The Moon in the Dark Ages


I’m glad there is such  a thing as a full moon. Every four weeks, when I stagger out of bed at some ridiculous hour, I can find my way around by the light of the moon. Good or what? Well, as long as it isn’t cloudy.

For many cultures the moon was more than a light. It was a constant in the night sky that changed with the length of day and the seasons. Ruled by gods and linked to supernatural powers and magic, the moon was a very special astral body.

The Anglo-Saxons had names for the moons at different times of the year. These names gave the month its particular characteristic linked to the season.


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