a-roving on the wane and sane

The cup is full and sometimes it runneth over.  The moon has always been, since the dawn of the human being, a symbol of love, and a pervasive theme  among artists such as poets, novelists and writers and painters within a broader study of light and darkness and all it represents.Part of the fascination is that the influence of full moons on the human mind is a mystery. There is a common perception of “something” ,certain mystics speak of it in the spiritual high, a quasi-redemptive moment and social scientists have been party to  many studies that try to explore the effect of full moon on positive and negative sides of human behavior.

Turner. Fisherman at sea. 1796.---Read More:http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/william-turner/fishermen-at-sea

Obviously spirituality associated with the moon is impossible to measure although adherents to a lunar calendar stake their assertions on a near messianic basis whereas in counterpart, atheists and the secular can advance a materialistic conception, scientific, that precludes non-quantifiable metrics, reducing the nature of the moon to a rocks and minerals basis. Nonethless the link between the moon and spirituality is long standing, even if critics can call it junk theology or junk theism. Part of the problem is studying the full moon while neglecting the opposite consideration: the new moon, where there is a brief moment of no light, followed by that “blink of an eye” arising of the new moon in its nascent shimmer. A powerful symbol of renewal touching on profound levels of individual quality: from exile, liberation, redemption and so on. Incompatible with scientific rationalism. In the exodus from Egypt the crossing of the Red Sea was said to occur at the conjunction of the new moon…

…According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), ‘supermoon’ is a situation when the moon is slightly closer to Earth than it normally is, and this effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon. So, the moon may seem bigger, although the difference in its distance from Earth is only a few percent at such times….( Sky News)

Paul Delvaux. Phases of the Moon. 1939. ---Super moons happen when the satellite's closest approach to the Earth during its orbit - known as perigee - coincides with a full moon. The "perigee moon", as it is known scientifically, is as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons this year, says Nasa Science. During Sunday's perigee - the closest point of orbit - the moon was calculated to be 221,801 miles from Earth minutes after the official full moon phase at 4.35am BST.---Read More:http://news.sky.com/home/strange-news/article/16222097

The Jewish observants follow the pulse  of the lunar calendar,which identifies with the moon and its constant fluctuations, as opposed to the secular or solar calendar. Different Christian calendars are also lunar; but in the Jewish tradition fifteen days after the new moon, the luminosity has increased to its maximum level; “the disk is full”, as was the house of Israel representing fifteen generations from Abraham through to Solomon. And after the fifteenth day of the lunar month, the moons begins to wane, and so to the Jewish people after Solomon’s generation. the Normandy invasion at WW2 occurred during both a full moon and low tide, and the Six Day War,beginning the 5th of June, 1967 was at the -33º mark or 330rd degree until the New Moon three days later; Jerusalem was captured from the Jordanians by the end of the Sabbath….

( sky news ) …There are several superstitions and rumours about such occurrence, as the supermoons of 1955, 1974, 1992, 2005 and 2011 were followed by extreme weather and natural disasters. From extreme coastal tides to severe storms, powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the entire natural world surges under the sway of the ‘supermoon’ alignment. Adding to these fears is the fact that the 2005 ‘supermoon’ was followed, within days, by a 9.2 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia that took hundreds of thousands of lives. Last year, just nine days before another ‘supermoon’, came the Japanese earthquake, killing thousands of people and triggering a horrific tsunami. It is said to be the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded in living memory.

---Everything from increases in violent crime and psychotic behavior to stock market fluctuations has been blamed on the effects of the fully illuminated moon. In 19th-century England, lawyers used the "guilty by reason of the full moon" defense to claim that their "lunatic" clients could not be held accountable for acting under the moon's influence. In his 1978 best seller, How the Moon Affects You, psychiatrist Arnold Lieber argued rather unscientifically that the moon has an effect on the human body (which is 65 percent water) that is similar to its pull on the ocean's tides. Despite these many assert

, scientists who have investigated the matter have come up empty-handed.---Read More:http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200502/full-moon-crazy


We’ll Go No More A-Roving

Though the night was made for loving
And the day returns too soon
Yet we’ll go no more a-roving
By the light of the moon



Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth,
Wandering companionless
Among the stars that have a different birth,
And ever changing, like a Joyless eye
That finds no object worth its constancy?

By Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)


Read More:http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/10298-two-men-contemplating-the-moon-caspar-david-friedrich.html ---Two Men Contemplating the Moon Author : CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH Date :1819-20 Technique :Oil on canvas, 35 x 44 cm Type :landscape Form :painting Location :Gem?ldegalerie, Dresden---

The moon and the sun were created equal, but the moon was jealous and complained that the heavens and earth could not have two luminaries of equal size. Because of this, as well as the fact that the moon had unlawfully intruded into the sphere of the sun (i.e. the moon is sometimes visible by day), the moon was diminished. G-d then appeased the moon by surrounding it with stars, like a viceroy is encircled by his assistants. (Bereishit Rabba 6:3, 4; Pirkei d’Rabbi Eliezer 6)

Image: http://judaica-art.com/judaica-artists/elena-flerova/elena-flerova-watching-the-moon-jewish-art-oil-painting/prod_937.html Read More:http://viewzone2.com/exodus.html --- This phenomenon could only occur at maximum high and low tides, when the moon and the sun are in conjunction -- during the new moons. Since this phenomenon had scant practical value, probably no one prior to Moses bothered to establish its cause, duration, or recurrence. Moses must have come to know this phenomenon during his flight into the Sinai (Ex. 2,15); it must have impressed him so much as to induce his return year after year in order to study it more thoroughly. It should not have been difficult for him to understand the mechanics of it, closely bound as it was to the lunar phases and solar movements. In order to complete his plan Moses had to know the day and hour in which the sand banks would emerge, and the hour in which they would again disappear.---

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