I remember as a child gazing up at the moon, never believing adults who said it was made of cheese. I couldn't bear the thought of it being eaten. I did, however, wonder if there was a man in the moon as I had also been told. This thought excited a stream of questions: What sort of house did he live in? Was he lonely? How did he get there? What did he do all day? What did he look like? Was he ever coming home? Would he fall out of the sky?
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Such questions inspired imaginings and story-creating and an early yearning for answers as well as a sense of emotional engagement in the world about me. In my case, my thoughts became philosophical in nature. Thoughts such as: I see the moon, does the moon see me? Or, Is there another me, looking down on me at exactly this moment, wondering the same things I am wondering now? Am I also out there, in the universe? Such thoughts inspired a sense of duality, of something other than me, guardianship, safety. No wonder the moon has inspired such poetry through the ages and is a very effective image for the telling of bedtime stories. In the princess of the Golden Moon
When the princess of the golden moon falls out of the sky, she worries that she will never find her way back home. Gilda hears her crying in the forest. The princess has never seen water before, the girls have a lovely adventure discovering its nature. The princess hopes that if she follows the shimmering stream which threads through the forest, it will lead her home. Will she find her way back home to her mother-the-moon?
In another bedtime story, The 'Airy Who Found Her 'F', Isabel-the-‘Airy is afraid of everything. Soon, she must go in search of her ‘F’. Only then, will she become a fully fledged fairy. But will she be too afraid to try? She must leap onto the fox-glove, but will the fox eat her? She must leap onto the dandelion, but will the dandelion eat her? After leaping onto many different terrifying things that turn out not to be frightening at all, she must go with the moon-bunny to the moon where she finds her wings and becomes a fully-fledged fairy.
This full moon is known as a Full Wolf Moon, probably because at this time of the year, folklore tells us that wolves howl outside villages. Across the U.S. moon enthusiasts will be be able to witness a total lunar eclipse. Earth's shadow will sweep over the lunar surface giving it a reddish tinge, turning it into a "blood moon." This eclipse will be known as a "super blood wolf moon."
My nod to this great celestial event is to mention that you can find my wolf howling at the moon in my personalised children's book: Find My Name in the Alphabet Train
My Amazing Alphabet Adventure
Princess of the Golden Moon
Happy mysterious and magical full moon adventures in the new year! Let's never forget to story-weave with our children so that their imaginations have room to flourish.
Thank you to Paige Keiser for allowing me to use her gorgeous art work: Gazing at the Moon http://www.paigekeiser.com/