December 22nd, 2002

Steam Escaping!

Yule (Winter Solstice, December 20-23)

This is the Pre-Christian Yule-Tide festival, which welcomes the dawning of the new year. It celebrates the beginning of the turn of the sun, as it ends its winter journey, and begins its journey back. This marks the end of the celtic year, and the beginning of a new.

To cry for the Moon is an old saying that means you are craving or demanding something that you can't have.

The word "moonshine" has two meanings. In the U.S., it means "illegally distilled liquor," also known as "white lightning." An older meaning was "total nonsense."
A waning Moon was considered an unlucky time for a marriage or a birth.

In English, French, Italian, Latin and Greek, the Moon is feminine; but in all the Teutonic languages the Moon is masculine.

In Sanskrit, the word for the Moon is mas, which is masculine.

To The Chinese, the Old Man in the Moon was Yue-lao. It was his duty to predestine the marriage of mortals. They said he tied the future husband and wife together with an invisible silk cord that never parted as long as they lived.
Although Koran expressly forbids worshipping the Sun or Moon, many Moslems still clasp their hands at the sight of a New Moon and offer a prayer.