The shining disc in the night sky has held our attention since the dawn of time. The shifting shadows of the moon has signaled in the past, when to plant, when to reap our creative efforts, to mark the passage of seasonal cycles as well as the passage of life itself.
This beautiful shinning disc always in a state of constant change allowed the evidence of life of all kingdoms on our planet whether it be the mineral, vegetable or animal to grow, to thrive and then degrade and decompose and return back to earth. To observe the moon’s phases symbolizes the patterns of development from life to death, as all living things has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Man as the watchers and observers of the sky learned that the fierce bright light of the sun was too bright and easily blinded. But by watching the night sky we could observe the cosmic light through the reflection of the moon. These early observation of the night sky was the first formalization of the phases of the moon which lead to our first calendars and to the first “Nature’s timekeepers”.
What better way to streamline your life than to plan your schedule according to Nature’s timekeeper? The moon and her measured movements determine the rhythm of the tides, marine life activity, and the surface tension of all fluids on the planet; not to mention the moods of all animal kind including man. “It has been shown that at the time of the Full Moon, and especially during a lunar eclipse, the surface tension of all fluids is increased. Because our bodies consist largely of water, this increase in molecular tension is bound to produce a biochemical effect upon our bodies. Furthermore, our bodies tend to take on and hold larger quantities of water during the Full Moon phase each month. The skull, being the only area of the body that cannot readily expand with increased fluid pressure, this will exerts greater pressure upon the brain cells, which affect our behavior patterns. (Jansky, Carl, Interpreting the Eclipses). Is it any wonder that the root word for lunatic is luna, which is the Latin word for Moon? Just as the Full Moon signals the increase of water and fluids the New Moon signals the reduction and releasement of water, fluids and old ways that no longer serve us.
The planet and all life follows this ebb and flow of the cycle of life – the cycle of the moon. In this chaotic and temporal world, looking to something larger that is also part of yourself can fill you with awe and make you feel connected. For whatever path you’re on, being open to working with planetary energies of the moon can link you to the power of the divine and the ebb and flow of life. As the moon orbits Earth, it changes phase in an orderly way. The phases of the moon effect our bodies on a daily basis as we cycle through the New Moon, the Waxing phase, the Full Moon and then the Waning phase.
The next blog will focus on the Phases of the Moon and how they can assist in the various aspect of our daily living.