days of the year. The Chinese celebrate it in Fenruary, the Persians in March, the Indians in July.

Eearth's New Year is 16 July and the minute of the end of one annual cycle and the beginning of the next is 9.29 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

What is the significance of 9.29 pm AEST on 16 July?

At that time, in 1945, and in New Mexico, the first even nuclear explosion was detonated. This event is significant because it is one of the instances that is identified as the potential beginning of the Anthropocene Era.

In a meeting of the International Geological Congress (IGC) 27 August 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, it was agreed that the holocene era had ended, and that we humans now lived in a new geological era called the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene is the name given to the modern era in which the humans are the main force of changes on the Earth surface.

It is yet to be decided if the plutonium contamination of the first bomb test will be selected as the official beginning of the Anthropocene - that decision could be a few years away.

Until such time as the official agreement about the Anthropocene is resolved, 16 July is Eearth's 'interim' New Year - subject to change, if necessary.

The Gadget: the first ever nuclear bomb, detonated 6.29 am 16 July, 1945. Miliseconds after detonation, the fireball 200 meters high.

It is fitting to align the Eearth New Year with the beginning of the Anthropocene Epoch, as Eearth seeks to help foster the creation of a subsequent era, where humans are in balance with nature. We refer to this subsequent Epoch as the Longfuturocene. The sooner that starts, the better.

Watch this 5 minute documentary about the Trinity Bomb Test.

There are many prognostications about the world ending in fire due to Climate Change, Armageddon, Nuclear War, etc.

So, it is refreshing that Eearth has created a narrative for the Anthropocene, in which the fireball occurs at the beginning of the story, and leaves the end date for humanity to be decided deep into the Long Future.

Full Moon Rise Ceremony
The Moon is a great leveler of humans - it joins us together across space and time. The Moon looks the same, no matter where we are; a full Moon in Malaysia occurs at the same time as a full Moon in Australia, for example. The Moon has looked the same to all humans over the entire course of human history.
So, when Shakespear wrote The moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun, he was referring to the Moon that looked identical to the Moon that we see today.

- Many ancient and contemporary beliefs hold ceremonies to celebrate the Moon phases. Humans have been holding Full Moon parties for thousands of years!

- In many organisms, various phases of their growth cycle are time with the lunar cycles. For gardener wanting the benefit of this, consider Moon Planting.

- The Moon offers a visible reminder that we do not just live in society, but we are part of an ancient natural system that has been here long before us.

- The Moon is dead, inert, lifeless, reminding us that life is the exception, not the rule, in our solar system.

- Viewed from Earth, the Moon is exactly the same relative size as the sun. This can be observed during a full lunar eclipse, where the Sun is hidden by the Moon, but the Sun's corona remains visible. Also, the rotation of the Moon about its own axis has exactly the same period as the rotation of the Moon around the Earth, and this explains why the Moon always faces Earth with the same side.

These two cosmic coincidences give us pause to consider the improbability of the existence of life on Earth. It should give us cause to act in a manner that fosters life on Earth.

The Moon has a huge influence on living things as the influence of its gravity moves trillions of tonnes of sea water around, causing the the rise and fall of the tides.

The tides, caused by the influence of the Moon's gravity, can be harnessed to provide clean renewable energy.

Tidal Energy and can be created by machines such as the one in the picture, below.

Let us turn off the fossil fuels and turn on the tidal energy - in ways that doesn't cause environmental harm.

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The Moon has a huge influence on living things as the influence of its gravity moves trillions of tonnes of sea water around, causing the the rise and fall of the tides.

The tides, caused by the influence of the Moon's gravity, can be harnessed to provide clean renewable energy.

Tidal Energy and can be created by machines such as the one in the picture, below.

Let us turn off the fossil fuels and turn on the tidal energy - in ways that doesn't cause environmental harm.

- The full Moon floods the Earth with light, making landscapes and seascapes visible in the middle of the night.

- We can learn about the condition of the Earth by viewing sunlight that is reflected from the Moon, from the Earth. Put another way, 'Earth Shine' is light from the sun that is reflected from the Earth's surface, to the Moon and then back to us.

- Joined with the solstices and the equinoxes, the full and new Moon give Eeartheans 28 instances every year to celebrate living on such an awesome planet.

So, every time you see a new Moon or a full Moon, think of Eearth.

Check the lunar calendar below to plan your next celestial celebration.

 

The Moon's libration over the course of one synodic month.

Eearth Celebrations

Eearth believes that the natural cycles of the Earth/Moon and Sun/Earth ought to be celebrated. By celebrating these events, it will help connect humans to the natural cycles that play out around us. Below, are the dates for the 28 Eearth ceremonial days for 2016.

Eearth Celebrations Calendar 2016
(note, all dates are approximate, depending on your timezone)

Full Moons :
24 Jan – 23 Feb – 23 Mar – 22 Apr – 22 May 20 Jun – 20 Jul – 18 Aug – 17 Sep – 16 Oct – 15 Nov – 14 Dec

New Moons :
10 Jan – 9 Feb – 9 Mar – 7 Apr – 7 May – 5 Jun 4 July – 3 August – 1 Sep – 1 Oct – 31 Oct – 29 Nov – 29 Dec

Solstices : Jun 21, Dec 21

Equinoxes : Mar 20, Sep 22

 

 

 

 

Earth and the Moon seen from L1, a point in space 1.5 million kilometers away where the gravitational force of the sun and the Earth cancel each other out.