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Moonrise/Moonset

The Moon’s rising above or descending below the horizon.

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    Plough Monday

    The first Monday after Epiphany and Plough Sunday was so called because it was the day that men returned to their plough, or daily work, at the end of the Christmas holiday. It was customary for farm laborers to draw a plough through the village, soliciting money for a "plough-light," which was kept burning in the parish church all year. In some areas, the custom of blessing the plough is maintained.

    Perigean Tide

    A monthly tide of increased range that occurs when the Moon is at perigee (closest to Earth).

    Midsummer Day

    June 24. Although it occurs near the summer solstice, to the farmer this day is the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvest and an occasion for festivity. The English church considered it a "Quarter Day," one of the four major divisions of the liturgical year. It also marks the feast day of St. John the Baptist.

    Diurnal Tide

    A tide with one high water and one low water in a tidal day of approximately 24 hours.

    Wallop

    A quick, rolling movement; a gallop. To boil with a continued bubbling or heaving and rolling, with noise.

    March

    Named for the Roman god of war, Mars. This was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter.

    Opposition

    The Moon or a planet appears on the opposite side of the sky from the Sun (elongation 180°).


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