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Mythic Monday ~ Metonic Lunar Cycle


By the light of the full moon, a werewolf transforms. He shifts into an altered animal form.

Shape-shifters are intriguing characters. How cool would it be to see the world from an entirely different perspective? I often wonder if the thought process in human form differs in the shifted animal form.

Shifting is a common theme in folklore, mythology and fairy tales. Traditional shifters are werewolves. Everyone has heard of the werewolf and how they shift by the light of a full moon.

So when I began creating my shapeshifting characters I wanted a fresh and interesting approach. I wanted the trigger to be surprising and new. I also wanted it to be a  surprise the other characters in my novel.

Everyone recognizes a full moon. If moonlight was going to be a trigger for one of my shape-shifting characters, I really had to do some research.

The moon returns to the same spot in the sky every 27.3 days, making a Tropical lunar month.  However the moon’s phase (waxing or waning) doesn’t remain the same for two days.

Astronomical calendars can get pretty complicated with all the mathematical calculations. What stuck out for me is the fact that all the other star systems aren’t in the same spot in the sky, the universe in constantly in motion. Then I stumbled upon the Metonic Cycle of the Moon. I’d never heard of this before, so my characters hadn’t either!

The Metonic Cycle of the Moon is when the moon returns to the same EXACT point, (at the same longitude and against the same constellation) in the sky with the same phase. Talk about having all your ducks in a row. How long is a Metonic Cycle? 19 years.

Imagine 19 years in human form and then 19 years in a shifted animal form! Even better, what if the first 19 years were in animal form and the next in human form? That is one interesting character! I can’t wait for you to meet him.

Your turn, if your life was based on the Metonic Cycle, what would you shift into and how would that change your perspective of the world?

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I weave myth, magic and fairy tales into my paranormal novels. I would rather spend my days with sirens and shapeshifters than live in the real world.

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6 Responses to Mythic Monday ~ Metonic Lunar Cycle

  • Cathy says:

    What an amazing idea! I can’t imagine what I would shift into though…I kind of like my human form. =) Maybe a bird of some sort – like a swan. Then maybe I wouldn’t be afraid of heights anymore and I’d be more graceful. 😉

  • Adrienne says:

    That’s such an interesting question… would you rather be a human child/teenager for 19 years or a human young adult for 19 years…. Can’t wait to read how it all turns out for the character. As far as what I would want to shift to/from… I guess I would also say a bird of some kind– who would not want to be able to fly?

  • Sarah L Fox says:

    Very cool idea! I hope to meet your shape-shifting character someday soon! =) I think I would choose an owl. Or maybe an orca so I could experience ocean life.

  • Maryellen says:

    Hi Sarah!

    I’m glad you like it. I hope to have this novel complete and polished very soon. My short story, set in the same world, will be in an anthology published in May!!

    I love owls 🙂 the ocean would be fun right?!

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