Full Moon Dreaming: some people love it, other people hate it. This blog gives you three facts about full moon dreaming you did not know before.
Moon: reckless heart in heaven,
why do you row towards the west
in that cup filled with blue wine
whose hull is defeated and sad?
Moon: it is no use flying away,
so you go up in a flame of scattered opals:
maybe you are my heart, who is like a gypsy,
who loafs in the sky, shedding poems like tears!
The moon and dreams are old romantic companions. In “A Branch from the Lightning Tree” Martin Shaw tells the story of how the Moon-man wants to capture a deer-woman and take her with him in the sky. Shaw explains: “In European myth we normally associate the Sun with the masculine -rationality, activity, thrust and vigor- with the Moon connected to intuition, stillness, receptivity and mystery.
Full Moon dreaming fact #1: moon as initiation deity
The first way the Moon influences dreams is as an initiation deity. The Moon is a witness of the darkness and it disappears each month to be born again.
The Moon visits the Dark unknown underworld, to emerge from it as a newborn. Like Inanna, the Moon loses everything, it completely disappears…
I think we love the moon so much because there are times in our lives when the world is a hostile place. In that night of dark loneliness, looking at the full moon fills your soul with joy.
You know you are going to blossom again during the full moon. Remember when Inanna had to strip down to her bare essence before she was rescued? The full moon is a promise.
Every initiation is painful. It is like a death. The full moon promises the new light of another phase of life.
If you look back at your life, you can clearly see how you have been initiated, often without realising it. Initiation rituals have disappeared in our current society. But there is an initiation into manhood, womanhood, into love, parenthood, an initiation into old age.
And the moon witnesses them all.
Full Moon DReaming Fact #2: our body clock
The light of the full moon interferes with your body clock. In the Hypothalamus, is the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The SCN regulates your body clock. It does so by the neurotransmitter melatonin and the nonvisual ocular photoreceptor melanopsin found in the neurons of vertebrate inner retina.
In ordinary language: light regulates your inner body clock!
In the pineal gland serotonin is converted into melatonin when the light diminishes.
In ordinary language: talking a walk in the dark can enhance your melatonin level. That promotes sleep.
A research done in 2013 by Dr Silvia Frey, of the University of Basel in Switzerland showed that “persons selected to be tested on average slept for 20 minutes less when compared with the rest of the month, and their sleep was poorer. The researchers also found that, at the moon’s zenith, volunteers had a lower level of melatonin, the hormone which regulates sleep cycles.
Scientists believe it may work in conjunction with the light-regulated circadian clock, which regulates body functions. Evidence of the phenomenon has been found in marine midges and iguanas in the Galapagos islands. It has long been thought that the full moon has an effect on humans, from influencing fertility to our mental state. In fact, the term lunatic derives from luna, the Latin word for moon.
Full Moon dreaming fact #3: weird Dreams
Psychologist Richard Wiseman has found out in a research of 1000 persons that people have weird dreams during full moon.
I know from personal experience. I have had many good conversations with dragons during fool moon dreaming. I connect with my animal energy when I found antlers growing out of my stomach. Our ancestors used the light from the moon to hunt. The moon steels its light from the sun… Steeling and killing. The dark side of the romantic lover…
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