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A Year of 13 Moons


Today, January 18th, we can contemplate a Half Moon, waning.

In a Year of 13 Moons is a movie by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 2009 happens to be such a rare year with 13 moons, believe it or not. There will be two Full Moons in December of this year, as long as you live in the Northern hemisphere.

Mallorca is pretty much governed by the moon, in literature, in mysticism, in mythology and in agricultural traditions. Also, the moon, or rather the half moon, can be found in many heraldic coat of arms of Mallorcan families, such as the one shown here. Ramon Llull had one half moon in his family heraldry, the Berga family has five half moons in their coat of arms, the Verí family, shown in my photo, has three half moons, the Burgues clan even has a crest with 10 half moons.

I took the photo in the patio of Can Sureda d’Artà, in Calle Verí, in Palma. The building is now known as the Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani.

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Balares, Spain. The date: September 19th, 2008. The time was 16:49:05.

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