For whatever reason, the full moon wreaks havoc on the human system. Studies have shown that violent crimes such as homicide and rape increase under the light of a full, ripe moon, hanging like a peach from the heavens.
As a monk in the order of Ananda Marga put it, paraphrasing the words of their founder:
“Baba tells us that the gravitational pull of the moon effects the oceans of the earth as well as the liquid portion of our body. On certain lunar days that force creates disturbance in the body and draws the fluids upwards creating undue pressure on the higher cakras, thereby inhibiting the mind. By fasting on the proper day we can offset this negative effect by keeping the stomach empty, in which case a vacuum results and the higher chakras are not adversesly affected. For these reasons and more, we should all be vigilant to fast on the proper day...”
Now that I have fasted in the light of many a full moon, I can physically feel the effects of the incipient event as physical sensations in my body, such as a lessening of the appetite and a restless sensation. I start to feel the lure of poetry and Paris for instance, and am easily lured off center, out into the land of ravenous appetites. Fasting and general awareness empower me to remain centered and to witness the gravitational pull and just be with it until it passes. The sensations generally last 3 days.
An affirmation springs to mind: