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.
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)
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.
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
TO THE MOON
Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth,
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)
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)