Her beauty shines in the night sky like no other. The Moon is our motherly connection to the heavens, guiding the pulse of life on Earth. Without the Moon life as we know it would not be possible, there would be no order, no push and pull - and unbeknownst to most humans, she may play a major role in our emotional patterns.
Creation of the Moon
The Moon is Earth's first and only natural satellite. What's even more impressive is the Moon was once part of the Earth. It's theorized and widely accepted, that about 4.5 billion years ago an asteroid the size of Mars collided with Earth. The analyzation of Moon rocks and the intimate connection between the Earth and Moon's symbiotic relationship helps to confirm this creation theory on a scientific and metaphysical plane.
It is theorized in the scientific community that the Moon is in fact completely hollow or at least tunneled out like a cavernous maze. I'm no professional Astrologer or Astrophysicist, but I personally think the cavernous tunnels are a bit more logical. If it were completely hollow then comets, meteors and asteroids would go in one end and out the other; at least that's my understanding. These projectiles would make a considerable entrance wound and a massive exit wound - just like cannon balls only bigger and fiery. It seems to me like the debris that broke off of Earth when the asteroid hit would have fused together in large clusters, thus leaving lots of caverns and tunnels beneath the Moon's surface.
Tides of Emotional Ties
In astrology, the Moon takes a very important role in governing the emotional flow of humans. It is said that the silver goddess has a connection to the way we react emotionally in our daily lives. As this pertains to all 12 zodiac signs the three water signs are most effected in the push and pull that is our emotional tide.
Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces are the three zodiac signs that are governed by the element of water. Of these three signs, Cancer (the crab), remains the most influenced by the power of the Moon. Those possessing a Sun Sign in Cancer, or any other Cancerian connection, are typically most influenced by the phases of the Moon and are individuals of incredible emotional depth. Much like the Moon itself, Cancerians typically possess a hard outer shell but have the capacity for great understanding and compassion. The mysterious, nurturing and easy-flowing nature of the Moon is an accurate reflection of what to expect when in the presence of a Cancer - or most water signs for that matter.
I have a Moon in Cancer on my astrological birth chart; this alignment would be responsible for my deep emotional side that not many have the opportunity of seeing.
The Spirit of Yin Energy
Our Moon is undoubtedly a source of feminine energy, she is the herald of night and the pulse behind most life on Earth. Cultures of the world that are familiar with Pagan tradition or the Yin Yang, recognize the Moon as being a powerful source of female Yin energy. Yin represents negative, dark and female energy where Yang represents positive, light and male energy. Now this doesn't mean that women are inherently negative in their emotional behavior, it simply means that female energy has an electrically negative charge, much like a battery or electrical outlet. To put this concept of energy into perspective, just compare negative female energy to positive male energy in terms of our reproductive organs - males give (positive charge) and females receive (negative charge).
As I just explained, darkness and negative energy aren't necessarily bad things when associated with the female gender. Would you not agree that women are typically mysterious, nurturing and often introverted in their behavior?
Years of observation and modern science have confirmed that the Moon regulates the bodies of water of Earth. There is, however, so much more to the silver dollar in the sky than the regulation of Earth's tidal flow. Have you ever noticed how feral and irrational some people become leading up to and during a full moon? It's been observed by many that crime rates are typically higher during the full moon phase. It's also been noted that more people make decisions based on their emotions rather than logic during a full Moon. Even romance and sexual activity appear more frequently during a full moon cycle.
It would appear as though we all have a little werewolf in us.
Food for Thought - My brother actually brought up a good point one night about the Moon's influence over humans. It's a well known scientific fact that the human body is made of over 70% water - and if the Moon can control the tidal flow of planet Earth - then that should strengthen the debate about the Moon and its effect on us. It's just another "body of water" that the Moon has influence over.
Science! - Sorry astrologers, but I've got a scientific study that could very well debunk the theory of the Moon's effects on humans during a full moon. In 1996 Ivan Kelly, James Rotton and Roger Culver examined over 100 studies of lunar effects on humans and concluded that nearly every study failed to show significant change between the full moon, or any of its other phases. To be completely honest with you, I don't know who to side with. These studies bring up a strong argument against the astrological influence of the Moon. Perhaps I want to believe the Moon has an effect on humans, but at least I come by that honestly.
I encourage you to do your own studies and log your own observations as a counter argument to these 1996 statics. You can find the full study here:
Celestial Crystal Charger
The Sun is our source of purified light, it can send divine information, give life to Earth's habitats and transmute negative energy, but its rays are too powerful for charging most stones. The Sun will force many stones and crystals to lose the vibrancy of their color, leaving them bleached out.
Amethyst is one such stone that would fade in sunlight.
We are able to see the Moon at night because it bounces the sunlight off of its highly reflective surface. This reflected light is just the right strength for energizing crystals safely. The best time to charge your stone collection is during a full moon, or better yet a blue moon. The moonlight isn't at full strength during any other part of the lunar phase, so I wouldn't suggest going down to the beach for such a minimal charging. My first crystal charging was during a blue moon and I can tell you from personal experience that the vibrational energy from the lunar-charged stones was exhilarating. Each piece of crystal, metal and stone had their own little heartbeat by the end of the night. I am very grateful to the universe for allowing my first charging experience to occur during a blue moon.
Speaking of the beach, I suggest you get to one if you can for stone charging. It's the perfect location to set up your stones and better yet you could draw a Sacred Circle around your stone site. The drawing of the Sacred Circle is the ancient ritual of Consecration, making the land in and around the circle holy. By placing your stones within the circle you can focus the attention of the Moon's energy. The Sacred Circle also pushes negative energy out and repels it away, so it'll be the finishing touch in ensuring your crystals are as right as rain. That being said, be sure to keep your stones dry at the beach, sand and salt water can sometimes damage the integrity of your collection.
Banishment and Abundance
While the Full Moon phase is the strongest for powering up your crystal collection, the Waning and Waxing phases specialize in other crystal-imbuing properties. The Waning Moon (light on left side) banishes negativity from a crystal, where the Waxing Moon (light on right side) brings abundance to a crystal's energy field.
Food for Thought - The Moon has played such an important role in the history of our world that it's been honored with the first day of the week. It is believed that the word Monday originated from "Day of the Moon" or "Moon Day". Surprisingly enough, the traditional Christian, Hebrew and Islamic calendars appoint Monday as the second day and Sunday (Day of the Sun) as the first day of the week. The Sun coming first would undoubtedly make sense, as the Sun is the center of our Solar System.
Then again in the spirit of Yin and Yang, by all means, ladies first.
The Moon is one of the more actively influential celestial bodies in our Solar System. While the Moon isn't exactly a planet it certainly carries the influence of one; perhaps this is because it's the closest heavenly body to Earth and therefore its power is magnified? Regardless of where, why or how the Moon is indeed powerful and has played a partial role in Human affairs all throughout history. Legends of its influence span the ages from horror stories of werewolves to the romantic adventures of true lovers. The Moon is both an intimidating and gentle spirit, waxing and waning in the indigo night sky every 12 hours. Whether there is any legitimacy to the Moon's influence is still up for debate, but I believe a good place to start looking is Quantum Physics and Electromagnetics.