It is a wonderful sight the full moon. Nothing seems to conjure up more magic, myths and reverence than that golden orb rising above my tree line. For a while I am transported from my problems and left to watch in deep regard for this constantly returning visitor.
As it rises in the night sky a warm glow is cast over the farm and I’m sure the animals wonder when I will be turning out the lights. Even the roosters crow in the middle of the night when the full moon splashes through their coop window – hmm, perhaps shades are in order for the next coop renovation.
For centuries, cultures have ascribed magical properties to the full moon and in literature and art it is depicted in fascinating ways.
There are so many wonderful stories and myths regarding the full moon and it allows us to look up in wonder and let our mind wander for just a bit. Be captured by the majesty and magic. From werewolves to lunacy to love and lust and everything in between.
A full moon can bring a sense of calm to even the busiest moment – I’m sure the hustle and bustle of this old street scene in LA came to a standstill at some point to observe the moon.
I recently ran across this interesting “myth” about the moon and I must say it was not one I have heard before.
A rabbit dwells on the moon.
Intriguingly, legends from various traditions around the world, including Buddhism and Native American folklore, recount the tale of a rabbit that lives on the moon. This shared myth may reflect common interpretations of markings on the lunar surface—an alternate take on the fabled “man in the moon.” Shortly before Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, mission control in Houston jokingly referred to the Chinese version of the story, telling the spaceship’s crew, “Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning, there’s one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit.” Command module pilot Michael Collins replied, “Okay. We’ll keep a close eye out for the bunny girl.”
MOONDANCE LYRICS (Thanks Van Morrison)
“Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance With the stars up above in your eyes A fantabulous night to make romance ‘Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling To the sound of the breezes that blow And I’m trying to please to the calling Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush“
From the National Geographic Site – The October full moon will also make its closest approach to Earth on the 16th, making for a spectacular lunar event. Sky-watchers are gearing up for a super-sized moon that will grace evening skies this Sunday, October 16. The so-called HUNTER’S Supermoon kicks off a lunar triple play happening over the next three months. And if you miss this month’s Supermoon, don’t despair. The full moons of November and December will also be Supermoons. Next month’s Supermoon promises to be the most impressive, as it will be the largest full moon visible in our skies so far this century.
So – go look up in wonder and let your mind wander – enjoy the beauty, drink in the magic.