No Paper Moon

by Einar Du Rietz

It’s here again, the Super Moon, or more correctly the same old moon, but a bit closer to Earth than usual. Got a glimpse yesterday, and admit it’s impressive when the skies are clear enough.

As with all weather phenomena, it’s easy to find speculations. This year, however, I’ve only found articles in which the authors find it necessary to point out that earth quakes are not caused by the moon (or by the otherwise most powerful force around; the Sun, or – for that matter – by CO2). No references to Global Warming. That’s comforting.

It’s otherwise rather natural that in earlier times, superstition has been high.  And sure, if you really browse the net, you can still find it. But this folklore, the risk to be moonstruck, werewolves etc, were – as in the case of a lot of religious myths and traditions – often built on observations and practical considerations. As for some religious rules, such as the ban on pork and certain see food, you only need to look at geography and living conditions to grasp the rationality. As for the sacredness of family values, that too seems rather rational in most societies.

And as for the moon, it is indeed a powerful force. Just look at the tide, for example in the Channel. And with that force, it’s not hard to understand that some people, most notably those prone to migraine, can be very sensitive to a full moon. And dogs do wail towards it. Possibly some humans too, but we are not werewolves.


About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.