For thousands of years the moon has served us as a brilliant calendar, although in recent times we've relied on more convenient clockwork devices. We know that the moon controls the tides, regulates our periods; some farmers even plant their crop in tune with its phases (it's called Biodynamic Gardening).
Essentially the pull of the moon affects how fast or slow things here on planet earth will grow. Rudolf Steiner, founder of the biodynamic approach to agriculture, was the first to point to the danger of synthetic fertilizers, which were just appearing in his time. He was also the first to bring the perspective of the farm as a single, self-sustaining organism that thrives through biodiversity, the integration of crops and livestock and the creation of a closed-loop system of fertility.
Steiner also brought forth a unique and comprehensive approach to soil, plant, animal, and human health that recognizes the importance of the healthy interplay of cosmic and earthly influences. With this knowledge, he developed a set of homeopathic preparations used by biodynamic farmers on soil, compost, and plants that help build up the farm's innate immune system and vital forces.
Can the moon cycle influence our hair growth?
In 2006, Polish scientist M. Zimecki at the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy at the Polish Academy of Sciences published a study on how the lunar cycle affects human and animal behavior. "Human and animal physiology are subject to seasonal, lunar, and circadian rhythms," he said. Although the seasonal and circadian rhythms have been fairly well-described, little is known about the exact effects of the lunar cycle on the behavior and physiology of humans and animals. But, we do know that the lunar cycle has an impact on human reproduction, in particular fertility, menstruation, and birth rate, while melatonin levels appear to correlate with the menstrual cycle.
We are water.
Women have practiced cutting hair by the phases of the moon for centuries. Why? Simply put. It happens to work. The moon is a powerful force, touching our lives in ways both seen and unseen. Its energies affect harvest, determine the ebb and flow of tides, can even alter our mood and enhance the speed at which our hair grows. We are made of 80 percent water after all, so it is quite natural to imagine that the pull of the moon also affects us in the same way it does oceans, plants, and nature. Hair follicles themselves are made of two elements, hydrogen and oxygen, that when combined form water.
So what are your hair goals?
According to The Old Farmer's Almanac (yes, that vintage-looking publication at the checkout stands of most health food stores known for predicting climate trends, best times to plant crops, etc.), suggests that zodiac signs play a surprising role when choosing a haircut. The calendar follows the phases of the moon and lists "best astrological days" for cutting, nourishing, and styling your hair. According to the almanac's recommendations, the best period for generating thicker hair is at the start of the full moon when the cycle is in Pisces, Capricorn, Taurus, or Cancer. Trimming or cutting your hair close to the end of the new moon would have the opposite effect because this is the time when the cycle is designed to retain nutrients and to store energy.
Book that haircut or trim your ends during the two weeks of the waxing new moon (when the moon is entering a new moon phase). This is especially potent when the moon is in the astrological houses of Capricorn, Taurus, Pisces, Cancer, or Scorpio. During these times the body is said to be replenishing its foundations and accelerated hair growth is potentiated.
A lunar hair ritual
- Gather your hair brush and your favorite essential oils, find a quiet, dark place to sit outside.
- Light a candle, and imagine you are growing roots down into the ground, connecting you to the earth.
- Imagine a circle of energy that surrounds you above and below, holding you safe and protected.
- Put a drop of oil on your brush, and begin to brush your hair, slowly and with care and intention, tuning into the feeling of it, the scent, and the sounds around you.
- Start to brush again, this time thinking about what you want to bring in, manifest, give to others, serve your world, summon, and create.
- Go to bed with sweet hair and sweet dreams!