Updates, Quotes, and Moon Mythology

Fast Updates:

The warning signs cover has been updated to include the back cover information and I I have received the proof for each version. Here is the updated cover:

The release date for the warning signs has been set as May 4th 2021. I have removed it from the works In progress page and updated the information. You can find the new book page here: the-warning-signs

Illustrator, Tauseef Ahmed has made another unique scene break image for my future publications and it will be included in The Warning Signs! If you would like to see some of the wonderful images he has created for me in the past please visit my Illustrations page: Illustration For this project, he sent me three amazing concepts. It was hard to choose between them. Here is the scene break image that we decided on:

I recently launched a special combined edition of books one and two from the Blood Inheritance Series, featuring previously unpublished illustrations created by Tauseef Ahmed for the Blood Inheritance Quartet. This ebook is an Amazon exclusive and is now available on kindle unlimited :amazon.com

Updated date for -The Milwaukee Comic Con!

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Also:

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Upcoming Event Reminders:

2021

We plan on participating at The Milwaukee Comic Con ~ This MightyCon event takes place at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds Products Pavillion located at 640 S 84th St., West Allis, WI 53214 on Saturday, June 26th 2021. To learn more visit: mightyconshows.com

Concealed Realms is scheduled to participate in Quad con on July 31st and August 1st in Davenport , IL. This event will take place in at the Northpark Mall.

Concealed Realms is now schedule to participate in Quad Con on August 7 in Springfield, IL The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center. To learn more visit: quadcity.com

We are scheduled to participate at Raptor Con! The new dates for the event are August 21st and 22nd. This event takes place in Evansville Indiana. To learn more visit: www.RaptorCon.com

*For 10% off your RaptorCon ticket purchase use code CONREAL at checkout*

Moon Quotes:


 “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” Allen Ginsberg

“The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen. “  Shannon L. Alder

“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” W. Clement Stone

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”  Oscar Wilde

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody” Mark Twain

 “For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us.” Richard H. Baker

“Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind.” Dean Koontz

“Don’t worry if you’re making waves just by being yourself. The moon does it all the time.” Scott Stabile

“Oh my sweet muse tell me what do I do
on such romantic full-moon nights!
You inflame my passion,
and the moon serenades my obsession!“  Avijeet Das

“There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.”  Joseph Conrad


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Definition of moon:

Dictionary.com

Noun “the earth’s natural satellite, orbiting the earth at a mean distance of 238,857 miles (384,393 km) and having a diameter of 2,160 miles (3,476 km).

Verb “to act or wander abstractedly or listlessly””- www.dictionary.com

Merriam Webster.com

Nounone complete moon cycle consisting of four phases

Verb “To spend time in idle reverie” merriamwebster.com


Moon Mythology

Earths Moon

Traditionally a full moon in April is known as a pink full moon, due to the pink phlox that bloom in early spring. On April 27th it occurred during the moons closest approach to earth, so it was also considered to be a super-moon. For me, the best time to view this was the evening of the 26th.

For a list of celestial events, and to calculate the visibility in your area, check out this website: timeanddate.com
April 26th – Super-moon at around 9 pm (from my backyard)

The Moon is a celestial body that orbits our planet as its only naturally permanent satellite, scientifically speaking. No one knows beyond a shadow of a doubt how it came to be, but the most accepted explanation is that the Moon came about as the result of an impact between the hypothesized planet Theia and Earth.

Step outside in the middle of the night, when the sky is clear and the moon is shinning bright, and really look at the moon for a moment. There is no denying that it is a powerful force of nature. It holds an intense, mysterious kind of beauty in its different phases throughout the month. If that’s not awe inspiring enough, even more amazing is the natural phenomenon of an eclipse, which occur periodically as our planet and moon move through space on their annual journey around the sun.

I am sure that it comes as no surprise to you that since the beginning of history, the moon has inspired curiosity and mystical fascination among humankind. In fact, the moon is the central part of many interesting myths and legends from different cultures around the globe.

In this post we will dive in and explore some of the deities and monsters from these stories that formed in ancient times.

Moon Deities and Monsters

The moon played an important roll in Mesopotamian culture. First mentioned at the very dawn of writing in the region c. 3500 BCE., their mythology tells of a god of the moon and wisdom, known by the name Nanna (Sumerian) or Sin (Akkadian). This moon god was often represented as an old man with a flowing beard, wearing a headdress of four horns that was topped by a crescent moon. Alternately, he was sometimes pictured as riding in a crescent moon shaped boat, as it made its monthly journey through the skies. I should note that there are other names attributed to this moon god, and some scholars believe that the differing names refer to the different phases of the moon itself, although this theory is often debated.

Despite the facts that the people of Mesopotamia learned to keep their calender’s based on the moons phases, and they were able to predict many celestial events based on the motions of the Sun, Moon, and planets, the occurrence of an eclipse was still a cause for anxiety among the people. Thought to be bad omens, they were countered by rituals that involved banging drums and singing. According to realclearscience.com, lunar eclipses were believed to be a direct assault against the king and they would put someone expendable in place as a decoy, for the events duration.

