Ask anyone who works in the ER or in law enforcement and they will tell you that the full moon brings out the crazies. There has been a lot of discussion about whether this is true and, if so, why it happens. I take the fairly typical Pagan view that the human body contains a significant amount of water and the moon influences all water – not just ocean tides. According to WaterInfo.org, “The human body is more than 60 percent water. Blood is 92 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water. ”
While far more subtle than ocean tides, there are also tides within your body, and the moon causes your personal tides to rise and fall just like those in the ocean. There are times during the day when your energy peaks and ebbs. It is different for each of us, depending on our personal interaction with moon energy, which is tied to the moon’s position, phase and aspect at our time of birth. This is a contributing factor to why some of us are morning people and others are night owls.
Of course, anything that affects your body also affects your mind, and dreaming has everything to do with your mind. Dreams are the method your subconscious uses to communicate with your conscious mind. So it is not hard to see that the phases of the moon, which control the tides within your body, will also influence your dreaming. And anything that helps us better track and understand our dreams also helps us connect more effectively with the wisdom of our subconscious and helps us develop our ability to receive messages from the larger Universe.
The first step in learning how the phases of the moon affect your personal dreaming is to keep track of your dreams. This doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it does need to be consistent. Keep a notebook and pen beside your bed. Before you go to sleep, tell your subconscious mind that you want to open the lines of communication; you want to remember your dreams. Phrase it however you like, but repeat it three times.
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Most of us yammer on about so many things during the day, but very little of it is really important. This repetition serves to notify both your conscious and subconscious awareness that your are speaking your true intent. In essence, you have to get your own attention. This is the same reason we repeat the lines of spells. In fact, if it helps you to focus better, you can even word your request as you would a spell. If the AA/BB rhyming pattern of doggerel that is common to spellwork works for you, use it. Just do whatever helps you to focus on your intention.
When you first awaken – before you do anything else – write down any images you remember from your dreams. It may not be much at first, especially if you haven’t paid much attention to your dreaming in the past. Early notes may consist of no more than “There was something about a tree and I was late to work.” That’s okay. You’re making progress.
It’s also important to persevere if your early dream recollections are not particularly pleasant. Your subconscious may find it necessary to clear out the clutter and mental trash at first. If you are a person who complains a lot, your subconscious may think that’s what you want to talk about. Change your focus; change your dreams.
As you continue to ask for the lines of communication to be opened and you continue to write down your remembrance of dream images, you will find that you recall more and more detail. But there is one more element to this process that will help you get even more out of your dreams. As you begin recording your dreams, add the day, the date and a note about the phase of the moon. For example: Monday, July 4, 2011, waxing crescent.
As the months pass, you’ll begin to see a pattern in your dreams that corresponds to the moon phases. There will be times of the month when you will dream much more than other times. For most people, this is either at the full or new moon phase, but it varies from person to person. You may find that during one phase you will have dreams that deal with day-to-day issues such as work or school, people you know or personal problems. At other times, you will be more prone to dreams that are rife with symbolism. These are the dreams that many people refer to as their “weird” dreams. Pay close attention to these because they are the deeper dreams that offer messages from your guides or bring you information of a more deeply spiritual nature.
You may also find that, just as the moon travels in a moving arc across the sky during the year, your dreams may also change in intensity or character during different times of the year. These dream fluctuations – by month and season – will likely correspond with your own energy levels, interests and personal rhythms. You may find that you have especially significant dreams during the time of the Sabbats, especially Samhain and Beltane when the veil between worlds is thin.
By tuning into your dreams and tapping this intensely personal and profound well of information, you will better understand yourself. It can help you solve problems, grow spiritually and gain insight into any number of situations. It is well worth the effort.