One of the biggest celestial events of the year is almost upon us!
Set to peak on Sunday, June 23, the 2013 supermoon is noteworthy not only for the remarkable sight it will present to skywatchers but also because it will be the largest supermoon this year.
Also known as a perigee moon, the event occurs when a full moon lines up with the Earth and the sun at a specific point in its orbit, called the lunar perigee. That's the point at which the moon is nearest to Earth as it traces its elliptical path around our planet.
Since it's closer to us, the moon appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. Coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, the term "supermoon"essentially means a bigger and brighter full moon.
No this is not science 'fiction' but science 'fact' and providing the sky isn't obscured by cloud tonight and tomorrow we, in the UK, should be able to see the 'supermoon'. (I'm sure that will be also true in other countries also). Scientists have dismissed the idea that the moon can bring about lycanthropy, natural disasters or unnaturally high or low tides.
Now there is a mental condition which has been described as clinical lycanthropy defined as a rare psychiatric disorder that allows the sufferer to believe that they can transform into a non-human form.
Definitely the germ of an idea for a modern re-working of the classic werewolf story - surely! The thing is I don't think that I am the man to do the job not being much of a fantasist. There is some evolutionary work been done by Dr. Heather Schell.
According to Heather Schell, there is an evolutionary aspect to the development of lycanthropy in our culture. It is the need to be an “alpha male,” that has been programmed in men, according to Darwin. Throughout history men have been the providers of food and protection. She brings to light that in today’s patriarchal society that men feel more pressure than ever to be the head of the household and that this can spark an episode of clinical lycanthropy. Especially within today’s culture, where masculine men are seen as strong, power, and aggressive, which are all aspects of a wolf.
All logical stuff and the sort of evidence that exists in fact that can then be 'bent' creatively to produce a fascinating tale. Isn't that what many of us storytellers do much of the time?