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For the present there is just one moon, though every level pond gives back another. But the bright disc shining in the black lagoon, percieved by astrophysicist and lover, is milliseconds old. And even that light’s seven minutes older than its source. And the stars we think we see on moonless nights are long extinguished. And, of course, this very moment, as you read this line, is literally gone before you know it. Forget the here-and-now: your hand in mine, and we’ll live out our lives in it. poem written by Michael Donaghy chosen by Curtis Cleveland for this book


the moon The Moon is thought to have formed nearly billion years ago, not long after Earth. The most widely accepted explanation is that the Moon formed from the debris left over after a giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body. The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth and the fifth largest moon in the Solar System. It is 27% the diameter of earth and 60% the density, resulting in 1/81 its mass. The Moon is in synchronous rotation with Earth, always showing the same face with its near side marked by dark volcanic maria that fill between the bright ancient crustal highlands and the prominent impact craters. It is the most luminous object in the sky after the Sun. Although it appears a very bright white, its surface is actually dark, with a reflectance just slightly higher than that of worn asphalt. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art and mythology. The Moon has a solid iron-rich inner core with a radius of 240 kilometers and a fluid outer core primarily made of liquid iron with a radius of roughly 300 kilometers. 4.5

orbit: 384,400 km from Earth diameter: 3476 km mass: 7.35e22 kg The time between successive new moons is 29.5 days.

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The first quarter and third quarter moons (both often called a “half moon”), happen when the moon is at a 90 degree angle with respect to the earth and sun. So we are seeing exactly half of the moon illuminated and half in shadow. The “between” lunar phase names are: crescent, gibbous, waxing, and waning. The crescent refers to the phases where the moon is less than half illuminated. Gibbous refers to phases where the moon is more than half illuminated. Waxing essentially means “growing” or expanding in illumination, and waning means “shrinking” or decreasing in illumination.

moon phases The new moon occurs when the moon is positioned between the earth and sun. The three objects are in approximate alignment. The entire illuminated portion of the moon is on the back side of the moon, the half that we cannot see. At a full moon, the earth, moon, and sun are in approximate alignment, just as the new moon, but the moon is on the opposite side of the earth, so the entire sunlit part of the moon is facing us. The shadowed portion is entirely hidden from view.

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Second quarter: During the second quarter, plants benefit from strong leaf growth because of the increased moonlight. Plants that form seeds inside their fruit like peppers, tomatoes, squash and beans should be planted during this quarter. lunar gardening New moon: The new moon is said to help plants grow balanced roots. During a new moon, the gravity of the moon pulls water up in the soil, which increases a seed’s ability to germinate. Plants also benefit from increased moonlight during the night. According to folklore, the new moon is the ideal time to plant crops that produce their seeds outside the fruit like lettuce, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach.

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Full moon: As the moon wanes, the gravitational pull is at its highest, resulting in moist soil and decreased moonlight. These conditions are ideal for root plants including carrots, potatoes, radishes, onions and beets. According to a study done by Dr. Lili Kolisko in Germany in 1939, the success rate of seed germination increases a few days before a full moon. Gardening folklore also suggests that pruning is best done during a full moon because it encourages root growth.

Last quarter: During the last quarter of the moon, the gravitational pull and moonlight have decreased to their lowest levels. This is the ideal time to let the garden rest. During a tenyear study, Dr. Frank Brown of Northwestern University studied the effects of the moon’s phases on plants. Through his research, he discovered that plants do in fact absorb more water and moonlight during a full moon.

Folklore from the Farmer’s Almanac: •Don't begin weaning when the Moon is waning. •Fence posts should be set in the dark of the Moon to resist rotting. Ozark lore says that fence posts should always be set as the tree grew. To set the root end upward makes a short-lived fence.

