The Lunar Ally: A Primer for Sceptics

moonwolfKnowing the energetic influence of the Moon in relation to it’s phase can be beneficial for decision making. Here, I share how I perceive this energetic influence in the context of the decision making process. I then try to validate this thinking and give current examples of how people use the Moon. In subsequent chapters, I will explain specifically, what I notice in daily life. With your input, we can inspire more serious research and learn more about the benefits of this knowledge. Hopefully, this will be helpful to you.

The Moon is a powerful source of information in the environment for making good choices. Making a good decision is a complex process that responds to our environment and creates positive outcomes.  Having the Moon phases as a consistent pattern strengthens our decision making ability by providing an additional reference to time that is not normally taken into account.  Knowing patterns in our environment provides us with practical and predictive information which gives us great advantages.

Although this process is externally oriented towards the Moon, it is also a reflective mental exercise to strengthen our internal awareness of energy. Therefore, looking outwards towards the Moon is essentially, a means to an end. The Moon will help you find subtle patterns and rhythms in life when using it with introspection. Strictly speaking our internal energy and awareness of that energy is also a major part of our environment. Internal awareness will become the real Lunar Ally–a new source of information from a greater sense of centered self-awareness.

Although paradoxical, it is self-evident, that we need external methods to realize internal awareness, or else we would not have awareness that is split like this. You are the judge and defendent in deciding if “the lunar ally” as “a means to an end,” is right for you. Of course, if this information is not considered then we put ourself at a disadvantage. Really under this premise any method will work and will also have to be abandoned. Although this method, like any method, can easily become too rigid to adapt to new circumstances and information, hopefully it is predictive enough to be advantageous and help us develop a less rigid mentality.

In general, our decision making process should save us time and energy but sometimes it can become detrimental.  Cindy Dietrich writes, “…future decisions made based on past experiences are not necessarily the best decisions.”  A decision making process that is too rigid to adapt to the fluid possibilities of the present creates unnecessary struggle. This struggle occurs because information input by our decision making process can cause, “cognitive bias.” The Moon has helped me to reveal and eliminate some common cognitive bias but we also should be careful the Moon does not become a source of bias.

When we begin to observe Moon’ phases in the ways I prescribe we will learn to feel something that works like musical harmony. I like the concept of harmony because it denotes a range of distinctions with more variation than a simple black and white dichotomy. Even so, since we cannot directly measure this force we will have to begin by using two basic distinctions. The first is as sense of disharmony, a general feeling of struggle. The second is harmony, a general sense of ease. Our observations will show us how we are already unconsciously in tune with the Moon. In this way, we acquire conscious knowledge.  Like a wind-vane on a sailboat, we can use this information intentionally. In future chapters, I will put these concepts in context allowing you to test your experience and develop your “inner ear.”

Although we are using personal experience as opposed to experimental evidence as data, we should not be deterred from this logical investigation. What we don’t fully understand has never stopped us from using basic things science can’t explain such as gravity, and magnetism. The truth is, we have been using some essential knowledge for centuries that still is simply unknown. The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. An appeal to ignorance may be a weak argument, but it is better than a dogmatic belief that pretends to know things which are not really so.

The influence of the Moon may be related to concepts such as “ki” energy and the pathways of this energy called “meridians”. In “The Body, Self-Cultivation, and Ki-Energy,” the philosopher Yuasa reveals a cognitive bias in scientific thought:

“According to Yuasa, the system of meridians has an effect on both mind and body: it is, in fact, a middle system that mediates them. From this observation Yuasa concludes that it is a third term that cannot be understood in terms of the Cartesian mind-matter dichotomy.  This conclusion convinces Yuasa that the study of ki-energy serves as a “breakthrough” point capable of transforming the existing scientific paradigm of thinking based on the Cartesian mind-body dualism.”

Science has discovered amazing things with a Cartesian frame of thought, but it is also beneficial to go beyond this mind-body dualism. This information is important if we want to make substantial progress in psychology.

