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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.


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The Moon  - new moon - full moon
lunar phases - festivals - goddess

Lunar Planting

lunar planting

Many gardeners believe that planting during specific phases of the moon brings good results. Many calendars and almanacs carry moon phase planting guides.
Plants gain energy for growth from the sun, but they are also affected by the moon's changing phases. The moon controls tides, influences the groundwater tables beneath the earth and affects the movement of fluids within plants.

New moon - farmers and gardeners should prepare to sow seeds now. During the first quarter of the waxing moon phase the moisture level in the soil is at it's highest, so this is when you should plant seeds, repot plants, sow lawns. This brings rapid germination and growth.

Full moon - farmers should transplant now, when the lunar flowering force is strong. The moisture content becomes low during the waning moon phase and less sap is rising in the trees and shrubs, so it's a good time to do your pruning and attack weeds.
According to lunar planting folklore root plants should go into the ground during a waning moon. It is also the best time to turn over soil.

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Moon Myths

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.

Superstition tells that if you stand in a fairy ring under a full moon and make a wish, it will come true.

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.

If a young girl sat on a gate or stile to welcome the new moon, she would see her future husband in her dreams that night.

 

Moon Tides

The moon controls the tides of the oceans.

So, if two thirds of the human body weight is water, then it is likely that the moon affects our emotions and energy levels.

Remember the word 'lunatic' is derived from the Latin word for
moon - luna!

 

Moonflower

Moonflower

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.



Moonstone

MoonstoneThis is the birthstone for June, and was believed by the Romans to hold captured beams of moonlight.

In India it is considered a sacred gemstone, a symbol of the Third Eye that brings good fortune and helps promote spiritual enlightenment.

This form of feldspar has a beautiful pearly lustre, reminiscent of moonlight.
Its irridescent effect - 'schiller' - comes in many colours from translucent, pink, yellow, green, rainbow, gold and silver.

Sometimes moonstones are carved to show a man-in-the-moon face. Moonstone's energies are soothing, nurturing and feminine in nature. They can help bring calm, balancing yin/yang emotions and help us to become sensitive and loving.

Moon Goddess

A popular moon goddess was Selene ( or Luna), sister to Helios - the sun god.

Greek mythology called Artemis a virgin goddess of the moon. She rides her silver chariot across the sky and shoots her arrows of silver moonlight to the earth below.

In ancient Egypt the sickle-shaped new moon signified the goddess Isis, the Egyptian goddess of rebirth, and crescent shaped jewellery was believed to protect infants.

The triple moon is a Goddess symbol representing the Maiden, Mother, and Crone aspects as the waxing, full, and waning moon. The triple moon symbol is associated with feminine mystery, energy and psychic skill, and often adorned jewellery worn by High Priestesses.

Triple moon symbol



The importance of the moon phases continues to be recognised within many beliefs:

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

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.

Passover
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.

Wicca
The Goddess is believed to show three faces, or aspects during the waxing, full and waning moon cycles: the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone. These symbolize renewal, creation and wisdom. Rituals are timed in relation to the lunar cycle, as the phases of the Moon are believed to affect magick.

'Drawing down the Moon', where the Moon Goddess is invoked, is a well known Wiccan ceremony.

Howling at the moon

Drawing down the moonAccording to ancient myth the Wolf Spirit sang the moon up into the sky, which is why wolves howl at the moon.

There has long been a connection between wolves and the moon, in literature and art.

 

 

Yoga - moon poses

The Moon Salutation (chandra namaskar) gives reverence to the strength and importance of the moon, and includes the poses :
Crescent moon and Half moon.

The Crescent moon is often used as the symbol of yoga.

Yoga moon salutation

Pranayama is the yogic practise of regulating your breathing to gain energy control and is used during the postures and in preparation for meditation.

New moon energy brings calmness and is likened to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest.

Full moon energy brings energy and heightened emotions, and is likened to the end of inhalation when the force of prana is greatest.

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Moon Landing Anniversary

moon landingOver forty years ago, the Apollo Moon landing thrilled the world. Man first set foot on the elusive magical moon in July 1969.
Neil A. Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were seen walking on the moon and Armstrong uttered those immortal words:

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

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!


Sample analysis later revealed no evidence of organic material - there was no life on the moon. Lunar air was found to comprise of hydrogen, helium, neon and argon.

According to astronauts the moon smells of old fireworks!

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