Spring Equinox (Moon's Milk Or Under An Unquiet Skull) (1998...b) [Coil...CD EP]

01 Moon's Milk Or Under An Unquiet Skull (Part One)
02 Moon's Milk Or Under An Unquiet Skull (Part Two)


Collected on Moon's Milk (In Four Phases).


Overall impression: excellent. This is the first of a 4 part series to be released this year in conjuction with the 4 seasonal equinoxes. It will cease to be available on June 21, the Summer Solstice, at which time the new single "Bee Stings" will become available. This disc continues in the same vein musically as the preceeding Coil oriented release, "Time Machines". The music is essentially instrumental drone based pieces, Parts 1 and 2 being much alike, except that Part 2 has the wonderful addition of electric viola melodies. Very organic and relaxing in nature. My only complaint is how short the running time is. I understand that it's a single, but just when you're starting to really get into it, it's over. However, it's a wonderful companion to the "Time Machines" disc. I'm really looking forward to the next 3 (and anything else Coil decides to release during that time period). - Mark Weddle


MAY: the Planting Moon or Milk Moon. The full moon in May this year just happens to be on the 11th at 14:29GMT (and it's in Scorpio if you care). Also found was the following obsolete definition in the OED: Milk of the Moon: A white, porous, friable, insipid earth, frequently found in the form of white farinaceous powder, but sometimes concreted into a mass, not unlike agaric. (Chambers Cycl. 1727-52) And as if that wasn't enough, there was also the reference to Italo Calvino's story in Cosmicomics titled "The Distance of the Moon," in which two men periodically travel to the moon when it's orbit brings it close enough to the earth for them to climb on and gather Moon Milk. For those who are curious about the other names of the full moons they are listed below:

* JANUARY - the Old Moon, or Moon After Yule
* FEBRUARY - the Snow Moon, Hunger Moon or Wolf Moon
* MARCH - the Sap Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon
* APRIL - the Grass Moon or Egg Moon
* MAY - the Planting Moon or Milk Moon
* JUNE - the Rose Moon or Flower Moon
* JULY - the Thunder Moon or Hay Moon
* AUGUST - the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon
* SEPTEMBER - ..the full moon of September is called the Fruit Moon. Usually it is also the Harvest Moon..
* OCTOBER - As the full moon nearest to the autumn equinox [in 1982], this is called the Harvest Moon.. Other versions of the rule are that the Harvest Moon is the full moon at or after the equinox, or that it is always in October...Farmers at the climax of harvest can work late into the night by the light of the moon...
* NOVEMBER - the Frosty Moon or Beaver Moon. As the full moon after the Harvest Moon [in 1982] this is called the Hunter's Moon...Since the fields have been reaped, hunter can ride across the stubble, and can see the fox more easily; also other animals which have come out to glean and can be caught for a thanksgiving banquet after the harvest..
* DECEMBER - the Moon Before Yule, or Long Night Moon. In a December with two full moons, the second of these title should apply to the second of them.

- Tim J. DuFour

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