All Hail The Summertime Sun But What About That Gorgeous Moon?


Here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been 
a long cold lonely winter

Little darling, it feels like 
years since it's been here

Here comes the sun,
Here comes the sun,

and I say it's all right

First of all I must say that I love the summertime. After all, I was born during those sunshine months - so when the sun comes around to impress upon all its vibrancy “I say its all right”. Secondly, I must apologize for not having written a hub in over a year. It was not just due to laziness, I had some serious life issues to grapple with - but let’s now leave that behind.

Yes, it’s quite a great time when the sun makes its way into the summer season as it ushers in the longest days of the year when our sun, the source of our life force, makes its prominence felt. But I’m the MoonLetters lady so its my job to remind you of the beauty and the effortless majesty of our quixotic moon. Therefore, in my first returning hub, I‘m going to give honor to the moon by describing some of the details of her existence and her impact on our home – the earth.

Interesting Moon Facts

The moon is the only satellite of our earth. Its path circles between the earth and the sun. Being a satellite, it is not a star and as such it does not radiate its own light but rather shines, lighting up only the night sky, as a reflection of the sun’s light on it.

When we look up at the sky at night, we can only see a portion of the moon - the side facing earth and its always the same side, the rest of it is referred to as the "dark of the moon". The temperature on the Moon ranges from daytime highs of about 265°F to nighttime lows of about -170°F. Although these fluctuations in temperature seem extreme, they are more tolerable by humans than any of the other planets. With an astronaut suit, we can withstand its temperatures and safely survive on the moon.

A factor contributing to the strength of the moon’s influence is that it is the heavenly body closest to the earth. The moon can be reached in only 13 hours travel by rocket – which would take approximately 130 days by car. This time should be adjusted depending on whether the moon is closest to the earth – referred to as perigee or when its furtherest from the earth – referred to as apogee. There is a difference of about 32,250 miles between those two states as the moon doesn't revolve in a strict straight line.

To give you an idea of its size, its surface diameter can be traveled in only 3 days by car – its a little over one fourth the size of the earth. In fact, it is projected that because of its proximity and climate, humans will seek to inhabit the moon by 2018.

Importance of the Moon

Due to its effects on gravity, motion and light, the moon holds a position of higher importance over other planets in affecting our behavior. For example, the moon governs the ocean tides. Did you ever notice that when the moon is full, it causes the tides to be higher than normal? You may have heard that before but that is also true when the moon is new because during those times the Sun, Earth and Moon are lined up – these are called spring tides, for the way they spring up. The new and full moons happen twice a month lasting for about 2 days.

As creatures of the earth, we function in harmony with the earth and thus we are physically affected by the moon. The timing of a women’s reproductive cycle as well the timing of the mating of sea creatures all align with the moon’s motions. More births occur at full moon. In astrology, a full moon is read to be the completion of a cycle while a new moon is the beginning of a new cycle - so its recommended that you start new projects with a new moon in order to make use of the natural forces of the universe.

A lunar eclipse is when the shadow of the earth as it is passing blocks out our view of the moon. Usually this only occurs once a year when the moon is full but this year is special in that it has two lunar eclipses. We just had one on July 7th and will have another one on August 5, 2009. In between these two will be a solar eclipse. Like the lunar eclipse, an eclipse of the Sun occurs only once a year but it is at new Moon. While it’s a different month every year, its always within 2 weeks of a lunar eclipse. Because of their rarity, eclipses are special times signaling impending changes in our lives. The lunar eclipse is deemed to close off/end something happening on an emotional level or with a woman in our life (as the moon governs emotions and women). On the other hand, a solar eclipse changes something about our drive for identity... it stops one condition and brings in a new thing since it happens at a new moon.

As I write this, the sun is in the sign of Cancer until July 22nd. Since Cancer is the sign governed by the moon, I thought it fitting to discuss the importance of our moon during this time. Under the spell of the Cancer sun, we are all now feeling the need to be more nurturing, protective of loved ones, concerned with home issues and emotional - all characteristics evoked by the moon.

You Light Up My Night

In ancient times, the moon held a very prominent place for us as a major source of light and it gained a lot of attention in its movements as well. However, over time the Moon has been gradually moving away from the Earth. In the very early history of the Earth, the Moon looked about 3 times larger in apparent size than it does now, because it was closer to the Earth. And despite the fact that since the advent of electricity, we are less reliant on the moon for light in the dark, it still has the power to draw our attention as the best night show in town for free. A full moon is quite a hypnotic sight to gaze upon, as humorously demonstrated in the movie “Moonstruck”. The full moon gives off 10 times more light than a new or non-visible moon.

Our moon can cast quite an awe inspiring glow and carry us through much emotional terrain, that's why there is no doubt we have this love affair with our moon. These love letters are my attempt to capture that relationship. Stay tuned for more love letters as I cover all twelve signs and help you to find yourself in at least one of them.


The information provided here was obtained from the websites www. moonphases.info and
www.enchantedlearning.com


Musical Quote of the Day

We get it almost everynight
when that moon gets big and bright
its a supernatural delight
everybody was dancing in the moonlight

Dancin in the moonlight
everybody's feelin warm and bright
its such a fine and natural sight
everybody's dancin in the moonlight

"Dancin in the moonlight" by Van Morrison 

Parting Sentiments

The moon belongs to everyone,The best things in life are free…
The moonbeams that shine, they're yours, they're mine.
And love can come to everyone,
The best things in life are free

The Best Things in Life are Free  
Ray Henderson, Lew Brown and Buddy DeSylva

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