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Friday, March 30, 2012

The moonlight mystique

trees under moonlight -image in public domain.Source: publicdomainpictures.net

We are all  fascinated with the big bright silvery moon but some are a tad cautious of it.

Full moon days are supposed to heighten the activity of the mind and magnify the dormant feelings .The werewolf  kind of fiction is entirely based on the lunar cycle.It makes an interesting read but the effect of moonlight on humans and plants is still not clear.

Some farmers follow the ' planting by the moon ' technique -where they  plant  saplings    ( which produce above the ground  ) after a new moon-  or when the light is increasing or the waxing period.
Planting in the waning period or when the light is diminishing  is  supposedly good for root crops.

The full moon day and the new moon day are avoided for any farming activity.

This theory is based on the logic that the moon has its gravitational pull and the effect on the tides and the water table of the soil. So this makes it better if the mentioned plants are planted in that particular phase of the lunar cycle.
This theory is not supported by many scientists but the believers couldn't care less because  for them- their proof lies in their produce.
Many medicinal herbs are picked on the full moon day .It is recommended that way in Ayurveda.
Taking walks in the moonlight is said to balance Pitta doshas.
 Moonlight has a powerful cleansing effect on most crystals - I cleanse most of my healing crystals by exposing them them under a full moon on a Pournami night. So whatever the facts or myths are, I think our beautiful moon deserves a thumbs-up just for its visual appeal.


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