The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon

Our Light and Companion

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
192 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2021
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon: Our Light and Companion is the first book in the Hearing Others Voices series by David Campbell Callender. This is a beautiful book that almost serenades the Moon, Earth’s satellite, and how it has been the only constant for billions of years for Earth and us. In this simple yet poignant journey, the author shares details from his childhood to his adult life and shows how the Moon was an incredible companion for him. This gave the author the urge to learn more about the Moon and figure it out. From looking into the origins of the Moon to understanding its connection with Earth, the author examines everything with the eyes of a lover.

The illustrations, the writing style, and the actual narrative of The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon was an incredible treat. The narrative had a nostalgic feel to it and made me aware of what I never knew. Each chapter revealed a lot more about the Moon, the author, and the influence it had on the life of David Campbell Callender. To be honest, this book can double up as a memoir, thanks to how up close and personal the reader gets with the author. He didn’t keep anything hidden. David Campbell Callender shared his hardships and his incredible journey of life that he spent with his family and with his friend, the Moon. I found the portions on Moon and its origins to be very entertaining. I loved the way David Callender showed how we affect the Moon. I could feel the love and adoration the author had for his friend the Moon. I loved this book.

Astrid Iustulin

If you are one of those people who believe it is always recommended to keep your feet on the ground, you have to reconsider. The sky is up there for all who want to look at it, and it contains infinite wonders. One of them, the closest to us, is the Moon, Earth's only natural satellite, and the "title role" in David Campbell Callender's The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon. In this book, Callender gives us valuable information about the physical nature of the Moon and explores it as a source of inspiration for art, literature, and spirituality. Overall, he presents us with an accurate and fascinating portrait.

When I started reading The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon, I did not expect to find many surprising facts about our only natural satellite. On the contrary, I believed I knew everything about it, maybe because of my studies or simply because I see it in the sky almost every night. David Campbell Callender made me reconsider almost immediately and gave me a pleasant gift in return. If in the section dedicated to the physical nature of the Moon (and in the detailed Appendix), I found a lot of information I ignored, the chapters about the arts and spirituality have broadened my vision. I could not imagine that the Moon had inspired so many cultures in different eras. I am always thrilled when a book opens my eyes to a new subject, and The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon has done that. It is a delightful read that I recommend to scientists and dreamers alike.

Jose Cornelio

The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon: Our Light and Companionship by David Campbell Callender is an inspirational book that explores the significance of the moon in the life of Earth, in the cycles of human life, and a unique and fresh perspective that examines the different ways humans and other creatures relate to the moon. From talking about the fascination of the moon to the place it has in our literature, from examining questions related to the origin of the moon to the influences it has on human life, from exposing its place in myth and romance to digging into its spiritual significance and its bewitching power, the author engages readers with reflections that will leave them appreciating the beauty and spiritual power of the moon even deeper.

This inspiring book is a beautiful tribute to the moon; it is filled with images, diagrams, and maps, and it allows readers to get inspired in contemplating the moon. The book is filled with insights and lessons. One of the lessons I learned from this book is that the moon shows us how to let go, a process that is natural and a part of life that is essential to personal growth. David Campbell Callender writes about the influence of the moon on planet Earth with ingenuity. This book is filled with thoughtful information, facts that are well-researched and presented in a compelling voice and beautiful, lyrical prose. The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon: Our Light and Companionship presents a strong appreciation of the moon and proposes a fresh perspective to journey with her as she comes out to gaze at us in the night, inspiring our art, touching our thoughts and feelings and, at times, lighting the way to our hearts and deepest desires.

Foluso Falaye

The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon by Irish naturalist David Campbell Callender and his granddaughter, Ruth Finnegan, takes readers through different aspects of, creations based on, and information about the moon: Middle Ages Europe and the belief in the "lunar lunacy effect", man's first steps on the moon, scientific details about the moon, poems and tales, myths and biblical scriptures, and accounts of people who noticed changes in others' moods and that of their animal friends during a full moon. If you have ever wondered where the moon comes from, why the world is so enchanted by the moon that it keeps appearing in our art and literature, and if wolves and other animals behave differently when there is a full moon, this book is for you!

David Campbell Callender creates a book for adventurous and inquisitive minds fascinated by the moon with captivating pictures, historical facts, references, questions, quotes, poems, and a thorough analysis. As a lover of nature and the universe, reading the book was a greatly pleasant and satisfactory experience. It took me back to the days I spent as a kid in the backseat of my father's car, watching the moon disappear and reappear as we moved through the traffic. I had a similarly magical moment while reading the collection of thoughts and pictures by different moon enthusiasts, including Aristotle, Emily Dickinson, and Neil Armstrong. In a world where people are glued to their phones and gadgets and have forgotten to admire the magnificence of the universe, a book like The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon is much needed to remind people of the magic and beauty in something as simple as looking up at the moon.

Lesley Jones

The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon is written by David Campbell Callender. Ever since his childhood in Donegal, Irish naturalist David Campbell Callender has always had a keen interest in the many phases of the moon, its origins, and the vital role it plays in our existence on Earth. But when did the moon first appear in the sky and why does the Earth’s population still depend on its presence for our survival? There have been extensive tributes to the moon from the Bible and Confucius to even Frank Sinatra and nursery rhymes but we still have much to learn about this planetary-mass body that has very little atmosphere. Even though we now know the moon is neither made from cheese nor where you could view a leaping cow, the moon still provides us with an enormous amount of fascination. Many scientists even believe that without the moon, mankind’s existence and survival on Earth would not have been possible. Discover what the 8 major phases of the moon represent, the importance of the moon to our physical and mental wellbeing, and spiritual strength. As the moon orbits our planet, it reminds us that everything on Earth has a natural never-ending cycle. Although many cultures hold different associations with the moon, especially concerning the afterlife, the one common theme that joins them is the significant importance its presence has to man.

The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon is such a fascinating in-depth look at the moon, its many vital roles and a tribute to the extensive research and explorations carried out over history. I found the illustrations and photography absolutely compelling especially the Neolithic carving in Knowth, Ireland. The chapter, Where did the moon come from? was both intriguing and very educational. I was astounded by the section on Lunar Lunacy and the study involving psychiatric nurses. The inclusion of poetry, sonnets, and biblical passages was a beautiful addition and I especially loved the comical poem regarding Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. I found the sections on the moon’s importance to our spiritual health really profound, and this quote from the book gave me goosebumps: ‘we are reminded of how ancient and everlasting the celestial bodies are, always over-seeing our lives here on earth and putting our present concerns and anxieties into perspective.’ The references and further reading at the end add even more value to the book. The Moon, the Watching Witching Moon by David Campbell Callender gives you such an appreciation of the moon that you will never look up at the night sky with a simple fleeting glance ever again.