Full Moon Fever, the Super Moon and the Wolfman

Full moon. Photo by Race Opell

By Race Opell

From a scientific standpoint a full moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated as seen from the Earth. More simply put the sun and moon or in opposition.

The time interval between full moons averages about 29.53 days. The closer the next full moon gets the more likely we all are to gaze upwards watching the moon get bigger and bigger each evening.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the February full moon is the, Full Snow Moon, since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

The Farmer’s Almanac also says Full Moon names date back to Native Americans.

On the folklore and possibly myth side of the full moon stories passed down over the thousands of years of time there have been many, many stories told and continued to be believed even today.

One that may or may not be a myth is that a full moon makes people crazy or in some cases crazier. That one is one that could be debated for years to come on whether it hold actual legitimacy. Both sides of the argument could present volumes of their own proof to prove their point.

Likely because the menstrual and lunar cycles are similar in length, many early civilizations believed that the moon determined when women could become pregnant. This one has been debunked completely. This one was held in high esteem into the 20th century in many parts of the world including the United States.

Werewolves have been tied to full moons over the years in stories, legends lore, books, movies, music, and websites in current day.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was inspired by the true story of Charles Hyde. Hyde committed a host of his most dastardly crimes at the time of the Full Moon.

Like yetis, big foot and any number of unidentified aliens, werewolves have yet to be proven to actually exist, though we can’t discount the possibility.

The full moon has been linked to aliens, murder rates, car accidents, mental illness, good fortune, and many other things that can’t really be totally verified or not verified. It’s more of a hit and miss thing to the average man or woman not intent on taking one side or the other too seriously.

“Once in a blue moon” is often thought to be an actual blue moon, which would be pretty cool to see, but actually occurs when there is a fourth full moon to occur in a season. Most seasons only have three full moons. 

Another myth is the full moon brings love. We all know that’s a myth as love happens when we least expect it.

We’ll keep watching the moon and keep listening to the stories, folklore and legend.

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