The Lunar Almanac for Friday, January 18th (Plus Moon Lore)

The Lunar Almanac for Friday, January 18th

Moon Direction: 18.32° NNE↑
Moon Altitude: -31.27°
Moon Distance: 227667 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 20, 201911:16 pm
Next New Moon: Feb 4, 20193:03 pm
Next Moonrise: Today2:38 pm
Moon Direction: 18.32° NNE↑
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 91.0%


Going Moon-Mad

People once believed that moonlight had a powerful effect on human behavior. Those who acted strangely were said to be “moonstruck,” and lunacy, a term for madness, comes from Luna, the Latin name for the moon goddess. The Japanese believed that the moon was a god with powers to foretell the future. Priests would study the moon’s reflection in a mirror, believing that if they gazed directly at the moon, it might drive them mad. Superstitions about the moon’s evil influence made some people refuse to sleep in a place where moonbeams could touch them. In the 1200s, the English philosopher Roger Bacon wrote, “Many have died from not protecting themselves from the rays of the moon.”

Published on Myth Encyclopedia