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moon flowers Night-blooming cereus is the common name referring to a large number of flowering cereus cacti that bloom at night. The flowers are short lived, and some of these species, such as Selenicereus grandiflorus, bloom only once a year, for a single night. Ipomoea are called moon flowers because they bloom in moonlight. These are beautiful pink or white flowers that quickly open at night and last the entire night. They close when the sunlight touches their petals. The plant has a height of up to 15 feet. The propagation is by seed. The flower should by planted when the moon is new or increasing.

The Moonflowers were also a Bristol-based rock band formed in 1987. The band was active as a performing and recording unit until 1997. Famed for colourful and spectacular live shows, designed and built by Liam Yeates. They have toured extensively in the UK.

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mushrooms The Moon is supposed to play a very large role in mushroom “flushes” (a period of time when large numbers of mushrooms appear all at once). Supposedly you’ll find more mushrooms during the full moon than at any other time. The ancients considered Mushrooms to be under the dominion of the Moon and above all other growing things on earth, as they were one of the first organisms to inhabit earth.

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Ingredients: 100 gm plain flour 60 gm golden syrup

½ tsp alkaline water (aka lye water) 28 gm vegetable oil

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Preheat oven to 180°C (356°F) . Prepare the egg wash: whisk the egg yolk with the egg white. Sift through a fine sieve. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a small ball shape. Cover a dough portion with a plastic film and roll into a thin disc. Then take a lotus paste ball and poke a hole in the middle with your finger. Place egg yolk inside. Roll and shape into a ball. Wrap and seal the lotus paste ball with the dough disc. Spray the moon cake mould and place the stuffed moon cake into the mould. Lightly press the mould handle, then remove the moon cake from the mould. Transfer the stuffed moon cake onto a lined baking tray. Repeat this step to finish the remaining dough and lotus paste.

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Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Brush the moon cakes with egg wash, at about 5 minutes before removing from the oven. Continue to bake until the pastry turns golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Store in an air-tight container. The pastry will become soft and shiny in one or two days.

420 gm lotus seed puree/paste, 6 salted egg yolks 1 Tbsp rose-flavoured cooking wine

Egg wash: 1 egg yolk 2 Tbsp egg white

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Use a large bowl, mix the golden syrup, alkaline water and oil well. Sift in the flour. Use a spatula to combine all ingredients. Don’t over-stir. Knead into a dough. Cover with a film wrap and rest for 40 minutes.

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Mix egg yolks with wine. If the salted egg yolks are homemade and freshly broken from the shells, you’ll see the egg whites would turn opaque after mixing with the wine a few minutes later. Wipe dry the yolks with kitchen paper. Cut each into two halves. Set aside. Roll lotus paste into a long tube. Cut into 12 equal portions, each 35 grams. Roll each portion into a ball shape. Set aside.

A moon cake is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiujie). The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching, when mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Moon cakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival.

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So what makes moonshine different from the whiskey you find on the shelf at a liquor store? Aside from the obvious differences between something made in a sanitized production facility and something made at night in the woods, the primary difference is aging. When whisky comes out of the still, it’s so clear it looks like water. Moonshiners bottle it and sell it just like that. Commercial alcohols have an amber or golden color to them­—this is because they are aged for years in charred oak barrels. The aging process gives them color and mellows the harsh taste. There’s no such mellowing with moon shine, which is why it has such “kick.”

moonshine White lightning, mountain dew, hooch, Tennessee and Moonshine are terms used to describe high-proof distilled spirits, generally produced illicitly. Moonshine is any kind of alcohol, usually whiskey or rum, that is made in secret to avoid high taxes or outright bans on alcoholic drinks. The term “moonshine” comes from Britain, where it originally was a verb, “moon shining,” that referred to any job or activity that was done late at night. Because the operators of illegal whiskey stills had to conduct their business out of the sight of legal authorities, these backwoods brewmasters became known as moonshiners, and the term became exclusively theirs.

A common folk test for the quality of moonshine was to pour a small quantity of it into a spoon and set it on fire. The theory was that a safe distillate burns with a blue flame, but a tainted distillate burns with a yellow flame.

