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Full Moon Lore
New Moon Lore
Misc Moon Lore
Moon Proverbs

Full Moon Lore

Turning your apron inside out when seeing a full Moon, wishes made, will be granted. 

The heaviest rains fall following the New and the Full Moons.

Girls in Scotland refused to wed on anything but a Full Moon.

Wiccans often practice magic at a Full Moon to tap into this energy thought to exist at this time.

Seed germination, some farmers insist, is much better just before the full Moon. 

Migratory Birds appear to follow the patterns of the Moon for timing and finding their path of migration. 

Zoologists in Alaska noticed that animals: bears, caribou, salmon moved at the Full Moon. 

A winter full Moon is a time for long cold snaps. 

In April, the full Moon brings frost. 

Sailors agree that the full Moon "eats clouds." 

Two full Moons in a month increase the chances of flood. 

A pale full Moon indicates rain, and a red one brings wind. 

A Christmas full Moon predicts a poor harvest. 

Full Moon is good to start a new job, and to finish old business.

During the full Moon, should stay away from an altercation with neighbors because they can cause lasting effects and serious problems.

Sick people not to look at full Moon, because they may still be sick for long time.

Never sleep directly under the full Moon, because it can bring illness and even death.

The Full Moon always rises at sunset.

The heaviest rains fall following the New and the Full Moons 

The Full Moon eats the clouds away. 

The feldspar gem known as the moonstone is said to become brighter and clearer when the Moon is full.

Never cut your hair, begin a journey, move into a new house, start a business, or cut out a dress on a Friday in particular, and especially if a New or Full Moon falls on a Friday.

If you walk nine times around a faery rath or hill at the Full Moon, you will find the entrance.

The ancient Egyptians said that the Dark Moon and Full Moon were the two eyes of Horus.

New Moon Lore

New Moon used for personal growth, healing and blessing of new projects or ventures. It's also a good time to cleanse and consecrate new tools and objects you wish to use during rituals, ceremonies or an up coming festival. This is also the best time to clean your altar. 

When the New Moon comes on a Monday (like today) it is a sign of good weather and good luck.

If the New Moon appears with her points turned up, the month will be dry, if the points are turned down, it will be wet - Old Farmer's Almanac

 It is unlucky to see a sliver of the New Moon though a window, you'll break a dish.

 A New Moon is a good time to get a haircut or for beauty treatments. 

The heaviest rains fall following the New and the Full Moons.

New Moon is not good to start a new business, because it will brings a very bad result. If such trade is done during the new Moon, the money will be fast and recklessly spend.

Bow to the new Moon, especially the first new Moon of the year, as a sign of respect. It is courting disaster to point at the Moon at any time. Turn a silver coin in your purse or pocket at the first sight of the new Moon to gain luck.

It is bad luck to see the new Moon for the first time on your left, or behind you, or through the branches of a tree. A new Moon on Saturday means foul weather. A full Moon on Sunday brings bad luck and toilers of the sea should not set sail.

The New Moon always rises at sunrise.

When the New Moon holds the Old Moon in its arms, (ring around the New Moon) disasters occur at sea.

The heaviest rains fall following the New and the Full Moons

Never cut your hair, begin a journey, move into a new house, start a business, or cut out a dress on a Friday in particular, and especially if a New or Full Moon falls on a Friday.

Misc Moon Lore

Should the Moon wear a halo of red, a tempest is nigh.

Many rings around the Moon signal a series of severe blasts.

A single ring around the Moon that quickly vanishes heralds fine weather.

When the New Moon holds the Old Moon in its arms, (ring around the New
Moon) disasters occur at sea.

Sharp horns on the Sickle Moon indicate strong winds.

When the Moon's horns point up, the weather will be dry.

When the Moon's horns point down, rain spills forth.

Blunt horns on a Crescent Moon presage a long spell of fair weather. 

The root word for both "moon" and "mind" was the Indo-European manas, mana, or men, representing the Great Mother's "wise blood" in women, governed by the Moon. The derivative mania used to mean ecstatic revelation, like lunacy used to mean possession by spirit of Luna, the Moon. To be Moon-Touched or Moon-Struck meant to be chosen by the Goddess.

When patriarchal thinkers belittled the Goddess, these words came to mean craziness.
Orphic and Pythagorean sect viewed the Moon as the home of the dead, a female gate known as Yoni. Souls passed through on the way to the paradise fields of the stars. Greeks often located the Elysian Fields, home of the blessed dead, in the moon. The shoes of Toman senators were decorated with ivory crescents to show that after death they would inhabit the Moon.

Roman religion taught that "the souls of the just are purified in the Moon." Wearing the crescent was "visual worship" of the Goddess. That was why the prophet Isaiah denounced the women of Zion for wearing lunar amulets.

Because the moon was the holder of souls between reincarnations, it sheltered both the dead and unborn, who were one in the same. If a man dreams of his own image in the Moon, he would become the father of a son. If a woman dreamed of her own image in the Moon, she would have a daughter.

The Moon Goddess created time, with all its cycles of creation, growth, decline, and destruction. This is why ancient calendars were based on phases of the moon and menstrual cycles.

