Is it Waxing or Waning?

Quarter MoonWe’ll all know now! Look at what we’ve got over on the right margin! This has got to be my favorite widget! People are looking at this and saying, “So what?” This will show us how close we are to the full moon and we can watch it as it gets bigger (waxing) or as it gets smaller (waning). It’s cool to see how accurate this thing is when it looks just like that in the night sky! So far so good! It looks very accurate tonight!

It’s interesting to learn that although the sun is much larger and should have a greater pull on our atmosphere, the moon is closer and actually has a more direct impact on our tides and a lot of things we never even think about.

People are still saying, “So what?!?” Well, let’s see… shall we go swimming 8 or 10 days after the full moon? Best avoid the south (Diamond Head) and west (Makaha) shores of Oahu! The box jellyfish may be floating around all over the place. If you have not been stung by one, trust me, you don’t want to be. Even worse, you don’t want to find out that you’re allergic to them! I’m not making this up. Don’t believe me? See for yourself! I would imagine the same thing happens, not just in Hawaii, but where ever the jellies go swimming!

Okay, so we’ll go fishing instead. If you’re a fisherman, this may prove more important to you than you think!

Salt-water anglers argue that tides have a greater influence on fish feeding habits than the moon itself. It must be understood that the tides are governed by the phases and transit of the moon. Certain marine phenomena occur with precise regularity during the lunar month and solar/lunar cycle.”

We already discovered that with the jellyfish. Mahalo to King’s Outdoor World for that educational tidbit!

Don’t like the water very much? Rather be planting a garden? Guess what? Some people even do Gardening by the Moon!

Still not impressed? Ever ask anyone about when customers are obnoxious? Ever wonder why people are “all” driving so crazy on any given day for no particular reason? Ever ask your local telephone company when the crank calls happen most? I know that some staff at Hawaiian Telcom will cringe if you remind them that the next day is a full moon. That is when the most complaints and crank calls happen!

It makes sense if you think about it — we humans are mostly water according the US Geological Survey which says that, “Up to 60 percent of the human body is water, the brain is composed of 70 percent water, and the lungs are nearly 90 percent water.” Well, um, if the moon can control how water behaves, and since we’re mostly water… I would say that we are definitely susceptible to the pull of good old Mr. Moon. I know he pulls on my strings every now and then, or at least that’s who I like to blame it on!

Just for the record, the moon is currently waxing. In case I’ve got you interested now, we will be admiring a full moon on September 26th. I don’t need to tell you, you can just check out our new addition on the right!

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HawaiiVacationGifts // Sep 18, 2007 at 1:06 am

    What a cool widget! When there is a full moon, our dogs like to run around and play in the moonlight! I enjoy hearing them being so happy.

  • 2 BestHawaiiVacation // Sep 18, 2007 at 4:46 am

    sometimes i was not happy with my gardening efforts in hawaii. after i got the calendar from KTA (it’s free each year in december), our big local market on the big island, with the gardening information according to the moon, my hawaiian garden would do much better! try it! aloha, pua

  • 3 Evelyn // Sep 18, 2007 at 5:31 am

    Thanks, Cheryl. I thought it was really neat when I saw it! That’s interesting that the dogs like the full moon. After all, werewolves are canine too! 😉 What’s the expression… behind every myth there is some basis in fact? Something like that. 🙂

  • 4 Evelyn // Sep 18, 2007 at 5:40 am

    Thank you, Pua, for confirming that. You guys are great. At least now everyone won’t think that I’ve lost my mind. They’ll just think we’ve all lost our minds! 🙂 But, I’m in good company.

  • 5 Robin from Israel // Sep 18, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    We normally get a lot of jellyfish here in Israel too, but for some reason there were much fewer this year. Whatever the reason, I’ll take it!

  • 6 Evelyn // Sep 19, 2007 at 6:39 am

    Hi Robin! Glad to hear it! So it is all over the world! I think Israel was missing some because they came over here! 🙂 We had more than usual recently, if I remember the comments on the news correctly. I’ve been stung once and it hurt like crazy. Of course I was little and terrified. I think fear makes pain worse. Such a pretty blue bubble… “Ahhhrrrr!!!!!” 🙂 It only takes once to keep you wary!

  • 7 Bobbie // Sep 19, 2007 at 8:11 am

    That is indeed a cool widget. As divers, we’re very interested in tides, and of course the tides are ruled by the phases of the moon — not to mention those dang box jellyfish, too!

    Add me to your moonstruck crew. 😉

  • 8 Evelyn // Sep 19, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Too funny! Thank you, Bobbie! Moonstruck huh? You and me both! Hugs and thank you for confirming and adding to the need to pay attention to my darling moon!

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