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Monday, 15 October 2018
October 24, 2018 - Full moon in Taurus, Affecting the Large Intestine - Be Steady
The next full moon on Wednesday 24 October 2018 is in Taurus, the bull. Taurus governs the large intestine meridian and also rules the neck and throat. The large intestines are responsible for elimination. Autumn and nature are showing us what a great time it is to let go of what is old, to shed what has served its purpose and is not needed any more, and how much beauty and colour that can actually bring into your life!
The breath, especially deep breathing, supports the large intestines.
In Chinese Medicine, the colon is the part of the first meridian which begins with the lung and ends with the colon. The two are interlinked as the lungs are what one brings into their selves and the colon is what one releases. Issues in the colon can manifest in the lungs and vice versa. It's said that is why people who never smoked can get lung cancer or people who lived healthy lives can get colon cancer.
From an emotional viewpoint, problems with the colon point to problems with letting go. These issues aren’t typically about current life events, but usually stem from the past. It is in human nature to hold on to events because there is a belief that by never forgetting, we will not let it happen again. While it is helpful to learn from the past, there is a point where what we hold onto will hold us back from moving on. Resentment is an example of holding onto the past and the emotion can literally jam up the entire body.
The full moon influence challenges us to let go of what is old, without resentment, and to be steady without being stubborn and consistent but not rigid.
Physical / Mental Symptoms:
skin disorders, pimples, acne, ...
living in the past & holding on
lack of generosity
Things that are good to eat:
All white foods - e.g. rice, cauliflower (gobi), white horseradish (mooli), parsnip, the white of leeks and spring onions, and of course the three roots: onion, garlic & ginger. Organic, home-made yogurt and lassi
All hot vegetables
Whole fresh fruits and vegetables. Bananas can help the colon greatly, as can baked apples.
Grains, especially (think white again) rice.
Things that are not good to eat around this full moon:
This is an excellent time to cut down or eliminate eating refined sugar and products made from white flour, like bread, rotis, chapattis and pasta.
Also avoid any other foods that you know don't agree with you well or that inflame your body.
Avoid dairy, gluten, soy, corn, ... if you (think you might) have leaky gut.
Hold and massage the index fingers of each hand for 2 minutes throughout the day.
Remember you are connected to a higher consciousness.
Use the mantra: “Let Go & Let God.”
Archer pose is an excellent posture for balancing the large intestine meridian. Try 5 minutes on each side with breath of fire - if you want you can work up to 11 minutes.
A mantra like the Guru Gaitri mantra Gobinday Mukanday ... can greatly help to support you in keeping up, as can any other Bir Ras (warrior) mantra or shabad.
Work on both the large intestines and the neck/throat: Lying on your back, use your arms to pull your knees to your chest. Then lift your head with the nose between your knees. Hold the posture with breath of fire 3-5 minutes, then relax.
Alternatively you can exhale as you lift the head up and pull the knees down with the arms, then inhale dropping the head down and relaxing the pull of the arms. Repeat this 25-100 times, then relax in corpse pose.
Some wonderful Kundalini Yoga kriyas for this full moon: