Today’s full moon has many names, including the Rose Moon, the Strawberry Moon, and even the Honey Moon. What’s rare about this full moon is that it appears on Friday the 13th, and it won’t appear again on this date until the year 2049. Only two occurrences have taken place since 2000, including this one.
Our calendar has an easy enough layout for us to follow from month to month and year to year. Our days and weeks are consistent, but we restart the count every 28 to 31 days. Full moons occur every 29.5 days and it is referred to as a synodic month. Every month should have a full moon, although some Februaries don’t have one.
Friday the 13th is already viewed as unlucky by certain cultures, so, with the extra coincidence of this full moon, is that going to make this day a bit more wretched? Well, beyond the superstition, there’s no evidence that Friday the 13th is actually more “unlucky” than all other days of the year. In fact, there are some data figures that support the idea that it’s actually a somewhat safer day than the others. Perhaps, this is because people are more careful on this day than any other day.
The Full Moon Myth:
For centuries, the full moon has been associated with countless legends. Werewolves are one of the most dominant figures in the Friday the 13th folklore and pop culture craze. As legend tells it, those suffering from the painful transformation of human to wolf, a condition better known as lycanthropy, are forced to transform into their animal form once the full moon appears.
“It must be a full moon,” is a very common saying heard whenever bizarre things happen and is argued by researchers to be said commonly by late-night policemen/women, psychiatry staff. and medical staff personnel.
Today it is uncommon to find anyone who truly believes in lycathropy, but we still love to see the legend represented in fiction and say “it must be a full moon”.
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