Super Moonstruck

Did you ever get struck by the moon? I did — this weekend! I never thought such a strange thing could happen to me, but it did! It was incredible. Actually I got struck on Friday, March 18 — just one night before the full Supermoon — and I was totally unaware of the Supermoon phenomenon. The effect lasted the entire weekend.

That Friday was really a good and productive day for me. It ended with seeing the documentary “Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny.” The movie was a bit boring for me — too much of a tribute and no controversy — nothing really to discuss. So I was sure that after coming home I would be ready to sleep. That was not the case! For some reason I was very unquiet and sensed some strange energy around me and inside me. Instead of fighting it, I went to another room, sat in my favorite, cozy red chair and wrote notes in my journal for quite a while. My mind was racing in hundreds of different directions and my pen could hardly keep up with it. Writing in my journal in long hand usually calms me down. But not that night! I still felt strangely unsettled.

Looking out the window, I noticed that the light outside was unusually bright even though all the lights on the patio were off. They shut off automatically around 1:30 AM. So I stepped outside and there it was — an incredible moon! It was huge, bright, and somehow different than at other times. Our patio looked great, but alien in that moonlight — as if covered with silver dust.

The moon also seemed to be much closer than usual, and I felt as if it were communicating with me. So I looked at the moon’s face with greater interest, examining all the spots on it and wondered, “What is the gender of the moon?” In my native Polish — ksiezyc is male, in Russian luna is female, in German der mond is male and in Spanish la luna is female. But how about English? There is no gender for nouns in English, although a car or ship is definitely a male for me, while I know that they are females for most men. And how about the moon? In most Native American stories it is referred as Mother Moon, so I decided to go with that. I am not sure why — I guess I was in need of a good female friend at that moment. So I looked at her face again with intensity and asked, “What are you trying to tell me?” She was silent, but her face had changed and I could read it — her answer was a question, “Where is your joy?”

Joy?! I was struck by that question and went back inside the house closing the door gingerly as if afraid to upset her. Now I was even more perturbed and energetic. I knew I was struck by that moon and in great need of writing the answer to her question.

After nine pages of my thoughts and a couple of beers I was finally ready to sleep. The moon disappeared behind the trees on the west side of the patio. The next day — Saturday, March 19 — I learned from the news about the occurrence of a Supermoon every 18 years and knew I would spend another sleepless night with that moon. (One interesting place to read more about the Supermoon is on Arizona astrologer Richard Nolle’s website.)

Supermoon image from ESA/NASAAstronaut Paolo Nespoli

ESA/NASAAstronaut Paolo Nespoli took this image of the moon aboard the International Space Station on March 20, 2011, and wrote, "Supermoon was spectacular from here!"

That night, the true night of the Supermoon, was clear calm and very pleasant. I was not worrying about the tsunami tragedy in Japan, or what would happen in Libya, or how to plan my new writing project, or how to market my books, or how my sons were doing, or what gift to choose for my friend’s new baby, or about my travel plans to Louisiana. NO! I watched that moon and listened to music. It was a fabulous night! I was thinking about all kinds of things that make me happy and that give me joy, like listening to good jazz, dancing, gardening, and traveling. Here is an image that represents how I felt that night.

Oh, I know I do not look like that, but I feel like that once in a while and would like to feel that way more often. I received that card from my son (Leo) on one of those days when I did not feel my best and was in need of something to smile about. That card did make me smile and kept it on my bookshelf. Soon I noticed that my logo, which I designed for myself, has the dancing ‘A’ letter and that those two images could dance together. So, I placed the logo next to Leo’s card. The night of the Supermoon I put them in a frame and hung it on the wall. It will be a good reminder for me not to forget about joy in my life. Thank you Leo, thank you Supermoon, and thank you all for reading this. Have a joyful Spring!


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Card design © 2006 by Masha D’yanas (www.masha.com). Logo design © 2009 by Alicja Mann (www.alicjamann.com). Text copyright © 2011 by Alicja Mann

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3 Comments on “Super Moonstruck”

  1. Christina B Farnsworth Says:

    I knew about and looked for the moon. Thought I would go to Saguaro West to see the moon rise in the Saguaro forest and hear a lecture. But just did not feel well enough to do that. I was also agitated in a way hard to describe.

    18 years ago the moon was this close to the earth. I can not remember what I was happening in 1993.

    Some have argued that the Japanese tsunami was caused by the lunar closeness to the earth. Moon affects tide. However, nothing else water-wise or earth-shifting happened. The US did become part of Libyan uprising.

    Moon rise here is obscured by the Rincon Mountains. Pictures from friends on the East coast show the moon even larger and much redder than we saw it here.

    I was in DC for the lunar eclipse — could see it from my window — was thinking how much I would enjoy sitting on my balcony enjoying that moon. It is getting close to the time to return. I feel the pull.

    And PS. I have not commented before but have been confirmed as a follower since March 2010 — more than a year ago.

  2. Alicja Mann Says:

    Hello Christina,

    Many thanks for sharing your observations and feelings about the moon. I will be happy to discuss more about its influences on us and this planet, but that has to wait till my return from New Orleans. I am just getting ready for that trip – flying there tomorrow morning.
    Christina, I really appreciate you as one of the most faithful readers of my blog. Thank you for taking time for it. Best wishes – Alicja

  3. Marina Says:

    Oh, Alicja, my life has been about the usual lately — 2 months of illness, and now stress, trying to prepare for the trip to see my family, so I will give you a brief response, but absolutely true from the heart — I loved, loved, loved reading this!


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