ya esa sodasa-kalah puroso bhagavan manomayo ‘nnamayo “mrtamayo deva-pitr-manusya-bhuta-pasu-paksi-sarispavirudham pranapy ayana-silavat sarvamaya iti varnayanti
Because the moon is full of all potentialities, it represents the influence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The moon is the predominating deity of everyone’s mind, and therefore the moon-god is called Manomaya. He is also called Annamaya because he gives potency to all herbs and plants, and he is called Amrtamaya because he is the source of life for all living entities. The moon pleases the demigods, inhabitants of Pitrloka, animals, birds, reptiles, trees, plants and all other living entities. Everyone is satisfied by the presence of the moon. Therefore the moon is also called Sarvamaya ( all pervading) ( Srimad – Bhagavatam 5.22.10)1.
For centuries, Man has looked up and gazed at the wonder and splendour of the Moon. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Moon has played such a vital role in the traditions of every culture, as Man has appreciated and respected the Moon, not only for it’s beauty, but also for his survival.
Johanna Paungger and Thomas Poppe in their book, Guided by the Moon, states that Man discovered:
“ – that numerous natural phenomena – the tides, birth, meteorological events, women’s menstrual cycle, and much more – are related to the movements of the moon
– that the behaviour of many animals depends on the position of the moon; that birds, for example, always gather their nest material at particular times, so that the nests dry our rapidly after a rainfall
– that the effect and success of both countless everyday activities and others that are less everyday – cutting wood, cooking, eating, cutting hair, gardening, putting down fertilizer, doing laundry, using medicines, performing surgical operations, and many other things – are subject to rhythms in nature
– that sometimes operations and doses of medicine administered on certain days can be helpful, while on other days they can be useless or even harmful – often regardless of the amount and quality of the medication or the skill of the doctor
– that plants and their component parts are exposed to different energies from day to day – a knowledge of which is crucial for successful cultivation, tending and harvesting of crops – and that herbs gathered at certain times contain incomparably more active agents that at other.
In other words, the success of an intention depends not only on the availability of the necessary skills and resources, but also decisively on the timing of the action.”2
The moon is the Earth’s only natural satellite and the average distance between ourselves and moon is about 384,400 km. Currently, it takes the moon 27.3 days to orbit the Earth. However, the moon is moving away from Earth at approximately 3.78 cm every year, causing the rotation of Earth to slow down. “Just like keeping a plate spinning on a stick, the key is to have the plate spinning fast, as if it slows down it crashes to the floor. In a similar way, as the Earth’s rotation slows down, our whole planet may start to slowly wobble and this will have a devastating effect on our seasons.” BBC News, 1 February 2011.3