April: Gold Moon

Gold is an exceptional metal because it can be worked easily and is not tarnished by rust.

Since antiquity gold has been associated with royalty and high social status.

Gold is the material most South Africans associate with the mining industry. Gold production was the mainstay of South Africa’s economy for a very long time but that role is now challenged by platinum.

George Harrison discovered gold at Langlaagte in July 1886 in what is considered the first find on the main gold bearing reef. Gold had, however, been worked by South African indigenous people for many years before the arrival of the Europeans.

This early working of gold is clearly evidenced by the artefacts found at Mapungubwe where burials with gold jewellery have been dated to the mid-13th century.

The first Full Moon in April is the Diamond Moon.

The rare Gold Moon does not occur in the period 2020–2050. In the period 2050–2200, the Gold Moon happens on 2075 Apr 30, 2094 Apr 30, 2151 Apr 30, 2170 Apr 30, and 2189 Apr 30.

Further reading

Kingdom of Mapungubwe (Wikipedia)

Miller, D., Desai, N. & Lee-Thorp, J. (2000) Indigenous Gold Mining in Southern Africa: A Review, Vol. 8, African Naissance: The Limpopo Valley 100 Years Ago, Dece,ber, 91-99.

Heritage Full Moons in South Africa

MonthFirst Full MoonSecond Full Moon
JanuaryMantis MoonLeopard Moon
FebruaryDassie Moon——
MarchHarvest MoonOchre Moon
AprilDiamond MoonGold Moon
MayFrost MoonFire Moon
JuneSisters MoonHoney Moon
JulyMeerkat MoonProtea Moon
AugustPeace MoonDusty Moon
SeptemberSpring MoonBlue Crane Moon
OctoberWhale MoonElephant Moon
NovemberMilk MoonWool Moon
DecemberSpringbok MoonEland Moon

Protecting South Africa’s astronomical heritage