2018 is Howling tonight! The First Wolf Moon reminds us of the Medieval Beowulf and Vampire legend’s, don’t forget to see the Full moon tonight as it shows how Literature saved the earliest human imitation of world.
There is a mysterious, Astronomer within me which keeps me awake sometimes in middle of the night just to stare out in the dark gloomy sky filled with dozens of stars and the majestic moon. How great is our universe, Ah, we cannot it even grasp its vastness in a single life time. To me these are the things which really disturbs me .This insatiable quest to know more and to investigate will always follow on just like our ancestors did it before.
Lets get to the point,
A full moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated as seen from Earth. This occurs when Earth is located directly between the Sun and the Moon (more exactly, when the ecliptic longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees.
As I was reading a blog recently on Live science.com. They reported that Sky watchers, take note! On Jan. 1, 2018, Earth will be closest to the moon , according to EarthSky.org. The moon will be full at 9:24 p.m. EST (0224 GMT on Tuesday Jan. 2).
Moon myths as we all have been watching this in cartoons and movies:
The Full Wolf Moon gets its name from the hungry wolves that would howl outside Native American villages during these January full moons. As we are all aware how moon affect wild animals it has the same effect on humans as well. We all have watched many movies on Beowulf and vampires, like the famous “Twilight movie series”, “Blade” The Underworld series” and T.V series like vampire dairies and teen wolf.
Moon has always been of great interest for Humans:
I always wonder what the first Nomadic human being must have thought about Moon. Obviously they must have started worshiping it as we may guess, well! it is recorded in history. What is more interesting and fascinating is when we see its influence on Literature, which is filled with all sorts of legends and mythology’s.
“Beowulf” The Medieval Mythology:
The earliest phase of English literature started with Anglo-Saxons even before they occupied Britain. When they used to live at the coasts of Sweden, Denmark etc. The fearless, adventurous savage tribes. Though much of the Anglo-Saxon poetry is lost, there are still some fragments left. Widsith describes continental courts, “Waldhere” tells us how “Walter of Aquitaine” withstand a host of foes in the possess of Voseges; “The fright at Finnesburg”.
Whereas “Complaint of Deor” describes the disappointments of a lover but the most important of all from this period was “Beowulf”. It is a tale of adventures of Beowulf, the hero, who is a champion and a slayer of monsters; the incidents in it are such as may be found in hundreds of other stories, but what makes it really interesting and different from later romances, is that it is full of all sorts of references and allusions of great events, to the fortune of kings and nations. There is thus an historical background
Vampires and Dracula stories:
When I was kid I feared Dracula the most. I mean who wouldn’t be scared that in the middle of night he would come at your bed side and drink your blood. Such frightening nightmares I used to have and who can forget bats and their freakishness I mean they had some connection with these supernatural beings.
The Oxford English Dictionary dates the first appearance of the English word vampire (as vampyre) in English from 1734, in a travelogue titled Travels of Three English Gentlemen published in The Harleian Miscellany in 1745. Vampires had already been discussed in French and German literature.
A vampire is a being from folklore that subsists by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of the living. In European folklore, vampires were undead beings that often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbor hoods they inhabited when they were alive.
The Iconic figure of Vampire heroes in modern novels:
The charismatic and sophisticated vampire of modern fiction was born in 1819 with the publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori; the story was highly successful and arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century. Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula is remembered as the quintessential vampire novel and provided the basis of the modern vampire legend. The success of this book spawned a distinctive vampire genre, still popular in the 21st century, with books, films, and television shows.
Significant importance of Moon in all religions
Being a Muslim. Moon has its own significant importance in Islam. We celebrate Eid after Ramadan on following the cycles of moon. I remember how i used to run out to the street to see if the moon appears so that we may celebrate Eid next day. And just like this many other religions in world do the same if we study.
Understanding of the Moon’s cycles was an early development of astronomy: by the 5th century BC, Babylonian astronomers had recorded the 18-year Saros cycle of lunar eclipses, and Indian astronomers had described the Moon’s monthly elongation
Nikola Tesla the genius, Illusions regarding Moon.
For over a century and a half the whole world, educated and otherwise, thought that the moon revolved around its axis. Nikola Tesla in the present highly instructive article disproves that theory and will convince scientists and all others alike that the moon does so such thing.
For thousands of years it was thought that the sun and stars revolved around the earth and all kinds of experimental proofs were furnished to substantiate this theory. The illustrious Galileo thought different, and everyone today knows that the earth revolves around the sun.
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What is Moon to me?
Well it is a sign of hope. That we humans imitate in different kind of experiences. For lovers it has its own romantic meaning. Like Beethoven’s music has its own significant listening in middle of the night. I remember people calming that they see the pictures of their loved ones as they imagine it vividly on the surface of moon.
Some say it is majestic and heart touching to look at moon in middle of the night, as it tell us that we are not alone that someone is out there who control these vast planets. Surely It is God, pure evidence of the master of Universe. Some even say these are some extraterrestrial beings who dwell there. It is still fascinating how we all interpret moon and other objects in our universe.
Enjoy looking at the moon.
happy new years’s Full moon to all.