How the moon phases affect us
"The moon had been observing the Earth close-up longer than anyone. It must have witnessed all of the phenomena occurring — and all of the acts carried out — on this Earth,"- Haruki Murakami.
The moon is this planet's anchor, stabilizing Earth on its axis through the gravitational pull; it prevents this planet from wobbling as we rotate and manages the stability of the seasons.
The moon influences life on Earth as a natural mechanism in a way that must have seemed apparent hundreds and thousands of years ago. At full moon, coral release eggs in a once-a-year phenomenon; the gravitational attraction between the moon and the Earth causes tides, the rising and falling of all bodies of water, not only the oceans.
Humankind originally planted and grew crops by the moon phases. Many still do. The moon helped keep track of time was the light and guide during nights. There are many reasons to feel that if the moon affects our planet so profoundly, it would be natural to affect our physical and mental well-being.
While there are a lot of scientific studies proving that the moon phases are not linked to our being and energies, the fact remains that we are intrinsically connected to the moon as we observe her ever-changing light. We see and feel her influence in the seasons, in our gardens, and we relate to her tidal movements.
Regardless of the science behind the myths of how the lunar cycle can affect our lives, the truth remains that we can use the lunar cycle to keep track of our lives, where we were, what we were doing, what happened, what has changed since last year complete moon cycle. We use the moon as our guide and reference.
We may identify with her powerful pull during the full phase or feel depleted during her weaning period. To better understand our relationship, we can create a personal lunar diary. It's a ritual that it's just ours and that works according to how we feel in the moon's presence.
The important thing is to show up and decide to be present, leave behind all the previous experiences, and let the emotions stirred by the current lunar phase guide our conscious and subconscious. If we are new to this practice, we can use the moon calendar and apply it to our lives; we can define these moments and actions:
The New Moon is the time to plant seeds; this is the time to set our intentions.
The Waxing Moon is the time to do the work; this is the time for us to follow up our intentions with actions. It's the scary part of the cycle as we may be forced to confront past failures or rooted fears of rejection or inadequacy.
The Full Moon is the time to harvest; this is the time for us to fulfill our actual needs without a sense of guilt and without hiding or denying our emotions.
The Waning moon is the time to weed and clear out; this is the time for us to release, repair and rest.