Moon Luck – Good Luck but Beware its Unlucky too …
Since ancient times long ago, many different cultures all over the world have been fascinated by the Moon. Moon luck, good or bad played a part in ancient peoples lives.
They charted its path throughout the year. It was used to determine important events here on Earth. Both the moon and sun were important in determining various events on earth.
The seasons, full moon, red moon, blue moon, and lunar eclipses are some of the common things ancient peoples took note of.
Depending on the culture, different meanings and associations were associated the moon. Of course you may not believe these old superstitions and they may not be true, but that’s another matter. Some people believe in other more difficult to explain phenomena unlike the phases of the moon.
Let’s take a look at some of the folklore associated with the moon.
Ancient Indian Mythology Concerning the Red Moon and Luck
The Hindu god Ganesh was upset because the god of the Moon laughed at Ganesh’s odd appearance traveling like usual upon a white mouse. That drew fury from Ganesh.
Ganesh put a curse upon the Moon causing anyone who looked at it during the fourth day of the fourth fortnight of Bhadrapad to suffer dire bad luck.
That also included false accusations from one’s neighbor. Ganesh also cursed the Moon itself, causing it to vanish from the sky. Later after the moon pleaded with Ganesh he modified the curse and made the Moon to vanish only once a month.
He also decreed that on the second fortnight of Bhadrapad, all obstacles would be removed from those who prayed to Ganesh.
Mythology and the Harvest Moon
The major religion of India, Hinduism, isn’t the only religion that honors the fall red moon. The Algonquin Native Americans also revered it. That time of year is why this full moon is sometimes called the Harvest Moon.
It was because it occurred at the time of year when corn and other important crops would become ripe. A Harvest Moon is the full moon that happens closest to the autumn equinox.
It is special because the time difference between moonrise and successive evenings is shorter than usual.
The festival of the Harvest moon is still practiced in some American towns, and is a celebration of Native American culture.
Still more customs and meanings of the harvest moon have survived since ancient times.
The Harvest moon also has other names.
Here are a few:
- The Chinese call it the Chrysanthemum Moon because of the illusion of the color change.
- It’s also called the Wine Moon since this is when grapes are plump and ready for collecting.
- The moon has been called the Elk Call Moon.
- Some native American Indians have called it the Full Corn Moon.
- Some European people may refer to it as the Gypsy Moon.
Some Moon Superstitions
In ancient times people had all sorts of superstitions. Different countries had their own superstitions. Some of these may still be believed today as are other superstitions.
- For expectant moms: In several cultures, expectant mothers are advised to stay indoors when the Moon turns dark for fear it may curse their unborn child. They should also rest from housework, since using a knife or other sharp object is believed to cause birthmarks.
- A red moon is the sign of war.
- People once believed the moon was made of silver, so they would ask the moon for help and jingle the change in their pockets, as they gazed at it’s glory.
- If you see a new moon for the first time on a Monday is will bring you luck.
- Some people believe that the fifth day after a full moon is the perfect time to try to conceive a child.
Some Good Luck Moon Superstitions
There are lots of moon superstitions. The source of many of them are unknown since many have come from antiquity. Even today some people believe in them as they do many other superstitions. For example there are people who believe in black cats crossing their paths bring bad luck.
- It’s a great idea to pick flowers and berries during a blue moon as it will bring more abundance, love and beauty into your life.
- If you see a full moon and it is a blue moon (or second full moon in a month), take a coin in your pocket and turn it over for good luck.
- The honeymoon is named after the full moon in June. This was traditionally the best month to get married.
- Full Moon is good to start a new job, and to finish old business.
- Seeing a new moon on a Monday will bring you good luck.
- The best time to make positive business contacts, enter into partnerships or make big decisions is during the period of the new moon. The new moon an auspicious time to start your own business.
- To assure an auspicious marriage, marry twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the full Moon
- Have good luck with the power of the full moon.
What about a “Blue Moon”
A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year, either the third of four full moons in a season or, a second full moon in a month of the common calendar.
You’ve all heard the phrase “once in a blue moon.” It’s a relatively new term. Here is a short video about a blue moon.
Some Bad Luck Moon Superstitions
In folklore there are many myths about full moons. These have led to superstitions surrounding this particular moon. However, it’s not just full moons that are the basis of moon superstitions. Some of the resulting superstitions about the moon are lucky.
Some are unlucky and those are the ones we are concerned with here. Some of the resulting unlucky moon superstitions are listed below.
- Full moons make you crazy.
- It was once thought that to sleep under direct moonlight would cause a person to go mad or blind.
- A Full Moon will transform a man into a werewolf.
- The most common myth surrounding the moon is that the full moon evokes madness.
- Although the full moon has not been proved to directly affect our mental state, 80% of nurses and 63% of doctors said they saw more patients with mental health problems during a full moon than at any other time.
- Watch out for this: Friday the 13th and also a full moon.
So what are your thoughts about moon superstitions?
Are there any that you believe?
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