No Moon Noon at Grandmother Tree 2015-05-18

Some 3D photos from a recent No Moon Noon Picnic Lunch in/on the Grandmother Tree, a pohutukawa tree in njnd af that is estimated to be around 500 years old.


We sent her love and blessings and hugged her.


We played and laughed with her.


We played music and drank tea and ate well.


We climbed and caressed her.


We loved her.


No Moon Noon is about Harmony and Fresh Beginnings.


As the moon and sun are in the same degree they are playing the same note even though they are octaves apart.


We start the climb through the spiral of life and experience the harmonies and dissonances again til the next No Moon.


Next moonth the sun and moon will meet again on the next note in the scale.

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August’s Moon Days are all on Wednesdays this year

For the month of August all the Moon Days are on Wednesdays. Today is the first with a Noon No Moon lunch. Next week is the G Moon (First Quarter) dinner. Then there is a the O Moon (Full Moon) Drumming peaking at midnight. Finally is the D Moon (Last Quarter) breakfast. These meetings and meals take place when the moon is at the zenith, right above us.

Moon GOD Southern 3D 4 Phase with letters

Music in the Great Sphere

The Great Sphere I have been working on is made up of many circles. As part of an investigation into the relationship between colour and the 12 notes of the Western chromatic scale I have found some interesting patterns. One of the patterns is from the relationship between the notes in western music. The major and minor scales have seven notes. The start of each cycle is called an octave. Today I will look at the C major scale. Here is a representation of the scale:

C-Major Scale

C-Major Scale

I have started at C at the top and threaded across the ring jumping thirds each time. From the tonic (C) we go to the major third (E), to the fifth (G), to the seventh (B), to the second (D), to the fourth (F), to the sixth (A) and finally back to the tonic again. One of the reasons I have chosen the C major scale is because it has no sharps or flats, and like a piano layout we can easily spot the groupings. Notice the two pairs of points that are close together, B & C, and E & F. Also where there are dark spaces are the 2 black keys, Db & Eb, and 3 black keys, Gb, Ab and Bb.

For a minor scale all you need to do is turn this asymmetrical seven pointed star 90 degrees:

C-Major Scale with C-Minor Scale underplayed

C-Major Scale with C-Minor Scale underlayed

C-Minor Scale

C-Minor Scale

Getting back to the C major scale, let’s plot the C major chord that has the notes C, E and G:

C-Major chord: C,E and G

C-Major chord: C,E and G

What first struck me when I drew up these lines is something that I had never noticed in my whole life of studying music. Because we are taught to think of the tonic triad as first, third and fifth, that is, two notes up the scale each time,  I had not thought about how many chromatic notes there were between them.  From the tonic (C) to the major third (E) are 4 chromatic notes, from the major third to fifth are 3, and from the fifth to the tonic are 5.

Pythagoras was here

Pythagoras was here

Is this something to do with Pythagoras’ Theorem? No, the numbers do not represent the lengths of the lines but the distance in notes and the angle at the E note is not a right angle. However the numbers 3,4 and 5 are the same and it is this relationship between the notes that we find pleasing. And it is not just the major chord it is also happening in the minor:

Pythagoras minor

Pythagoras minor

It is something that has sparked some interest for me to investigate Pythagoras a little more and in particular the Music of the Spheres.

The final picture today is of the common chords I, IV, V and VI – C major, F major, G major and A minor. The triangle shaped chords are coloured by the colour of the tonic of that chord. The paths that cross are then blended.

The common chords I, IV, V and VI - C major, F major, G major and A minor

The common chords I, IV, V and VI – C major, F major, G major and A minor

So there are quite a few interesting developments so far. The imagery of colours, rings and lines connecting points is inspired from astrology charts and dream catchers. This is the direction of my current study. For the previous post about the Great Sphere click here.

UPDATE: I have just uploaded this video

2D Preview of the 12 Colour Wheel

RAS Working on Chart smallHappy D’Moonday to you. I hope you had a great breakfast. Here is a sneak peek at the 12 Colour Wheel that the Reverend is working on. It’s not quite finished and it’s still in it’s 2D state.

Colour Wheel smallThe  Reverend is still unsure how it will end up but it is big!

Merry O’Moon Day

Lunar libration with phase Oct 2007 450px 4D

View with red/blue 3D glasses.

Reverend Arthur Slade created a 4D version of this animation found on Wikipedia.

The 60 frame animation originally showed the moon at 12 hour intervals. The effect is an appreciation of not only the way the light source gives us our moon phases as it circles us but also the apogee/perigee cycle as we can see the moon sweep in and swing back.

This swinging, turning motion has actually give us a chance to understand the spherical nature of the moon. Here, it is clearly not a disc but a ball.

Reverend Arthur Slade took each frame, split them into red and cyan and then offset one of the images by a frame, that is, 12 hours. With red/cyan 3D glasses each eye is seeing the moon with 12 hours time difference. The movement in that time is enough for us to get a impression of its roundness.

Because the 3D effect is due to a difference in time Slade dubs this ‘4D’

To find out why today is called the O’Moon day click here

Tonight we will celebrate the full moon outside St James Church on the corner of Pollen and Pahau streets in Thames at midnight with a flash mob drumming circle.


Moon GOD Southern 3D 4 Phase
I’d like to announce that we are now meeting once a week to celebrate each phase of the moon.
We believe this is the true meaning and intention of the weekly sabbath.

We will meet as follows:
On the day of the new moon (dark moon) we will meet at noon for lunch. This is the _ Moon.
On the day of the first quarter we will meet at 6pm for dinner. This is the G Moon.
On the day of the full moon we will meet at 9pm and celebrate with music and dancing through midnight. This is the O Moon.
On the day of the last quarter we will meet at 6am for breakfast. This is the D Moon.

The general guide is to meet and eat when the moon is at the zenith (midpoint of the sky between East and West) and therefore most visible.

The idea of the sabbath is to do little as possible on that day. These meets are non-commital and are intended to only ever be fun!

If you want to add the calender to you online calender add this iCal address:

Yod (י) is the new moon, He (ה) the half moons (first and last quarters) and Wau (ו) the full moon.

Yod (י) is the new moon, He (ה) the half moons (first and last quarters) and Wau (ו) the full moon.