img-clockmoonI wrote about a “Grandfather Moon” this week and how the full moons may have connected to the Lenape and other Native Americans at one time.

If you are lucky enough to own a grandfather clock, you probably have a moon dial on it. It was something that was added by the English to these fancy, tall clocks in the early 1700s.

As we know from following the full moons on this blog, at one time when we lived a more agrarian lifestyle, knowing the moon’s phases was quite important to planting and harvests. It also helped make decisions about night work, hunting and travel which was aided by the fuller moon.

These accurate clocks could also have accurate mechanical ways of marking the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter since a lunar month is precisely 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 3 seconds. (Some clocks indicate 29.5 on the rotating moon dial.)

I wonder if having a Moon dial clock keeps its owner a bit more connected to the lunar cycles than the rest of us?

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