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books about 'Lunar Influence on Terrestrial Organisms' and the
'Moon Lore' of ancient and indigenous peoples
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Below are a selection of books about the 'Lunar Influence on Terrestrial Organisms', which reflect a wide variety of ideas from both current scientific research, and the traditional 'Moon Lore' of ancient peoples from around the world. While many scientists have tended to scoff at any suggestions that our planet's satellite, the Moon, could have any effect on Earth's multiplicity of life-forms, the peoples of antiquity, and those peoples still living close to nature today, knew and know differently.

Modern studies of the natural behavioural cycles of animals and plants, the emerging science of 'Phenology', has so far tended to view any 'early' behaviour, such as the flowering of plants and the arrivals of migratory birds, as evidence of the definite effects of 'global warming'. Yet other studies of a wide variety of species have found surprisingly consistent correlations of plant and animal behaviour with particular phases of the moon.

"Astrological Nonsense!" scream a closed-minded assortment of 'ologists', desperate to prevent anything they define as 'pseudo-science' from getting a wider public hearing. And, of course, in such an intolerant climate 'pseudo-science' becomes the forbidden fruit that consequently must be tasted by innocent enquiring minds.

But a new study of the biological timings of the major annual events in the life-cycles of many animals, fish, birds and plants shows that there is no such phenomenon as the so-called 'early' or 'late' flowerings of plants, the rutting of deer, or the runs of salmon. Naturalist, fisherman, big game hunter and author, Bernie Taylor, demonstrates in his book 'Biological Time', that many events in the natural world are 'cued by solar and lunar cycles of light and darkness', and that ancient peoples were well aware of this:

"The works of art in the cave at Lascaux, France, dating back to 17,000 years ago, were solar-lunar calendars that aided Ice-Age men in knowing when and where to hunt large mammals.
Ancient Mesopotamian calendars and religious rituals were used to time the
opportune periods to harvest a wide range of plants and animals."


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"Biological Time" by Bernie Taylor

"Biological Time presents an extraordinary hypothesis about how plants and animals are timed and the knowledge of this phenomenon by prehistoric, ancient and indigenous people. The work is supported with archeological evidence and a wide range of examples from salmon, deer, and geese to grapes.

Biological Time is for the naturalist, outdoors person, scientist and all those who wonder what clocks nature follows.

The works of art in the cave at Lascaux, France, dating back to 17,000 years ago, were solar-lunar calendars that aided Ice-Age men in knowing when and where to hunt large mammals. Ancient Mesopotamian calendars and religious rituals were used to time the opportune periods to harvest a wide range of plants and animals.

The solar-lunar calendars and ceremonies of indigenous people on the Northwest Coast of North America and in the South Pacific Islands were primarily designed to gauge when fish are most easily harvested."


"Moon Rhythms in Nature: How Lunar Cycles Affect Living Organisms"
by Klaus-Peter Endres, Wolfgang Schad & Christian Von Arnim (Translator)

"Professor Wolfgang Schad, Ph.D., studied biology, chemistry, physics, and education. Klaus-Peter Enders, Ph.D., was a member of the Max-Planck Working Group on structural molecular biology in Hamburg. Both authors lecture at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology at the Uni­versity of Witten-Herdecke in German.

This fascinating study brings together a wide range of observations of lunar influences on living organisms from plants to humans. For the reader without specialist knowledge, it offers an introduction to the complex subject of lunar influences on the Earth's biosphere. A brief introduction to the Moon and its rhythms in astronomical terms is followed by a study of the tides and complex ocean movements with which numerous organisms are connected in their life process. Selected organisms are described in detail with a chapter on the spectrum of human rhythms leading into a description of the whole concept of time.

This brilliant book distills wide-ranging observations of lunar influences on the earth’s bio­sphere from plants to humans. Following an introduction to the astronomy of the moon rhythms is a study of how the tides and other intricate ocean movements are connected with the life processes of numerous organisms."


"Gardening and Planting by the Moon" by Nick Kollerstrom

"You won't have to get up in the middle of the night to sow your carrots! Country folk know that planning their work in harmony with the rhythms of the moon produces better crops. It's that easy. They get higher yields and better flavour in vegetables and flowers with stronger display and heightened colour.

