Posts Tagged ‘full moon

12
Oct
20

Once in a Blue Moon

This is the first time in about 19 years that we’ve had a full moon on Halloween, and it’s the first time since 1944 that a full moon will be seen in all time zones around the world on October 31st – extra creeepy!

We also have a rare “blue moon” on Halloween this year. According to NASA, “once in a blue moon” means something so rare that you might or might not see it in your lifetime. The next blue moon on Halloween will occur in 2039. This one is so called because it is the second full moon within a month – the first was on October 1st.

This Halloween full moon is also called a Hunters moon, a Travel moon or a Dying moon. The moon names that we might be familiar with – Harvest moon, Strawberry moon, Sturgeon moon were all named by Native Americans who used the moons to track the seasons and times for certain things such as hunting or strawberry picking.

A Hunters moon is self explanatory, while a Dying moon might also be – the time for the dying back of the crops after harvest. The Travel moon indicates the time of travel for the Native Americans who moved from place to place according to the seasons.

There are 2 different schools of thought on what a blue moon is – the second full moon in a month or the 4th full moon in a season. According to a 19th century Maine almanac, two full moons in a calendar month named the second as a “blue moon.” This was not commonly known until a radio game show in the 1970’s asked the question, with the answer of “a blue moon.”

The game of Trivial Pursuit, “Kids World Almanc of Records and Facts” (pub. 1985) and an article in a 1946 “Sky and Telescope” Magazine have all contributed to the term “Blue Moon.”

Blue moons are not really blue, unless there is smoke or a lot of dust particles in the air, such as during a volcanic eruption. During those times, the moon might take on a bluish hue.

The moon has always played an important part in the culture and lives of humankind. The moon’s phases helped people mark the passing of the seasons, as previously mentioned, but it also helped them plan for the future. Because the 13th moon was an oddity, there were many superstitions associated with it.

This rarity in the heavens became the basis for myths and legends, as well as superstitions all around the world. Some cultures considered the blue moon to be a trickster moon – a faker. Other cultures felt it was something to celebrate; something to aid in planning – to help predict the future.

I remember growing up with a full moon legend or two – one was about warts. I was told to take an old dishrag and bury it on the night of a full moon to get rid of warts. For a blue moon, you should blow on the wart 9 times during the blue moon to get rid of the wart!

Here are a few other superstitions surrounding the blue moon –

*pick flowers and berries during the blue moon to bring abundance and love into your life –

*looking at a blue moon, or having it shine on your face will bring bad luck; blinds should be closed during this time –

*if a family member dies during a blue moon, 3 more family members will follow –

*gangsters believed attempting a robbery on the 3rd day of a full moon will fail –

*a woman will be more fertile during a blue moon –

Enjoy this special time of all Hallow’s Eve, a Blue Moon, and a full moon. 2020 could not ask for anything more!

14
Jun
14

Welcome!

Hello Friends, It has been a while! It was a busy winter, personally and business wise, but we are up and running and expecting a fantastic season!

It is just one week until the official start of summer and I think we (at least in the Northeast) are ready. We will be having a special Solstice Eve tour in Camden on Friday June 20 to celebrate.

This year we have added 2 new towns, Hallowell and Rockland, bringing our total to 7 fascinating Maine spots for history and mystery! I hope you can join us on one of these new Haunted History walks. We continue to have several Cemetery Tours available.

Something else new and different are “Ghosts on the Coast” river cruises with the Damariscotta River Tripper. We’ll be having one special 2 hour trip in July and one in August, both in the late afternoon, so that guests can enjoy the scenery as well as a few tales of mysteries and hauntings. If you’re interested in tickets, here is a link to the website. http://damariscottarivercruises.com/

There will be a new offering in Wiscasset beginning in July, but we’re not quite ready to divulge yet, stay tuned! Of course, we will continue to offer our Full Moon Tours and occasional specials as well.

In addition, our sister company, Mysterious Destinations, offers small group Lighthouse Lore trips (from 1 to 4 days), Paranormal Investigations once a month, and our annual Halloween “Overnight with Myrtle.” For further information, check the website. www.MysteriousDestinations.com.

We certainly hope to see you in some way or another soon – thanks for following!

01
Oct
12

Cupcake!

Saturday night we had the best tour in Wiscasset! Funloving folks along and… Cupcake the dog. I believe Cupcake is a Golden Retriever, but in any case, she is the best trained dog I’ve ever seen!

She seemed to enjoy the history of Wiscasset and even helped us out with the name of one of the ghosts, according to her owner. We did not notice her reacting to anything in the area, though some say that animals can be sensitive to paranormal activity.

It was a full moon night, but due to being overcast, we were not able to enjoy it at all! Some weird pictures were taken at the cemetery, but I believe the anomolies were caused by the mist and moisture in the air.

Cupcake liked to be right at the front of the line with me, I’m not sure if she thought she was helping or if she felt protected by the safety of my Red Cloak!

Well behaved dogs are always welcome on our tours!

