March 21, Nummo Were to Return During a Full Moon
Supermoon at Arches National Park, Utahhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Enjoying_ the_supermoon_in_the_Windows_(9125293235).jpg Arches National Park [Public domain]
Today's full Moon is a supermoon because it will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual. Full Moons were very important for the Dogon.
The Master (Mistress) of Speech's Words were believed to be at their most powerful and to help humans the most during a full Moon because that was when the Moon reflected the most sunlight. Symbolically this came to represent the fact that there were once two Suns in the Solar System.
Ancient Mexicans also believed that we once had two Suns. "Two Gods, Tecuciztecatl and Nanahuatzin threw themselves into the fires of creation and turned into two Suns. But the Gods who had assembled for this great event threw a rabbit into the face of Tecuciztecatl, thus dimming his brilliance so he became the Moon. Along with many other indigenous Americans, the Maya believed the rabbit's profile could be seen on the surface of the full Moon."Dorey, The Rose pp. 107-108
The Dogon associated the creation of the Moon with the loss of our second Sun. According to the Dogon, a new Moon was called olo "dark" and was "the time of troubles and death." It was a symbol of the Jackal and humanity.Dorey, The Rose p. 335
The Dogon believed the Moon increased in size when the Master (Mistress) of Speech breathed and opened her mouth to speak. Because there were twelve full Moons, she was believed to have made twelve "speeches" per year, which represented all the "Words" addressed to all the beings in the Universe.Dorey, The Rose pp. 271
An association was made between the phases of the Moon and the round opening of the Mistress of Speech's mouth. Figures with round mouths appear in many ancient cultures including those of the ancient Japanese Jomon, Greek and Celtic Ireland, which may have had the same significance in those cultures as it did to the Dogon.Dorey, Day of the Fishp. 99
The Supermoon today is known as the Lenten Moon because it is the only full moon during lent and the last full moon of winter. Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, is by definition the Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal equinox (the first day of spring). The full moon before Easter is known as the Egg Moon.
The Egg Moon©Shannon Dorey
The Egg Moon heralded the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox-one of the first spring flowers. It has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon and the Fish Moon perhaps in association with the Nummo. The Full Moon Names were believed to come from Indigenous Peoples and Colonial Americans.https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-names#
During a lunar eclipse, which only happens during a full Moon, the Earth is positioned between the Sun and the Moon. The Sun is a symbol of the Nummo and the Moon is a symbol of the Jackal or humans. This event symbolized a reunion of humans or the Jackal with the Nummo.
The Dogon associated a full Moon with the Nummos' return to Earth. During that time the Nummo's ark was described as descending on the "Earth of the day of the fish."Dorey, The Rose p. 271