The full moon, that beautiful and mesmerizing radiant light, enchants us each month with stories of werewolves and crazy drivers. For several years now I’ve watched how I suddenly begin to get thirstier and thirstier as we close in on a certain time of the month. I always attributed it to my menstrual cycle, but over the last several months it’s become apparent that this additional demand for water in my body has something to do with the full moon. I drink and drink and drink and still I remain thirsty, it’s like slowly crossing the Sahara and no matter how many mirages you drink from, the thirst remains. Ok, maybe that’s a little dramatic.
Some conversations I shared after the full moon last month (April), I began to realize that I’m not the only one affected by this water balance issue. My father had suffered from dehydration and a student in one of my classes also mentioned it to me. Could it be that we all feel crazy during the full moon because we don’t have enough water?
Dehydration causes serious issues in our glandular system, blood pressure, kidneys and our brain function. (Not to mention those crazy driver mood swings.) Here’s an article that discusses effects of mild dehydration on mood, specifically for women. It’s interesting that this affects women so strongly, but then again we are known to be affected by the lunar cycles in many ways. It’s so great the we’ve been blessed with this natural connection to the Earth and the Universe.
Yogi Bhajan commented also on how susceptible women are to mood swings when the water balance is off. In the Meditation For Emotional Balance (always tune in before practicing), he talks about the need to balance our emotions with water and breath:
This meditation is called Sunia(n) Antar. It is very good for women. It is essential at times when one is worried or upset and doesn’t know what to do, or when one feels like screaming, yelling, and misbehaving. When out of focus or emotional, attention should be given to the body’s water balance and breath rate. Humans are approximately 70 percent water, and behavior depends upon the relation of water and earth, air and ether. Breath, representing air and ether, is the rhythm of life. Normally we breathe 15 times a minute, but when we are able to rhythmically slow down the breath to only 4 breaths per minute, we have indirect control over our minds. This control eliminates obnoxious behavior, promoting a calm mind regardless of the state of affairs. When there is a water imbalance in the system, and the kidneys are under pressure, it can cause worry and upset. Drinking water, pulling the shoulders up to the ears and tightly locking the entire upper area creates a solid brake that can be applied to the four sides of the brain. After 2 or 3 minutes, thoughts will still be there, but one does not feel them. This is a very effective method of balancing the functional brain.
The full moon is also a time when our bodies are very strong, it’s a great time to start new projects and let go of the old. While I’ve been noticing changes in my hydration, I also noticed some changes in my appetite. I have a bad habit of occasionally skipping a meal and so it didn’t occur to me until recently that during the full moon and new moon, my body was trying to fast on its own. Since my body seemed to be doing it anyway I tried to see what would happen if I fasted. It was much easier than I expected on those days. I’ve never fasted before, intentionally, so I didn’t really know what I was doing, but keeping a juice fast of lemon juice and water seemed to be ok. I felt strong through the day and had a lot of energy the next day as well.
At the full moon you are naturally accelerated, and you are naturally brought down during a new moon. Your biofeedback moves from full moon to new moon, and the new moon to full moon. That’s natural. But if on the eleventh day of the moon, you just live on water and melon, your health will be perfect.
If you want to take care of your mind, eat nothing on these three days of the moon: a new moon, a full moon, and the eleventh day of the moon. At the new moon you are at the lowest. On the full moon your glandular system is at the highest. On the eleventh day of the moon you are in balance, in twilight. So if on these three days in the month you can fast on lemon and water, it will help you put. If you feel very cold, then add ginger to it. Each morning these days I take two ounces of ginger, two ounces of lemon, with one spoonful of flaxseed oil.
Source: “The Master’s Touch” by Yogi Bhajan (page 195)
Yogi Bhajan talked about fasting on the full moon, new moon and eleventh day of the moon. He said it will keep the body strong and disease will not bother you. Of course you have to make sure that you nourish your body properly during the rest of the month and there are plenty of recipes Yogi Bhajan and Bibiji provided for that. You can find their cookbooks on Amazon and Spirit Voyage.
And this is from an unknown source about the 11th day of the moon:
11’th day of the moon: “Kundalini”, Ekadashi day. Energy wise this is the strongest day of the moon cycle. Activization of Kundalini-the most primal energy in the human body. This is the energy that build up the human body (in the past) and continues to develop and perfect it toward the highest spiritual structures.
The energy of this day is best for 24 or 36 hours fast. This day is good for “softening” procedures before the liver cleanse. Conceiving a child on this day brings about healthy long living people.
And in case you are just interested in raising the Kundalini during the full moon, which is a powerful time to meditate, you might attempt the Antar Naad meditation, which has a version to practice specifically during the full moon (scroll to the second part of the meditation, the first part can be done anytime).
In case you want to be more on the ball, there is a Google calendar for the moon phases (called “Phases of the Moon”) so you can always be aware of the next important moon phase coming up.
Stay hydrated and get some great meditations in during these powerful moon times! Enjoy!