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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I pledge my allegiance to The Moon.

I just can't deny the effect that The Moon has on me.

Since the first time I looked up to the night sky.... I have fallen in love with her, over and over again. She is the brightest thing in the sky and the one thing that guide us thru the dark night. She is more than the planet earth's natural satellite, she is a symbol , a constant enigma for the mortal ones. The Moon is like a magnet for mi eyes.

Late at night when the stars began to shine, I used to go to my balcony and spent hours looking at the sky.  The best part? when the moon is at its highest point in the sky, shining on everything but I feel I am the only one looking at her. It feels like your body is floating and the universe is ready to swallow me.

If you watch the Moon for too long, you will begin to feel that you are getting lost in her shine and probably you will never come back. People of some cultures often fear the Moon because there are many myths that involve her. The most popular one : the werewolves and the vampires, free during the night to kill everything they want but slaves of the sun. We cannot deny that -She- is the silent witness of everything that happens in the realm of darkness. Another quiet witness of mankind's history. The Moon appears to be the only constant thing in our lives, in the lives of those who walk at night and thru time.... unchanging, loyal and reliable, the only ones that will keep our secrets save forever.

There is such a fascination with her that we can find movies, books and art with The Moon as a main character.

-Myths about the queen of the night........

Werewolves are one of the creatures that we often see depicted in films about myths and legends of these "monsters". This creature is, of course, affiliated with the full moon. Typically it is believed that these are creatures that have human form but  morph into a wolf-like (typically violent) creatures when the full moon is in the sky. There are many different variations on this because of all of the books and movies that have been made about werewolves.

Various methods for becoming a werewolf have been reported, one of the simplest being the removal of clothing and putting on a belt made of Wolfskin, probably as a substitute for the assumption of an entire animal skin (which also is frequently described). In other cases, the body is rubbed with a magic salve. To drink rainwater out of the footprint of the animal in question or to drink from certain enchanted streams were also considered effectual modes of accomplishing metamorphosis. The 16th century Swedish writer Olaus Magnus says that the Livonian werewolves were initiated by draining a cup of specially prepared beer and repeating a set formula. Ralston in his Songs of the Russian People gives the form of incantation still familiar in Russia.

In Italy, France and Germany, it was said that a man or woman could turn into a werewolf if he or she, on a certain Wednesday or Friday, slept outside on a summer night with the full moon shining directly on his/her face.

This is only one example of some of the powerful stories that people across time and across the world associate with the moon. Using many different forms of symbolism, the moon itself has become a symbol for love, desire, change, passion, fertility, and violence.

Vampiric Connection (Wikipedia)

In Medieval Europe, the corpses of some people executed as werewolves were cremated rather than buried in order to prevent them from being resurrected as vampires. Before the end of the 19th century, the Greeks believed that the corpses of werewolves, if not destroyed, would return to life as vampires in the form of wolves or hyenas which prowled battlefields, drinking the blood of dying soldiers. In the same vein, in some rural areas of Germany, Poland and Northern France, it was once believed that people who died in mortal sin came back to life as blood-drinking wolves. This differs from conventional werewolfery, where the creature is a living being rather than an undead apparition. These vampiric werewolves would return to their human corpse form at daylight.

Mayan Moon Goddesses

The Mayan people have several stories about different moon goddesses. One goddess frequently associated with the moon is Ixchel who is associated with the moon because she is a fertility goddess. However, it is believed that she may actually be the “grandmother of the moon” and represent aging and the drying up of fertility in old age so she is most commonly linked with the waxing of the moon and not the moon at all times.

Selene / Luna

These are the names of the Moon Goddess in Greek and Roman mythology respectively. In the myths associated with these goddesses, the goddess is paired with the god of the sun. He travels throughout the day and she takes over the journey at night. She is typically considered to be a passionate goddess who takes many lovers and who represents the desire associated with the moon.

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