once in a blue moon

New Year, new decade, full moon, blue moon….. geography meant we didn’t get to see the lunar eclipse this side of the world but my Irish family braved the bitter cold to stand in a country field on New Year’s Eve to watch the partial eclipse.

The end of the first decade of the twenty-first century: where have the last ten years gone? In the last moments of 1999 I stood on the roof of London’s Hayward Gallery with Orlando waiting to see the “river of fire” and hear the chimes of Big Ben that heralded the new millennium. Little did we know that we would see the start of 2010 living in Melbourne.

The Chinese Year of the Brown (earth) Ox is almost over, and the year of the White (metal) Tiger is coming. They say the hard work of the Ox will make way for the drive and wealth of the Tiger, as metal is often equated with money. The astrologers tell us not to be afraid of starting or trying something new in the year of the White Tiger. We will start the new decade with positive thoughts and intentions, and make the best of what comes our way.

Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade.

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