As the most prominent feature of our night sky, it’s hardly surprising that humans all over the world have shown an innate interest in the workings of the moon - whether poetic, scientific or anything in between.
The light of an ghealach shines brightly through Irish culture, all the way from ancient mythology to the hustle and bustle of today’s modern life. Much like observing its own physically changing phases throughout a cycle, it’s fascinating to see the multitude of ways it has inspired our heritage here on the Emerald Isle, and the different shapes it takes within our dreams and imaginations.
I myself have been entranced by the manner in which an ghealach has creatively inspired so many artists in my home country, which led to the very special box that has been curated for you in the month of Deireadh Fómhair (October). While we wait for these secrets to be revealed, here are a few moon nuggets of information to tide you over until that lunar box of loveliness lands on your doorstep.
1. An Ghealach doesn’t REALLY mean the moon…