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It’s three o’clock in the morning and I’m wide awake, lying in my bed. I feel restless, so I try to relax with some candles and incense. Then I glance out of my window and see the sky is illuminated: it’s nearly full moon. Ah, that explains a lot, I think to myself.

When I was a child, I used to sneak out of bed to gaze upon that perfectly round orb in the sky for hours. I was enchanted by the moon’s beauty and fascinated by her story; I was infected by the ‘moon-sickness’.

The moon has an enormous influence on mankind. Just look at the pull of the moon on the planets and the water; the tides are caused by the moon. Also, it was discovered that the various phases of the waxing and waning moon directly affect the growth of crops. Humans consist of 70% of water or other liquids, so that might explain why our bodies and emotions react to the moon.

During the full moon phase, the moon sets at the precise moment the sun rises and vice versa – that’s why we see the moon as an orb of light. Everything reaches a climax, everything is ‘full’. ‘The full moon drives people crazy’ is a well-known phrase. What actually happens is that the full moon energizes people subconsciously, which can lead to restlessness or other strong emotions like anger, sadness or fear, without a concrete cause. Some people sleep differently, due to feelings of anxiety. The closer you are to yourself in every way, the stronger the influence of the moon can affect you. For some people this might be frightening, other people experience it as liberating.

Anyway, the moon has an almost magical pull on us, considering the many legends, myths and fairy tales in which he plays a part. The moon is also an integral part of most religions and cultures.

My moon-ritual and advice is: don’t make it any more ‘woolly’ than you’re comfortable with, let go of preconceptions and customize your ritual to fit you. Write down your goals during the full moon. Everyone has dreams, desires and plans for the future. Visualize and manifest them. The power of the full moon will give you an extra boost to make them come true. Or like C.S. Lewis once said:

“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.”

With love, Chanti Mai


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