Every day we are witnesses to the ever-changing celestial movement in the skies. There are five important elements of the moon. Practical points of wisdom taught by the celestial dance of the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth.
The nearest players in this heavenly show are the Sun and Moon. They are above us circling and dancing in an intricate Pirouette. We can learn a lot if we take the time to ponder on the relationship of the Earth the Sun and the Moon.
1. Public and Private Face
It begins with keeping both a public and a private Face. The moon does not rotate. It stays steady. It always shows the same face to the Earth. This is the public face of the Moon. However, the Moon as a private face. It has a private side that never shows the world. This doesn’t mean you should be two-faced. Rather, learn it is wise to have and guard your private side. This is an important aspect of lunar wisdom.
In other words, learn to be authentic. In a world of followers, walk your own path. Resist the trappings of commercialism. At the same time, protect your individuality by keeping your essence private. In many cultures, freethinkers are taboo. So, you need to exercise the wisdom of the moon. Develop a healthy sense of who you are as distinct from showing a public persona.
2. The Power of Silence
The Moon may seem like it does nothing, but it moves the great tides in the oceans due to its gravitational pull. It is the Moon that moves great bodies of water regularly. The ecology and biology of our Earth have adapted specifically to take advantage of the rising and falling tides. This is no subtle force. This aspect teaches us that silence and reflection allow us to affect others in positive ways.
The key here is learning and practicing meditation. The power of silence is lunar wisdom. The right kind of meditation will put you in touch with the silence of the transcendent. This is our true home. It is where we ground ourselves. It helps us to return to activity recharged and fully present. Our consciousness is built on the foundation of the silence of the transcendent. Bathing the mind in silence is important for our overall health and wellness.
3. Reflecting Different Degrees of Light
The Moon reflects light. It doesn’t produce light. It is the Sun that provides energy. The Moon moves at different angles to show different portions of this light in its dance cycle. This teaches us that we must learn to reflect the right amount of light. Lunar wisdom teaches us to use discretion in shining our energy. Don’t disclose too much of yourself to the wrong people. But, share the right amount with those who need it. A great many need only a sliver of light to see the right way to go on their path.
We learn from our influence on others that we must also be prudent. Live courageously, but also with prudent wisdom. Reflect your light with discernment. Learn how much you can share and with whom. Allow your intuition to guide you. Learn when how to make people receptive to new ideas.
4. Be an Inspiration
To be inspired means “to be in spirit.” The Moon has inspired countless songs, paintings, poems, writings, and other works of art. The lesson here is to inspire both yourself and others. This aspect should not be overlooked. Lunar wisdom tells us that sometimes we don’t know who is inspiring. You may not be a celebrity but you can be an inspiration to others in your immediate circle. The Moon is probably not known in the farthest reaches of our galaxy but it is well-known on Earth.
The Moon casts its inspiration on the Earth in the form of a shadow. What type of shadow does your life produce? Your legacy is something you create with the lives you touch.The lesson here is to realize we affect our circle of influence. Be sure you are creating a positive legacy.
We don’t always see the seeds we plant. So, plant good seeds. This means living a life of courage. It means putting yourself at risk especially when you see injustice, corruption, bias, and prejudice. Be an example of someone who stands up for the rights of those who do not have the power to stand on their own. Stand up and protect the environment. But, also temper this with the wisdom of the 3rd aspect.
5. Explore Your Mysterious Side
The moon is one big mystery. The more we know, the more mysterious it becomes. The moon’s density is 3.34 whereas the Earth is 5.5. The Moon is bigger than it should be for the closeness of its orbit to the Earth. No other planet has a Moon this larger, this close. To stay in this close an orbit, it must be hollow?
And, it’s much older than it should be based on the size of craters. Last, Moon rocks returned have radioactive ages of billions of years older than the Earth? Rocks from the Moon are magnetized, yet the moon has no magnetic field. This is lunacy!
A mystery is something that begs us to explore. The Moon teaches us that all of life is a mystery. So, we need to live our lives with understanding and gratitude. Here, the lesson is accepting that life is meant to be mysterious. And this is what draws us on our path of spiritual exploration. The opportunity for spiritual exploration should be as important as any other endeavor in your life.
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