I love spring. Kids play outside. Gardens are in full bloom and antihistamines become the daily cocktail.
In spite of all the rain and sneezing, this spring just feels brighter. Maybe we have the moon to thank. Spring this year contains four full moons. Normally there are three.
April’s full moon (also called a micro moon or mini moon) was the smallest full moon of the year. It was just what I needed. Last full moon we adopted a kitten!
Our house has had enough crazy for a while.
That’s right. I just thanked and blamed the moon.
I’m not alone. Our culture is rich in moon superstitions and myths. You probably use moon references without a second thought.
My dad planned fishing and hunting trips around the full moon. I still refer to moon phases in “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” when planting a vegetable garden. And my grandmother believed burying a can of money in the yard would bring fortune. (Though I’m not certain that had anything to do with the moon.)
Face it, we may have evolved from marking time by moons, but they are still part of our daily life and vernacular,
Not all involve werewolves and goblins.
Here are three you may be familiar with:
Look at the new moon only over your right shoulder.
To see the new moon over the left shoulder is an omen of bad luck. New moon viewing over the right shoulder brings good luck.
Don’t stand in the full moon when you’re sick or sad.
The full moon will increase your condition.
Full moons make you crazy.
Words like lunacy and lunatic come from Luna, the Roman goddess of the moon.
Police and hospital workers report higher case loads during full moons, though there is no statistical evidence for it.
What moon tales or superstitions do you remember or observe?
Has spring been full of crazy at your house, too?
Talk to me about it in the Comments Section.
And enjoy Full Moon Spring!