by Jason Jeffrey
extracted from New Dawn No. 96
May 16, 2013
JASON JEFFREY holds
an interest in a wide range of subjects including
geopolitics, the 'New World Order', Big Brother,
suppressed technology, psychic/spiritual development,
ancient civilizations and esotericism. He can be
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If man is not affected
in some way by the Moon,
he is the only thing on Earth
US physicist & 1923 Nobel Prize
Probably no heavenly body has received as much attention down
through the ages as
The causes of this fascination are
the Moon enlightens the night and
appears as a remarkable and large object in the sky.
As a regulator of Earth's tides and
life's biological cycles, the Moon's importance to our physical
existence is second only to that of the Sun.
Sacred scriptures, ancient myths, and even modern day pagans, all
exalt the Moon in one way or another. Omens, spells, wishes,
oracles, divination, and calendars cluster around it throughout
Moon magic, the belief that working
rituals at the time of different phases of the Moon brings about
physical or psychological changes, is essential to various pagan and
Witches in Greek and Roman literature
were regularly accused of 'drawing down the Moon' by use of a magic
Nevill Drury, a respected authority on mystical and occult
"traditionally… the Moon has been
regarded as a 'funnel' drawing on the light of the stars and
constellations and transmitting their energies to the Earth."
In Western astrology the Moon is said to
represent the feeling intuitive nature of the individual as well our
deepest personal needs, our basic habits and reactions, and our
In esoteric astrology the Moon
represents attachment to form, and under certain circumstances a
variety of limiting conditions are related to the Moon, ranging from
blatant materialism to subtler forms of limitation such as
debilitating nostalgia, sentiment and regret.
The word "lunacy - lunatic" - which derives from the Latin for Moon,
"luna" - denotes the traditional link made in folklore between
madness and the phases of the Moon. Several studies have tried to
get to the bottom of this age-old belief.
A 1976 report compared 34,318 crimes
against lunar cycles. It found offences occurred more frequently
during a full Moon. Other research, however, failed to find any firm
link between the cycles of the Moon and irrational behavior.
Lunacy Act of 1845 gave
allowances for uncharacteristic crimes committed during the full and
This law distinguished between the
chronically insane and the lunatic. It was argued the lunatic became
deranged at these times because of the Moon's power and thus could
not be held accountable for his or her actions.
Interestingly, a study of the Moon's effect on mental health
patients, conducted by the University of Liverpool in 2000, found a
significant change at the time of the full Moon, but only in
subjects with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
Whether we are conscious of it or not, the Moon exerts some sort of
influence upon our biological and psychological states.
But does it go any deeper than this?
The Fourth Way philosophy claims to help individuals cease to be
slaves of external and internal influences by building up a core of
Its ultimate goal is the realization of
the full potential of human evolutionary possibilities. Its founder,
George Gurdjieff (1872-1949),
frequently spoke of,
the thoughtless mechanical behavior
of humanity, and was fond of commenting humans are "food for the
What did Gurdjieff mean by this phrase?
Many interpreted "food for the Moon" as
a figure of speech - perhaps Gurdjieff meant we are slave to our
mechanical conditioning and feed our baser impulses. But while it
can be interpreted in this fashion, Gurdjieff was primarily being
Peter Ouspensky, Gurdjieff's
most famous disciple, lectured at length concerning the Moon's role
in human affairs and its place in the cosmological scheme of things.
Ouspensky said the Moon drives the individual's mechanical aspects
like a pendulum moves the gears of a clock.
The degree to which one's actions are
driven by the Moon is proportional to one's level of contact with
higher influences. For people incapable of moving themselves through
life by nobler spiritual impulses, the Moon provides a propulsive
Without this force, mechanical
individuals would be passive as puppets without a puppeteer.
In the cosmological scheme proposed by Gurdjieff and Ouspensky,
Earth is like a mother to the Moon which is still a fetus in the
sense it cannot yet "breathe" on its own, hold an atmosphere, or
Someday, the Earth will evolve into a
being like the Sun, while the Moon will transform into a second
Humanity was simply a stage in this
"The Moon is actually a fragment of
this Earth, which must now constantly maintain the Moon's
existence," Gurdjieff said. 1
In that sense, the Moon is like a
parasitic thought form.
Nevertheless, the equation is balanced
because in exchange for the Moon propelling our mechanical movement,
we feed the Moon so that it may grow and one day be born as a living
As to how organic life feeds the Moon, Gurdjieff taught that most
human beings are mere "slugs" with no souls and that following death
their remaining psychic energy is "food for the Moon."
