Thursday, August 6, 2009

Lunar Eclipse last night makes us act weirdly today

Left: photo by NASA

There was a scantily-reported lunar eclipse last night, which the moon-watchers already wrote off as no big thing. Ha! Of course it is. Twitter is already down, for example. That'll teach people to underestimate the moon!

Oddly, I noticed the lunar event on my Hindu calendar; it wasn't noted on any of my "Western" calendars...

The penumbral eclipse occurred at 13 degrees of Aquarius at 8:55pm EDT. From A Pakistan News:

This is a unique lunar eclipse in that it’s the third lunar eclipse of the season, and second this summer.

For horoscope and astrology lovers, this rare occurrence will bring out the Aquarian influences in your life.

This full moon lunar eclipse brings the sun’s rays shining in its home sign of Leo ruling matters of creativity, children, playfulness, leisurely activities, and love affairs; while the Moon will occupy Aquarius, the sign known for its futuristic take on life, humanity, science, knowledge, and social groups.

While it’s possible that no major event may occur during this special time, your sensitivities are heightened as some lingering events may come to a close…quite unexpectedly.
The Twitter junkies are already flooding Facebook and will probably bring it down too. I admit, I hate being without my regular tweets from Turner Classic Movies and the New York Times, as well as my extremely cool droogs. Phooey...

But it is obvious to me, Twitter was all messed up by the moon. Yes, you cynical atheists and rationalists can sneer at me, but I KNOW what's up.


I am currently attempting a low-level detox, using THIS product (there's the commercial, Dr Lindsey!) and some very basic alfalfa, peppermint and dandelion-root tea. (Yes, the bathroom is my friend!) I am hoping to refocus my diet and get back to my former benchmark of 50% raw foods, which always makes me feel physically fantastic. I'd like to go higher (75% raw is my goal), but I never quite manage it. I end up lapsing and eating cheese tortellinis and potato samosas in extremis. Humans are not meant to forage indefinitely, or else we would be orangutans. Right?

When I do manage to transition to predominantly raw foods, I feel like the not-humans at the Dawn of Time in 2001: A Space Odyssey, gibbering and squabbling over the watering-hole: Gimme.

I feel "hungry" -- even when I'm technically not hungry. Perhaps (wo)man was not meant to live by weeds alone?

It's embarrassing to admit it, but the least little cooked thing grabs my attention and suddenly looks scrumptious, even boring combinations of lima beans and kale. Are we MEANT to eat cooked food? (And WHERE are the radical atheist evolutionists when I need to ask them a dietary question?)

I think the problem is--the standard American starchy diet leaves us filling "full" most of the time. This is not a normal state of affairs. When we start eating foods that are quickly digested, it feels strange, like hunger. But the stomach is MEANT to be empty sometimes; it's just that Americans have forgotten how to live that way.

One raw food that readily quells fake-hunger, almost-hunger and real hunger: nuts. (Are we supposed to be living on nuts and berries after all?) Also, chia seeds and pepitas. I love them all, of course (with the exception of meat, I haven't met any foods I truly dislike), but I do feel a bit like an orangutan or one of Stanley Kubrick's early not-humans: Get away from my cashews, now! (I foraged for them, go find your own!)

By contrast, when I go back to eating trash? I am very generous, here, have some Cheetos! Nah, go on, take the whole bag! (((preens at my own generosity)))

I figure this is some sort of evolutionary adaptation, since we have Cheetos in abundance.


John Powers said...

Cooking food is an ancient technology. I saw a piece about the mystery of why Neanderthals died out recently. Digging through the archeological layers in place approximately the same at the same times modern humans and Neanderthals lived and the technologies are about the same. One difference was that Neanderthals because of their body design needed more calories a day to survive. The difference may have to do with why modern humans survived and Neanderthals didn't.

Cooking food allows us to get more calories in our diet. Most of us struggle with too many calories, so the raw diet provides a way to cut back. I think your 50%-75% approach strikes a very good balance. It means you still get to eat some treats.

Marion said...

I wondered why there wasn't much comment about the lunar eclipse, as well. Perhaps it is because it was not visible here, but still...those eclipses and the full moon, too, change the vibrational energies. It takes time to affect me, sometimes, but always these eclipses bring change for me.

Good luck with your diet. My hormones play a big part in my diet...I crave cooked foods...comfort certain times of the month. So there ya go!

Ramone Smith said...

About cooking:

Richard Wrangham, Harvard anthropologist, says that it is basically cooking that caused humans to sharply diverge from the other apes.

Renegade Evolution said...

Is that why I have had FOUR red bulls today????

::Bounce Bounce Bounce:::

Rootietoot said...

y'know, I love my grains, wheat, quinoa, wild rice, red rice, all that good stuff, and it sure is hard to eat raw.. While I agree that some things are quite good raw- veggies and fruit- grains are a staple for me, and I am not happy nor healthy without them. I reckon we all have our hereditary needs. Cheetoes, for example. I need them one day a month. That's all, but that one day I really, really do *need* them.

JoJo said...

I have way too many food allergies, especially to nuts, to ever go to a raw diet. said...

The dude is completely just, and there is no skepticism.