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LUNAR ECLIPSE partial shadow

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lunar eclipse A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned (in “syzygy”) exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can only occur the night of a full moon. A lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of the Earth. A lunar eclipse lasts for a few hours and are safe to view without any eye protection or special precaution.

blue moon The term blue moon is currently used commonly to describe a second full moon in a single solar calendar month, which happens every two to three years. Because they are so rare, the term “blue moon” is used colloquially to mean a rare event, as in the phrase “once in a blue moon”.

super moon A super moon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.

black moon The term can be used in 4 cases: 1. The second occurrence of a new moon in a calendar month. 2. The third new moon in a season that has four of them. 3. The absence of a full moon in a calendar month. 4. The absence of a new moon in a calendar month.

Black moon dates: January 30, 2014 March 30, 2014 Blue moon dates: July 31, 2015 January 31, 2018

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Lunar eclipse dates: April 15, 2014 October 8, 2014 Super moon dates: January 1, 2014 January 30, 2014 July 12, 2014 August 10, 2014 September 9, 2014


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harvest moon Most often, the September full moon is the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S. , and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe.

wet moon A wet moon (also called a Cheshire moon) is a lunar phase when the “horns” of the crescent moon point up at an angle, away from the horizon, so the moon’s crescent takes on the appearance of a bowl or a smile. A wet moon occurs when the crescent moon is near the horizon at a point more or less directly above the sun’s (invisible) position below the horizon. The terms wet moon and dry moon originate from Hawaiian mythology, where it was thought that the moon appeared as a bowl which would fill up with rain. The period where this is most common, January 20–February 18, corresponds with Kaelo the Water Bearer in Hawaiian astrology and makes the moon known as the “dripping wet moon”. As the year passes into summer, the crescent shape shifts, pouring out the water and causing the summer rains. After the “bowl” empties, it dries out and rights itself, creating the “dry moon”. Harvest Moon is also an album by Neil Young released in 1992. “Harvest Moon” is also the title track and has been covered numerous times and has been used in numerous movies, as it it one of the best songs of all time. From my perspective.

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Cancer June 22 –July 22 Fixing your love life is difficult when you have a Moon in the Cancer sign. You are always wondering about the past and left wandering down the halls of memories in your mind. When you feel secure enough in a job or relationship, you are the nicest person anyone would ever want to know. Insecurities can make you quickly lash out, though.

moon astrology Aries March 21–April 19

Leo July 23 –August 22

The Moon in Aries gives you energy to accomplish many things, but leaves you hungry for emotional support that always seems elusive. Sports and other competitions that have a clearcut win and lose to them are attractive because the emotional outcome has a certainty attached to it. Many lawyers, too, have the Moon in Aries.

A struggle over maintaining decorum and demanding to be treated well is the constant emotional tension for those with their Moon in Leo. When you try to help others it is through leadership and willpower that you make strides. When you try to help yourself, it is with the regal air of royal authority.

Taurus April 20 –May 20

Virgo August 23 –September 22

If your Moon is in Taurus your emotions become pragmatic. You have a cool side when dealing with hurt; this forces you to move on rather than dwell on things. You might develop thick armor to prevent people from falling in love with you. You are sensuous when someone breaks through and may be like a deer in the headlights when love comes your way.

Your Moon here makes for an attention to details and quick intellect. You don’t feel obligated to do things in a traditional manner and can borrow from many sources for whatever projects you are working on, be they scholarly investigations or masterpiece artworks from your imagination. Being picky about minutia, however, can drive those around you to run away from you and your organizational forays.

Gemini May 21–June 21 The Gemini urge to be absent when present is amplified with the Moon in Gemini. If your Moon is here, you talk a good game but will often be found scrambling to live up to your bold words. Chatty to the point of annoyance, you rarely reveal what you are really thinking and are often out of touch with how you are feeling.