The Moon still determines agricultural work in some parts of India. Indonesian moon priestesses were responsible for finding the right phase of the moon for every undertaking.

The Moon was to have been the receptacle of menstrual blood by which each mother formed the life of her child. This sacer, taboo moon-fluid kept even the Gods alive. The moon was "the cup of the fluid of life immortal, quickening the vegetable realm and whatsoever grows in the sub-lunar sphere, quickening also the immortals on high."

The Moon was supposed to rule life and death as well as the tides. People living on the shores were convinced that a baby could only be born on an incoming tide and a person could not die until the tide went out. It was often said birth at a full tide or a full moon means a lucky life.

Plutarch once said "wiccan priests called the Moon the "Mother of the Universe," because the moon, "having the light which makes moist and pregnant, is promotive of the generation of living beings.." The Gnostic sect of Naassians believed in a primordial being known as "the heavenly horn of the moon." The Moon was the Great Mother.

Menos meant "Moon" and "power" to the Greeks. To the Romans, the morality of the Moon Goddess was above that of the Sun God.

In many cultures the Moon Goddess and the Creatress were the same. Polynesians called the Creatress Hina, "Moon." She was the first woman, and every woman is a wahine, made in the image of Hina. Scandinavians sometimes called the Creatress Mardoll, "Moon Shining Over the Sea."

Ashanti people had a generic term used for all their deities, Boshun, meaning Moon.  Sioux Native Americans call the moon The Old Woman Who Never Dies. Iroquois call her "Eternal One." Rulers in the Eritrean zone of South Africa held the Goddesses name "Moon."

The Gaelic name of the Moon, gealach, came form Gala or Galata, the original Moon-Mother of Gaelic and Gaulish tribes. Britain used to be called Albion, the milk-white Moon-Goddess. TheMoon was called Metra, which means Mother, "whose love penetrated everywhere."

According to folklore, if the new crescent Moon holds its points upward, able to contain water, you can expect a dry spell. If it stands on its points, expect precipitation to spill out. 

Moon changing in morning indicates warm weather; in the evening, cold weather. 

What do the phrases "Moon rides high" and "Moon runs low" in the Almanac mean? As the equator wraps around Earth, so the celestial equator wraps around the sky. It runs in an arc from east to west, passing low in the south; the farther north one stands, the lower it passes. When the Moon runs low in the sky, it is the farthest beneath this equator. If you live sufficiently far north, it will never rise above the horizon at night. Similarly, the Moon will be unusually high in the sky when it rides high. 

When the Moon is visible in the daytime, the days are relatively cool. 

If on her cheeks you see the maiden's blush, The ruddy Moon foreshows that winds will rush.

Frost occurring in the dark of the moon kills fruit buds and blossoms, but frost in the light of the moon will not. 

A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry. 

Dreaming of a bright, waxing Moon is a sign of completion of a new and exciting project, but if its covered by clouds, you may experience some obstacles on the way to a well-earned reward. 

Most popular superstition about the Moon in the United States is: the Moon seen over the right shoulder brings good luck, the Moon seen over the left shoulder, brings bad luck.

It is a bad luck if someone shows the finger at the Moon.

Small Moon, usually bring an easterly winds.

If a large planet or star, is near the Moon, usually the weather will be violent. 

A common belief in the sixth century BCE was that the Earth was a flat disk floating on a vast expanse of water. The Greeks took this once step further, believing that the heavens formed a dome above, and the underworld formed a second dome below. A sphere, after all, is much more pleasing to visualize than a half-sphere. 

Anaximander of Miletus (611 BCE) also held this belief, but tried to explain the heavens even further. His theory was that the sphere around the Earth was encased in fire contained in tubes. These tubes needed vents, which were the stars seen at night. 

He tried to fit the Moon into this wild theory as well. Claiming it was a very large tube vent, he said that it constantly changed shape, creating the lunar phases. It seems that he had no explanation as to why the Moon appeared solid with fixed features such as craters. 

Johannes Hevelius made several contributions to astronomy, but is best known for becoming one of the first men to produce an atlas of the Moon. Produced in 1647, his atlas named the various features of the Moon's surface. Even though his system was superseded by Riccoioli's in 1651, his atlas was very accurate for its time. Unfortunately, rumor has it that his original engraving on copper was melted down to make a tea set. 

In 1824 Franz von Paula Gruithuisen theorized that the Moon's craters were formed by the impact of other space-going bodies. Before that, in 1822, he reported observing a city on the Moon. He claimed to see fantastic artificial works created by "lunarians" This city was supposedly protected by extensive fortifications. The "city" later turned out to be irregular ridges and jagged peaks. 

Sir Wiliam Herschel firmly believed in lunar inhabitants. In 1789, in his journals, he reported seeing many odd things regarding the Moon. Herschel also saw towns, forests, and roads on the lunar surface. He even went so far as to say he saw a circus! Weirdly enough, his son, Sir John, was later used in a huge Moon alien hoax in 1835. 

