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The Moon and the Stars: Do They Foretell Right?
Y Venkatraam
The stars,” said Linda Goodman, “which shone over Babylon and the stable in Bethlehem still shine as brightly over the Empire State Building and your front yard today. They perform their cycles with the same mathematical precision, and they will continue to affect each thing on earth, including man, as long as the earth exists.”

Do planets and stars impact our destiny, or are we being taken for a ride by the impressive eloquence of fortunetellers and astrologers? For centuries people of different cultures held the belief that planets influence the human body, mind and events. Is it possible now to erase such memory to reboot the entire human history?

Planets and their influence on the human race is gaining momentum, once again. On the other hand, there is also growing scientific evidence for the influence of lunar and solar rhythms on human activity.

Today, be it The Washington Post or Pakistan’s widely read Dawn, a horoscope column is included in the publication.
We all know that mentally-challenged individuals experience more mood fluctuations on or around new-moon and full-moon days compared to other days of the year. The word ‘lunatic’ actually derives its meaning from the influence that the moon has on the mental capacity of individuals. The vibrations of the moon have a direct bearing on the way we act and react. It is clear that the moon’s influence on the human mind is highly calibrated. Our ancestors believed this, and even new-age scientists have proved the belief.
Further, it is a common faith among all fishermen - irrespective of race or nation, that the sea is unpredictable during Amavasya (new-moon) and Pournami (fullmoon). Fishermen don’t go fishing on these days as they believe that their minds become restless on these specific days. During Pournami, the ocean is tempted to embrace the brightly-lit moon. The tides rise higher and higher in an attempt to reach the moon. The fact that they aggressively lash against rocks on ocean banks explains their tiresome pursuit to reach the moon.

During Amavasya, the moon hides itself, and the missing warmth and intimacy of the moon’s soft glow makes the ocean withdraw, this being the reason for the turbulence building up inside its womb. Of course, the moon and the ocean shall never meet in spite of their mutual adoration (till now, at least, they haven’t!) Yet the moon and the high-tide impact the mind, impairing our sensibilities sometimes.


In my interactions with many, I have personally observed that troubled relationships come to a grinding halt on full/new moon days or around that time. It helps to keep out of each other’s way, to stay quiet and calm during this time to keep relationships intact. In a jiffy, this sums up the power of the moon and its influence on individuals.

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