If Something Happens Only “Once in a Blue Moon,” It’s Happening Today
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
You know when it happens. The rarity of something. And you’ve probably either heard of the term, “once in a blue moon,” or have even used it before. Yes, its origins are folklore. And no, it doesn’t literally describe a blue moon. (The only blue moon I’ve seen is the one shown in the Smurfs movie—and yes, it was extremely blue. This is not the type of moon referred to now.)
Aside from its rarity reference and the song, “Blue Moon,” which tends to play in people’s heads when mentioned, the definition of a blue moon itself is not entirely agreed upon. (Of course, it had to be more confusing!)
But, generally speaking, the year is divided up into four seasons (winter, spring, summer, and fall), with three full moons per season; or, alternatively, twelve months, with one full moon per month.
Of course, nature has a way of periodically resisting the imposed-manmade calendar set against it, and well, rightly throws our timekeeping abilities into a funk.
A fine example of this is when one of the seasons will sneak in four full moons instead of three, which will give us 13 full moons in a year instead of the usual 12. And it’s the third full moon in a season with four that is referred to as a “blue moon.”
How rare is it, really? It’s not. Not really. It happens on average, about once every 2.7 years. But, I’m not a stickler for exact numbers. Three years is a good enough average for me—while all this time growing up, I thought the reference to a blue moon meant maybe once in every 100 years! (I didn’t have access to Google in my day, okay?)
And really as a sentimentalist, I’ve always wished that the blue moon was indeed the colour blue.
Regardless of my disappointment, I sat on my patio tonight and participated in the “rarity” of this blue moon’s moment. Because really, where might I be in 2.7 years time? To acknowledge it is the least I can do. To witness it and enjoy it is even better.
I’m a moon-lover anyway and full moons are my favourite. No, I don’t “howl” or “cast a spell” when I see one (that’s an entirely different blog post altogether)—but, I do enjoy the view.
If something happens only “once in a blue moon,” and you’ve professed some kind of rarity in your life—today’s your lucky day because it might just happen.
What can you think of that you’ve said only happens to you “once in a blue moon?”
Did you go out tonight and witness the blue moon? What did you think?