In Greek mythology, titan gods and goddesses were the divine beings that preceded the Olympian gods and goddesses, so while Artemis (Goddess of the hunt), and Hecate, (Goddess of Witchcraft), were also lunar goddesses, it is the titan goddess Selene that is said to be the personification of the moon. It was believed that at night she would shine her silvery light as she crossed the heavens in her chariot, drawn by two white winged horses. This Goddess is sometimes depicted with a crescent moon headdress.

According to Wikipedia, the Roman equivalent of Selene is said to be the goddess Luna., who is often depicted driving a chariot, drawn by oxen or horses.

During an eclipse, the Greeks believed that witches would be enticed to take over the spirit of Selene. In order to prevent them from attempting to harm the goddess, the people would make as much noise as they could, to try to distract the witches and allow Selene to escape.

There is not much information to be found on the actual rituals of the Romans around lunar eclipses, but it is clear that superstitions ran high during these events and there are multiple instances where eclipses are linked with important historical events of the time. Some examples of eclipses appearing in ancient recorded sources can be found within this article here: ancienthistory-rome.-eclipsing-romans.html

Through the collection of old Norse poems, The Poetic Edda, we learn that Mani (the moon) moves together through the skies with his sister Sol (the sun) each day. They ride on horse-drawn chariots, while being pursued by wolves. For Mani, his endless running and evading of his pursuer is said to be represented by the phases of the moon.

According to folkloric tradition, people would bang drums or pots during an eclipse to scare away the wolves, so it has been suggested that given the mythology of the people, they may have believed an eclipse was caused by one of these wolves capturing and eating either Mani or Sol, although the idea is often disputed, some scholars believing that the wolves were meant to keep Mani and Sol focused on their course.

In Ancient Siberia, the Alklha ( Alicha, Arakho) was a huge dragon with black wings so immense that when outstretched they could cover the entire sky. When the people saw the sun or moon obscured, such as in an eclipse, they were certain the dragon was the cause. To fend it off they threw rocks at the sky to try to discourage it.

The features of the moon are said to be fang-marks left by the monster, because he attempts to feed on the moon every month, slowly nibbling away at it until it disappears. But the moon does not agree with the dragon, who vomits it out into the sky, bit by bit, eventually re-creating the full moon.

The mythology of Siberia, which is comprised of the beliefs of a number of ethnic groups, has many variations on the story of world creation.

You can read more about myths from Ancient Siberia here: mythencyclopedia.com and here: encyclopedia.com

The Inuit civilization believed that the sun and moon were squabbling celestial siblings, the moon god Annigan and his sister, sun goddess Malina. It all began when Anningan chased Malina after a fight. As he relentlessly pursued her, he forgot to eat and lost weight, until he finally disappeared completely, at which time he stopped to regain his strength. In the event that he did manage to catch up with her, it was said that he would obscure her light.

This mythology helped to explain both the lunar cycle and the occurrences of an eclipse. The moons waning phase was symbolized by the brother’s loss of weight before his eventual disappearance and an eclipse was said to happen at times when he finally reached his sister.

In traditional Mayan mythology, the Moon is considered to be wife of the sun god Ak Kin and the Moon’s perceived phases were conceived as the stages of a woman’s life. For instance, it is said that when the moon goddess is shown as a young woman, it is a symbol of the waxing moon, or alternatively, when depicted as an older woman, is a symbol of the waning moon. She is also often shown as pouring a jug of water onto the earth, or sometimes as an elderly woman weaving on a loom.  A serpent was generally present on her head or in her hand and her skirt shows a crossed bones pattern. According to the collection of books which tells about the history of the Maya civilization known as “Chilam Balam”, her name appears as Ixchel (Ix Chel), which means “rainbow woman” and it is also said that in hieroglyphics her name appears as Chak Chel, meaning “large rainbow”.

In Mayan legends from central Mexico, the monsters responsible for eclipses are described as “star demons,” which were often illustrated as ravenous snakes or insects. Unfortunately, many Mayan records were destroyed long ago, but there is still plenty of evidence that this highly developed society practiced bloodletting, sacrifices, and other important ceremonies during eclipses. Believed to be direct descendants of the gods, the nobility was heavily involved in these rituals because common blood would not always appease the gods. Trees and animals were also considered sacred, and their blood and sap were offered up as well.

You can learn more about ancient Mayan culture here: www.history.com

Since the very beginning of history, people have been amazed by what they see when they look up into the sky at the moon. As such, many cultures have created fascinating myths highlighting it as an entity of extreme importance, envisioning tales of supernatural wonder involving gods, goddesses, witch’s, and even moon eating monsters.

Even though advances in modern astronomy have given us detailed explanations for the changes that appear to happen to the moon, its not hard to see how these different cultures came up with these phenomenal and somewhat similar explanation for the changes they witnessed in the sky as the moon began to disappear piece by piece or to understand how most associated lunar eclipses with malevolence.

I hope that you enjoyed this look at moon mythology. Stay safe and keep being awesome.

Want to Learn more about the moon and Moon Mythology?
Check out these other sites:
List of lunar deities, Lunar Folklore, astrology.com, britannica.com, space.com

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Klausbernd says:

    Thank you very much for the info about the mythology of the moon. Interesting!
    Wishing you all the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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