Tonight, (October 18, 2013) is a full moon with an eclipse. Should you expect anything in particular? What are some of the studies saying about the full moon and how it affects us emotionally and physically? Does it affect our relationships? Have you ever noticed a difference in yourself or others during a full moon?
The most common effects of a full moon that are mentioned online are; mood, fertility, reproductive behavior, birth rate, blood loss, human behavior, law and order, politics and sleep quality. But a great number of studies are said to be inconclusive as to what the direct effects are.
According to many sources, the words, “lunatic” and “lunacy” derive from the Latin word, “Luna,” meaning moon. Their earliest uses date back to the 1500’s.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “It must be a full moon,” when people start doing things out of the ordinary or out of character.
During the time of the full moon you many notice an increased staff of police on patrol as well as in the medical fields.
Wiki suggests that studies are inconclusive that a full moon has the ability to affect us much other than a slight lack in sleep. The webpage sites, “People notice if something dramatic happens during a full moon, but do not notice when nothing dramatic happens; furthermore, dramatic occurrences that do not occur during full moons are typically not counted as evidence against the belief. Believers are further bolstered in their belief through communal reinforcement: The more people talk about the effect, the more people notice spurious relationships.”
I can tell you, from my experience that I believe if I had kept proper notes that I would have been able to support the fact that indeed, the full moon has an affect over a great number of people but maybe not all. I have worked in the field of customer service for most of my life and observed an increase in irritability, irrational thought processes and behaviors and a higher than normal increase in rudeness and abruptness. Could this be linked to the decrease in sleep that studies have concluded to be a cause of the full moon?
I recall knowing with certainty when it was a full moon based on the behaviors of alarm signal activity and the increase in customer behavior when I worked as a dispatcher for a commercial alarm company. There was a higher number of false alarms, panic and escalated customer service complaints.
My friend Nicole is a dog trainer and she states that the puppies in class seem to let her know it’s a full moon by acting with a sense of restlessness and crazy behavior.
In addition to this evening being a full moon, there will also be a Penumbral Eclipse (meaning the Earth will move between the sun and the moon causing a partial dimness of the moon) that can be seen in several countries, including the U. S. It will not be very visible except around 7:50pm EDT where you may see a shadowy smudge.
If you believe in astrology, which I do, it will interest you to know that an eclipse of a full moon generally indicates endings or culmination points.
Susan Miller from Astrology Zone has this to say, “Take any message you hear at the time of an eclipse seriously. There usually is no way to get a situation reversed. If someone brings news you don’t like on an eclipse realize that there is little chance you can get it reversed, at least not for four months, if ever. See the news as essentially a non-negotiable decision and try to move on. Events that follow an eclipse have more weight than events brought on by a normal new or full moon. In fact, an eclipse is like a turbo-new or full moon packs much more energy and punch. An eclipse may even bring on an event that seems ‘fated’. Eclipses always bring unexpected changes of direction if you have a planet that will be touched.”
What have been your experiences and what is your personal opinion on this subject? Let me know your thoughts below…
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- Wikipedia Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_effect
- Mail Online Website: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2377915/A-moon-DOES-affect-sleep–inner-caveman.html
- Scientific American Website: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=lunacy-and-the-full-moon
- Time and Date: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2013-october-18
- Christina Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/1017/Penumbral-lunar-eclipse-Friday-So-what-s-a-penumbral-eclipse-anyway
- Astrology Zone: http://www.astrologyzone.com/forecasts/eclipse.html
- The Cosmos News: VIDEO : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hduXiknB1DA