You may be familiar with your sun sign, but do you know your moon sign? Moon Signs help define our emotional development, or express the unconscious side of our personality. It explains why we do what we do. You will need to look up your birthday online to find out what sign the moon was in when you were born. Websites are found below: alwaysastrology.com lunarium.co.uk

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Libra September 23 –October 22 Did someone call you an airhead? Your attempts at explaining what you know are often made more difficult by your need to remain on good terms with others. Diplomacy makes you second-guess much of your communication leaving people to think you are not the thinking sort. But your emotional life is rich with cerebral ruminations and you have a mind for information that others miss. Scorpio October 23 –November 21

Capricorn December 22 –January 19

The Moon in Scorpio allows you pinpoint precision about where your emotions are at any moment. Moving away from those emotions, though, is tough, as you can function with a cool demeanor no matter how angry or impassioned you are at any time. The power of your Moon is firm certainty, but this is also your weakest trait as you cannot see other points of view too well.

Being sure of how the world works and your place in it will make life so much easier to navigate. The day to day is never dull when you feel part of something so much greater than yourself. A commitment to the status quo can be disappointing when society responds to changing times and you do not. Flexibility is not a strong suit, but carrying on despite what others think is, so you will carry on.

Sagittarius November 22 –December 21

Aquarius January 20 –February 18

The adventurous Moon in Sagittarius loves to take a gamble and is certain that the adventurous life must be embraced. A blunt personality will form, however, and you cannot take some people too seriously once you have pierced the veil that separates casual and intimate. You have to have it all or you simply do not want even a taste. A soulmate search is successful, perhaps even a few times in your life!

This position of the Moon increases your mental activity, but robs you of the personal touch. You see your individuality as more of a corporation and relate to other people as customers, competitors or other branches of the same company. You are a great team player as long as your interests are being rewarded. Group efforts will always feature your name and picture even if there is nobody in your life to look at them and appreciate all you have accomplished. Pisces February 19 –March 20 The Moon can make you sacrifice so much for others when it lands in Pisces in your horoscope. The ability to put other people first and work around their schedules is your strong suit. Your love of escapism, though, might put you off on some other wavelength and a true chance to live your dream could pass right by as you stare off into the distance, dreaming your life away.

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Here’s a rough but helpful analogy: picture yourself swinging a heavy object attached to a rope around your body as you rotate. You have to lean back to compensate, which puts the center of mass between you and the object. With the Earth-Moon system, gravity is like a rope that pulls or keeps the two bodies together, and centrifugal force is what keeps them apart. Because the centrifugal force is greater than the Moon’s gravitational pull, ocean water on the opposite side of the Earth bulges outward. The same forces are at play as the Earth revolves around the Sun. The Sun’s gravity pulls ocean water toward the Sun, but at the same time, the centrifugal force of the combined Earth-Sun revolution causes water on the opposite side of Earth to bulge away from the Sun. However, the effect is smaller than the Moon, even given the greater mass of the Sun (greater mass means greater gravitational force).

tides The key to understanding how the tides work is understanding the relationship between the motion of our planet and the Moon and Sun. As the Earth spins on its own axis, ocean water is kept at equal levels around the planet by the Earth’s gravity pulling inward and centrifugal force pushing outward. However, the Moon’s gravitational forces are strong enough to disrupt this balance by accelerating the water towards the Moon. This causes the water to ‘bulge.’ As the Moon orbits our planet and as the Earth rotates, the bulge also moves. The areas of the Earth where the bulging occurs experience high tide, and the other areas are subject to a low tide. Water on the opposite side of Earth facing away from the Moon also bulges outward (high tide), but for a different and interesting reason: in reality, the Moon and the Earth revolve together around a common gravitational center between them, or center of mass.

