Monsters and the Moon: Fact and Legend
The Full Moon Introduction
Do you believe a full moon has an effect on people, plants, animals, and the Earth itself? Well, it does in some ways, but not in all the ways folklore has envisioned it. Some of the folklore that has been passed through the centuries is: The full moon can make you crazy (Lunatic), you may turn into a werewolf, crime is worse because of a full moon, supernatural things happen, etc... Although, some of these happenings may be somewhat influenced by the full moon, usually there is another explanation. That explanation is that the moon is full, thus more light reaches the Earth, which allows people and animals to see better at night, so they can do things they usually do not do on dark, moonless nights.
Lunatic and the Full Moon
In Greek mythology, there were several women considered the moon goddess, with Luna being one of them, thus Luna is used as a definitive name for the natural satellite that orbits our Earth. Just as the god Sol in mythology gave us solar to describe our sun.
Also, borne out of this same Greek mythology, were creatures that were transformed from human beings during a full moon.
The Moon and Ocean Tides
Things that are definitely affected by the moon are tides. The moon's gravitational attraction generates what is called a tidal force, which causes water in the ocean to swell or bulge out on the side closest to the moon and the side farthest from the moon, and thus create high tides. It has even been theorized that if the moon's gravitational pull can affect the ocean, why can't it affect the water in the brains of humans, thus causing changes in behavior.
The Hunters' Moon is also sometimes falsely called the Blood Moon. This is due to the fact it rises soon after the sun sets, and is low in the sky at the horizon. It's at this time there's more atmosphere between the moon and you compared to when the moon reaches the top of the curve, directly above you. This makes the Moon appear more reddish
A true Blood Moon occurs only during a total lunar eclipse. This happens when the Earth lines up directly between the Moon and the Sun and hides the Moon from the Sun's light.
At this time only the sunlight that is visible around the Earth's edges can affect the air molecules that cause most of the blue light normally seen in a moon to scatter, thus causing the increased red glow from the moon.
Dust, smoke or haze in the sky may cause a moon to look red, but it isn't a true Blood Moon.
A Blue Moon is not really blue in color and is no different than a regular full moon. What creates a full moon is when you have an extra full moon in addition to the normal number of full moons in a season. This normally occurs every two and a half years.
A Harvest Moon is exactly what it refers to. It is the full moon that appears in early autumn at the time when most crops are being harvested. It got its name before electricity was invented, and its brightness gave the farmer more light at night to continue the harvest of their crops.
A Supermoon is not really super at all. Because the moon is a little closer to the earth, it appears to be much larger. This moon is actually a perigean full moon. This moon occurs 3 or 4 times a year.
A witches' moon is caused by broken thin clouds between the Earth and the Moon. This gives the moon a supernatural and creepy image. This moon may occur anytime within a year where thin clouds are present.
Bible Verses About the Moon
You can't rule out all the scary things that are said or read about our Moon. The King James Version of the Holy Bible has scriptures that refer to the Moon and the end of time. Here are four:
Revelation 6:12 - And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
Acts 2:20 - The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
Joel 2:31 - The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
Luke 21:25 - And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
When you look at your next full Moon, you may appreciate more for what kind of Moon it is, but don't rule out that some strange occurrences may occur during this time, whether real or imagined.
The Old Farmer's Almanac - https://www.almanac.com/news/astronomy/astronomy/what-blue-moon#
What is a Blue Moon - https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/blood-moon.html
© 2019 Gerry Glenn Jones