This guide computes everything you need to know about the daily influence of the moon and the planets that will respond to it. Here is a fine means of self-discipline for keen gardeners that provides an essential timetable for the year ahead"


"Planting by the Moon: Gardener's Calendar" by Nick Kollerstrom

"Look at the moon, sow your carrots and watch them grow! This book and its clear, comprehensible calendar make plain that the Earth moves to many rhythms. We all pay attention to the daily passage of the Sun, but the Moon has an equal, more mysterious significance. Think of the titles, the equinoctial storms, women's cycles and the documented findings of scientists who have traced variations in metabolic rates of trees, tomatoes and small mammals: each in perfect harmony with the lunar pulse. We connect the growth of crops and garden plants to the warmth of the Sun and the gentle nourishment of the rain but there are also deeper energies at work, released and engendered by the more occult rhythm of the Moon. Nick Kollerstrom, who is an historian of science and a long-term student of the influence of the Moon on botanical and biological factors as various as the growth rate of lettuces and the fertility rate of thoroughbred horses, has written a revealing and detailed introduction to his calendar which gives a factual perspective to claims that more orthodox gardeners will discount at their peril - their marrows could be bigger or taste better. The calendar is a much clearer exposition of the lunar and astronomical factors that should influence the timing of planting and sowing than has hitherto been available here or abroad. The reader does not need higher degrees in astronomy, astrology or biochemistry to understand the various symbols and recommendations. There is also an excellent pair of (organic) gardening guides and timetables: one modern, the other from the 18th century."


"The Lunar Garden: Planting by the Moon Phases" by E.A. Crawford

"The moon has long been a symbol of fertility. Farmers know that plants are keenly attuned to the basic cycles of the heavens, and, just like the tides and rainfall, respond to changes in the rhythms of the moon. Farmers have practiced the technique of planting and working the soilaccording to the lunar cycles for centuries. Today, scientific experiments and the bio-dynamic farmers have verified the ancient theory that plants growth is sensitive to changes in the moon's magnetic field.

In this informative primer on the art of gardening by the moon,easy-to-follow directions include simple charts, a three-year planting table, and a list of commonly grown plants and how they are affected by lunar cycles. Also included are four seed packets containing Nasturtium, Radish, Spinach, and Squash, representing the four essential elements--Air, Earth, Water, and Fire. Each plant is discussed with advice on sowing and growing and simple recipesfor each are included. Complete with fascinating history and tips to ensure success. THE LUNAR GARDEN is a common-sense guide to implementing these ancient horticultural traditions in your own garden--whatever the size."


"Guided by the Moon: Living in Harmony with the Lunar Cycles"
by Johanna Paungger, Thomas Poppe, & David Pendlebury (Translator)

"Johanna Paungger and Thomas Poppe are among the best-selling authors in Germany, where their German-language edition of this book has been a fixture on the bestseller lists for over six years. Translated into seventeen languages, it has sold three million copies and spawned the publication of dozens of other lunar books and calendars worldwide. Paungger and Poppe live in Austria.

You’ve probably always known that the moon’s rhythms affect the world in certain ways—the ebb and flow of the tides, women’s menstrual cycles, the most beneficial times to plant and harvest—but are you aware of its influence on virtually all the important areas of your daily life? If not, you’re not alone; this ancient body of knowledge has practically vanished from use as more and more people have migrated from agrarian to urban living. But now, in Guided by the Moon, authors Johanna Paungger and Thomas Poppe reintroduce this wisdom and show you how to use it to determine the timing most likely to bring you success in anything you do. In concise, easy-to-understand language, Paungger and Poppe offer tips and advice that will help you make the best decisions in everything from health, beauty, and housekeeping to nutrition, gardening, and family outings. Complete with a comprehensive lunar calendar through 2010, Guided by the Moon will be an invaluable resource for you in your quest to harness the moon’s power to live a happier, more harmonious life."


