Moon words



They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon, the moon.

Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat.

I’ve tried a few times to take a good photo of the moon, and as we able to see a super moon at the moment I thought I would try again. Try being the operative word! The main problem is that I really need to go to sleep, so I’m too tired and lazy to use a tripod. So as last nights effort left a lot to be desired I’m sharing a few little quotes and facts instead.
Eskimos believe that the moon influences fertility, if a woman bathes her naked belly in its light she will fall pregnant.
The fact that sometimes there are two full moons in a calendar month gives rise to the expression ‘once in a blue moon’, metaphorically a rare event.
There is a town in Ontario, Canada called Moonbeam – I want to go there!
Scrolls from Mesopotamia mention a lunar eclipse in 2283bc.
With some exceptions, the moon is usually considered to be feminine.
Many moon songs have been written, do you have a favourite? Mine is probably Moondance by Van Morrison.
Many gardeners work with the moon cycle, for instance if you want a tree to grow strong and healthy, its best to plant it during a rising, waxing moon, just after the first quarter and best of all, in the night.
Lavender should be planted in the first quarter, then it will have the most intense fragrance.
One of my favourite flowers, and the one my perfume contains, is the flower of night mystery. It’s said that the souls of the moon inhabit its blossoms.

Human Beings
The various aspects of the Moon stimulate physical humors and maladies, since it would seem that the condition of lunatics is more serious during one phase of the moon than another

Bartholomaeus Angelicus

Angelicus may have been right, crime rates seem to rise at full moon.

An old wives tale says that we should have our hair cut during the full moon for the best effect on its beauty and condition.
Surgeons in ancient Rome observed that blood flowed more profusely during full moon.

At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door
and open the love-window.
The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.


I’ve never really posted quotes before, I hope some are new to you, and here is the photo I took last night, I’ll keep practicing!




12 thoughts on “Moon words

  1. I’ve only heard one or two of these quotes. Thanks. I had no idea so much thought has been given to the moon.
    What I found about your photo is it appears to move. šŸ˜€ A nice trick. Maybe it’s all that black and my sole concentration the moon. Nothing wrong with this picture. I think it’s awesome. ā¤

  2. Oh, I just love it Gilly! I am not much into night photography, but you really created a lovely moonscape. It looks like something that belongs on the cover of a novel. šŸ˜€

  3. Lovely post! I had to look.. Moonbeam is WAY farther north than I’ve ever been. Plan a late summer, early fall trip šŸ˜‰ catch the fall leaves and avoid the snow!!
    You’re photo is breath taking!!!

  4. Brava you – getting up for the shot, and getting up a blog about it. Me – got up to my elbow and quailed at the cold ā€¦ Super Moon photography will have to wait for a summer occasion, I’m afraid šŸ™‚

  5. That is a great moon shot. I enjoyed the quotes too. Funny how we wonder if the moon is responsible for behaviour. As a teacher quiet kids are a little crazy and when you discover its a full moon it seems to always be the ‘reason’.

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