thefadingyear

Sidereus_Nuncius_sickle_moonIn Ireland there are a host of traditional beliefs and rituals that were once commonly observed on the dark nights when the New Moon appeared by those who feared or hoped that the New Moon would influence their fate.

One such widespread belief, which has survived advised that in order for a person to increase their fortune a piece of silver should be borrowed when the New Moon first appeared, in the belief that your wealth would increase as the new moon waxed, while, at least in County Clare, it was considered lucky to turn the coins in your pocket on the first occasion that the luminary is sighted. In a similar manner, but with less favourable results, it was believed to be unlucky to catch sight of the New Moon through glass; a correspondent from a 1903 issue of Ireland’s Own warned that sorrow would follow a person who…

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