Dog Days of Summer Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs Monday
Dog Days of Summer Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs Monday, August 3, 2020 Gather at the park entrance, 7pm Park at pay meters on the access road via credit card/quarters
The Dog Days of Summer are traditionally the 40 days between July 3 and August 11 when the bright Dog Star, Sirius, rises with the sun. Rome, Greece and Egypt tracked the Dog Star’s sultry influence post-Summer Solstice lasting from 30 to 61 days.
Heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, humidity, lethargy, fever, infection, disease, mad dogs, and bad luck are associated with the Dog Star. Some people think of this time as tomato weather.
Check out the photo-essay “Who Owns Coldwater” at http://friendsofcoldwater.org/. Coldwater is an acknowledged Dakota Tribal Sacred Site and Traditional Cultural Property. Since recent police murders the rights of all Americans are finally beginning to be recognized.
Friends of Coldwater seek to honor this landscape ancestor. Full moon walks have been celebrated at Coldwater Springs monthly since 2000. We return to remember the spirits that feed this Spring. Please bring a rattle.
Sunset 8:36 pm (26 minutes earlier than the previous full moon)
Moonrise 9:07 pm (8 minutes earlier than last month’s full moon)
Exact minute of full moon 10:59 am Central Standard Time
DIRECTIONS: Coldwater Springs is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right, & drive all the way down on the frontage road where you can park at the pay meters.
Gather at the cul-de-sac, which is the Coldwater Park entrance.
All welcome. Dress for the weather, especially sturdy footwear. We celebrate the full moon in all-weather however the length of the walk depends on conditions. If it’s really cold or wet it’s a quick 10-minutes to the spring outflow gurgling from under the limestone bedrock Spring House built in the 1880s to supply potable water to Fort Snelling.
This gathering is free and open to the public.