It is once again the time of the full moon. She shines fully in the clear night sky. But even in the day, or behind clouds, her fullness pulls on us, on our fluids, on our tides. We have the potential to become a little looney. We can become lunatics, affected by the pull of this celestial body.
I remember the first time the full moon struck me. It was January 1985, and I was on a trip to Israel, Egypt, and Rome, but the very first day we had been grounded in Milan, Italy, because of a freak snowstorm in Rome. We were put on a train, and we ran through the night southward, but without being told anything of our situation, what kind of train we were on or why, why we kept stopping for an hour at a time while other trains passed, and what was going to happen next. Let me tell you, this experience on our first day bonded our little group immediately! And we had to go through some very long tunnels through the Italian mountains, where sometimes the train stopped for an hour, and sometimes all the lights went out. Not good for a claustrophobic person like myself, wondering if I’d ever see the little children I’d left at home, wondering if my days would end under a mountain in Italy!
But it was the time of the full moon. And every time we came out from under a mountain, out of a tunnel, I looked up and saw the full moon shining steadily on us, above the snowy mountains, and it comforted me to know that same, that very same full moon was shining on my family at home in Wisconsin.
And now when I look at the full moon I remember that she shines over all the earth, on all mountains and their creatures, all plains, all valleys, all deserts, all seas. She watches over all of us. She loves all of us—all people, on every part of the globe, all animals of all kinds, all trees, all plants, all waters, the earth itself—rock, soil, sand. I think she regrets the concrete, which blocks her rays from the soil underneath. She sees, she loves, most strongly, for whatever reason, when the sun shines most fully on the side we see. It must be the interaction of the sun and the moon that causes the power of the full moon. We have 2 mothers, the earth we walk upon, and the moon who watches over us, all of us, all of us.