Aquarius – Physical – Plexus: MOON

We have all heard at one time or another that the moon exerts a direct influence on us, but few of us know how, when, or in what aspects of our lives that influence acts. In the course of a few centuries the knowledge about the influences determined by the position of the moon fell almost into oblivion, to such an extent that nowadays many individuals react with astonishment and caution when they hear about it.

The moon is mysterious. It is known by many names and revered by many cultures around the world, both ancient and modern. Magical and mysterious powers are attributed to it, such as turning a man into a wolf or making our hair grow faster. But beyond the myths, the Earth’s satellite is unique and does exert an extraordinary influence on the planet. The orchestration of the tides, its role in the beginning of terrestrial life and how it sets the pace and even the stability of the world are some of the amazing real powers of the Moon.

From time immemorial the Moon amazed mankind with its great size, its orbital cycles, and its phases. It was one of the two most important bodies along with the Sun and its periodicity served as a calendar in many cultures. A 5,000-year-old rock has been found in Ireland that appears to be the earliest representation of the Moon discovered to date. In many prehistoric and ancient cultures, the Moon was a deity or other supernatural phenomenon. One of the first attempts to offer a rational and scientific view of what the moon was in Ancient Greece. It was proposed by the philosopher Anaxagoras who reasoned that both the Sun and the Moon were two giant, rocky, spherical bodies and that the light emitted by the Moon was nothing more than reflected light from the Sun. His atheistic idea of the sky was one of the causes of his imprisonment and subsequent exile.

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. With an equatorial diameter of 3474 km, it is the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System, while in terms of proportional size with respect to its planet it is the largest satellite: a quarter of the Earth’s diameter and 1/81 of its mass, that is, 50 times smaller than the Earth and 6 times less heavy. It is in a synchronous relationship with the Earth, always showing the same face towards the planet. Although it appears to be the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, its surface is actually very dark, with a reflection similar to that of coal. Surface temperatures range from -233ºC at night to 127ºC at noon, when the Moon reflects the light, it receives from the Sun onto the Earth’s surface. Its gravity – one-sixth of Earth’s – influences Earth’s tidal flows and weather patterns.

I invite you to read Matias’ post with the topic of the day.

Finally, I encourage everyone to reflect on the concept of the day. No one else but us can re-signify our own being

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