12 Lunar Eclipse Myths & Superstitions from around the world that you must know
OFFBEAT | June 29, 2018
You've heard the phrase, probably tossed it around a few times and definitely have sung along to it: once in a blue moon. But what exactly happens "once in a blue moon?" What's so ~mysterious~ about it, other than it doesn't happen all that often? Blue moons, as a matter of fact, aren't even blue. They glow just the same. It got its name from an old English word that means "betrayer." You know, because it's the second full moon in one month which ~fools~ the calendar.
We are all familiar with the superstitions that come with a full moon. You go crazy. Animals freak out. There are higher crime rates. Turns out, there's a slew of specific superstitions for the blue moon and the lunar eclipse from around the world. If you're a person who avoids walking under ladders, these might be good to know about.
Here are the Lunar Eclipse Myths & Superstitions from around the world;
It's believed by Tibetan Buddhists that any good acts you commit under the the lunar eclipse are multiplied. The Farmer's Almanac is quick to also include that this karmic superstition goes the same way for anything negative you commit under the eclipse. Call someone up and tell them you love them. Hold the door open. Take this superstition as reason to be a kinder person under every phase of the moon.
2. It's A Good Time To Resolve Feuds
National Geographic reports that the Batammaliba people in Togo and Benin have a myth revolving around the lunar eclipse. The myth goes, "the sun and the moon are fighting during an eclipse, and the people encourage them to stop." To this day the lunar eclipse is the perfect time to come together and resolve old feuds.
3. If Girls Stare At The Moon They'll Become Pregnant
Talk about taking birth control to out of this world measures. If you're not here to play around, don't look at the blue moon. Multiple folklore sites list staring at the blue moon as a way for girls to ensure they'll get a bun in their oven.
A superstition from the British Isles cautions against staring at the moon. Apparently, the man residing on it finds it to be incredibly rude. It's considered so rude in fact that if you point nine times at the blood moon you'll be refused entry to Heaven. Just like that.
6. Turn The Bed For Fertility
Be extra careful when slicing up apples to snack on. It's superstition that if you cut yourself, the bleeding will take longer to stop and a scar will be left for the rest of your life.
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