24
Sep
12

Autumn

A All the Crunchy Leaves

U Under the Full Moon

T Time for Ghost Stories

U Unfolding Fall Colors

M More Ghost Stories!

Next is Indian Summer

30
Aug
12

Once in a Blue Moon!

Tomorrow is a full moon night; always special, but this time it’s extra special as it’s the second full moon during the month of August! 2 full moons in one month does not happen often, the last one was in March 2010.

A blue moon has nothing to do with the color of the moon, just the old folklore expression for something that doesn’t happen very often.

Of course, many people believe it’s good luck to be born on a blue moon, or even in the month of a blue moon, so lucky birthdays to those!

The next blue moon will be in July 2015, so take advantage of this one, especially being on a Friday night, and enjoy – it’s a great night for a Haunted History Tour!

30
Jul
12

National Girlfriend Day

I recently found out that August 1st is National Girlfriend Day – so the first thing to do is gather up your girlfriends and bring them on a Red Cloak Haunted History Tour! We will have 3 tours on Wednesday, August 1st (which is also a Full Moon night, by the way!); Camden, Boothbay Harbor and first come first served for Damariscotta or Wiscasset.

The second thing to do is share a girlfriend ghost story with me. Maybe you and a girlfriend had a paranormal experience or explored a haunted house together, or maybe your story is more like mine…

My best friend since early elementary school lives across the country from me here in Maine. She and I were inseparable as we were growing up and each considered the other’s family to be ours as well. My mother used to wear a particular lotion with a distinctive smell – long ago off the market. The night my mother passed away, my girlfriend told me she was awakened in the middle of the night and knew someone was in her room – and she knew just who it was; she could distinctly smell my mother’s lotion – a smell she had not experienced in over 30 years! My mother had stopped in to tell her goodbye.

What’s your story??

11
Oct
11

What could be better than a Full Moon Maine Ghost Tour?

A Full Moon Maine Ghost Tour with some history thrown in, of course! And with The Lady in the Red Cloak! We’ll have tours in Damariscotta and Bath tomorrow evening at 7:00. I’m beginning to offer a few 5:00 tours, which are great for some people, and we’ll have those tomorrow as well. The weather’s been fantastic and should stay through tomorrow at least!

15
Aug
11

Full Moon Explore Results

We had a great group join us on Saturday night’s Full Moon Midnight Explore at the Rufus Flye house in Damariscotta, Maine! We started with more than a light supper which included a choice of lobster roll or crab cakes among others, thanks to Salt Bay Cafe. After a short history of the building and paranormal happenings there, an explanation of devices that would be used during the evening, and the plan for exploration, the hunt began!

We split into 3 teams, each of which had an EMF detector, camera and flashlight. A K2 meter was used by one group, and we had 2 EVP recorders as well as an infared non-contact thermometer and 2 video cameras.

Several EVP sessions were done in different parts of the building, one which included a guest feeling something brush against her bare leg and stay there for approximately 3-4 minutes. The temperature surrounding her dropped about 3 degrees at that time!

In another area of the building there was some very active EMF activity. An EVP recording was taken there as well.

During a break for coffee and soda, we experimented with dowsing rods, trying to get the spirits to communicate with us that way. The evening wrapped up about 1:00 am.

Due to the large amount of data to be evaluated, we do not have results ready to post yet, but I wanted to give you a short idea of how the evening went.

Results will be posted on our new website www.mysteriousdestinations.com as soon as possible, please check back often. This new website is a sideline expansion of Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, and will be offering another Explore at the Rufus Flye House on October 15, as well as an Explore at the haunted Winter Street Center in Bath in September, 2 Halloween overnights and a cruise to the Western Caribbean in March! You will want to join us on all of these adventures for sure!

 

12
Aug
11

Full Moon Damariscotta, Maine !

Last chance – less than 24 hours to get your reservation in for tomorrow night’s Full Moon Midnight Explore! Yes, there are still spaces available… if you dare! Here’s the link to what it ‘s all about – we’re going to have the best time! Will we hear the disembodied voice? Will we see the shadows? Will we hear the footsteps? Just last night, on one of our regular Red Cloak Tours, a guest took a photo of the building that seems very strange! We’ll have it to evaluate, on site, tomorrow night. Call to reserve, 207-380-3806  

http://lincolncountynewsonline.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=41&ArticleID=52390

08
Aug
11

Only 5 days left…

Do you dare to join us for a Full Moon Midnight Explore? There are still a few spaces available for the August 13 adventure where we’re going to investigate 3 full floors of the haunted Rufus Flye house in Damariscotta! We’ll start with a light buffet supper at 9 and the stories of  the paranormal activity that happens there will be told. Then demonstrations of investigative equipment will be given, guests will split into teams and the exploration will begin! Will we encounter the ghost? Will we see an apparition? Will we hear a disembodied voice?

Here’s a link to all the information: http://lincolncountynewsonline.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=41&ArticleID=52390




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