Finding the connection between our mind and body will give us significant power.  Consider, that the field of psychology is for the most part not yet strictly a “science”. The behaviorist B.F. Skinner clearly sees the empirical disparity between physical science and mental science. Thus, he sees every major world problem currently threatening the existence of humanity as a result of a lack of concrete understanding of behavior. In other words, physical science has given us everything we need to create a sustainable world, it is our habitual mind that holds us back. When we emirically grasp some mechanism of behavior we unlock potential for happiness and progress.

Obviously, the workings of the mind are not easy to explicate. Still, we can approach this logically without direct empirical evidence. This is where skepticism is helpful and even necessary. One way to approach the subject is use self-honesty.  That is, be aware of what side on which you tend to lean (mystic vs mechanical), try to compensate for that tendency and remain balanced.  Two is use controlled rule-breaking. That is, purposefully defy my suggestions (with caution) and see if it changes your experience in the predicted way.  Another way to try to substantiate evidence is with the thoughtful peer-reviewed input from a collective. It is impossible to eliminate all the variables involved here.

We must consider the implications of variables and use them to prioritize how we use The Moon in our decision making process. To be fair, be aware that there are both physical and energetic variables that vie with and complicate the Moon’s effects. I will do my best to try to explain what I think these anomalies are and how they are expressed. We also must rank these variables in order of importance in our decision making process. I think as you become accustomed to the subtle rhythm of The Moon’s phases, it’s influence will be suprisingly helpful. This phenomena, if demonstrated, introduces an additional variable that may have been overlooked in many relevant studies.

As our understanding of the Moon increases we are learning to unite cultural theories that point to a mystical unseen force and mechanical science that points to physical evidence such as light exposure.  It seems ancient people universally had religious traditions that see the Moon as a god or goddess.  Even today, outmoded beliefs that associate the moon with behavior are reflected in words such as “lunatic” deriving from the Latin word for “moon”. Zimecki (2006) does a fascinating peer-reviewed survey of clinical research that studied connections between lunar cycles and physiology in humans and animals.1  A less technical article from livescience.com shows some weird animal behaviors that are correlated with Moon phases. People continue to observe and apply knowledge of the Moon’s phases for farming and to balance hormones.2  Others believe this practice is akin to astrology and alchemy which will help raise our awareness to metaphysical levels by symbolically connecting our inner and outer world.3  Although metaphysics by definition defies the physical cause-effect relationship that is fundamental in science, it may still be possible to measure some physical affects of the Moon, if not the direct mechanism.

The real purpose of this work is to use the Moon’s natural cycle to become more explicitly aware of ourselves and create inner and outer harmony in our life. Our efforts are less effective and we waste energy if we work against our own natural circadian rhythm because of common misconceptions. We can attempt to track any feeling or behavior with Moon phases to try and predict, plan and manage those experiences. I have found patterns in my sleep, diet, relationships, and creativity and these areas effect all aspects of life. When I started following the moon, what I noticed took some struggle and worry out of my life. Many experiences I will mention are deceptively common. Allow me to give you an example. I noticed that I was tired and perspiring more at night and it worried me. Then I was able to correlate that experience with the waning Moon and I understood that during this time my body was cleansing and releasing toxins. There are many ways to use and misuse this information based on your intentions. What we are really doing here is eliminating cognitive dissonance between the mind and body.  I believe the body and the mind want to be healthy, so it shouldn’t be too difficult or forced.  It also may not be possible, beneficial, or even desirable to eliminate all discord. Through self-awareness using the Moon we can learn to want what we need and enjoy more freedom and power.

“The Lunar Ally” sees the Moon as an almost arbitrary yet standardized time-measuring tool for personal reflection.  Like a measuring stick, the moon is useful because it is a consistent reference that provides evenly spaced marks to record data. On a “ruler”, there is nothing that necessarily dictates how wide those marks should be. As long as the rulers’ marks are equal distance apart and we all follow the same standard, it is useful. This method could be used with anything, but the moon is a practical choice because of its’ consistency, proximity and average length of cycle. Strictly speaking, the moon phases are not arbitrary (they are dictated by the moon), but unlike using a human “foot” to measure distance, the moon phases are a universal standard on Earth.

