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Advice by Lunations

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:24 am
by Virgo
A calander year contains either three or four seasons, depending on how the seasons are split up or reckoned. Whether it is reckoned as three or four seasons, a calander year still consist of twelve complete lunations or moon cycles. Sometimes (every 2 - 3 years), there is an additional moon cycle in a calander year, because the length of lunations varies depending on how close the moon is to the earth at any given time at which it cycles, as well as other reasons.

I know that advice is given in Tibetan Medicine for diet and lifestyle by season. The reason being that certain elements are dominant during certain seasons and this can disturb humours, effect digestion, etc.-- we accumulate certain things more at certain times. However, I also know that ancient people marked time by lunar phases. Specifically, the full moon (the end of a lunation) is the time where things come to completion. So, I was wondering if there is any extant advice for diet, behavior, cleanses etc., taught by lunations, that is to say for each of the individual 12 moon cycles in a calander year (whether over 3 or 4 seasons).

Thanks,

Kevin

Re: Advice by Lunations

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:37 pm
by Virgo
Being that astrology will be practiced widely over the next 2,000 years, this text would be very, very important in helping people on a practical level and also in understanding the importance of Tibetan Medicine.

Kevin

Re: Advice by Lunations

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:58 pm
by Malcolm
Virgo wrote:A calander year contains either three or four seasons, depending on how the seasons are split up or reckoned. Whether it is reckoned as three or four seasons, a calander year still consist of twelve complete lunations or moon cycles. Sometimes (every 2 - 3 years), there is an additional moon cycle in a calander year, because the length of lunations varies depending on how close the moon is to the earth at any given time at which it cycles, as well as other reasons.

I know that advice is given in Tibetan Medicine for diet and lifestyle by season. The reason being that certain elements are dominant during certain seasons and this can disturb humours, effect digestion, etc.-- we accumulate certain things more at certain times. However, I also know that ancient people marked time by lunar phases. Specifically, the full moon (the end of a lunation) is the time where things come to completion. So, I was wondering if there is any extant advice for diet, behavior, cleanses etc., taught by lunations, that is to say for each of the individual 12 moon cycles in a calander year (whether over 3 or 4 seasons).

Thanks,

Kevin
It goes by the four or six seasons. The end of a lunar month is considered the new moon, not the full moon.

Re: Advice by Lunations

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:11 pm
by Virgo
Malcolm wrote:
It goes by the four or six seasons. The end of a lunar month is considered the new moon, not the full moon.
Thanks for the correction, Malcolm. In Tibetan Astrology is the full moon considered a time when things (projects, ideas, and so forth) come to a certain culmination? (I know it is in Vedic and Western) If so, as a Menpa would you think that is a way to mark time (so to speak), in a way, of when doshas are effected on a more minute level than on a seasonal level (even though of course it is a gradual process, happening moment to moment)? I would just like your thoughts on this, please.

Kevin

Re: Advice by Lunations

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:22 pm
by Malcolm
Virgo wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
It goes by the four or six seasons. The end of a lunar month is considered the new moon, not the full moon.
Thanks for the correction, Malcolm. In Tibetan Astrology is the full moon considered a time when things (projects, ideas, and so forth) come to a certain culmination? (I know it is in Vedic and Western) If so, as a Menpa would you think that is a way to mark time (so to speak), in a way, of when doshas are effected on a more minute level than on a seasonal level (even though of course it is a gradual process, happening moment to moment)? I would just like your thoughts on this, please.

Kevin

The full moon represents the end of the monthly cycle of flourishing which begins with the cycle of the waxing moon.