Germanic Tribes DID use a lunar calendar, now called the Runic Calendar. The earliest one was found in Sweden, but they included a thirtieth month. Why? Because there are 13 moon phases in one year, and even today that timing sticks with us, i.e. seven days in a week, four weeks in a year. However, according to calendars (and basic math), that would impossible on a Gregorian. We have most months set at thirty-one days, but 7 x 4 = 28. With 366 days in an average year, it's actually: 52 seven day weeks, or thirteen true months. Guess that fear of the unlucky changed world history forever. Viking Calendar Site
In Germanic Religions, the moon is masculine, while the sun is feminine.
Fact or Fiction?:
Are there new moon names? Nothing I have found aside from the lone article even hints at such a thing. It does bring to question though if such a things exists. Since new moons do hold A LOT of power and significance in the pagan community, should they be named? Were they once named?
New Moon VS Dark Moon:
The Dark Moon is actually the time when there isn't a moon in the sky. The New Moon is when you start to see the first sliver of silver.
A bright first Moon promises rain and a bountiful harvest; a red-tinted Moon means a dry year.
A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry
A halo around the Moon predicts wet or stormy weather.
If a snowstorm begins when the Moon is young, it will cease at moonrise.
Days following both the New and Full Moons are most likely to be rainy or stormy.
Clothes washed for the first time in the full Moon will not last long.
If you glimpse the new Moon over your right shoulder, you will have good luck.
To have a project prosper, start it during the new Moon.
Babies born a day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.
The moon causes Lunacy, or irrational emotional behavior.
Sites with Lore:
Sacred Texts - old lore
Women have been know to sync up with the moon and it can even affect their fertility. Read how the moon effects us in everyday life
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