In 1835 a debt-ridden newspaper, the New York Sun, got a boost from a major hoax. Reporter Robert Locke made up a story of unbelievable proportions, yet people ate it up hook, line, and sinker. 
He claimed to have information from a good source that a Sir John Herschel had discovered a civilization on the Moon made up of bat people with yellow skin. Animals and plants, up to 130 species, had also been found. Moon alien fever raged through the general population. A group of ministers even made plans to Christianize their new neighbors! Finally, some Yale scientists traced Locke down and forced him to admit fraud. 

On a night in October 1939, a weather balloon caught fire and hit the ground near Strafford, Missouri. The next day, the local paper announced that the Moon had crashed and burned on a nearby highway. Not everyone believed it this time, especially when the Moon mysteriously reappeared in the sky that night. 

In 1942 a Mr. Weisberger declared that the geological formations visible on the Moon weren't really there at all. He said that what we were seeing was nothing more than disturbances in the super-thick atmosphere around the Moon. 

A man named M. K. Jessup theorized that pygmies traced their lineage back to Atlantis. Claiming that they were clever, he said that they had invented space ships. When Atlantis was in its last days, these pygmies supposedly jumped in their spaceships and moved to the Moon. These, he said, were the UFOs people were reporting. 

In 1951, a Mr. Ocampo spread wild statements saying that the craters on the Moon were the result of two powerful races who destroyed themselves with nuclear weapons of incredible force. 

Also in 1951, George Adamski, using a small telescope in his back yard, reported that the Moon was being used as a base of operations by aliens. He claimed to observe their comings and goings regularly. 
In 1952, Adamski said that he met a real Venusian in California. He published his story, and naturally people believed it. 

Howard Menger published a book in 1959 claiming that he made regular trips to the Moon on an alien space craft. He even had photos to prove it. His photos, however, were quite out of focus. 

In a book, Don Wilson claims that NASA is covering up alien activity on the Moon. He takes his claims a step further by saying the Moon is a hollow alien spacecraft. What he doesn't say is why they parked it here. 

The Roman astrologers of classical times considered the Moon sign of a horoscope to be of far greater significance than the Sun sign.

Marsilioi Ficino, the Florentine philosopher of the Renaissance, defined the planetary image of the spirit of the Moon as an archer riding a doe, a huntress with bows and arrows, a little boy, a goose, or a single arrow.

Diana, Goddess of the Moon and patroness of witches, was regarded as a demon by the early Christians.

Waxing: as the size of the Moon increases, its form takes the shape of the capital letter D: D for Daring. This marks a time for creativity, expansion, and development. You may glance up at the sky in the late afternoon to see the pale waxing half Moon beckoning. Later on as darkness falls, it shines like a beacon of hope in the west, raising your spirits and assuring the success of your ventures.

Waning: rising later night after night, the Moon diminishes in size, now assuming the form of the letter C: C for Caring. The time has come to relax, restore energy, and quietly dispel negative influences in your life. Banish fear, unworthy desires, and selfish motivations as the Moon wanes. 

Seven is the Moon’s mystic number, because each one of its four phases is completed in seven days.

Nineteen is a sacred number in Old Irish and Celtic lore, for the sequence of Moon phases within a single zodiac sign is repeated every 19 years.

The Mansions of the Moon, abodes of the soul, refer to the position of the Moon at noon on each of the 28 days in a lunar month.

The name Mount St. Helens means "Moon Mountain."

The word "create" comes from the same word-root as "crescent."

The horseshoe is a symbol of the lunar crescent. Certain ancient British coins had the horse and the crescent on them. For the horseshoe, and the Crescent Moon, to be lucky and hold the luck, the horns must be turned upward.

The natives of Madagascar call their isle the Island of the Moon.

The eastern Eskimo clans claim their people came from the Moon to Earth.

Moon Proverbs 

Near full moon a misty sunrise, Bodes fair weather and cloudless skies” ~British Proverb 

“When the clouds of the moon to the West fly away, You may safely rely on a settled fair day” 
~British Proverb

Pale Moon doth rain, 
Red Moon doth blow, 
White Moon doth neither 
Rain nor snow. 
Clear Moon, frost soon. 

A dark mist over the Moon is a promise of rain. 

A New Moon and a windy night.  Sweep the cobwebs out of sight. 

A Red Moon is a sure sign of high winds. 

And should the Moon wear a halo of red, a tempest is nigh. 

Many rings around the Moon signal a series of severe blasts. 

A single ring around the moon that quickly vanishes heralds fine weather. 

Sharp horns on the Sickle Moon indicate strong winds. 

When the moon's horns point up, the weather will be dry. 

When the Moon's horns point down, rain spills forth. 

Blunt horns on a Crescent Moon presage a long spell of fair weather. 

**Moon Rise Facts

The New Moon always rises at sunrise.

The first quarter rises at noon.

The Full Moon always rises at sunset.

And the last quarter at midnight.

Moonrise takes place about 50 minutes later each day than the day before. The new moon can not be seen because the illuminated side faces away from the earth. This occurs when the Moon lines up between the Earth and the Sun. 

Remember to harm none!!!!

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