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Moon Beauty Tips
A waxing moon is believed to promote healthy growth, so this is an ideal time to get your hair cut as it should grow back thick and shiny.
Corns and warts should be treated during a waning moon.
The Moon - new moon - full moon
Many gardeners believe that planting during specific phases of
the moon brings good results. Many calendars and
almanacs carry moon phase planting guides.
The best time to marry to achieve happiness and prosperity ,according to folklore tradition, is during a waxing moon.
A full moon in June is the luckiest marriage time.
Sleeping outside in the moonlight, especially during a full moon, was believed likely to drive you mad or blind.
On seeing a new moon it was lucky to curtsy and blow a kiss to it, turn over any money in one's pocket and to make a wish.
Looking at a new moon through glass, or through the branches
of a tree was considered unlucky.
The moon controls the tides of the oceans.
This beautiful, white, fragrant flower - ipomoea alba - opens at dusk from midsummer.
This tender perennial climber with large, rounded leaves with heart-shaped bases, can reach 15 feet in a season. Scented, white 5-inch-wide flowers attract night-flying moths.
A popular moon goddess was Selene ( or Luna), sister to
Helios - the sun god.
Ashangta Yoga - Full and new moon days are observed as yoga holidays, as the energy force created by the moon and sun being in opposition and conjunction affects emotions and energy, and respecting these phases is believed to honour nature's rythms.
Buddhism esp.Theravada - monthly worship is regulated by the Moon - four times a month, on the new moon, the full moon, and the days in the middle.
Chinese Moon Festival - last one was 3rd October 2009 - the Mid-Autumn Full Moon is celebrated. It is a time for family reunions and exchanging of delicious Moon cakes - a type of cookie with different fillings like: sesame, walnut, lotus seed, bean paste, eggs or ham.
Diwali is the Hindu New Year festival, meaning 'rows of lighted lamps', is often called the festival of lights due to the small earthen oil lamps used, and is celebrated all over India, by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.
The lighting of lamps welcomes Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity. Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.Like the new moon, Diwali symbolises the renewal of life and it is customary to wear new clothes at the festival. Diwali also welcomes the approach of winter and the beginning of the sowing season.
The Hindu calendar is based on the lunar cycle and the movement of the moon, so festival dates change each year. Diwali occurs on the new moon - a no-moon day - in fact the darkest day of the year which begins the lunar month, Karttika - usually Oct or Nov.
The illuminations, fireworks and festivities are to signify the victory of divine forces over the dark powers.
The legend is that on Diwali or Deepavali day triumphant Ram is said to have returned with Sita to Ayodhya, after 14 years of exile, having defeating Ravana - the king of Lanka.
When Ram and Sita returned it was a dark moonless night so their people placed lamps outside their houses so that the new king and queen could find their way. This is believed to have begun the tradition of the festival of lights.
In Hindu mythology Soma represents the god of the moon - depicted riding through the sky in a chariot drawn by white horses.
The Jewish Passover is celebrated at the full moon and over the next eight days. This commemorates the flight and freedom of the Israelites from Egypt and slavery - the angel of death 'passed over' them offering protection.
'Drawing down the Moon', where the Moon Goddess is invoked, is a well known Wiccan ceremony.
Howling at the moon
to ancient myth the Wolf Spirit sang the moon up into the sky,
which is why wolves howl at the moon.
Yoga - moon poses
The Moon Salutation (chandra namaskar) gives reverence to the
strength and importance of the moon, and includes the poses :
The Crescent moon is often used as the symbol of yoga.
Pranayama is the yogic practise of regulating
your breathing to gain energy control and is used during the postures
and in preparation for meditation.
Moon Landing Anniversary
forty years ago, the Apollo Moon landing thrilled the world.
Man first set foot on the elusive magical moon in July 1969.
The American astronauts collected rock and soil samples, took photographs on the moon's surface and planted an American flag. Six more Apollo missions took place and 12 more men trod on the moon, but the first landing is the one that is remembered. It seemed unbelievable that we could reach that far off 'giant cheese' in the sky!
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