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:
- 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.