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Sit tight it’s story time: Subject tonight: The Moon

Posted in Creativity, Film, Life, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by vixstar1314

“Even the man who is pure in heart
And says his prayers by night
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the Moon is pure and bright…” –
Maria Ouspenskaya

(The Wolf Man, 1941)

During the night, we are aware of the gentle glow of the moon…………

Sometimes it hovers alone in the night sky silently.

 

wolverine_movie _moon_quote

Wolverine movie moon quote linked to Kuekuatsu legend:

Kayla Silverfox: Why is the moon so lonely?
Logan: Why?
Kayla Silverfox: Because she used to have a lover.
Logan: You tell this to the kids?
Kayla Silverfox: No.
[Logan laughs]
Kayla Silverfox: His name was Kuekuatsu and they lived in the spirit world together.
Logan: Oh, this is a true story.
Kayla Silverfox: Mm-hm. And every night, they would wander the skies together. But, one of the other spirits was jealous. Trickster wanted the Moon for himself. So he told Kuekuatsu that the Moon had asked for flowers; he told him to come to our world and pick her some wild roses. But Kuekuatsu didn’t know that once you leave the spirit world, you can never go back. And every night, he looks up in the sky and sees the Moon and howls her name. But… he can never touch her again.
Logan: Wow. Koo-koo-ka-choo got screwed.
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Logan: I thought you were the Moon and I was your Wolverine. Turns out you’re the Trickster, and I’m just the fool who got played.

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458525/quotes

 

Sometimes it is kept company by its shiny companions – the stars.

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Through science

The Moon’s origins still remain’s an unknown mystery. Ideas and theories have appeared but with no concrete answer.

*We do however know some information about the Moon:

*It hovers some 384.400 km (239,000 miles) from the Earth

*In the night sky, the moon is the brightest and is often kept company by stars.

*The Moon has a versatile temperate ranging from a melting +110 degrees celsius during the day, to a frozen temperature of -180 degrees celesius at night.

*The moon is ever changing providing us with an variety of views – full moon, eclipses half moon, occultations etc..

*The Moon shines by reflected sunlight as it passes through each of its familiar phases,

Religious association of the Moon:

Through religious views:

God created the Moon. God said — “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years.” (Gen. 1:14) God simply gave the order, and the sun, the moon and the stars came into existence in the sky. God spoke another word, and the earth began to orbit the sun. He spoke again and the moon began to orbit the earth.

Legend tells that, “if in the moonlight of Hoshana Rabbah, on the seventh day of the Sukkot, an individual casts no visible shadow from their forehead upon the Earth, then it is their destiny to die during the approaching year.” –An Ancient Jewish legend

According to Hinduism –every part of the cosmos is seen as an action of a God. Cycles are present with Gods, Demons and Heroes exists. The moon is represented by the God Soma. He rides the night sky in a chariot. It is also explained that “Soma” was also the name of the elixir of immortality that only the Gods can drink and hence the Moon would change shape as the Gods drink it. Allowing them to forever exist on this universe.

Japanese religion — Shinto. The Moon God Tsuki-Yomi was born from the right eye of the primeval being Izanagi. He lived in the Heavens with the Sun God (his sister) – Amaterasu. One day she sent him to be her representative to the Goddess of food, Uke Mochi. To celebrate, the Goddess of food offered him a wonderful meal, created from her mouth and nose. Tsuki-Yomi was so disgusted that he killed her. When Amaterasu found out about this, she was so angry that she did not want to see him ever again. So ever since then, brother(moon) and sister(sun) have lived apart, alternating in the sky. That is why the day always follows the night.

Folk Tales:

Since the beginning of time and humans folk stories have circulated around and been passed down to each generation. Each one telling a different tale, but one thing for sure is regardless of what century it was, the Moon has continued to fascinate people.

The Tale of Mawu – Who is the Moon God of the Fon people of Abomey (Republic of Benin). She is the Goddess of night, joy and motherhood. Mawu has a partner called Liza and they are forever linked in unity. Where Liza was the God of day, heat and strength. It is believed that lunar and solar eclipses are related to the lovemaking times of the celestial couple. This myth is clearly about the power of the moon, the sun, the sky, love and desire.

The Tale by Inuit people from Greenland – Where the Moon God Anningan chases his sister,Malina, the Sun Goddess, across the sky, but because he forgets to eat, he gets thinner and thinner and as a result symbolises the phases of the moon.

