NYU Black Renaissance Noire Spring 2015 - Page 142

By TENNESSEE REED HOW HIGH THE MOON Did you see the pink Strawberry Super Moon in June or the orange September Harvest moon rising over the Oakland Hills on a fogless night What about the August Sturgeon Moon that looked blue? The moon is 4.5 billion year old debris after impact between Earth and Mars The Apollo 11 landed there in 1968 I wonder what the view of the Earth looked like 238,900 miles (or 1 light year away), its crust, mantle and core changing colors each month From earth I can see its “maria” or lunar plains and some of its 300,000 craters when I zoom in with my Nikon Coolpix P510 In December Iemanjá, the Yoruba moon goddess of the ocean, motherhood and children rises during dusk over the pine trees at the Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail in the hills above UC Berkeley before she reaches her fullest point Venus sets to the west and Jupiter rises to the east A few days later Iemanjá is dressed in her fine, evening gown of turquoise, orange and black In Brazil, people dress in white and flock to the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro and offer her jewelry, perfume, combs, lipstick, white flowers and mirrors On the 2nd of January the new Wolf moon shines against the purple dusk sky As it begins to wane on January 23rd it makes a silver half circle in the morning sky The February Snow Moon is my favorite At sunset it rises gleaming in white and pink In the darkness it peaks through the black clouds It shines in gold By the time my birthday comes around It has completely waned 140 There was a face on the crescent moon in October It was looking down at me at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina before the fog rolled in Maybe it was Chang’e, the Chinese immortal moon goddess, who swallowed the pill of immortality Her husband, Houyi sought the Queen Mother of the West to ban the mortality punishment cursed on him by the Jade Emperor for killing his nine sons Chang’e rose up into the heavens until she landed on the moon The Full Hunter’s Moon of October are the Greek goddesses: Selene goddess of the moon and the goddess of the hunt, Artemis of Mount Latmos They remind us that they have resurrected the island of Patmos after it had sunken into the sea BRN-SPRING-2015.indb 140 3/29/15 11:42 AM