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Moon Lore for Thousands of Years, Ancient Hunters, Lovers, Priests,

Moon Lore for Thousands of Years, Ancient Hunters, Lovers, Priests,

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Moon LoreFor thousands of years, ancient hunters, lovers, priests, farmers and wanderershave watched the moon for signs of what would be. Repeating patterns in the naturalworld were found to coincide with the changing phases and celestial position of themoon. Once recognized, such repeating patterns became predictable, and moon lore became common.Weather was one of the most important concerns to the ancient people of our  planet. Sailors relied on lunar weather predictions to guide their travels, and farmers, totime their planting and harvesting. Consider, for example, these old folk sayings:A sallow moon,Brings rain soon.Shinning moon of red cast,Calm seas will not last.Warm days, cool nights,A bright white moon,And stars of light.A full moonrise with a ring,Clouds will rain and thunder sing.When around the moon a ring does glow,The clouds will rain, and the wind will blow.A clear moon in spring or fall,Soon will bring a frost to call.A full moon overhead in clear sight, Nice days will reign a full fortnight.Full moon hidden by noon sun,The coming skies will be uncertain.Four days, no shadow is cast from the moon,Four days of foul weather follows soon.Within four days a new moon shadow is cast,Good weather will last and last.A blue moon in the month of May,Severe weather is here to stay.Another month with a blue moon,Inclement weather follows soon.
 
An equinox moon, full in spring,Stormy skies it quickly brings.Flowers in May, when spring showers stay,First harvest is late, when spring showers wait.The crescent moon’s horns lost in the night,Brings wet weather before full moon’s light.When the moon’s obscure at her core,The full moon doth rain more and more.The moon surrounded by a ring,A howling storm it will bring,Count of stars the ring does hold,The number of days of rain and cold.The moon, a ring does surround,Worry and trouble will soon be found.Blood on the moon, cloudy red, Nightmares on your dreams will tread.An April full moon, so pretty and bright,The ground will be frozen by first morning’s light.A full moon in winter, no clouds in sight – Short cold days, long cold nights.A winter full moon, cold snaps are long; New moon warming, rising at dawn.BirthAlthough some ancient cultures attributed masculine qualities to the moon, mostcultures consider the Sun masculine and the Moon feminine. The moon phases follow amonthly cycle, similar to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Births seem to occur more oftenaround a full moon. From these observations, other correlations were added to the litanyof moon lore. These include lunar links with becoming pregnant, predetermining the sexof a child, and a baby’s sleep cycle.A maiden under a full moon lies, Naked, praying to the skies.On the new moon, a child will form,And in nine months, she will be born.
 
The new moon sets with the sun,The newborn’s mother’s work is done;Sunset with the full moon rise,All night long, the baby cries.A newborn’s mother, soon to be,And laying naked under an apple tree,The full moon light,On the baby doth shine,And will be born in three days time. New moon, sleep all night,Baby will rest, mother’s delight.Full moon, bright and clear,Baby will dance and play and cheer.Full moon,Baby soon.Full moon rise,Baby no surprise.The forth full moon, and from behind,Pregnancy is a notable sign.A girl will be born in half year,The tenth full moon and birth is near.The fourth full moon and from behind, No baby is shown, a masculine sign.The tenth full moon no water break,A boy will be born and he will be late.PlantingAncient farmers considered the phases of the moon and the moon signs prior to planting, weeding, or harvesting. Milk production was thought to increase on the fullmoon, and the full moon nearest the Spring – Equinox meant the first fresh milk of theseason. Mating of farm animals was thought to be more productive under the full moon;however the quality of the farm animals was considered the best when birthed under awaxing moon.Spring full moon, lactating ewes,From the farmer spread the news,Fresh milk doth come this nightAnd can be had at first dawn’s light.

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