Ozark Encyclopedia – M – Moon

Silver connection to the Moon – “It is always a good idea to be touching a silver coin whenever you see the moon, and it may be for this reason that rings hammered from silver coins are so popular in some sections.” ~Randolph OMF 330

Medicine and the Moon – “Medicine works best when there is a full moon.” ~Parler FBA II 1376

Moon ritual for warts – “Go outside on a moonlight night and sit down on anything. Look at the moon and concentrate on it. Then after a few minutes, still looking at the moon, reach down and pick up whatever your hand touches. Rub it on your wart. The wart will go away.” ~Parler FBA III 3628

Moon madness – “If you look at the moon too long it will make you go crazy. This is called ‘moon madness.’” ~Parler FBA III 3944

“A person who sleeps in the moonlight will go crazy.” ~Parler FBA III 3945

“Moonlight on the face of a sleeper will cause restlessness, then headache, then neuralgia, and eventually insanity.” ~Parler FBA III 3946

New Moon money ritual – “If you look at a new moon with money in your pocket, turn it over and you will have money all year.” ~Parler FBA V 5908

“Money exposed to a dark moon will grow with the moon.” ~Parler FBA V 5909

Connection to money – “It is unlucky to look at the moon without having silver coins in your pocket.” ~Parler FBA V 5913

Connection to moving – “Move on the new of the moon or when it’s increasing and you will have success or grow. Move when the moon is decreasing and you will never have anything.” ~Parler FBA V 5915

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

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