The Moon’s Energy Pt.2
It’s probably easiest to understand the moon cycle in this order: new moon and full moon, first quarter and third quarter, and the phases in between.
As shown in the above diagram, the new moon occurs when the moon is positioned between the earth and sun. The three objects are in approximate alignment (why “approximate” is explained below). The entire illuminated portion of the moon is on the back side of the moon, the half that we cannot see.
At a full moon, the earth, moon, and sun are in approximate alignment, just as the new moon, but the moon is on the opposite side of the earth, so the entire sunlit part of the moon is facing us. The shadowed portion is entirely hidden from view.
The first quarter and third quarter moons (both often called a “half moon“), happen when the moon is at a 90 degree angle with respect to the earth and sun. So we are seeing exactly half of the moon illuminated and half in shadow.
WAX ON, WANE OFF
There are 2 basic periods of the moon, waxing, and waning. When the moon is waxing, it is coming into; when it is waning, it is going out of. It takes a bit less than 28 days for the moon to orbit the Earth and so there is a change from waxing to waning every 14 days. At the height of the full Moon the moon begins to go into the last quarter phase, the full Moon is waning. Now it is 7 days and the waning of the full moon is complete and the waxing of the new Moon begins. Now, three days prior to the height of the New Moon the waxing phase produces a stronger and stronger pull. This is the period and the facts that you want to know about.
My hope here is that by understanding the flow of energies we can create with the flow. Often I have heard Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha say, “Work smarter not harder.” Well this knowledge coupled with the post from yesterday can answer for us when the best time to concretize our desires/dreams for 2011. We want to be in rhythm with the New Moon. So in these days let us be gathering our thoughts of what we want as well as examining why we don’t have whatever it is right now. We would also want to take a look at what is going to stop us from achieving it. The good of doing this is that we get to resolve whatever we come up with that would stop us.
And so planetary activity accelerates January 4th (Tuesday) with the first new moon of the year – along with a solar eclipse (moon passes between Earth & Sun, producing a total or partial obscuring of the Sun) (1:03 am, Pacific time) in Capricorn (13.39 degrees). This is when we want to set what we have written into motion.
Here’s some tidbits of evidence, about the effects of the lunar cycle.
The Invisible Ally by Burt Goldman
Did you know that you’re more likely to catch fish during the three days before the new moon? Did you know that hunters do better going after quarry in those same three days? Farmers also know something about lunar timing. Consider this: A farmer plows his field. He then plants a seed and waters it. This softens the coat of the seed. If he does this during the waxing of the new moon (the final quarter before the new moon), he will get a better yield than doing it during other times in the moon’s monthly cycle. And this power extends beyond farmers, hunters and fisher-folk. Wounds actually heal faster during the waxing of the new moon, and cuts bleed more during this time. Why? Because blood flow is stimulated. It’s literally pulled by the force of the moon.
Health around the Full Moon
A research team at Leeds University found a significant increase in visits to medical practices for consultations after the full moon.
Doctors report an increase in epileptic seizures and bleeding ulcers at the time of the full moon.
The Moon and Birth
Female reproductive cycles respond to the lunar cycle.
The Moon and Accidents
Alcohol consumption rises at the start and end of the lunar cycle. More drunk drivers, more crashes and more hangovers occur at this critical time. It’s hard to know if the astrological connection between the
Moon and liquids or the Moon and emotions is the root cause.
At the time of the full moon, hospital accident and emergency units see about 10% more patients. 80% of casualty nurses and 64% of doctors believe the moon adversely affects patient behavior.
Crimes of violence increase at the full moon.
The Moon and plants and animals
Marine biologists on the Australian Barrier Reef informed me that coral mates at the full moon.
Amphibians around the world synchronize their mating activity by the full Moon, researchers have discovered. Details of the discovery are published in the journal ‘Animal Behavior.’
Herbivores ovulate around the Full Moon. The world’s leading states that the height of the deer rutting season occurs around two full moons. One of the two will be the Leo Full Moon. (late July – late August)