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Friday, October 22, 2010

Moon Myths and Moon Cake: Lena Austin

What is the best-known myth about the full moon? That it triggers a werewolf’s transformation of course. However, that’s not the only moon myth out there, back in day people believed all sorts of strange things about the moon. Let’s explore some of those other moon superstitions.

  • One of the oldest moon myths is that if you stare at the moon for too long you’ll become a lunatic and every full moon thereafter will send you into fits of insanity.
  • In some ancient cultures, young girls were warned against sleeping in the moonlight, lest they become “moonstruck” and attract monsters.
  • Some believe that moonlight shining into one’s bedroom will bring bad luck. It is said that if you greet the moon with a polite curtsy or bow it will ward off the ill luck, and you may even be granted a wish.
  • Another well-known belief is that witches and sorcerers will “draw down the moon” to use its power for their spells. This has remained a part of Wiccan tradition even today, and modern witches still Draw Down the Moon. Sadly, I as a Wiccan have never dropped down on all fours and started howling.
  • It was believed the waxing of a new moon it the best time for lovers to divine their future, the best time to begin a new journey or business venture, and the best time for farmers to plant their crops (except runner beans, which are sown at the wane). This is also the best time to hold wedding and to have a baby. That’s not all though – livestock slaughtered when the moon is waxing is said to give better meat.
  • Bowing to the new moon and turning over silver coins in your pocket was believed to double the amount of money by the end of the next cycle.
  • If in company, the first person to see the new moon should kiss one of their companions right away, for if they do so they may expect a gift in the near future. But! The new moon should not be seen for the first time through glass (eye glasses are ok) or through the branches of a tree – for this is a bad omen. The best way to see it is in the open air via a glance over the right shoulder (in which case a wish may be made).
  • Pointing at the moon was believed to insult the man in the moon, and if you did point you would be banned from heaven.
  • To see visions of your future lover, say this to the first full moon of the year, “All hail to thee, moon, all hail to thee, I prithee kind moon, reveal to me, Him/Her who is my life partner to be.” If all goes well you will see your future love in your dreams.
  • In ancient times, Chinese people believed that there were twelve Moons as there were twelve months in one year. It was believed that the Moons were made of water. The name "mother of moons" is associated with that of Heng-o.
  • The Full Moon in January is called the Wolf Moon. It is named after the hungry packs of wolves that howled at night. The Algonquian tribes of Native Americans had many different names for the Full Moon through the year, reflecting their connection with nature and the seasons, hunting, fishing, and farming.

How to Make Moon Cakes

Moon Cake

"A cake-like crust topped with a creamy vanilla, cream cheese pudding and smothered in whipped topping with just a hint of chocolate syrup. Served cold."


1 cup water

½ cup margarine

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 eggs

1 3.4 oz packages instant vanilla pudding mix

3 cups milk

1 8-oz package cream cheese

1 8-oz container frozen whipped topping, thawed

¼ cup chocolate syrup



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and lightly grease a jelly roll pan.


In a large saucepan, bring water and margarine to a boil. Remove from heat, and mix in flour with electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Spread evenly in prepared pan .


Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside to cool completely


In large bowl, combine pudding mix, milk and cream cheese. Mix with electric mixer until smooth. Spread evenly over cooled crust. Top with whipped topping and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Chill in refrigerator and serve cold.


Barbara Elsborg said...

Oh that sounds tasty!! Very interesting info about the myths and legends too.

I find the thought of a blue moon fascinating. The average interval between full Moons is about 29.5 days, whilst the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. So it's very unlikely that a month will contain two full Moons, though it does happen.

On average, there will be 41 months with two full Moons in every century, so you could say that once in a Blue Moon actually means once every two-and-a-half years.

Nice idea for a story and one I used in my Trueblood series.

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Jason said...

you know, I'm not sure I knew any of those moon myths. Very interesting stuff!

That cake sounds good! Might have to try one sometime. :)


april3025 said...

wow i had no idea their were so many myths about the moon and the cake sound delicious i'll give it a try ;) thanks

Jennifer Mathis said...

Very interesting Myths I can't say that I knew of many of them that you listed Very interesting

and the cake sounds yummy but then I would have to bake one to eat it lol.

Rebekah E. said...

That sounds yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

KC Burn said...

I didn't know many of those myths either - pretty cool. All I know is that when I worked in a pharmacy, things got weird on full moon days - I'd never much believed it had any affect on behaviour until then!

Jennifer L. said...

I am a huge fan of Moon Pies, but have never heard of moon cakes. They sound Deee-lish! Your moon were neat-o as well. I've always wondered about "drawing down the moon" lolol

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JeanMP said...

I love Moon Pies, have never heard of a Moon cake, sounds delicious. I had didn't realize there were all those moon myths. Only one I have heard of is a Harvest Moon.


Some of the moon myths I have never heard of too. Thanks for the moon cake recipe.


SiNn said...

that sounds yummy and i lovee moon facts i have a weird facination with the moon ty for posting