The Moon

Nature and Destiny of the Moon (1 May 1841)

[1.1] Now, as far as the moon is concerned, it is a solid world-body, even more than your earth, and is in a certain way a child of the earth, i.e. it is formed from the constituent parts of the earth.

[1.2] It is attached to the earth so that it catches the magnetic force flowing out from the earth and then returns it to the earth as needed, for which reason it's course around the earth is also just as extensive; for this always depends on the greater or lesser quantity of the magnetic presence on the earth; and on the contrary, however, also the course of the moon, as a carrier of this substance, depends on the possible need of the earth for this natural life-substance. This is the main function of the moon.

[1.3] If a planet is smaller than the earth, it does not need a moon, and the place of the moon is taken by very high mountains, which is the case, for example, with Venus, Mercury and Mars and some other much smaller planets; but what the larger planets are, they must be provided with one or also several moons in order to render the already known service to their planet.

[1.4] But also in the moon, as on the earth, there are humans and innumerable other creatures, only with the difference that no moon is inhabited firstly on the one and the same side which is constantly turned towards the planet, but always on the opposite side, because on the side turned towards the planet it is provided neither with air, nor water, nor fire together with everything necessary for organic life.

[1.5] You will ask: Why then? The answer: Because no moon may have a movement around it's own axis, and that because the attraction of the earth or at all of every planet in the distance of it's moon is still too powerful. If now the moon would have a rotation around it's own axis, and if this would be still so slow, then by such a rotation firstly the attracting force of the planet would be strengthened in the relation, in which relation the rotation of the moon would stand to the rotation of the planet, i.e. if the moon in it's rotation would approach the rotation of the earth in time, so that it would turn around it's axis approximately in the same time as the planet, then by virtue of the thereby growing attraction of the planet, one part after the other would soon detach itself from the moon and fall to the earth. But with such a slow rotation as the planet has, it would serve the moon very little with regard to the proportional distribution of air, water, and thus also of fire, and all this would still be as now, namely on the side opposite to the planet; for the water, the air, and the fire must be driven around on a world-body by a proportional speed through the protruding mountains; Otherwise these elements, so necessary for organic life, would accumulate on the side opposite to the central body by virtue of momentum and their own fluid gravity.

[1.6] But if this were the case, ask yourselves: Who could live on such a world-body? He would live only as long as he would be under the air- and water-layer; but if the planet would turn out of this, he would have to suffocate in the airless space, if he would not have first drowned under the water-layer.

[1.7] Now look, this would also be the case with the moon; if it had a rotation only as slow as the earth, it would have to have a five times faster rotation around it's axis, i.e. it would have to rotate five times around it's own axis in 24 earth hours, in order to distribute the air and the water and fire properly on it's surface, which would then result in nothing else than the complete destruction of the moon already after five years, and the earth would just be littered with moon particles; What effect the masses crashing from the moon onto the earth would produce, I don't have to tell you; but only say so much that nobody would remain alive.

[1.8] If you consider this a little intelligently, then you will understand well why the moon has no rotation, therefore also always have only one and the same side turned to the earth.

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