Updated: Nov 15, 2020
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.
The shinning 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, they 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 comic light through the reflection of the moon. These early observation of the night sky was the first formulization of the phases of the moon which lead to our first calendars and to the first “Nature’s timekeepers.”
What better way to live your life than to plan your daily schedule according to Nature’s timekeeper? The moon and her measured movements determine the rhythm of the tides, shellfish activity and marine life, and the surface tension of all fluids on the planet; not to mention the moods of all mankind and animal kind. “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 mostly of water, this increase in molecular tension is bound to produce a biochemical effect upon our moods and our bodies.
Furthermore, as 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, therefore exerts greater pressure upon the brain cells, which ultimately 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.
Since the Moon rules the Mother Principle and Mother Nature in general, let’s take a look how She intended the population to perform in their daily lives. We will review the phases of the moon and how they affect our daily life in our next article.