Sure most people have heard of a "blue moon" ... as in "once in a blue moon." Not so many can give you even one of the several definitions for that, though. They know it means a long time -- except for those who think it means something that never comes along at all.
There is such a thing as a Blue Moon, though. The second full moon in a calendar month is called a Blue Moon ... and this happens once every 2 3/4 years.
Then I heard about something called a "black moon."
Actually it was a question someone on an internet list asked about -- and nobody seemed to know the answer. Which made me wonder if maybe the poor dear was completely confused -- and there really was no answer. (Certainly wouldn't have been the first time something like that happened.)
Frankly, I'd never heard of a Black Moon myself. But I'm the kind who looks things up -- in the encyclopedia, in the dictionary, at the library -- and double-checks any answers that seem to come off the top of somebody else's head. This annoys the stuffing out of some people, but it's given me some intriguing paths to explore in my time.
Turns out there is something called a Black Moon ... and several definitions for that, too, all rooted in the folklore we've lost touch with through the decades -- and yet, bit by bit, are rediscovering.
Some definitions of a Black Moon I find incongruous. For example, the absence of any new moon in a month -- which can only occur in February. But giving a name to a non-event doesn't make much sense to me.
If there's no "occurrence" ... what exactly is the "black moon" for that time? A "black moon month" in which there is no new moon -- would seem more logical. (But then, nobody asked me. In fact, most people ask me to sit down and shut up when I get off on one of these topics.)
There is also a Black Moon definition as the third New Moon in a season containing four New Moons -- but I ask you now, seriously, who has time to keep track of that?
The definition for a Black Moon that does make sense is the second new moon in a calendar month. Along with the most common definition of a Blue Moon -- the second full moon in a calendar month, this is at least reasonable. Or a Black Moon could be the second New Moon in a Zodiac sign. That also makes sense.
There are several definitions of Blue Moon as well ... which adds to the confusion. If you want to wade through some of this on your own, here's a place to begin. Blue Moon and Black Moon. But I warn you, it could turn into one of those things you wish you'd never started. Like maybe this conversation.
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