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SPOTLIGHT THE MAN ON THE MOON Does your future depend on him? S ince time immemorial, man has been fascinated with the Moon. The concept of a Moon God has been popular for centuries - whether it be Tsukiyomi of Japanese folklore, Khonsu of Egyptian mythology, Soma of Hinduism, Tecciztecatl of the Aztecs or Máni of Norse mythology. The sacredness of the Moon is recognised in many ancient cultures and religions. One widespread belief is that there is a ‘man on the Moon’ - a reference to natural geographical features which form a human profile 1 on the surface of the Moon. The Moon is also considered a powerful source of energy and benevolence in different theological systems such as astrology, paganism and the New Age movement. In fact, for the Abrahamic faiths 2 - which are all monotheistic religions - the Moon has an important role to play in rituals, celebrations and even end times prophecies. For example, the apocalyptic messianic figure in these religions also has a close link to the Moon - one of his titles, ‘Imam Mehdi,’ means ‘The One of the Moon.’ The Blood Moons Prophecy made popular by certain Christian priests suggests that the Moon will be a signifier in God’s announcement of the end times. 1 See page 12 for more information. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are known as the three Abrahamic faiths. 2 4 THE TRUE MEHDI • ISSUE 04 • SEPT 2017 SPOTLIGHT So why is the Moon so crucial in belief systems across the globe? If you ask anthropologists, they will attribute it to the profound effect the lunar cycle had on nature and, by extension, its effect on the affairs of the primeval hunting and agricultural societies in which many enduring schools of thought were founded. They may say that Moon worship or personification of the Moon were ways for these ancient cultures to make sense of what was, at the time, unexplainable. Certainly, there is no denying the truthfulness of these remarks - but is there more to it? The Moon has been the subject of man’s admiration beyond its anthropological functions. Poets often use the Moon as a symbol of love and sheer beauty. Indeed, it is common in Urdu and Hindi to say that someone is ‘beautiful like the Moon.’ The Moon also features heavily in modern English works - even in famous songs like Talking to the Moon by Bruno Mars. What is it that draws us to the Moon? Could this natural inclination simply be a byproduct of our biology or is there a divine significance to the Moon? And if the Moon is divine, how can we reap its benefits? This edition of The True Mehdi examines key beliefs and prophecies about the Moon in major religions. It is a study of the Moon’s role in history and how relevant it is in our lives today. THE TRUE MEHDI • ISSUE 04 • SEPT 2017 5