Today is Valentines Day, not a day I usually fuss over, but today’s February 14th falls on a full moon.
I love the moon. I love love love the moon.
I talk to her, I say hello when I glimpse a gleaming shard or big heavy orb upon high. I’m obsessed with taking photos of the moon. When full, I sleep with all the blinds open, so I can bathe in her light. Even with my mind off my calendar, I often feel before I see her. I am a water sign, so maybe I feel her pull more than most.
Ever present, a companion as a child, consequently I was never afraid of the dark. I’d watch from the car window, worrying when she disappeared behind a house or tree on night time drives home from my Grandparents house, I thought she was following me and would get lost.
I call the Moon her, as to me she represents the feminine aspect through her cycle. Throughout history and different traditions, always “her”. The Goddess. Sometimes referred to as The Lady, or the youthful greek Artemis or roman Diana in the beginning, Cerridwen (celtic), Mother in her fullness and Hecate in the dark. Looking up I totally get why our ancestors worshipped her, mesmerising, quickening my heart and grounding me in wildness all at once. I am sooooo not allowed to drive during a full moon, for fear of distraction along with the rest, see next point.
Traditionally the practice of yoga is made a rest day on the new or full moon, this is more in line with the Ashtanga tradition from which I am lapsed, but still something I observe…kinda. There are many interpretations as to why we do this and I offer you to pick your favourite. If I am teaching or indulging with a sneaky practice of my own on the new or full days, I will always tone it down and offer myself and my students more rest time.
More than anything the moon provides for me a point of focus in this fast turning modern world. It allows me to come back and refocus whether new or full, twice a month I get to stop and think about what I’m actually doing, where I’m headed or what needs a focus right now and I intent according to the phase.