Māori lunar calendar expert disputes blue moon
They say it's an event that happens once every 150 years.
Last night a supermoon, a lunar eclipse, and a blue moon occured at the same time.
The full moon rises, but is it a blue moon?
According to Māori calendar expert, Rereata Makiha, a blue moon is just a product of a confused lunar cycle.
“Kōrero nei ngā Pākehā nō te mea ētahi o ō rātou nei marama e 31 ngā rā, ētahi o ngā marama 28, ētahi 30. Nā roto i te maramatake Māori e 30 anake ngā rā nō reira e kore tērā mea e kōrerohia ake nei e rātou ko te blue moon e pā mai ki te maramataka Māori.”
Makiha was raised in the traditions of farming in accordance to the Māori lunar calendar, and he says that people in the past who didn't have that knowledge would have died of starvation.
“Ngā wā pai mō te hakatō hue, kamokamo, poukena, rōpere, meringi, ērā momo kai nē, kai waiwai. Nā, i mōhio ō tāua tūpuna ki tērā āhuatanga, wērā akoranga i roto i tēnei wā o te marama, te wā o te Rākanui o te Ōturu me te Rākaumātohi nē?”
But Makiha says there's much to be said about this time of the month with the tidal changes raising peoples' energy levels.
“He rā me kaha te hakakorikori i te tinana nē? Nā runga i tērā e rua ngā tāima e hou mai ai te kaha i roto i a koe. Me te paringa mai o te tai, me te whitinga mai o te rā, paringa tai hoki tērā nē? E rua wērā paringa i roto i a koe. Koia e tino kaha ai koe te hīkoi, aua rā ka pōrangihia te tangata, haere wīwī haere ki wāwā, kore koe e moe i ngā pō.”
And he encourages people to learn about the traditional cycles.
“E hia nei te roa te hakakōtītī i a tātou kia whai i ā rātou ake mātauranga, kia waihohia ake ō tāua ake mātauranga o ngā mātua tāpuna nē. Ko tāku e mea ana kaua e hakarongo ki wērā whāia ake ko ngā mātauranga o ngā mātua tūpuna.”
Regardless of whether you follow the traditional Māori lunar calendar, last night there was a super moon and a lunar eclipse, a rare co-occurence.