the lovely moon
I’ve always liked looking up at the moon. Yet, for a while, I did take it for granted. When you’re a kid, you learn about the moon and the solar system and all the planets, but that’s pretty much it. You know that they exist and after that, you never really think about them ever again (unless of course, some really smart people say Pluto isn’t a planet anymore; then we all mourn the loss of Pluto). But in general, most people don’t ever think about them. And when you live in a city, like New York City for me, it’s very hard to see any planet, let alone the moon, at night because of all the light pollution. The moon is there though. People in the city always seem to get excited to see it at night, especially if it’s full and looks really really bright, because to be quite frank, they don’t pay enough attention to it when it’s in any other phase. Which is unfortunate to say the least.
But I appreciate the moon. In fact, I love looking up at the moon, even when it’s just a sliver of a crescent. I took an astronomy class in university, because I needed a science credit with a lab, and surprised myself at how much I really enjoyed it. I normally horrible at science and never understand what I’m reading, let alone, what the teacher is saying, but I understood everything perfectly in astronomy. (Though, I think it’s because I actually read my textbook. I needed the A, so I dedicated myself. I’m so glad I did though!) Our universe is so lavish, so amazing, it’s a shame more people don’t know much about it. Honestly, looking up at the stars is our only sight into the past! How cool is that? But this is about our lovely moon.
Contrary to popular belief, but our moon is not made of cheese. Its surface looks like cheese because of all the craters, where our moon was probably bombarded by rogue asteroids. But, it all adds to the charm of our moon. This orb in the sky that revolves around our earth provided us with natural light at night, as well as the waves we see in the oceans. Above you can see some very first sketches of our lovely moon that the wonderful Galileo drew while he studied the shape and shades of the moon. In fact, he was the first to deduce that the moon did in fact have lunar mountains and craters! Just imagine how much time and effort Galileo put into studying the moon, for us to never really have to; for us to basically take all that information that he gathered (and the moon itself) for granted.
Think about it. When was the last time you looked up at the moon?
I was reading some random pdf I found on the internet the other day about the moon and its relation to astrology. I never really got into astrology (though I have a friend who’s really into it, and what he’s told me about my sign and my charts and stuff is really interesting. I just never looked into it), so I will say that I never knew the moon (or the sun) had any effect on your sign. But they do! The planets as well.
The moon has to do largely with personality, just as the sun has to do with individuality. The signs in which the moon is placed describe the type of the personality. But the moon is very important because she represents the Sensorium; that being our five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Since we live by these five senses, the moon “largely determines the kind of life and activity with which the average human being meets life day by day.” So depending where the moon is within our (Zodiac) sign, it influences how we act and react to everything around us:
Indeed, we may say that the average person is largely judged in life by the sign position of his Moon, and that this position may even act as a completely qualifying influence, if evil aspects interfere, and thus bring out some of the lower phases of the sign influence. We have thousands of instances, in astrological record, of such complete modification of the personality through the Moon position that the whole life was totally wrecked ; and it is not difficult to see why this should be so, for, if the Moon primarily governs the Sensorium, that is, the sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, it necessarily is sufficiently strong absolutely to dominate the man.
Isn’t that interesting? I know the moon does effect me, but I didn’t know it was too that extent. Then again, I’m not very conscious of astrology (and for that matter, it could all be false) but it’s just something to think about. I know there are some things that are directly affected by the moon. For example, a woman’s average menstrual cycle is 28 days, the same length of the moon’s cycle. I’ve personally noticed that my period tends to come either at the beginning of the moon’s cycle or at the end of it. Course, this could all be coincidental, but I rather not think of it like that.
So, I just ask of you (you can do it or not, I doesn’t matter much to me. But I’d appreciate it if you did), just take a few moments of your night to look up at the moon. Or a few moments out of your day, because the moon is also visible sometimes during the day, especially during its waxing and waning crescent phases. Or simply, just look up at the sky and marvel at all the stars you can see with your naked eye. Just imagine billions upon trillions of stars, more stars than every grain of sand on a beach, out there in the ever expanding universe. Stars apart of clusters and galaxies. Imagine how beautiful all of that would look like?
Now look up at our moon.
She’s beautiful isn’t she?
[source: Astrology: Your Place Among the Stars by Evangeline Adams here and here]