LUNAR FOLKLORE

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If the Moon is feminine in nature, how did we ever come up with the “man in the Moon?”

Even though this idea is often thought of as strictly an American invention, such is not the case.

The Sanskrit word for moon is “mas,” which gives it a masculine form, and etymologists have long debated over whether the same is true of the earliest Teutonic languages.

Be that as it may, the concept of the Moon’s masculinity is rooted in several ancient mythologies.

Khensu, for example, is a Moon-god worshipped by the Egyptians, while Sin belongs to the Baby lonians.

Chandra-a Hindu Moon-god-commandeers a silver chariot drawn by deer with antelopelike antlers as he races across the sky.

And, of course, there’s also Yuelao, Chinese mythology’s Old Man in the Moon, who predetermines the marriages of unsuspecting humans.

It’s said that he firmly binds future mates with an invisible silk thread-a thread so strong that nothing can break it but death.

 


In other areas of the world, though, the Moon’s gender takes a back seat to the roles She plays: those of sanctuary, savior, and bringer of swift justice.

For example, in Siberia, the residents insist that the figure on the Moon is that of a girl who’s been whisked away from the impending danger of an attacking wolf.

Scandinavians see two children rescued from a mean and hateful father.

His crime? He forced them to carry buckets of water all day.’

One of the most interesting Moon myths belongs to the Masai of Kenya.

They say that the Sun once severely beat His wife, the Moon.

To remind Him of His trespasses-and embarrass Him thoroughly-She consistently shows Her blackened eye and swollen lip to all She encounters.

And then, of course, there’s the legend of the Moon Maiden who collects the dreams and wishes of every living creature on Earth.

It’s said that She tosses these into a silver goblet and spends the night swirling them together before sprinkling them back on the Earth in the form of dew.

In this way, nothing important is ever lost or forgotten.

Like everything else, it only changes form.

Other lunar myths seem to concern themselves more with deities who either live on the Moon, or are in charge of its phases.

One such myth concerns the Germanic goddess Holle-sometimes called Frigg-who lives on the Moon and busies Herself with spinning the lives of humankind.

Another tells of the Chinese goddess Chango, whose husband was given a potion containing the key to immortality.

Wanting the gift for herself, the story goes that Chango stole the potion, sucked down every drop, and then flew to the Moon to escape her husband’s wrath.

It’s said that she now lives there happily with the resident hare who gave her refuge.

Then there’s another bit of folklore that has nothing to do with gender or deity at all.

Instead, it speaks of the ten-day period following the appearance of the Full Moon.

It’s said that each of these days holds a magic all its own, and that those who pay heed to the individual attributes and use them as prescribed below can expect to become very powerful, indeed.


First Day:

This is an excellent time to begin new projects and get new businesses off the ground.

It’s also an especially lucky day for babies to be born, as these children are said to live exceptionally long, healthy, and prosperous lives.

In fact, the only downside to this day at all has to do with illness, as becoming sick now apparently results in an extremely lengthy recuperation period.


Second Day:

There is absolutely nothing unlucky about this day; in fact, it vibrates toward riches of all sorts.

This is an exceptional time for both merchandise sales and bargain-hunting, and crops and gardens are also said to thrive if planted now.

 

Third Day:

This is not a good day to be born, for it’s believed that the children in question are not only likely to be weak, frail, and sickly, but will remain so throughout their lives.

Personal theft also seems to make the rounds today.

The only upside is that thieves are more likely to be caught in short order but whether they’ll be caught with your belongings is anybody’s guess!


Fourth Day:

If you’re planning to make repairs to your property or redecorate or remodel your home, now is the time to do it.

In fact, this day bodes well for anything having to do with building or construction.

It’s also said that children born on this day are very likely to embrace political careers, but that early training, especially regarding the difference between right and wrong, is imperative to their future successes.


Fifth Day:

Known as the “weather marker,” it’s said that the rest of the month will mirror today’s weather.

My sources also tell me that this is the best day of the month to conceive a child.

I don’t know whether this is true or not; however, if babies aren’t high on your priority list, a bit of extra precaution might be in order here

 

Sixth Day:

This is a great day to kick back, relax, and do something nice for yourself.

And since it bodes well for making memories, a vacation begun today could prove to be the most fun-filled ever.

It’s also said to be a very lucky day for hunting, fishing, and outdoor sports of all types.


Seventh Day:

Apparently, opportunities simply abound for finding that perfect mate today.

So, if you’re unattached and looking, get out there and see what this day has to offer.

You’ve got nothing to lose, and you might just get lucky!


Eighth Day:

Be very careful of your health today, for it’s believed that those who get sick today may not recover, and those who do are likely to be exceptionally weak for some time.


Ninth Day:

If you want to keep your good looks, don’t gaze upon the Moon today.

In fact, you might want to sleep in a totally darkened room, for it’s said that if any of tonight’s moonlight touches your face, the Moon will certainly steal away all of its beauty.


Tenth Day:

Patience is the keyword here, especially when dealing with children born on this day.

They’re not only said to be hyperactive, opinionated, and headstrong but may lack even so much as a shred of respect for any sort of authority.