Under the Light of the Full Flower Moon

For tens of thousands of years, stargazers have admired the moon, stars, and other celestial beings. Patterns—based on the sun and stars, as well as the moon’s phases—were used to delineate seasons and create calendars, some of which are still in use today. The North Star was and still is, used as a guidepost for travelers navigating course to their destinations.

Clearly, celestial objects have had a huge impact on human civilization. But their influence is not only felt by humans; it is felt by all of life on Earth. According to the Natural History Museum, birds and other migratory animals rely on the moon for navigation, while Barau’s petrels—endangered seabirds—coordinate their migrations so they all arrive at their breeding grounds during a full moon. Corals on the Great Barrier Reef base their mating habits on the lunar cycles, while an ancient gymnosperm creates droplets that sparkle in the moonlight to attract pollinators.

The moon itself has the greatest influence on the ocean tides, causing the highest tides during full and new moons. Imagine that! An object 238,900 miles away can exert its gravitational force to affect Earth’s oceans. That is powerful Qi, and the perfect example of the beauty of connection.

Full Flower Moon

May’s full moon, named the Full Flower Moon, will reach peak illumination at 9:53 am EST on Thursday, May 23rd. Named for the blooms that arrive in May, the Full Flower Moon has also been dubbed Budding Moon; Hare Moon; Frog Moon; and in China, Dragon Moon. The Dragon is the cultural and spiritual symbol of China, representing good luck, harmony, and power. And 2024 is the Year of the Dragon. What an auspicious gift to celebrate the Dragon Moon in the Year of the Dragon.

Experience the Power of Qi

While the bright light of the full moon is breathtaking, seeing with the eye is only a very small piece of the picture. At 9:30 am EST on Thursday, May 23, stand outside in silent meditation in our most powerful Qigong posture, The Dragon Stands Between Heaven and Earth. Close your eyes and let your mind go. Breathe in and breathe out. Align yourself with the moon’s energy. Feel the presence of this celestial gift. Maintain this position for 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or even longer! The longer you are able to stand, the more benefit you will receive. Read More

See the below video for a visual and explanation of the posture.