Environment, poetry, comment, children's books,
My theme this week is the moon. It was full on Tuesday and kicked off the New Year. Poets, painters, musicians, artists, philosophers and psychologists have always been fascinated with our nearest celestial neighbour.
Legends have been written about it and how it affects our psyches. For example, the Werewolf symbolises an ancient understanding that links human behaviour with transits of the moon. This legend embodies the idea that during the full moon, man becomes wild, violent and instinctive, and reverts to a less civilised version of him/herself.
This idea that the moon controls human aggression, impulsiveness, violence and mood has been passed down the ages, tacitly accepted as fact. The word ‘lunatic’ even comes from the word ‘lunar’, meaning moon. But does the moon really affect our moods and mentality? Successive scientific studies say, no. It seems our love affair with the moon is based purely on its potent effect on imagination (see previous post).
And because the moon stimulates the imaginations of our little ones, I love using moon imagery in my stories. In Find My Name in the Alphabet Train,
I have used the moon in connection with the wolf: “Wolf winked at the wind and waved at the moon / writing wild wizardry, wielding it soon…” My wolf isn’t a werewolf, nor is he frightening! But he does help little ones to learn their alphabet and teach them how to sound the letter ‘W’.