"Moon Lore: Myths and Folklore from Around the World"
by Gwydion O'Heaghra

"Moonlore is a collection of authentic tales brimming with mythical characters from diverse times, places and cultures. The universal connection of each story is the lore of our Moon, the heavenly body that has guided humans from the beginning of time. In the grad tradition of oral storytelling, Moonlore weaves past, present and future in classic stories that entertain and inform. Is there a difference between a January Moon and a June Moon? How do we celebrate a Harvest Moon? See what the Hindi Wisemen saw in the Moon long ago. Revisit "Jack & Jill" in an old Germanic legend that casts them as the Moon's dark spots. Recognize a Wort Moon, a Wolf Moon, and a New Moon.

Meet ancient lunar dignitaries and find out what some people do "once in a Blue Moon. " Practically all cultures hold dear some myth about the Moon. These myths offer glimpses at life from all corners of the globe, drawing us together in universal experiences that, like the Moon, touch us all. Moonlore is storytelling at its finest, a classic tribute to the "Lady of the Night" so brilliantly reflecting humankind's many-faceted face. Highly recommended reading!"


"The Clementine Atlas of the Moon" by Ben Bussey & Paul D. Spudis

"The highly successful Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994 gave scientists their first global look at the Moon, and both the near and far side were mapped. This atlas is based on the data collected by the Clementine mission. It covers the entire Moon in 144 Lunar Astronautical Charts (LACs), and represents the most complete lunar nomenclature database in existence, listing virtually all named craters and other features. This is the first atlas to show the entire lunar surface in uniform scale and format.

A section of colour plates show lunar composition and physical properties, and the atlas also includes a brief history of lunar science and exploration. The Clementine Atlas of the Moon will appeal to both professional planetary and space scientists, and serious amateur astronomers."


"The Geometry of Biological Time" by Arthur T. Winfree

"From cell division to heartbeat, clocklike rhythms pervade the activities of every living organism. The cycles of life are ultimately biochemical in mechanism but many of the principles that dominate their orchestration are essentially mathematical. The Geometry of Biological Time describes periodic processes in living systems and their non-living analogues in the abstract terms of nonlinear dynamics. Enphasis is given in phase singularities, waves, and mutual synchronization in tissues composed of many clocklike units. Also provided are descriptions of the best-studied experimental systems such as chemical oscillators, pacemaker neurons, circadian clocks, and excitable media organized into biochemical and bioelectrical wave patterns in two and three dimensions.

Geometry of Biological Time deals with dynamics of processes that repeat themselves regularly. Such rhythmic return through a cycle of change is an ubiquitous principle of organization in living systems. In this revised and updated edition the author plans to extend the thread from 1980 to the present concentrating on areas which he personally feels have been interesting and where he feels there will be much activity in the future. This involves going through spatial biochemical, electrophysiological, and organismic dynamical systems and patterns that were discovered by pursuing the theme of phase singularities that the original book introduced."


"The Living Clock: The Orchestrator of Biological Rhythms"
by John D. Palmer

" An introduction to a basic property of life, one mostly unknown to science and the public until the latter half of the last century: humans, plants, and animals have within their bodies a kind of clock that synchronizes much of what they do throughout their lives to the time of day and the seasons, and in the case of the sea-dwelling organisms, the tides. This timepiece performs its service autonomously - it rules silently within us without us giving a thought to it. Three chapters are devoted to the human clock: its disruptive action in transmeridional travel and shift work, its oversight in most every aspect of our physiology, and how doctors being aware of its action can save lives. Other major subjects describe the role in piloting birds in homing and migration, guiding the seasonal reproduction of plants and animals, and its influence on shore dwellers. The book closes with a description of the clockworks' escapement.

From one-celled paramecium to giant blue whales, we all have internal clocks that regulate the rhythms we live by. In The Living Clock, John Palmer, one of the world's leading authorities on these rhythms, takes us on a tour of this broad and multifaceted subject, examining everything from glowing fruit flies to the best cures for jet lag. Palmer has a wonderful sense of humor and an eye for the startling fact. We learn that fiddler crabs--in a lab where there are no time nor tide cues--remain active when low tide would occur and motionless during high tide, the same pattern they follow in their natural habitat."

"The Influence of the Moon: Some Important and Interesting Facts Bearing Upon the Rhythm of Life"
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"The Art of Timing: The Application of Lunar Cycles in Daily Life"
Johanna Paungger, Thomas Poppe, & David Pendlebury (Translator)

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