The New Moon News


Full moons all have been given names. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, this forth-coming, last full moon for 2017 is called December’s “Full Cold Moon,”or the “Full Long Nights Moon.”

Their reasoning for naming it such is quoted as follows:

The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon – December During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

Tonight hosts the new moon for this cycle. Names for these unseen lunar events aren’t listed anywhere on the Net.  Can’t say rightly it’s the “Full Cold New Moon” because we’re not in December yet.

Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived, but it’s close: coming next Thursday, the official start of the holiday season; although, many commercial outlets have already been celebrating with Christmas music, merchandise and decorations.

Yesterday was considered, “Light-up Night,” when scores of cities around the U. S. lit up their Christmas trees in a gala tradition that dates back to 1960. Sorry, even though the custom has been around for over fifty years, I think that’s rushing things still.

Ironically,  Friday’s Light-up Night followed Thursday’s Great American Smoke Out.

Doesn’t it seem like the holiday season is ushered in earlier each year as it is? I’ve been saying that annually since reaching the age of around eighteen. Before that, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years couldn’t get here soon enough, probably because I didn’t have to do all the work and was mostly on the receiving end of it.

Following that rate, the heralding of the period should be starting now at the early part of October, at which time many conglomerates have started to do so. “Holiday Creep,” is what Money magazine has labeled it, mentioning companies like Walmart, Kmart, Toys R Us, and even Home Depot, who are guilty of the trend.

My apologies are in order for going off on a tangent again. Getting back to my original premise, I’d like to call this new moon, “The Holiday Season New Moon.” Seems appropriate, doesn’t it?

How about labeling it as the “Thanksgiving New Moon”? Nay, sometimes it falls after the day of epic gluttony.

December’s new moon falls on the eighteenth as well. Perhaps we’ll name it the “Jingle Bell New Moon,” a generic title for both Hanukkah and Christmas. If, in the future, December’s new moon falls after the twenty-fifth, then it should be known as the “Can’t Wait Until the Holidays Are Over” New Moon.

On the sad side of this month’s hidden lunar extravaganza, today we lost Malcolm Young of AC/DC, a founding member of the Australian hard-rock band, truly a loss for rock-‘n’-roll fans worldwide. He was sixty-four.

David Cassidy, sixty-seven, was listed in a coma, suffering from a life-threatening, multiple-organ failure; remember him from the TV series, The Partridge Family? He admitted to suffering from dementia earlier this year, and retired from performing.

Charles Manson was falsely reported—in my opinion—by the Texas Express website to have died today. No other reputable news networks have published such an account, leading me to my suspicion of the article’s authenticity. According to MSN’s website, he was admitted into a local hospital at Bakersfield, California, for a mystery illness and is  listed, “Still Alive,” as of yesterday. Manson is eighty-three.

For this week’s cover, allow me to re-post something I did a while back. In honor of Malcolm Young, here’s a silly ditty written by him, his brother Angus, and the late Bon Scott:

That’s the New Moon News. Happy Holidaze prematurely; thanks, for reading this nonsense; and bless you for your continued support.


About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at
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