Mysticism and superstitious beliefs have always surrounded the moon and her many manifestations – particularly when she is full. Luna is nothing less than magical. She is an entity to which religions pray, oceans currents bow, and physical bodies synchronize.
The Moon is truly a powerful anomaly. While man has walked on her surface and celebrated that momentous event in which we “landed on the moon,” mankind has yet to conquer her mysterious pull on the Earth’s surface.
Cultures from the beginning of mankind have made note of the moon. Native American traditions, in particular, have historically shown respect to the moon – in fact, the names of the full moon (still in use today) have their origins from the Native Americans. Below is a list for 2015 of the full moon phases and the dates they will appear – all based on Native American names:
Wolf Moon: Jan. 4, 11:53 p.m.
Snow Moon: Feb. 3, 6:09 p.m.
Worm Moon: March 5, 1:05 p.m.
Pink Moon: April 4, 8:06 a.m.
Flower Moon: May 3, 11:42 p.m.
Strawberry Moon: June 2, 12:19 p.m.
Buck Moon: July 1, 10:20 p.m.
Blue Moon: July 31, 6:43 a.m.
Sturgeon Moon: Aug. 29, 2:35 p.m.
Harvest Moon: Sept. 27, 10:50 p.m.
Hunter’s Moon: Oct. 27, 8:05 a.m.
Beaver Moon: Nov. 25, 5:44 p.m.
Cold Moon: Dec. 25, 6:11 a.m.
(above schedule courtesy of space.com)
Without a doubt, the mystery that encompasses the moon – her appearance in the sky and the color she takes on – has influenced sailors from centuries back. Omens have been rumored to surround the moon and certain types of magic are performed only the waxing or waning moon, depending on the spell.
The Déjà vu Chronicles takes its theme from the moon and her omens. My idea to use the moon in this way throughout the story happened by chance. I was walking my dog late one night and noticed an eerie glow that encircled the moon with tendrils that dripped from her surface – or so it appeared. Immediately Midnight Omen and Silver Moon were born. Within months, the moon had changed, and red patches were seen over her surface. I’m sure scientists can explain away the magic that was held within that moon but for me, it was another omen. Onyx Rising came about not long afterward, and I found historical documentation of the same everywhere. Some call it a “Strawberry Moon” while others talk of the “Blood Moon.” I call it an Onyx Moon omen and Kathryn (the protagonist in the book series) keenly utilizes these omens to foretell of imminent danger to herself and her loved ones … even the pirates with which she sails.
Perhaps the most powerful warning found in any text is found in the Bible – one of the widest read books on this planet and one that contains messages most take as from God. So what of this passage found in Revelations?
When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven … The third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star fell from the sky, burning like a torch, and it fell on one-third of the rivers, and on the springs of water. The name of the star is “Wormwood.” (Revelation 8)
(Quotation taken from Onyx Rising Déjà vu – book 3 of The Déjà vu Chronicles)
It might be well that we take note of the moon and never lose sight of that which our forbearers understood – there are mystical, powerful forces that surround the moon. She is one that is beloved and feared by many. Perhaps that sentiment should include us all.
Think of that the next time you gaze up a the moon and take note of her magic – perhaps she sends you an omen.