Tonight there is a full moon. I love them. There is something mystical about them, something romantic. For ancient and latter-day Celts, Druids etc lunar cycles are important – for Celts, tonight is the Moon of Calming.
‘Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens
You have made them bright, precious and beautiful.’
By the moon we can trace the march of time – a lunar month being approximately 29 ½ days. The moon is responsible for two tides a day, it balances life on the planet, and it ‘energises’.
He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.
(Psalm 104:19, The Book)
Jews would recite a special blessing and verses of praise called the Sanctification of the Moon, or kiddush levanah, too. So, why not you and I?
And, then we see the face-in-the-moon looking down; a western phenomena. Ancient Chinese saw a rabbit, some ancient African tribes saw a frog, To really impress your friends, the psychological phenomena that causes this ability to ‘see’ faces where there are no faces, is called pareidolia (par-i-doh-lee-a).
‘The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.’