Moon Facts, Myths and Mythology

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The moon is a subject that is of continuous interest in science and in the minds of ordinary people. In mythology, there are gods and goddesses that represent the lunar body such as Luna and Isis. NASA is responsible for most of the information known about the moon and is well-known for having put man upon its surface. To some, the celestial entity is a mystery. To others, it is a symbol that represents the life cycle. It is believed that there are still things not known about the moon for there have been many a discovery and theory based off scientific thought. There is even a myth that stems from how individuals behave on the full moon of the month. According to the notes and study of science the moon is approximately 4.5 billion years old. And, when it comes to light (even though it is only reflected sun light), it is recognized as the brightest and most natural light source known to mankind. These are just some of the moon facts, myths and mythology we know about.

A lunar eclipse is considered to be part of moon facts, myths and mythology. A lunar eclipse is the phase of the full moon when it appears to vanish from the sky and reappear. This is caused by the moon passing behind the earth, and vanishing into its umbra for a short period of time. In other words the moon is being covered by the shadow of Planet Earth because during this time the sun, moon, and earth are in alignment. Lunar eclipses have been known to cause excitement and sometimes fear, the fear stemming from the blood moon. The most recent eclipse happened on April 15 of this year and the next one is said to occur in October of this year.

In Egyptian mythology, Isis is said to be the goddess of many things including Goddess of the Moon and to have the abilities of magic. There is a myth in China that there is a moon for each month of the year and that these moons were made from water. Ancient Rome had many gods and goddesses including Luna, the Lunar Goddess. Luna (also known as Selene or Mene) was said to be the personified “being” of the celestial body. And within Wicca, a religion that is centered around nature, the moon has powerful energy for cleansing and protection magic. Another known myth that surrounds the moon is that it changes in size during the year. There is a story that goes along with this myth that Annigan chased his sister who represented the sun and because of the lack of nutrients such as food, Annigan became thinner. The story is said to explain the lunar phases.

The phases of this space entity is one of the more popular moon facts, myths, and mythology. These phases last for about three weeks out of four of any given month. This is scientifically proven; however, there are times when a second full or new moon will appear. These two phases of the moon are called the Blue Moon and the Black Moon. Four major phases are known: new, quarter, full, and second quarter, the minor phases being the waxing and waning moon.

The moon is known to be a part of keeping the balance of things upon earth. Things like the ocean have been seen to be affected, the tide heavier on the full phase than on the others. It is the same effect the sun plays within the balance of nature for without it there would be no warmth, no light, and not much life on the planet. Out of all the moon facts, myths, and mythology this could potentially be the most important one.

By Isis E. Stevens

Lunar Eclipse
Moon Goddess