The Tale by Chinese people – Explains that the Earth once had ten Suns circling over it. However one day all ten Suns appeared together, scorching the earth with their heat. The Earth was saved by a strong archer Hou Yi. He succeeded in shooting down nine of the Suns. One day, Hou Yi stole the elixir of life from a Goddess. However his beautiful wife Chang Er drank the elixir of life in order to save the people from her husband’s tyrannical rule. But because of its special powers the drink lead her to float and flew to the moon. Hou Yi loved his divinely beautiful wife so much, he didn’t shoot down the moon. Legend has it that she is forever stuck on the moon, and once a year, on the 15th day of the full moon, Hou Yi visits his wife. That is why the moon is full and beautiful on that night as they are reunited.

The Tale by Japanese people – Tells that the old man of the Moon decided one day to go down to Earth where he encounters three animals: a rabbit, monkey and fox. He wanted to see which one was the kindest of them all. So he changed himself into a beggar and approached the three animals and said: “”Please help me,” he said to them. “I’m very hungry.”

The three animals said: What a poor old beggar!” and then they went hurrying off to find some food for him.

In turn they came back with the following:

The monkey brought a lot of fruit.

The fox caught a big fish.

But the rabbit couldn’t find anything at all to bring and he only usually ate grass. So the rabbit said to the old man “I don’t have anything to give you. So I’ll put myself in this fire, and then when I’m cooked you can eat me.”

Hearing this the old man was touched and quickly changed back and expressed his deepest appreciation and said: “You are very kind, Mr. Rabbit, but you should never do anything to harm yourself. Since you are the kindest, of all, I’ll take you home to live with me.”

Then the Old-Man-of-the-Moon took the rabbit in his arms and carried him up to the moon.

http://www.japanippon.com/fairytales/rabbitinthemoon.htm

Ancient tale of The Moon and Wolves: The Moon was once always bright and full, providing it’s children the wolves out of the darkness. Providing them with the ultimate gift of love and light. However the Wolves did not appreciate this and were ungrateful and selfish. Witnessing this the Moon felt dishearten and saddened by this so it begun to become dimmer and dimmer every day. Till eventually it did not provide any light. The Wolves were left in complete darkness. Afraid of this darkness and emptyness the wolves began to cry. However the Moon did not return. Until one small cub climbed to the tallest hill and began to sing for the moon to come back.
Wolf after wolf begun singing together. The Moon was touched by her children and their togetherness and cried small dots of light. (stars) She slowly returned to her children and said,
“For a day I will grace you with my light. But for a week I will take it away.”
The wolves, agreeing to this, now sing to the moon whenever she is full.

There is no one answer in regards to which folk tale is right and which is wrong, we learn to take each one as an interest, with a pinch of salt, by hearing the stories we feel alive, connected to nature to life. These stories and tales have been passed on through many generations; each story describes culture, time period, lifestyle, emotions and people. How they lived, and how they associate with each other.

Full Moon:

Some have provided information that according to statistics and research during a full Moon more people suffer mental illness hence the word “Lunatic”- from “luna”, the Latin word for moon – describes someone who is moonstruck.

The Algonquian tribes of Native Americans who relied on hunting and fishing to get food, looked up at the Moon to determine the harvest periods. It is believed that for this very reason that they came up with certain names for the Full Moon.

“The table below lists the names the Algonquian people used for the Full Moon during different months of the year.” – http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/moon/full_moon_names.html

Month Moon name Why that name?
January Wolf Moon Hungry wolf packs howled at night
February Snow Moon Heaviest snowfalls in the middle of winter
March Worm Moon Start of spring, as earthworms (and the robins that eat them!) began to appear
April Pink Moon An early spring flower called “moss pink” started to bloom
May Flower Moon Many types of flowers bloom in May
June Strawberry Moon Strawberries were ready to be picked and eaten
July Buck Moon New antlers of buck deer, coated with velvety fur, began to form
August Sturgeon Moon Sturgeon, a large fish found in the Great Lakes, were easily caught at this time of year
September Harvest Moon Farmers could continue harvesting until after sunset by the light of the Harvest Moon
October Hunter’s Moon Hunters tracked and killed prey by moonlight, stockpiling food for the coming winter
November Beaver Moon Time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to make sure of a supply of warm winter furs
December Cold Moon The cold of winter sets in

Even till this day we still look outwards into the night sky and high up knowing one thing for sure – the beauty of the moon shines upon us, lightening our dark skies, and to reveal calmness, powers and sheer mystery.

The moon rules the night sky but silently lingers in the background during the day. Side by side with the Sun. A unique pairing. They cannot both exist in the view of the public together, however they cannot live without each other so instead they are bound but at the same time separated.

Due to the depth of unknown aspects of the moon, we are left constantly fascinated by the sheer mystery, even though men have step foot onto the moon, we still want to know more. Like many things in life, we can never know everything about something. It’s different dimension and glowing shine keeps us guessing

Leaving you with a famous song: Moon River

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