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moon mix Blue Moon........................................................Elvis Dancin’ in the Moonlight......................Toploader Moondance.......................................Van morrison Song About the Moon.........................Paul Simon Bad Side of the Moon...........................Elton John Harvest Moon.......................................Neil Young The Moon................................................Cat Power Bad Moon Rising.............................................CCR Moonlight Drive......................................the Doors My Moon my Man...........................................Feist Sun Moon Stars........................................Mos Def Yellow Moon...........................................Pearl Jam Man on the Moon.........................................R.E.M Sail to the Moon....................................Radiohead Life is Simple in the Moonlight..........the Strokes Morning Moon................................Tragically Hip White Moon.................................the Whitestripes Black Moon.....................................................Wilco Space Oddity......................................David Bowie

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In different folklore there are many different ways that werewolves are related to the moon such as­— only being able to transform under a full moon, being able to transform at will but being forced to transform under a full moon, and sleeping with the full moon’s light on your face being a requirement for becoming a werewolf. The association with the full moon and werewolves likely originated in the association with a full moon and insanity. This is called the Lunar Effect.

werewolves A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope (from the Greek lykos, “wolf”, and , anthropos, “man”), is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shape shift into a wolf or a therianthropic hybrid wolf-like creature, either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction (e.g. via a bite or scratch from another werewolf). 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 face.

Some say sequels to the movie "The Wolf Man", a 1941 American Werewolf horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and directed by George Waggner, established a link between werewolves and the full moon.

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Moon has been a common shape-metaphor for the buttocks in English since 1743 , and the verb to moon has meant ‘to expose to (moon)light’ since 1601 . As documented by writers, ‘mooning’, or exposing one’s butt to shame an enemy had a long pedigree in peasant culture throughout the Middle Ages, and in many nations. Formerly, “mooning” was slang for “wandering idly” and “romantically pining.” Although the practice of mooning was widespread by the 19th century, the Oxford English Dictionary dates the use of “moon” and “mooning” to describe the act to student slang of the 1960 s, when the gesture became increasingly popular among students at universities in the United States.

mooning Mooning is the act of displaying one’s bare buttocks by removing clothing, e.g., by lowering the backside of one’s trousers and underpants, usually bending over, whether also exposing the genitals or not. Mooning is used mostly in the English-speaking world to express protest, scorn, disrespect, or provocation but can also simply be done for shock value or fun. Some jurisdictions regard mooning to be indecent exposure, sometimes depending on the context.

There is ample evidence that people mooned each other during the Middle Ages. One of the earliest known instances of mooning happened during the Fourth Crusade around 1203, when Western Europeans attempted to take Constantinople. As the crusaders’ ships pulled away after the failed attack, the Byzantines hooted and hollered and “showed their bare buttocks in derision to the fleeing foe.”

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Ovulating at the full moon means women menstruate at the dark of the moon, the time when the energy is more inwardly focused anyway. The average menstrual cycle is the same as the lunation cycle 28 days. Modern life with the artificial light and constantly bright nights has disrupted women's natural inclination to be in synchrony with the moon. The biological blueprint for women's fertility cycle is very different to how it happens now. Imagine the disruption this creates. Not only are women meant to be synchronized with the moon phases, they are also meant to be synchronized with each other. Like women are sometimes.

moon and periods The word “menstruation” is etymologically related to “moon”. The terms “menstruation” and “menses” are derived from the Latin mensis (month), which in turn relates to the Greek mene (moon) and to the roots of the English words month and moon. A women's cycle and the lunation cycle (moon phases) are the same cycle. Before electricity, women ovulated when the moon was full, and bled when the moon was dark. The pineal gland in their brain sends messages to our ovary, by hormones, to release an egg based on the amount of light our brain senses in the night when we are asleep. At the point of most light in the night, the full moon, we are programmed to ovulate. Women who live in the country are more likely to be in synced with the moon, as are women living in primitive cultures.

