Sunday, February 24, 2013

Carpe Diem #130, Full Snow Moon

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today it'is Full Moon, this full moon is called 'Full Snow Moon', because February is the month in which we have a lot of snow. Off course only in the Northern Hemisphere of our Earth.
Snow moon or Full Snow moon is a traditional name for the full moon that occurs in February in North America. Usually this month is a time for snow and cold air temperatures, and this is the reason for the name snow moon. Storm moon, hunger moon, Little Famine moon, and Full Bony moon are other traditional names for this particular full moon.

Credits: Full Snow Moon

In Vedic Astrology the Moon is very important at the precise date and time of your birth. 
The sign occupied by the Moon at your time of birth is an indicator of your emotional and physical nature. It describes your unconscious, instinctive reactions, what is innate. Moon signs define our emotions and make up the unconscious side of our personality. This is the place where we go to find comfort, peace and childhood memories. These signs also have an effect on our senses, such as sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch. They are all connected to our subconscious memories and affect us differently than the Sun's Zodiac signs, by showing us what kind of experience we need in order to feel emotionally satisfied.
Moon Signs play an important role in understanding an individual. The position of the moon in your birth chart helps in finding your moon sign. Your moon sign can help in understanding the characteristics and features when born under a particular moon sign, which is different from the sun signs in western astrology.

Credits: Full Snow Moon

For example:

I was born on April 20th 1963 at 8.30 PM (CET) and according to Vedic Astrology this is what it means to me:

Pisces is one of the water signs, signs of the tides of life and the emotions. With the Moon in this sign, your primary need is to feel “at one”, to transcend mundane reality and lose yourself in something mystical, way beyond the personal Self. You are attuned to a subtler dimension of life, sensitive, impressionable, picking up on feelings and atmosphere the way a sponge absorbs water. You need to find something to which you can whole heartedly devote yourself without the danger of being abused or losing your own sense of self completely. Treat alcohol and drugs, television and virtual reality with caution. .. they may offer an easily available route to the “transcendent”, otherworldly state you need, but they drain you and dull what is your most valuable asset – your imagination and your psychic sensitivity. Many poets, musicians, film makers and actors have a Piscean Moon - it opens a channel through which creative inspiration can flow from the highest level, so too do mystics and spiritual gurus.
Extremely emotional, your feelings will be the dominating factor within your experience, so that you cry and laugh often, easily and in quick succession. The confusion caused by those turbulent, ever changing waves can be cleared if you form a positive relationship with the real element of water. Living on or nearby water is perfect, but trips to the seaside, going fishing or strolling along the riverbank will serve just as well. If all else fails a deep warm bath with beautiful s scented oils, soft music and candlelight will help you reconnect to still waters within! But the purest stream is to be found in the silence of deep meditation, or in surrendering to the flow of the Tao in for example, Tai Chi; align yourself with that flow and who knows what inspiration will come! (Source: )

Isn't it wonderful? As I read this it's almost the full truth about me ... very spooky ... (smiles)

I found a wonderful haiku by Chiyo-Ni about a Full Moon, I don't think it's about the Full Snow Moon, but it's a wonderful haiku. This haiku is known as her so called 'death poem'. Every haiku poet wrote a death poem, mostly the last haiku they wrote became the death poem. (Maybe I will write a lecture about death poems ... )

I also saw the moon
and so I say goodbye
to this world


Well ... enough about the Full Snow Moon ... let's do some haiku composing myself ...

fresh fallen snow
creaks beneath my feet -
full snow moon walk

full snow moon walk
through my neighborhood
while snow is falling

that night
I will never forget
full snow moon walk

Awesome ... I like these haiku ... gives me a feeling of winter and cosiness. I am looking forward to your haiku on Full Snow Moon. Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with our community.

This prompt will stay on 'till February 26th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post 'caterpillar', our new episode of Carpe Diem, later on today.

By the way: I am hopelessly behind with commenting on your posts ... I hope to catch up soon.


  1. That was an absolutely fascinating read - and I believe much of it, or all.
    Considering I had never heard of the full snow moon I was starting from the basics!
    The Vedic astrology. Really interesting about the moon's roles. Very believable.
    Again I found it so interesting how you use different senses in your haiku.

  2. The last of your three haiku pull at me. Great one.

  3. wow, I hadn't heard of the snow moon, wonderful to learn something new

  4. Don't worry about being "hopelessly behind" in commenting. We understand if you can't get around to all of us all the time. Life is short. Enjoy your wife and grandkids!

  5. I agree--just start fresh from where you are! And I love your discussion of sun and moon signs. I am a double Cancer (sun and moon in Cancer) and it describes me well.

  6. I am a piscean too ! and i agree to the account hands down ! so true those are .

  7. Wow! fantastic photos and lovely set of haiku ~ thanks again for posting ^_^

  8. Moon is always a good topic. Li Bo invited to moon and his shadow to drink wine with him.

  9. always inspired by the moon - beautiful!!!

  10. My birthdate is February 15, 1944 and I looked up the full moon which was the week before on the 9th that year. I also went to the site you had and I am an Aquarius/Aries. The description was pretty close on ... I had to be honest about a couple of things in temperament ☺
    It was a fun prompt...I have always loved the moon in all its phases...but the full moon especially.
    Thank you for this prompt and lesson.
    Peace be with you,

  11. I love moon watching . this was fun for me. ;-)