Updated: Jul 22
People have always been fascinated by the moon. The deep lunar connections and powers between humans and the moon have existed since the beginning of time. This wonderous, white, pearly object we admire in the night sky impacts our world in more ways than one. The moon affects the ocean tides through gravity as well as the people and animals that exist on earth in ways we still don't fully understand.
The word "lunatic" stems from the latin word "luna" describing the erratic behaviour often displayed by many during the full moon period. Many ancient civilizations believed the "blood moon" was a warning sign of something ominous on the horizon. Studies have also indicated that the moon's phases affect sleep cycles. Many animals and organisms use the moon cycle as their clock and rhythm of time.
So what is so fascinating about the moon even 50 years after Neil Armstrong set foot on this mystical place? Maybe it's the fact it orbits the earth every 27.3 days, or that the moon is the earth's only natural satellite. Or maybe it's the fact that the moon phases are different for the northern and southern hemisphere? Whatever the fascination is, the moon and its effect on humans is still somewhat a mystery.
It is the mystery of the moon, the planets and space that provide us with the wonder and excitement to want to learn more about this subject. Children love learning about the moon and it seems with the advancement of technology, their generation will be able to enjoy holidays to the moon in the future. This lunar fascination is the very reason why I chose to write a children's picture book about the moon and its cycles. Luna Lucy is a fun, rhyming tale that educates children about the phases of the moon.