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Conspiracists have managed to sustain public interest in their theories for more than 40 years despite there being much third-party evidence for the landings and detailed rebuttals to the hoax claims. Polls taken in various locations have shown that between 6% and 20% of Americans surveyed believe that the manned landings were faked, rising to 28% in Russia. Even as late as 2001 , the major television network Fox broadcast a documentary named Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? claiming NASA faked the first landing in 1969 to win the Space Race. Since the late 2000 s, high-definition photos taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) of the Apollo landing sites have captured the lander modules and the tracks left by the astronauts. In 2012 , images were released showing the Apollo missions' American flags still standing on the Moon. The following are some reasons conspiracists believe NASA did not land on the moon. The waving flag, lack of impact crater, multiple light sources, the van allen radiation belt, the unexplained object reflected in the astronauts helmet, slow-motion walking and hidden cables, lack of stars, the “c” perfectly engraved in a rock, the layered cross-hairs in the camera, the duplicate backdrop—the two photos from the Apollo 15 mission shown above clearly have identical backdrops, despite being officially listed by NASA as having been taken miles apart.

moon conspirancies The Moon landing conspiracy theories claim that some or all elements of the Apollo program and the associated Moon landings were hoaxes staged by NASA and members of other organizations. Various groups and individuals have made such conspiracy claims since the mid–1970 s. The most notable claim is that the six manned landings (1969–1972) were faked and that the twelve Apollo astronauts did not walk on the Moon. Conspiracy theorists (henceforth conspiracists) base their claims on the notion that NASA and others knowingly misled the public into believing the landings happened by manufacturing, destroying, or tampering with evidence; including photos, telemetry tapes, transmissions, rock samples, and even some key witnesses.

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Examples of the belief have been found in ancient Assyrian/Babylonian writing. The term lunatic itself was derived in Latin from the word luna, meaning "moon". The "lunar effect" has been linked to the following: the homicide rate traffic accidents, crisis calls to police or fire stations, domestic violence, births of babies, suicide, major disasters, casino payout rates, assassinations, kidnappings, aggression by professional hockey players, violence in prisons, psychiatric admissions,agitated behavior by nursing home residents, assaults, gunshot wounds, stabbings, emergency room admissions, behavioral outbursts of psychologically challenged rural adults, lycanthropy, vampirism, alcoholism, sleep walking, and epilepsy. Many studies have been done and have failed to show a reliable and significant correlation between human behaviour and the moon. Although it is common to hear, "it must be a full moon," when people are acting crazy, there aren't any hard facts to prove this notion.

lunar effect The term lunar effect refers to the belief that there is correlation between specific stages of the Earth’s lunar cycle and behavior in animals, including humans, that cannot simply be explained by variation in light levels. A considerable number of studies have examined the belief: by the late 1980 s, there were at least 40 published studies on the purported lunar-lunacy connection, and at least 20 published studies on the purported lunar-birthrate connection. Several extensive literature reviews and meta-analyses have found no correlation between the lunar cycle and human biology or behavior. One study with strong experimental controls indicates a possible connection between sleep quality and lunar phases, but there has been no independent confirmation of these results to date.

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only font on the moon The lunar lander module, which to this day remains on the Moon’s surface, bears a plaque which proudly proclaims to any curious visitor in precise upper-case letters set in Futura Medium, “here men from the planet earth first set foot upon the moon july 1969 , a . d. we came in peace for all mankind�. Why was Futura chosen for the task of communicating this message? Well, with its crisp, geometrically derived letter forms, Futura speaks in a clear and calm voice of an exciting modern age. When Paul Renner designed Futura in Germany in 1927, he wanted it to be new and modern, rather than a revival (or redesign) of an old font. He believed that his typeface should look and feel modern, and Futura still manages that more than 85 years later.

moon diet A Moon Diet consists of a 24-hour fasting day in which you consume only water and juice. It must take place during either the full moon or the new moon. During the fasting day your body is cleansed of toxins, and you can lose up to 6 lbs of water weight in one day. Besides the potential to lose 6 lbs in a single day, this lunar phase based diet is also a great way to detox your body and improve your immunity. Consuming more fluids will call on the power of the moon, stimulate renal activity, and allow your body to lose its excess water. This flushes out the toxins that accumulate in the body due to unhealthy foods, bad digestion, and stress, and provides a detoxifying effect that will strengthen your immune system. (this is crazy and I don't recommend it, but interesting that such a thing exists.

