New And Other Moons

Astrological_ChartToday, Thursday May 9th, is New Moon. While this is just another astronomical fact for some,  New Moon is a meaningful day in the month for others.

Why? Why are there folks who believe that the Moon, and how much (or little to nothing) of it is visible at any given night, has any influence on people and their lives? Same question for other planets, and the Sun.

After all, countless studies have been done on how ERs are not fuller on Full Moon nights, which is taken as a prove that the Moon cycle can’t possibly have anything to do with what’s going on here on good old Mother Earth. (For the scientific part of my brain, these studies just prove that the hypothesis of increased ER activity at Full Moon cannot be substantiated. But who cares about that, anyway. Any other extrapolations from these findings are mere speculations, though…)

Well, I for one don’t think the Moon influences much. What I do believe is that the Moon with its very distinct cycle indicates what’s going on here on out planet. Indicates, mind you.

Think of a watch. When you look at it, the numbers or the arms give you an indication what time it is. Right now, as I write this, the watch indicates to me that it is 10:31 pm. It’s late. I am tired. Is it the watch that makes me tired, though? Does it influence my tiredness? Is there a greater pull of the watch at night than during the day? Not really. All the watch tells me that it’s no wonder that I am tired (as if I wouldn’t kind of know that myself, but about that later.)

Same thing with a calendar. The calendar doesn’t influence the seasons. It doesn’t make spring, and it certainly doesn’t make the flowers bloom and the trees blossom. They do that on their own.

So in essence, watch and calendar tell us time and date (let’s call that the quantitative aspect of a point in time,) which we then associate with, in my case, “YAWN” and “finally it’s getting warm again,” (the qualitative aspect.)

Getting back to the New Moon, the Moon’s cycle, and astrology per se: it’s just a huge watch and calendar. In fact, any astronomer can tell you precisely day and time and a pretty exact geographical location with an astrological chart, with the degrees of Sun, Moon, and planets in the Zodiac signs, and with the ascendant, the sign rising on the eastern horizon.

The astrologer then takes this factual data, this quantitative aspect of time produced by the astronomer, and associates it with what people have recorded as usually happening at such times over thousands of years. (Like in empirical research, which is what Wall Street relies on for making bets with a heck of a lot of money.)

So, 5/9/2013 at now 10:57 doesn’t tell me much more than it’s Spring and it’s late. The fact that it’s a New Moon also tells me (based on my own records) that my body will enter in the phase of my bio-rhythm, where I retain more water and where nutrition is more likely to be stored in cells. In other words, I’ll be peeing less and I’ll get heavier.

A full astrological chart would tell me much more.

Remember my comment, that I don’t need a watch to tell me I’m tired? It is said by some, that the best astrologers don’t need the star charts to describe the qualitative aspect of time and space. They are so in tune with what’s going on here on Earth that they don’t need that huge watch and calendar up in the sky.

Does that still seem as if we are talking about stellar and lunar influences here?

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