It’s Interesting to Know

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Level B1

The Moon is the only natural satellite of our planet, Earth. It has many different names, for example, the Romans called it Luna, Selene, and Artemis was the name given to it by the Greeks. Throughout many mythologies, the Earth’s satellite has been given countless names.

The Moon is the second brightest object in the sky after the Sun. It orbits the Earth once every 27 days. It is responsible for Earth’s tidal action. The Earth’s tides are largely caused by the gravitational pull of the Moon.

The moon is associated with witchcraft, magic and sorcery. In concordance with lunar phases, witches hold their meetings and perform their magic spells. Their meetings are called “sabbath”. Many people believe that the moon itself can cause a spell. If a person stands beneath its silvery rays, he or she runs the risk of being a sleep-walker. Nights of the full moon provide the greatest power for magic and the world of spirit.

Astrologers consider the Earth’s satellite to have a powerful force. They think that it influences our daily affairs. These scientists proved that it affects our mood, feelings and emotions. According to ancient beliefs, different creative forces are brought into play, while the moon moves through the zodiac.

In accordance with astrologers, when the moon is between star signs it is a time of uncertainty and instability.

Vocabulary Guide

  • satellite – супутник
  • tidal – прилив і відплив
  • be associated with – бути пов’язаним з
  • witchcraft – чаклунство
  • sorcery – чаклунство
  • in concordance with – згідно з
  • spell – заклинання, чари
  • perform a magic spell – виконати магічне заклинання
  • sabbath – шабаш
  • cause a spell – викликати приворот
  • silvery rays – сріблясті промені
  • sleep-walker – лунатик
  • daily affairs – щоденні справи
  • lunar phases – місячні фази
  • full moon – повний місяць
  • to bring into play – з’являтися
  • time of uncertainty and instability – час невизначеності та нестабільності