At the Full Moon, great insights can leap into awareness, and just as quickly, disappear, if you’re not prepared to notice them. .
Why do insights pop into our heads the way they do, suddenly and often without our prompting? We might be stumbling in the dark for days, desperate for illumination, yet no insight comes. According to Eastern traditions,at least part of the explanation may lie with the Moon. Tibetan lamas and Hindu sages believe that at certain moments in the lunar cycle, especially at New and Full Moons, energetic doorways can open and receiving insights is easier.
“Lunar gaps,” is what astrologer Michael Erlewine* calls them, ”…regular opportunities, joints in the nick of time, when insights are somehow more possible than at other times.” Lest we start imagining a dramatic rift in the fabric of space/time, letting loose a shower of insights like a special effect in some sci fi movie, Erlewine is quick to point out that the gap he describes is actually a gap “in our particular set of obscurations, our own cloudiness.”
The gap opens in our own (normally muddled) mind. It’s the Eastern belief that insights appear at certain Moon times because there’s a greater likelihood for mental clarity then. This is why many Eastern religions routinely set these days aside for fasting, meditation, and worship. One of the most auspicious of these lunar times is the Full Moon.
Make 2013 the Year of the Moon! Consider enrolling in my monthly Moon workshop (by snail-mail or email). It’s designed to deepen your relationship with the primary guardians of natural time, the Sun, the Moon, the zodiac, and your inner wise one. You’ll learn some astrology. More importantly, you’ll awaken to the countless gifts of harmony and synchronicities between your inner and outer world.
*Michael Erlewine, “Lunar Gaps: Taking Advantage of the Lunar Cycle,”in Astrology’s Special Measurements, ed. By Noel Tyl, (Saint Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 1994)