Moon Proverbs & Theories
Pale Moon doth rain,
Red Moon doth blow,
White Moon doth neither
Rain nor snow.
Clear Moon, frost soon.
A dark mist over the Moon is a promise of rain. The heaviest rains fall
following the New and the Full Moons The Full Moon eats the clouds away. A
New Moon and a windy night. Sweep the cobwebs out of sight. A Red Moon is a
sure sign of high winds. And should the Moon wear a halo of red, a tempest
is nigh. Many rings around the Moon signal a series of severe blasts. A
single ring around the moon that quickly vanishes heralds fine weather. When
the New Moon holds the Old Moon in its arms,(ring around the New Moon)
disasters occur at sea. Sharp horns on the Sickle Moon indicate strong winds
When the moon's horns point up, the weather will be dry. When the Moon's
horns point down, rain spills forth. Blunt horns on a Crescent Moon presage
a long spell of fair weather.
Bizarre Moon Theories
#1 A common belief in the sixth century BCE was that the Earth was a flat
disk floating on a vast expanse of water. The Greeks took this once step
further, believing that the heavens formed a dome above, and the underworld
formed a second dome below. A sphere, after all, is much more pleasing to
visualize than a half-sphere.
Anaximander of Miletus (611 BCE) also held this belief, but tried to explain
the heavens even further. His theory was that the sphere around the Earth
was encased in fire contained in tubes. These tubes needed vents, which were
the stars seen at night.
He tried to fit the Moon into this wild theory as well. Claiming it was a
very large tube vent, he said that it constantly changed shape, creating the
lunar phases. It seems that he had no explanation as to why the Moon
appeared solid with fixed features such as craters.
#2 Johannes Hevelius made several contributions to astronomy, but is best
known for becoming one of the first men to produce an atlas of the Moon.
Produced in 1647, his atlas named the various features of the Moon's surface
Even though his system was superseded by Riccoioli's in 1651, his atlas was
very accurate for its time. Unfortunately, rumor has it that his original
engraving on copper was melted down to make a tea set.
#3 In 1824 Franz von Paula Gruithuisen theorized that the Moon's craters
were formed by the impact of other space-going bodies. Before that, in 1822,
he reported observing a city on the Moon. He claimed to see fantastic
artificial works created by "lunarians" This city was supposedly protected
by extensive fortifications. The "city" later turned out to be irregular
ridges and jagged peaks.
#4 Sir Wiliam Herschel firmly believed in lunar inhabitants. In 1789, in his
journals, he reported seeing many odd things regarding the Moon. Herschel
also saw towns, forests, and roads on the lunar surface. He even went so far
as to say he saw a circus! Weirdly enough, his son, Sir John, was later used
in a huge Moon alien hoax in 1835.
#5 In 1835 a debt-ridden newspaper, the New York Sun, got a boost from a
major hoax. Reporter Robert Locke made up a story of unbelievable
proportions, yet people ate it up hook, line, and sinker.
He claimed to have information from a good source that a Sir John Herschel
had discovered a civilization on the Moon made up of bat people with yellow
skin. Animals and plants, up to 130 species, had also been found. Moon alien
fever raged through the general population. A group of ministers even made
plans to Christianize their new neighbors! Finally, some Yale scientists
traced Locke down and forced him to admit fraud.
#6 On a night in October 1939, a weather balloon caught fire and hit the
ground near Strafford, Missouri. The next day, the local paper announced
that the Moon had crashed and burned on a nearby highway. Not everyone
believed it this time, especially when the Moon mysteriously reappeared in
the sky that night.
#7 In 1942 a Mr. Weisberger declared that the geological formations visible
on the Moon weren't really there at all. He said that what we were seeing
was nothing more than disturbances in the super-thick atmosphere around the
#8 A man named M. K. Jessup theorized that pygmies traced their lineage back
to Atlantis. Claiming that they were clever, he said that they had invented
space ships. When Atlantis was in its last days, these pygmies supposedly
jumped in their spaceships and moved to the Moon. These, he said, were the
UFOs people were reporting.
#9 In 1951, a Mr. Ocampo spread wild statements saying that the craters on
the Moon were the result of two powerful races who destroyed themselves with
nuclear weapons of incredible force.
#10 Also in 1951, George Adamski, using
a small telescope in his back yard, reported that the Moon was being used as
a base of operations by aliens. He claimed to observe their comings and
He also claimed to have taken flight with his friendly "Nordic Alien Space Brothers."
An Adamski UFO photo said to be taken on Dec 13th, 1952
#11 One of the original flying saucer contactees of the 1950s, Howard Menger emerged in 1956 when he told his story to late-night radio talk show host Long John Nebel. Three years later, his book From Outer Space to You appeared. Menger told of contacts that began when he was only ten years old. The original contact was with a beautiful blonde woman whom he met in person but who communicated via telepathy. Other contacts followed with other humanoid beings. Then in 1946, the woman disembarked from a spaceship and announced that a wave of contacts was in humanity's immediate future as many space people were coming to Earth to assist in solving its problems.
In 1956, in the wake of the publicity given contactee George Adamski, Menger took some photos of flying saucers, and claimed he took a ride in a Venusian ship. Following his appearance on Nebel's show, he was a guest on a national television shows hosted by Steve Allen and Jack Paar. The television exposure led to attacks by critics. An examination of his pictures led to denouncements that they were a hoax, and they caught Menger lying about his having read (and drawing material from) Adamski's books. Amid the controversy, a young blonde woman came to a gathering at the Menger home. He recognized her as the sister of the space person who had originally contacted him as a child. They began an affair and were eventually married. The woman, Connie Weber, wrote her story, which was published in a book under the pseudonym Karla Baxter. It actually appeared in 1958, a year prior to Menger's first book. The title, My Saturnian Lover, continued Menger's claim that he was actually an extraterrestrial who had reincarnated on Earth.
Through the 1960s, Menger seemed to back away from some of his claims, but added assertions of government agents involving him in an elaborate hoax. Through the 1970s and 1980s, the Mengers withdrew from the flying saucer scene, but in the 1990s they returned to reassert their contactee claims. They authored a new book in 1991, and subsequently appeared on a 1992 Discovery Channel one-hour special, "Farewell, Good Brothers," that explored the experiences of several contactees. The Mengers were interviewed before the large saucer model that dominates one room of their Florida home.
Howard & His Wife, Connie
#12 In 2 books (Our Mysterious Spaceship Moon & Secrets of Our Spaceship Moon), Don Wilson claims that NASA is
covering up alien activity on the Moon. He takes his claims a step further
by saying the Moon is a hollow alien spacecraft. What he doesn't say is why they parked it here.