Most of us go about our daily lives never giving a thought to mysticism or moon phases or religious ecstasies. We never notice how the moon affects the earth and ourselves, let alone give a care to what else it may be affecting.
It is known in vampire lore that the moon has a significant effect on this mythical creature and on that of his fellow children of the night, including but not limited to werewolves. For vampires, the moon is the closest they will ever get to actual sunlight. It symbolizes the opposite of the sun and daylight that causes so much harm to them and explains why they would revel in its light.
In vampire fiction such as Vampyre by Polidori, as well as in the penny dreadful serials, Varney the Vampire, vampires could be healed or completely restored to health by the moonlight. Simply laying their body out in the rays of a full moon could return a nearly expired, for lack of a better word, vampire back to good health.
Other magical and mythological creatures are affected by the moon including witches and of course, werewolves. Werewolves being the most famous moon lover, these beasts go completely insane with the moon madness and become raging, uncontrollable creatures with a hunger of their own, though it isn’t always about food. Some myths imply that a werewolf is a more sexually potent being than a vampire due to his wild nature. Who knew?
Witches have long studied and worshipped the moon, using the power of the various phases to impart supernatural power to spells and incantations. The new moon is said to be an excellent time for setting intentions and laying out the groundwork for what you would like to accomplish in that particular cycle.
In fiction, the night of the full moon is when all the children of the night come out to play because its power fuels their magic and gives them the energy to emerge and carry out whatever wicked deeds they have planned. I think the moon has gotten an unfair reputation for being evil and has become associated with the creepy aspects of the night rather than the beautiful ones it deserves to be.
Our moon maybe unique in the universe. Without it, the earth’s angle toward the sun would swing wildly and we would experience climate change that would probably wipe us out. (space.com) Perhaps the mystics of old recognized how important to our existence the moon is and that is why they began to allot magic and power to it. Maybe they simply observed the pattern of mayhem and their own emotional disturbances that always surround the full moon.
Whether you believe in the moon’s power or not, one cannot deny that our very existence is linked to it. Don’t believe me? Try standing on a beach, a grain of sand compared to the mighty ocean, and contemplating how massive a thing an ocean is. You know how much a gallon of water weighs, right? 97% of the earth’s water is in the oceans. 97% of 326 million trillion gallons.
The entire thing will be moved by the moon’s orbit around our planet. The. Entire. Thing.
If that isn’t power, I don’t know what is.