by Maharani Rutan

In Western culture, most of us are fearful of full moons, and some even make excuses for behavioral patterns because of it. There are studies that have even related deaths, accidents, and illnesses around the full moon; however, in Vedic Culture, full moons are more auspicious than the new moon.

Western cultures believe that new moons are the day that one places aspirations on paper and begins new projects. To Vedic philosophies, the moon transits are adopted out of the Vedas (Ancient Hindu text which are guides or scriptures written in Sanskrit created between 1500 and 1000 BCE). They state that all celestial bodies are interconnected, thus causing actions and reactions.

There is only one thing which is endless: the sun. As a result, the sun represents eternal and everlasting immortality. On the other hand, the moon is unique as it waxes, wanes, and can appear in all stages between new and full. In addition, humanity is presented in the cosmos as return, reappearance, and rebirth, leading many Hindus to believe in the concept of reincarnation.

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The old texts also explain that the supreme God is Indra, who controls everything in the universal world, except for free will. Thus, being loved by Indra or Brahma (whichever you prefer), gives planets (Gods) certain power. Also, in the Vedas, the moon is a container; some call it a ship which has a secretive drink called Soma.

It is said that when the priest and all those that worship the moon drink the Soma, they enter a trance and can communicate with other beings and planets (God aka Sun, Moon, Mercury, etc.). The moon (Soma) has a direct link to Indra, thus given great powers and is often connected with a motherly figure. Some say that the moonlight is significantly more magnificent than the sun.

The moon is also known as Chandra, and has been the power behind all, including spirit guides. He is also referred to as the God of Fertility in relation to Cancer, the mother.  There are some very religious people who prefer not to celebrate their birthdays on the day they were born, but instead, celebrate them when the full moon enters their sign.

Hindus believe that even though nature needs the sun to vegetate, birth, and rebirth, it is also linked to the moon. Therefore, everything revolves around the moon, including all prayers and manifestation. Hindu holidays, however, revolve around the position of both the sun and the moon. The significance of this is that we are all interconnected and have a direct connection to the supreme being through the moon.

No matter how many religions are practiced in India, it is a known fact that during the full moon, many Pooja’s (prayer sessions), periods of fasting, or other religious ceremonies are performed on the full moon day. Therefore, the new moon is referred to as Amavasya (when the moon is hidden) and the full moon is referred to as Purnima (when the moon is visible).

Unlike western ideology, where the new moon calls for planting seeds and aspirations, the Hindu culture sees it is evil and causes many temples to close, except on Deepavali, which falls on a new moon. So, when the eclipses come, either lunar or solar, they obscure sight and are considered bad luck when taking any kind of initiative. It is advised to stay at home, fast, and wear lighter color clothes so that during the solar eclipse, one is not burned by the energy, and during the lunar eclipse, one is protected.

When you see the moon, understand that our direct connection to the universe is light; we should grow and not be afraid.