August 21st, 2013

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Shakespearean Imagination

Friends, what cheer?

It's Wednesday again, which means another installment of Shakespearean Imagination!

Today marks a rare astronomical occurrence – a blue moon. Astronomically speaking, a blue moon occurs when there are four full moons in the approximately three month span between the four seasonal quarters – the solstices and equinoctes. There are four full moons in between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox; the third of four is the blue moon. So, if you’ve ever said something would only happen “once in a blue moon”… ante up!

Fittingly, today’s word is:

moonbeam : moon•beam / ˈmo͞onˌbēm / (noun) :

- A ray of moonlight.

Synonyms: moonlight – moonshine

First seen in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream (written 1595 - 1596). The full text of the play may be found here.