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Rare Moon Alignment

Rare Moon Alignment

“An astronomical event that would have been of great importance to the native people of Ohio around 2,000 years ago is happening tonight and tomorrow, when the moon will align with the largest prehistoric geometric earthworks in the world.”


“The Hopewell people built what modern people call the Newark Earthworks between 100 BC and 500 AD. On November 27 and 28 the moonrise will align with the structures of the earthworks in what is called a northern minimum moonrise, when the moon is at its lowest rising point. This moon-alignment event won’t occur again for another 18.6 years.”

“Emmy Beach, the spokeswoman for the Ohio History Connection, told Ancient Origins that experts think the people built it for culture, ceremonial and astronomical functions.”

““This weekend the moon will be in perfect alignment with the walls of the Octagon earthworks,” she said. The Octagon is one of three major earthworks still remaining at the Newark site. The Octagon earthworks were specifically designed to showcase the moon. The other two major earthworks at the site will not highlight the moonrise.”

“The public may view the moon alignments at 6:15 p.m. tonight and 7:15 November 28, 2015, at 125 N. 33rd St, Newark, Ohio.”

“Built by prehistoric Hopewell Culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D., this architectural wonder of ancient America was part cathedral, part cemetery, and part astronomical observatory,” says a blog at the Ohio History Connection. “The entire Newark Earthworks originally encompassed more than four square miles. Over the years, the growth of the city of Newark destroyed many of the Newark Earthworks, but three major segments survived because of the efforts of interested local citizens.”


“The Hopewell Culture flourished in Ohio and other parts of the eastern America from 100 BC. It is unknown what they called themselves, but they are named after Mordecai Hopewell, on whose lands the mounds were excavated in the 1800s. They traded with other peoples, made fine artworks and lived in small villages with houses made of posts, wattle and daub walls and thatched roofs. They raised squash, sunflowers, goosefoot and maygrass among other crops. They hunted game, fished and gathered wild plants too. They fashioned tools, knives and projectile points from obsidian and flint and made hooks and awls from bone. They made fine pottery, including bowls and jars, says an article on It is unknown why the culture ended around 400 AD.”

All Decked Out

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All Decked Out bottle

I suspect there are quite a few people who use the day after Thanksgiving to dig out their holiday decorations and double down on this Christmas business in earnest.  I’m not even American and I’ve got the big time jones to haul my dusty artificial tree out of storage and commence my yearly mini lighting-induced breakdown.

And what better nail adornment to be sporting for the occasion than another KB Shimmer polish, this time Deck the Halls, a moss green jelly studded with rainbow hex glitter and tiny gold stars?  It’s Christmas tree in a bottle, and the perfect finishing touch if you want your nails to be as pretty as your holiday tablescape.

I purchased this polish last year, and much like the mossy green colour of the jelly base, it’s one I’ve had to let grow on me.  I adore jelly-based glitters, but I find they work best…

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