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New Moon July 28th
The fortunate and astute have glanced up at the evening sky to see the moon waning its way down to nothing. Upcoming is the New Moon, taking place on July 28th, 2022. The time will be 5:55 PM GMT before our amazing natural sun mirror begins to wax it’s way back to full. Actually, the moon is doing nothing in particular aside from follow it’s orbit.
Well, nothing apart from driving tides across the whole of Earth. Quite spectacular – the moon – for the tides rise and fall mostly due to the fact we have a moon. Even more interestingly, both the water on the side of the Earth the moon is facing as well as the water on the side directly opposite experience high tide simultaneously. This knowledge can be vital for those who live coastally and cannot swim.
Having something this predictable around made it much easier for humans to adapt to the natural changes and shifts in their environment. Early humans could plan, navigate, and get an advantage from understanding how the moon seemed to influence things. For the longest time, it was a mystery how it was all operating, and we are still learning about the mechanical workings of nature more and more everyday.
Cycles Throughout Nature
People, over time, notice patterns in things. Overall, we are exceptional at pattern recognition*. As such, we did not need to know how it worked – necessarily – to know when to plant and harvest the crops. A person could still plot to use the cover of the night and the new moon for nefarious deeds. Surely, at times, everyone enjoyed the predictability of the moonlit sky bringing cool and dark.
Many of these such cycles are incorporated into many branches of paganism, as well in many formulations of magic over time. Join us on our next segments of Pagan Quills, where we will begin to explore the many ways that natural cycles influence spirituality. As above, so below – so they say. Our pagan inspired writing prompt of the day is to write about something cyclical. Perhaps the moon, perhaps the seasons. Happy writing ~
*then again, so are crows. I don’t necessarily think we are very good at applying what we’ve learned, at least not without significant effort.~TJ Rune