Frogs on the Moon? Seriously?

No matter how hard I try, I have NEVER been able to make out the face of a “man” on the moon. Nor have I ever seen a woman nursing a child or bending over a cooking pot with “a little dog nearby,” as Rosemary Ellen Guiley describes it in her book, Moonscapes: A Celebration of Lunar Astronomy, Magic, Legend, and Lore.

I guess we’ll just have to take the word of the Samoans, the Tongas, and the Shawnee Indians that the Lady of the Moon is up there. (Either that, or we’ll have to find out what those tribal people drink – and smoke – before they go moon gazing!)

moon magic and lore

In the eyes of many native North American people, the most commonly viewed image on the moon is a frog. (Nope. I’ve never see an amphibian up there, either.) Hey, but after Frog got swallowed by the moon, he resigned himself to his fate. Now he sits up there, weaving baskets. (Honestly. What ARE these people smoking?)

Just for the record, I can see the fabled hare on the moon! If you’re outside one night, searching for Moon Bunny, be aware that he hops around! Sometimes, I’ve seen him upside down!

All right, you non-believers. To view the hare on the moon, look skyward during the waxing phase, from day 8 until the full moon. The hare appears as a large patch on the western side of the orb.

By the way: I’m not the only person who sees that hare: Moon Bunny is also visible to people in Africa, Tibet, Mexico, and the Orient.

I could go on and on about moon lore, folks. But I’ll leave you with the tidbits that I’ve revealed here, so you can run off and conduct your own research.