Like a magnet, the Moon draws the fine
matter of human souls into it:
"Everything living on the Earth,
people, animals, plants, is food for the Moon. The Moon is a
huge living being feeding upon all that lives and grows on the
Only through an intensive effort of
conscious evolution - what he called "self-remembering" - was it
possible for an individual to escape being eaten by the Moon.
"The liberation that comes with the
growth of mental powers and faculties is liberation from the
Gurdjieff always maintained Man is
not truly conscious, and his actions are entirely mechanical:
"Everything 'happens,' he cannot
'do' anything. He is a machine controlled by accidental shocks
To escape these deleterious lunar
influences, Ouspensky said we must,
"create Moon within ourselves."
By this he meant we must develop within
a driving mechanism that takes the place of the external lunar
influence; in this way we can break free of the puppeteer.
Boris Mouravieff, who was an associate of both Gurdjieff and
Ouspensky, formulated an esoteric system for spiritual evolution
founded upon the inner traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy and Fourth
three volume work, 'Gnosis,' deals
extensively with the question of lunar influences and spiritual
He concurs with Gurdjieff and Ouspensky on the role of the Moon, but
"that organic life functions as a
transmitter station sending refined energy to the Moon to assist
Despite increases in the human
population and thus an increase in quantity of energy
transferred, times of peace do not produce sufficient energy and
so catalysts for suffering such as wars and catastrophes arise
to sustain the process." 4
Mouravieff and Ouspensky emphasize that
despite the hypnotic nature of the Moon and the urgent necessity for
individuals to overcome its influence, there is still an important
cosmological reason for its existence.
If nothing else, the Moon's unique
position in relation to the Earth was paramount in making physical
'conscious' life possible.
Together with Henry Steel Olcott, Madame H.P. Blavatsky
founded the Theosophical Society in 1875.
Theosophy, the "grandmother" of today's
"New Age" movement, tells us the Moon was home to an earlier "life
wave" which has since migrated to Earth.
The Secret Doctrine, Madame
Blavatsky states the Moon served a dual purpose in religious rites:
"Personified as a female goddess for
exoteric purposes, or as a male god in allegory and symbol, in
occult philosophy our satellite was regarded as a sexless
Potency to be well studied, because it was to be dreaded…
But whether male or female…, the
Moon is the Occult mystery of mysteries, and more a symbol of
evil than of good."
Perhaps the Moon is identified with evil
rather than good because it is now what Madame Blavatsky calls "a
How did this occur?
An article by William Quan Judge
"in a remote period, when there was
no Earth, the Moon existed as an inhabited globe, died, and at
once threw out into space all her energies leaving nothing but
the physical vehicle.
Those energies revolved and
condensed that matter in space nearby and produced our Earth;
the Moon, its parent, proceeding towards disintegration but
compelled to revolve around her child, this Earth." 5
To fully appreciate why all this
happened, a study of Theosophical cosmology is required, but space
does not permit a full explanation here.
Elsewhere in The Secret Doctrine, Madame Blavatsky's view of
the Moon's relationship to the Earth is similar to Fourth Way
"The moon is now the cold residual
quantity, the shadow dragged after the new body, into which her
living powers are transfused. She now is doomed for long ages to
be ever pursuing the Earth, to be attracted by and to attract
Constantly vampirized by her child,
she revenges herself on it, by soaking it through and through
with the nefarious, invisible and poisonous influence which
emanates from the occult side of her nature.
For she is a dead, yet a living
The particles of her decaying corpse
are full of active and destructive life, although the body which
they had formed, is soulless and lifeless."
Theosophy differs from the Fourth Way
which holds the Moon is not yet ready to sustain life. But they both
agree the Moon is vampirizing the life forms of Earth.
we food for the Moon, or are these warnings the ravings
Although modern science tells us we have
nothing to worry about, ancient wisdom and folklore paint a very
different picture. Ignoring these dangers has perhaps left us wide
open, more so when we do not recognize the signs or symptoms of the
Moon's 'drawing up' effect.
Whatever the reality, the Fourth Way, Theosophy and all schools of
esoteric philosophy have the solution.
By overcoming our mechanical tendencies,
we strengthen our resistance to the lunar effect, and for that
matter all planetary influences.
And by "creating Moon" within ourselves
- that is, building up our essential self - we not only gain victory
over the negative lunar influence, but awaken to a higher level of
1. The Dictionary of the
Esoteric, by Nevill Drury, Watkins Publishing, London 2002
In Search of the Miraculous - Fragments of a
The Fourth Way,
by P.D. Ouspensky, 1957
Gnosis II - Mesoteric Cycle,
by Boris Mouravieff, Praxis Institute, 1992
5. "Moon's Mystery and Fate", Path, June, 1894.