This is a very controversial subject and one I have swerved many times as you find as many people pro as against. I am not a scientist, nor claim to have any scientific foundation, so I was always keen to just pass on people’s first hand experiences, rather than science experiments and statistics.
I have spoken to a few nurses and doctors about it and again heard very different versions and opinions. I have now come to my own conclusion. I firmly believe that it does exist, but that it does not affect everybody. As it is so very personal and variable it is hard to pin down and even harder to do a firm study on it.
In earlier days without many artificial light sources, the moon formed a big part of people’s life. For once they relied upon the moon as a nocturnal source of light. Therefore seeing a full moon or no moon made a big difference. But with artificial lights everywhere that is of course no longer the case. So, in my opinion most people are not even aware of what they moon is doing right now. The only exception may be when there is a ‘supermoon’ or some lunar eclipse hyped by the mainstream media.
I recently read an article about this subject which prompted me to write this post. Here is what an A&E nurse wrote on this subject: ” I don’t know much about physics, but I definitely know that the moon has an influence. I have worked in A&E for 20years now and have definitely noticed that on average we are busier at Full Moon, especially with people coming in with stab wounds or other injuries from heated arguments gone wrong. Another problem are drinking related injuries, from alcohol poisoning to people injuring themselves being drunk. At New Moon we see more drug overdoses and self-harming cases. No month is the same, but I can tell you there is definitely a connection’. And when you talk to people who work with mentally ill patients you will get a similar reaction.
This would make perfect sense. I don’t believe that everybody is actually affected by the moon. I for one am not, but my grandfather and a few other people I know definitely were or are affected . So that is why it is so controversial. When you don’t feel the effect you think there is nothing to it, but then speak to a ‘lunatic’ (a person that is specifically affected by the moon) or someone who is living with one and their experience would be entirely different.
The reason my grandmother started looking into Biodynamics and eventually passed it on to me was sadly that my grandfather was a real ‘lunatic’, who could be very unpleasant at Full Moon and to a lesser extent at New Moon. It took her a while to make the connection with the moon cycle, but when she did, she made sure that doors got locked or she was away at these crucial times. I remembered her saying that not all Full Moons would be the same, some affected him stronger than others and if you know a bit about the path of the moon around the earth it again makes total sense. This path is not round, but ecliptic, therefore the distance is not always the same. Sometimes the moon is nearer (we call them supermoons) and at other times more distant. And as it is a feeling/behaviour that is mainly noticed by others and not always 100% measurable it is hard to measure and proof with statistical data. The ones who want the moon to influence people will find the data to support their case, the ones who don’t can also find enough cases where the moon does not make a difference. As there is no 100% guaranteed way to measure how a person feels or is perceived by others, this phenomena does statistically not exist. Yet speak to my grandmother and others like her who have to live with ‘lunatics’ and they will tell you stories that definitely proof a lunar effect.
But not every lunatic is turning violent, burns down building or abuses drugs. These examples exist and are the extremes, but the majority of ‘lunatics’ just tend to have mood swings, sleep problems, more or less appetite and feel somehow unsettled and unfocused and if you did not point out that there is a Full Moon, nobody would even connect the two events.
One of the best known studies in the ‘pro-camp’ is Lieber’s study of ‘the existence of a biological rhythm of human aggression which resonates with the lunar synodic cycle’.(Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 1978). He researched “
At the University of Miami, psychologist Arnold Lieber and his colleagues decided to test the old belief of full-moon “lunacy” which most scientists had written off as an old wives’ tale. The researchers collected data on homicide in Dade County (Miami) over a period of 15 years — 1,887 murders, to be exact. When they matched the incidence of homicide with the phases of the moon, they found, much to their surprise, that the two rose and fell together, almost infallibly, for the entire 15 years! As the full or the new moon approached, the murder rate rose sharply; it distinctly declined during the first and last quarters of the moon.
To find out whether this was just a statistical fluke, the researchers repeated the experiment using murder data from Cuyahoga County in Ohio (Cleveland). Again, the statistics showed that more murders do indeed occur at the full and new moons.
Dr. Lieber and his colleagues shouldn’t have been so surprised. An earlier report by the American Institute of Medical Climatology to the Philadelphia Police Department entitled “The Effect of the Full Moon on Human Behavior” found similar results. That report showed that the full moon marks a monthly peak in various kinds of psychotically oriented crimes such as murder, arson, dangerous driving, and kleptomania. People do seem to get a little bit crazier about that time of the month.
That’s something most police and hospital workers have known for a long time. Indeed, back in eighteenth-century England, a murderer could plead “lunacy” if the crime was committed during the full moon and get a lighter sentence as a result. Scientists, however, like to have a hard physical model to explain their discoveries, and so far there isn’t a fully accepted one. Dr. Lieber speculates that perhaps the human body, which, like the surface of the earth, is composed of almost 80 percent water, experiences some kind of “biological tides” that affect the emotions. When a person is already on psychologically shaky ground, such a biological tide can push him or her over the edge.
Although there is no scientific proof that the moon affects us in any way, it does certainly affect the tides and some species of animals, who reliably use the moon for breeding behaviour.
This gravitational difference between mid-day and midnight is the greatest during the days of the full and new moon and the least effect has the end of the 1st and 3rd quarter.