We should not hesitate to apply this knowledge in society if and when this phenomena becomes more directly measurable. Civilization might be more efficient if we more closely conformed to Moon cycles. We may forget that our time standards are already loosely based on the following celestial cycles: The rotation of the Earth (day), the orbit of the Earth (year) and the Moon (month).  Each unit of our standardized time has discrepancies but if you do the math, our month has the most discrepancy. This is why our month is never aligned with the new moon. Furthermore, Our time system is sun-centered and the sun and moon cycles themselves do not match. If we can confirm that our society is misinformed in a way that contributes to personal discord, we can take definite steps to alleviate the sources of that discord. We can always take personal steps to alleviate discord, when we look and find these patterns and energies for ourselves.

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There are great implications if these patterns can be affirmed but without proper evidence they may be explained in both in religious-mystical and scientific-mechanical ways. It is fun to theorize “why” the moon is influential, but I want to go beyond that and learn “how” I can apply these patterns to make my life happier and more productive.

Directly measuring the cause of our connection with the Moon is not currently possible so we are forced to rely on intuition to make gains. The ethereal nature of this inquiry is not as unusual as it may seem. Even today, most psychological disorders are diagnosed using symptoms that cannot be directly measured. Furthermore, we measure and utilize the effects of gravity, magnetism, and electricity without fully knowing what they are. Even though we are not directly measuring the moons’ effects as in electricity some people are making similar efforts.4 I hope to find more supportive experimental sources and inspire scientific inquiry, but my first goal is to help people.

If there is truly no objective attitude to approach this method of reflection, there are certainly ways to try and remain grounded and impartial. We may argue that it is a self-fulfilling prophesy to submit ourselves to this process. On the other hand, to be ultra-critical is also a preconception. Being skeptical is good because controlled research involves diligence. When we know which side we tend to lean on, we can do our best to remain indifferent. An addition, I suggest to use rule-breaking and test my suggestions both by following and disobeying them in controlled ways. Through finding patterns I have been able to know the moon phase based mostly on my personal feeling and intuition. Even so, it hasn’t necessarily made overcoming personal fears and destructive habits “easy”. Remember, the most powerful source for change right now is you and this inquiry should be made hesitatingly.

It is easy to judge when things are not cut and dry but there are also other variables to take in to account.  Personally, I have noticed I have more energy during the same moon phase I was born under (last quarter) even though we usually have less energy during that phase. This reflects a conflicting energetic variable. Another example would be that business on Saturday is different than on Monday because of the work week that our society follows.  Even so, moon phases may explain differences between two Saturdays. Since many variables are involved, it takes a degree of sensitivity to discern. This method may help us develop this personal awareness. We may be able to anticipate problems this way but we may also create problems if we become too attached to the theory.

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So far, I have introduced you to the basic method of The Lunar Ally. I have attempted to support this method with an appeal to culture and tradition as well as evidence from biology. I maintain that the benefits of this method come from a mind-body harmonization, not the moon per-say. I have explained why the moon is a good reference to help quantify this elusive data. I have pointed out that much difficulty stems from personal and cultural disharmony with these patterns. I have argued that we don’t need to know why this is happening to reap the rewards. I have compared this inquiry to other powerful yet still largely unknown fields of knowledge. I have tried to promote tuning in to lunar phases while maintaining our personal authority through impartiality–that proverbial “grain of salt.” I have warned that these patterns are not the only factors involved, therefore this is also an exercise to become more explicitly aware of these subtle patterns.  Please take a moment to look up at the moon, note how you are feeling, introduce yourself and say, “Hello my friend.”



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            Footnotes:   


Zimeck. “The lunar cycle: Effects on human and animal behavior and physiology.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16407788.

                     Mandana. “Is There A Connection Between The Moon And Your Hormones?” Menstrualcup.co, 29 Nov. 2017, menstrualcup.co/is-there-a-connection-between-the-moon-and-your-hormones/.


Moss, Ilana. “Spiritual Metaphysics – Everything Is Connected.” Metaphysics for Life, Heartcompass Enterprises & The Foundation For Creating A Mind With Heart, http://www.metaphysics-for-life.com/spiritual-metaphysics.html.

                     Payne , Buryl. “Apparatus for Detecting Planetary Emanations.” Aether Force, 19 Apr. 2018, aetherforce.com/apparatus-for-detecting-planetart-emanations-by-buryl-payne/