My thoughts on The Moon
As we're in a Full Moon cycle for the next three day, I thought I'd write a few words in tribute.
The Moon has always held a strange draw for me. I’m a Cancerian and it’s my ruling planet so I suppose it’s not that strange at all.
There’s no escaping the fact that every single living being on this planet is affected by the moon’s phases in one way or another. I mean, the moon’s gravitational pull causes the earth and the water on earth to ebb and flow. Our bodies consist of 60% water. The brain and the heart are composed of 73% water. It kind of stands to reason that we’re going to be affected by this incredible celestial being.
This gravitational pull can have an affect on both our minds and bodies. The woman’s menstrual cycle is still often referred to as ‘the moon cycle’. This most likely stems from the fact that the average menstrual cycle is around 28 days, about the same as the moon’s cycle. The moon takes 27 days, 7 hours and 43 minutes to travel around the earth. The moon is seen as the feminine as opposed to the masculinity symbolised in the sun.
A full moon can affect our sleep patterns with sleeplessness or sleep interruption. The results of various studies carried out in this area aren’t drastic but do show some noticeable anomalies.
In folklore and horror films, the moon has often been linked to werewolves, and in particular the way humans turn into these fearsome beasts under the force of a full moon. The belief is that due to the moon’s gravitational effect on the human body, emotions become more intense. Research has shown that more people are admitted to psychiatric facilities under a full moon than at any other time of the month, and crime rates often go up too.
For me, the moon is the most beautiful of all the celestial bodies. It’s always there, ever present, and without it, there would be no life on earth. Whichever phase she’s in, she’s always beautiful. On a clear night, a full moon lights the way and covers the earth with her silvery moonlight. There’s something other worldly and mystical about her.
Our ancestors saw the moon as the personification of their deities. The Greeks worshipped Selene, the Romans worshipped Luna (this is where our word Lunar comes from). The Egyptians worshipped a God named Khonso. The list is endless. It just proves that the Moon has always been at the centre of human existence, and continues to charm, inspire and fascinate us today.
Keep looking up people!