Here is an article from a little while back in the Telegraph on how the moon affects human behaviour and some interesting moon facts.
Have you ever heard the phrase – once in a blue moon. I should think so. So I delved a little deeper to find out what it really means and where it comes from
- Four full moons in a season
The first definition refers to a fourth full moon in a season. Everybody knows that the year has four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter and normally each season has 3 full moons. So that brings the yearly total to 12 full moons and the reason why the year has 12 calendar months.
The Ancient Romans had 12 moon cycle and then a period of rest (roughly what we call now January and February) until the new year started again in March (which coincided with the start of the military marching season, ruled by Mars, the God of war). But 12 moon cycles don’t add up to 365 days. To keep the year in sync with the seasons occasionally another moon cycle was added, which then brought the total number of full moons in a year to 13. This meant that one season had 4 full moons instead of 3 and the 4th full moon was called ”a blue moon’. When Julius Caesar adopted the solar calendar model, he created 12 calendar months per year. (calendar comes from the Latin word for register).
Although the sun calendar replaced the former lunar model for official duties and taxes, many pagan rituals were still celebrated in accordance to the moon cycle. When the Emperor Constantin adopted Christianity as the ‘official Roman religion’ anything pagan got a bad press. The Catholic church rallied against the ancient pagan practises and the number 13 became the ‘number of witches’. It was hailed the unlucky number, especially if the combination fell on a Friday (the day of worship for Friga, the pagan fertility goddess). This lore is still alive in fairy stories. Do you remember the 12 good fairy godmothers in Sleeping Beauty and the 13th came to dinner and spoilt it all !
To give you an idea how often this happens: The last ‘Blue Moon’ according to this definition occurred just recently on the 21st May 2016 and the next ‘blue moon’ will happen on 18th May 2019 and after that on the 22nd August 2021. So on average a Blue Moon happens every 3 years, hence the saying ‘ once in a blue moon’, meaning an event which is very rare.
2. Two full moons in a calendar month
Another way of describing a ‘blue moon’ came later. Normally a calendar month has one New Moon and one Full Moon, but occasionally 2 of each can occur. From the 19th century onwards it became popular to call the second Full Moon in a given calendar month ‘a blue moon’. Although still rare, this event is a bit more random than the rhythym of the 13 moon cycle. The last time this happened was in March 2016 and there were no Blue Moons in 2017.
But now we start the year 2018 with a Blue Moon in January (31st), no full moon in February and then again another Blue Moon in March 2018 (31st March). After that the next Blue Moon will happen in October 2020.
Numerology is an ancient form of depherering your life through numbers. It was first practised by the mathematician Pythagoras. Today he and his Math methods are still mentioned in every Math class. Born in 608 B.C. Pythagoras was a free thinker who founded his own university at Crotona, then a Greek colony situated in Southern Italy. He gathered many students around him whom he not only taught mathematics, but also inspired them in all aspects of personal independence and the meaning of life and love.
One of the subjects he taught was ‘ the Science of numbers’. It sought to answer life’s unsolved mystery and is the backbone of today’s Numerology movement. Numbers were seen as individual vibrations, who could be interpreted and used for life guidance.
Number 1 – the key to self expression and communication
Number 2 – the ‘feeling number’, representing the pair, sensitivity and intuition
Number 3 – belongs to the triangle and symbolises the mind and thinking
Number 4 – is the square, stability, practicality, order and convention
Number 5 – is the centre of the soul, representing love and freedom of expression
Number 6 – can either represent creativity, but also stress and worry
Number 7 – the number of philosophy, learning and sacrifice
Number 8 – the number of wisdom, leadership and independence
Number 9 – ambition, responsibility and idealism
How to find your current ‘year number’?
Here is a small example how to use Numerology for your own insights. Pythagoras taught that we live in ‘ 9 year cycles’. Once one cycle is completed, the next one starts up. So to make sense of your life you need your date of birth, for example 13th September 1970. Then add up the number of your birth date and month.
1+3+9= 13 = 4 this is you prime number which you then add to the current year
2016 (9) 9+4=13=4 You would be currently in a year 4.
Here is what the individual year numbers mean:
Year 1 – The year of adjustments. A powerful year of personal growth and change, breaking old habits and self-improvement
Year 2 – A year of rest, sharing and self-development, a good year for partnerships and working together.
Year 3 – A year to expand the mind. Stimulate the intellect, thirst for knowledge, a year of study and new skills.
Year 4 – A year of security, regeneration and consolidation. Enjoy the status quo and don’t change too much.
Year 5 – A year of freedom and personal expression. Hobbies could become new careers, look further afield than your current situation.
Year 6 – A year of creativity. It is the a peak of creativity in home and work life. It is also the year of relationships.
Year 7 – Could potentially be a troubled year. It is important to learn from personal experiences and even failures. It is best to stabilise what you have achieved so far rather than to expand.
Year 8 – Year of independence and wisdom. It is a year of opportunity and financial gain. Enjoy life to the full
Year 9 – the cycle comes to an end. What you have sown during this cycle will come to fruition, good or bad. Enjoy this year, travel, broaden your horizon and get ready for another cycle.