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moon gazing hare The moon gazing hare is an ancient symbol of fertility. The hare is always an attribute of lunar deities. The moon-gazing hare was especially important to early Britons. In nature hares can be seen and in ancient times, often seen in this “moon gazing� pose. Chinese moon gazing hares were thought of as gazing up at what he sees as his ancient ancestor, the Moon rabbit in the moon.

the man in the moon The Man in the Moon refers to any of several pareidolic images of a human face, head or body that certain traditions recognize in the disc of the full moon. The images are actually composed of the dark areas of the lunar maria, or "seas" and the lighter highlands of the lunar surface. Various cultures recognize other examples of lunar pareidolia, such as the Moon rabbit.

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maya moon goddess The traditional Mayas generally assume the moon to be female, and the moon's phases are accordingly conceived as the stages of a woman's life. The Maya moon goddess wields great influence in many areas. Being in the image of a woman, she is associated with sexuality and procreation, fertility and growth, not only of human beings, but also of the vegetation and the crops. Since growth can also cause all sorts of ailments, the moon goddess is also a goddess of disease. Everywhere in Mesoamerica, including the Mayan area, she is specifically associated with water, be it wells, rainfall, or the rainy season.

the moon is made of cheese Though the idea that the moon is made of cheese has been around for millennia, it’s doubtful that anyone ever actually believed it, at least not academically. The earliest record of this bizarre notion comes from a medieval Servian yarn in which a ravenous wolf chases a seemingly-hapless fox, hoping to score an easy meal. Thinking fast, the fox convinces his pursuer that the moon’s reflection on a nearby pond is actually a block of cheese floating on its surface and that the wolf must drink all of its water to acquire the tasty treat. Guzzling and guzzling his way to the prize, the wolf eventually drinks too much and bursts, leaving the fox alive and victorious.

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The Romans admired moonstone, as they believed it was born from solidified rays of the moon. Both the Romans and Greeks associated Moonstone with their lunar gods and goddesses. It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other. Deposits of moonstone occur in Australia, the Austrian Alps, Mexico, Madagascar, Burma, Norway, Poland, India, Sri Lanka and the USA .

moonstones Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminium silicate. Its name is derived from a visual effect, or sheen, caused by light diffraction within a microstructure consisting of a regular succession of feldspar layers. Moonstone is composed of two feldspar species, orthoclase and albite. The two species are intermingled. Then, as the newly formed mineral cools, the intergrowth of orthoclase and albite separates into stacked, alternating layers. When light falls between these thin, flat layers, it scatters in many directions producing the phenomenon called adularescence.

Deposits of moonstone occur in Australia, the Austrian Alps, Mexico, Madagascar, Burma, Norway, Poland, India, Sri Lanka and the United States. It is currently the state gem for Florida.

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The Romans admired moonstone, as they believed it was born from solidified rays of the moon. Both the Romans and Greeks associated Moonstone with their lunar gods and goddesses. It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other. Deposits of moonstone occur in Australia, the Austrian Alps, Mexico, Madagascar, Burma, Norway, Poland, India, Sri Lanka and the USA .

moonstones Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminium silicate. Its name is derived from a visual effect, or sheen, caused by light diffraction within a microstructure consisting of a regular succession of feldspar layers. Moonstone is composed of two feldspar species, orthoclase and albite. The two species are intermingled. Then, as the newly formed mineral cools, the intergrowth of orthoclase and albite separates into stacked, alternating layers. When light falls between these thin, flat layers, it scatters in many directions producing the phenomenon called adularescence.

Deposits of moonstone occur in Australia, the Austrian Alps, Mexico, Madagascar, Burma, Norway, Poland, India, Sri Lanka and the United States. It is currently the state gem for Florida.

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Most of all the information from this book was taken off the Internet, mostly wikipedia. Hopefully you've learned a little more about the moon, some interesting facts and some zany. The moon might have more of an affect on humans than you may think, so maybe this will help to pay it a little more attention. And what more of a perfect time, than in the year 2014 when we’ll have 5 super moons.

book designed by Janine Merkl 2014

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