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Moon worship, known to many cultures, is founded basically on belief that the phases of the moon and the growth and decline of plants, animals, and human life are related. They surely are.
In India, Moon is an indicator of the females, general well-being, happiness, femininity and beauty, memory and the mind. According to Indian astrology, due to the full moon problems like mental, skin and nerve problems, jaundice and fluid accumulation are observed. I have noticed these cyclic changes in my practice in many patients too. But I am not going to publish it, of course :)
Just for the fun I bought this special hand-carved stone from India instead of acreage on the Moon.
It has elegant Moon on one side, with something written in Hindu there (I guess):

On the other side, there is the Sun


There is very strange Cherokee myth which is unusual in that it depicts the Sun as female. Usually Sun is God and Moon is goddess in many religions. She hated humans because they complained at her, whereas they smiled at her daughter the Moon. The Sun caused a heatwave that threatened the people, and so they seeked the help of the Little Men – friendly spirits, who changed two humans into snakes who lie in wait for the Sun but fail to kill her. Then Little Men turned two humans into a water monster and a rattlesnake. The rattlesnake killed the daughter by accident; The Sun found her daughter dead and stayed indoors in her grief. So the whole Earth was wrapped in darkness. So the Little Men sent seven men off with a box to fetch back the Moon from the land of the deads. After catching the Moon (quite drastically) they put her in a box and brought her back. They were not allowed to open the box.
There was however crack, through which she flew out and became a bird. For some unkown reason thus humanity lost all hope of immortality. Any idea why? :)

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I think the symbol in the moon carving is the Sanskrit for 'OM'
As to the story...?!!

22 Jan, 2012

 

Interesting blog, Katarina.
Do you find many people have difficulty sleeping during full moon... ? Strange, isn't it ...

22 Jan, 2012

 

More people commit suicides, heart disease come more symptomatic and those who are more prone to retention of fluids they benefit more from diuretics at that time..,

22 Jan, 2012

 

Are you sure, Lulu? Is it "Om"?

22 Jan, 2012

 

That's interesting.

22 Jan, 2012

 

If you google it, am sure it's the same Sanskrit symbol.....

22 Jan, 2012

 

Ask Bampy, he will Know!!

22 Jan, 2012

 

I love that 'stone' it is beautiful!

22 Jan, 2012

 

I think alot of folk stories are about primative man trying to make sense of it all . So called civilised man has problems even now !

22 Jan, 2012

 

Lulu: I do not know any Bumpy, yet :)

Karen: Yes, me too. I have liked it since I first saw it in India shop. I was told these stones come from one river in India, they are carved and polished and usually women wear them. Especially I admire that idea of Earth, Moon and Sun, united in one :)

22 Jan, 2012

 

Lulu, maybe you are right, but the upper semicircle and dot, resembling to complete Om, is missing. Look what I found about "Om":
"1.The chanting of Om drives away all worldly thoughts and removes distraction and infuses new vigour in the body.
2.When you feel depressed, chant Om fifty times and you will be filled with new vigour and strength. The chanting of Om is a powerful tonic. When you chant Om, you feel you are the pure, all pervading light and consciousness.
3.Those who chant Om will have a powerful, sweet voice. Whenever you take a stroll, you can chant Om. You can also sing Om in a beautiful way. The rythmic pronunciation of Om makes the mind serene and pointed, and infuses the spiritual qualifications which ensure self-realization.
4.Those who do meditation of Om daily will get tremendous power. They will have lustre in their eyes and faces."
:)

22 Jan, 2012

 

Bilbo, when reading about those Little Men, I couldn´t help myself, I was thinking of the Lord of the Ring and Bilbo Baggins :)

22 Jan, 2012

 

Thats one hell of a story : /

22 Jan, 2012

 

Now if only I understand this idiom.

22 Jan, 2012

 

Very educational and interesting Katrina, thanks (-:

Do you or anyone else practice teh old custom of planting root vegetables in a waning moon and climbing ones when it - or she, is waxing?

And can this apply to flowers, shrubs and trees too?

Waning - for their root formation?

Waxing for above ground growth?

Thanks

22 Jan, 2012

 

Robert, MoonGrower has several blogs on this subject.
Katarina I was told that chanting OM while tapping the throat helps to dispel anger - worth a try!

22 Jan, 2012

 

Most people round here think it the only way to plant stuff, Robert. Recently, when I offered some spare raspberry canes to a neighbour, she sat me down, poured me a beer and went to get her moon calendar and dictionary (We buy our own every year now), and told me not to dig them up just yet, 'cos she couldn't plant them 'til Tuesday when the moon turned......

22 Jan, 2012

 

Did it work, Steragram? LOL.

23 Jan, 2012

 

Yes, for years there has been published "Moon Calendar of Beautiful Lady" which is the calendar with all phases of Moon during that year and with recommendations, what is the best to do in garden that day, Robert. There are also comments on which parts of the body are highlighted in certain days. I never followed it strictly. Just noticed, that when I had itching to do something, like to go for a massage or plant new plants and accidentaly looked into that calendar, it was "suitable" that day :) So far, I know, I am perfectly synchronised with Moon cycles.
Concerning your question Robert - I do not think we follow Moon cycles in agriculture, but I know that Moon cycles are very much respected by herbalists.

23 Jan, 2012

 

Gattina, in traditions of all countries which were dominantly agricultural, you find this influence. But I am very far from making jokes from this folk wisdom :)

23 Jan, 2012

 

Blog in my Favourites Katarina

23 Jan, 2012

 

:)

23 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks very much Katarina, Gattina ( a lovely tale for a book - illustrated perhaps with others of yours)

and Steragram - will try that.

Fascinating how one can learn about ancient wisdom from modern technology like this;perhaps we are the new keepers and spreaders of this long tradition?

I know the last storytellers at Simonicchi near Arezzo died about sixty years ago, so there are still some who heard their tales...thank goodness this sort of wisdom is still living though, in Emilia Romagna and elsewhere in Italy, at least.

Off to get a Moon Calendar (-:

29 Jan, 2012

 

Not just the moon planting, Robert, but I do my best with the storytelling, too. Maybe not to the Simonicchi standard, but I do my best.....

29 Jan, 2012

 

Did somebody of you have problems with head last weekend? I mean headache, migraine, toothache, rhinitis, sore throat? I wonder, as there was something in Moon calendar written and I am curious, if anybody was afflicted :) :)

30 Jan, 2012

 

Katarina, in winter, I am ALWAYS, chronically affected by those ailments (except possibly toothache, fingers crossed), and now Daughter has had the same problems, but hers have been since before Christmas, so I think the moon must have been working overtime. Last week was particularly bad for both of us, though.

30 Jan, 2012

 

These four days are suitable for cuisine and relationships :) Go on!

30 Jan, 2012

 

You know, Katarina, if you have a sore throat, a bad headache, rhinitis, etc., you don't really feel like cooking or pursuing a relationship!

30 Jan, 2012

 

Well, that´s hard, Gattina, I understand.
Because of my synchrony with the Moon, in the days of "head", which my Moon calendar on the desk showed during the last weekend, I had extreme migraine for 3 days. These days I will concentrate on good salads :)

31 Jan, 2012

 

I think I must take note of when my headaches are worst and see whether they are coincide with phases of the moon, Katarina.

31 Jan, 2012

 

Just have a look :)

31 Jan, 2012

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