With the end of the year, and new prospects looming ahead – it is a time in most cultures to review and take time to reflect on what has transpired in the year that is departing and plant seeds for new beginnings.
In astrology, all the celestial planets represent archetypes of the human experience. Reflection is associated with the Moon where the light of seeing is directed inward. It is that aspect of ourselves we go to for inspiration and creativity. In many traditions, the Moon is the feminine, the mother and the origin of fertility in Nature. This aspect of life is so revered that in nearly every culture in history, there is a god or goddess to represent the Moon in myth and ceremony.
For thousands of years farmers have planted their crops according to the phases and astrological signs of the moon. According to the farmers almanac the age-old practice of gardening by the moonstems from the simple belief that the Moon governs moisture. Pliny the Elder, the first-century Roman naturalist, stated in his Natural History that the Moon “replenishes the earth; when she approaches it, she fills all bodies, while, when she recedes, she empties them.”
Throughout the month, the moon passes through major phases as our earth perspective shifts, and the periods of its waxing and waning form the basis of many of the oldest calendars. Many religions and cultures are oriented chronologically by the moon not to mention the animal kingdom.
Did you know…
~Parasites are known to lay their eggs at the new moon and hatch at the full moon.
~In Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the full moon is mating time for coral synchronizing the most massive release of egg and sperm on Earth.
~European badgers pee more often during the new moon than full moon, researchers have found to mark territory, especially when they are getting ready to mate.
~Doodlebugs dig new traps every day, and researchers have found that these holes get bigger during full moons. *
For a Temple cat such as myself, as part of personal grooming, I cut my hair or shed my fur by the moon phases. Here is my advice: to promote faster growth, try cutting hair at the new moon. For a fuller more voluminous fur, cut during the full moon.
Myths and beliefs aside – the really important question of the year is: how much you would weigh on the moon?
It puts dieting for the new year into a better perspective. Weighing in as rather Kaphaesque 17 pounds, I prefer the slim version of myself which would be 2.822 lbs (on the moon).