Well here it is, my spooky, interesting blog. I have always been interested in ghosts – I think I have every ghost book available. I have never been frightened, only fascinated as aged five or so I used to play with a poltergeist! We named him (it) George and we’d laugh as the beds rattled – I thought it was like being on a rodeo horse! We’d clap when the doors banged shut and play hide and seek with the objects that went missing.
I ‘knew’ when ghosts were around and I was always sensitive to places and people and as I grew older I’d be asked to visit places to talk to the spirits and find out what the problem was.
And so, as you can see in this very brief outline of my life, ghosts and spirits have played a major role in my life and continue to do so. Our home is visited every day and orbs are seen in every photograph taken.
I know there are countless articles and websites and blogs committed to this, however I thought I’d put my own two penny worth in and see where it leads. ♥
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The moon is beautiful, surely nobody can deny that. When it shines within a starry night, be it crescent, full, waxing or waning, or a mere slither, it catches your attention. The moon plays such a huge part in everyday life. People through the centuries have worshipped this orb of light, creating myths and deities to explain its power. So let’s look at some of them.
First, I must mention the obvious – this month January 2018 – is a Blue Moon, Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse – something that hasn’t happened for 150 years. The 2nd January 2018 was the super moon, which is when the full moon is at its closest to Earth. This combination means the moon looked bigger and brighter than usual – can you remember? Still hung-over?!! The full moon today means that two full moons have existed within one month – blue moon. The lunar eclipse can be seen from most of North America, the pacific and north, West America, but sadly, not the UK, my country. February will not have a full moon.
The moon influences the tides, the ebb and flow of water. As we are made of quite a lot of water and fluids such as blood, we are affected too. Women find their menstruation changes to ebb and flow with the moons pull. Our bodies change, become sensitive, our moods change, and not just women. Men are affected also. Our sleep pattern may change. Our eating habits. I am very much affected by the full moon as I am a sensitive, empathic woman. Sleep is difficult as the full moon approaches and my body becomes sensitive to touch. Is it any wonder, those with mental issues are even more affected – hence the word ‘lunatic’ as people noticed a change in asylums as the moon became full.
‘Lunatic’ Late 13th century from the Late Latin, ‘Lunaticus’ meaning, crazy, moonstruck, hence – Luna – moon.
The moon has been worshipped perhaps as early as the first man and woman who stood upon the earth and looked up in wonder at the sun and moon? We do know that cultures that grew from early man began to worship the moon. We know Stone Age, Bronze Age, Celts, all worshipped the moons energy as archaeologists are only now realising the importance of many stone circles, burial chambers and standing stones that litter the world.
There are too many deities to mention here but those known to me personally are:
Hecate – Mother to Persephone. She is seen as the dark aspect of the three – She is crone, wise woman, associated with magic, the night and the underworld in Greek mythology.
Luna – A Roman Goddess is considered the divine embodiment of the moon. She accompanies the Sun God, Sol
Arthemis – Greek Goddess of the Hunt, Forests and Hills, the Moon and Archery. Artemis is known as the goddess of the hunt and is one of the most respected of all the ancient Greek deities. Daughter of Zeus, king of the gods and she has a twin brother, the god Apollo.
Diana – In Roman mythology was the goddess of the hunt, moon and birthing. She is associated with wild animals and woodland, and has the power to talk to and control animals.
Sefkhet – Egyptian mythology, wife of Thoth. She was also the deity of time, the stars, and architecture.
Selene – Greek mythology – A mother Goddess linked to the full moon. She is widely worshipped by Pagans today.
Depending on where the moon was within its cycle, different goddesses were worshipped depending on what they represented – Mother – full moon – maiden – new moon – Crone – dark side of the moon
Is it any wonder that the moon fascinates us? As it affects us so much, throughout time, we have tried to make sense of it, use it to make sense of horrors, natural outcomes, death.
One such horror – Werewolves or Lycanthropes – people who could change at will into a flesh eating monster – in the early stories, these beings could change at will, a full moon was not necessary. They used a wolf belt or girdle to begin the transformation. It is recorded that men were hunted, questioned and executed for being werewolves often like the witch trials, more often than not; they went hand in hand with them as witches were accused of being a wolf as well! – That was a bad day!
It shows us that people had a belief in werewolves, needing something awful to blame for livestock deaths, but also far more sinister actions – the murder of people. Some believe these stories grew from people attempting to make sense of gruesome serial killers who would eat the flesh of their victims.
What appears to be the oldest story of a werewolf is not a gruesome group of serial killings but an Ancient Roman myth. Ovid wrote the Metamorphoses in 1 A.D. He told the tale of King Lycaon (the origin of the word Lycanthrope) who offended the gods by serving human meat at dinner. Jupiter punished this transgression by transforming the king into a werewolf. In his werewolf form, he could continue his abomination of eating human flesh with less offense.
We know from Ovid that legends of werewolves go back to at least 1 A.D. We also know that since that time, the legend of the werewolf has evolved. There are werewolf legends that are obviously separate from one another and others that seem to build off the original concept. For example, the full moon had nothing to do with Ovid’s werewolf and other early werewolf legends. Werewolves changed shape at whim. It seems that as the belief in werewolves’ changes, the full moon became associated with them – almost as if the keep it under check – instead of rampantly killing at will, the werewolf is restricted to the full moon – then reverting back to a normal human being.
Whatever your thoughts on the moon, it cannot be denied that man and woman have found meaning for its existence. We sing about it – man in the moon (REM)– we create stories and rhymes for it, Luna Moon Hare (Wendy Andrew) A beautiful book– many believe we have stood upon it – I won’t go there!! But whatever, the moon is glorious and I for one worship her and give thanks for her power and beauty.
Enjoy the moon.