August 20, 2015

The Supermoon August 29th: Illuminating what We’d Rather Not See.


*Eleditor’s note: Astrology isn’t a religion. We’re not sure it’s a science, either. It’s magic, maybe. But, as with feng shui, say, things affect things. So as long as we don’t go blaming our problems on the stars, as long as we assume responsibility for our own actions…well, hell, a little auspicious coincidence and applicable wisdom can’t hurt. And so, with that grain of salt…enjoy!

The moon’s energy has a powerful influence on us, so when it is at its fullest its energy is at its strongest. The next full moon will be a supermoon so the energy we will receive from it will be at a far higher level than normal.

On August 29th, 2015 the full moon will be illuminated 99 percent, so from the Earth it will seem to be at its brightest.

A supermoon happens when the moon’s orbit is closest to the earth. When the sun, Earth and moon are aligned they create a syzygy, which is a vortex of energy. A syzygy is when three celestial bodies configure in a straight line.

Supermoons are also known as Perigree Moons, which means “closest point to earth.”

When we take into consideration the effect the moon has on the tides, it is easy to see how it also has an influence over other living things. The gravity from the moon causes land tides and even solid Earth tides and these are always affected more intensely when the moon is at its fullest.

The moon will appear much lower than usual in the sky and during a supermoon it is estimated that it is approximately 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than when the moon is at its farthest point.

Throughout a full moon it is essential to remain grounded. Full moons can feel like an emotional rollercoaster, therefore it is essential that we stand firm and do not allow ourselves to ebb-and-flow in time with the tides.

During a full moon we can often feel spellbound and wander around in a haze. Rather than allowing ourselves to be carried along, we really have to start taking responsibility for where we are and not allow nature to send our lives into a whirlwind every time a full moon arrives.

Too often, I, and others around me, have spoken of how we can’t sleep, are irritated, on an energetic “high” and also that our lives seem far more turbulent than usual. We must not keep repeating this same pattern each month and then point the finger towards the moon as something to blame.

I’m all about stepping in-time with nature and taking time out to dance with it, however, the moon seems to be the one in control, which really is just highlighting our weaknesses.

We only ever see one side of the moon from Earth. When we really think deeply about this, we can learn something profound from it. We are attracted to the light far more than we are attracted to the dark. We look at the light. We rarely look out for the moon when it is not at its brightest.

Why is it that we are so magnetized to the moons illumination? Maybe, it’s because it is trying to draw us in to it so we pay attention.

The moon is stunningly beautiful, mesmerizing and extremely powerful. Yet, its light excites us far more than its dark. We pay no attention whatsoever to the fact that we cannot view the other side of it. We are only interested in what our eyes can see clearly.

The other side of the moon is all but forgotten.

Our interest in the moon peaks when its brightness peaks.

Possibly, it’s time to view the moon slightly differently to how we normally would.

Possibly, it’s time to view ourselves differently too.

Rather than allowing the moon to control us, it really is time we take control for ourselves. For too long we’ve glanced at the surface. We looked at things superficially and then when what has been hidden beneath sneaks up on us we wonder why it catches us off-guard and destabilizes us.

It is not always that we are afraid to look closer, it’s that sometimes we don’t even think about the other side of the coin. We often view what is in front of us and very rarely dig deeper or turn things to see what is hidden.

We meet people and we take them at face value. When we are disappointed with how someone behaves, we then say things like, “They seemed like such a nice person” or, “They didn’t look as though they were capable of… a, b or c.”

We all get fooled, duped, misled and manipulated. We then seem so surprised when these types of things happen and see them as betrayals.

This super full moon is a lesson, a huge one.

It is showing us how dazzling one side can be. How when we are so fixated on what it is we want to see, we totally forget that there’s something on the other side too.

A dark side.

One that isn’t so attractive, yet it exists all the same.

The other side of the moon is the other side of us. The side we have no interest in seeing.

It is also the other side to everyone around us too.

We are only afraid of the dark because we cannot see it. We have no interest in it either, just because we cannot see it. More importantly, we don’t look for it.

This supermoon is showing us that even if we don’t have any interest in looking at the other side of ourselves, or the darker side of those around us, we must still accept that it exists.

The time before, and on, this full moon is the perfect opportunity to lie outside and let the earth hold us while we gaze up at the sky.

We can open our eyes to everything we have failed to see.

Not just the darker parts of the moon, but everything else that exists around it.

We can Just stare out into the night sky, clearing our minds of everything, remaining totally in the moment and capturing possibly for the first time ever all the things that are out there that we have failed to see.

Then, slowly, we can pull those thoughts back down to earth. To everything and everyone around us, then onto ourselves.

What is it that we are choosing to see and what are we turning a blind eye to?

We should look through a kaleidoscope not through a narrow lens.

When we learn to accept that everything exists—good, bad, pretty, ugly, light, dark and all in between—we can learn to truly accept ourselves and those around us on an entirely different level.

We will no longer be caught off guard, no longer be surprised and no longer feel shaken when something out of the ordinary occurs.

Everything is possible. Everyone has darkness and light. We won’t all make the same choices and we won’t all behave in the same way. However, we should never be surprised by anything that happens, as it is only our blind-side that refuses to believe it exists.

When we open our minds we can alter our perspective on everything. By understanding how we are only attracted to one side of the moon, we can see how we are only attracted to one side of everything that is around us.

And, that is fine.

However, it doesn’t mean the other sides don’t exist.

This supermoon can teach us some of the most difficult things to learn of all:

Acceptance, allowance and most of all, unconditional-love. Firstly, for ourselves, and then extending to those around us.



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Author: Alex Myles

Editor: Travis May

Photo: Flickr/SpaceShoe



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