Do full moons and supermoons really influence people and animals?
The moon’s effects date back to legends and mythology of ancient civilizations.
The lunar theory, otherwise known as the lunar effect, is the idea that there’s some correlation between moon cycles and human behavior.
Many people dismiss myths concerning the influence of the moon, but real effects are being found through science.
Lunacy linked to the moon.
Lunacy and lunatic stem from luna, the Latin word for moon. It is believed that people were more likely to show erratic behavior during a full moon.
A publication on the National Criminal Justice Reference Service titled lunar effect- biological tides and human emotions, shows extensive analyses of data on human behavior. Lunar astronomy accurately indicated that the repression of the moon’s gravitational influence brings about social tension, disharmony and bizarre results.
The generic subtle (intangible) effect of the moon
All objects including stars, planets and satellite bodies along with their gross (tangible) attributes emanate subtle (intangible) frequencies. These physical attributes and subtle-frequencies affect us in varying degrees at a physical and subtle-level. The frequencies emanating from the Moon affect the frequencies of the mental body, i.e. mind of human beings. By ‘mind’ we mean our feelings, emotions and desires. The mind consists of the conscious mind and the sub-conscious mind. Within the sub-conscious mind we have a number of impressions that are embedded that decide our basic nature and personality. We are however not aware of the thoughts or impressions in our sub-conscious mind. These impressions get collected over a number of lifetimes. These impressions in our mind are the catalysts for all our thoughts and subsequent actions. Both the impressions and our thoughts have their own subtle-frequencies. The moon frequencies are slightly more subtle (intangible) than the subtle-frequencies of our thoughts but are less subtle than the frequencies of the impressions in our mind. The moon frequencies have the capacity to make the thought frequencies from the impressions in our sub-conscious mind to surface to the conscious mind. Once in the conscious mind we become aware of them. Thus one will be influenced as per the predominant impressions in one’s mind. We have explained this in more detail in the next section.
The moon could affect our sleep patterns.
Roughly three years ago, a study definitively showed that the moon’s phases affect human sleep.
In most of the sleep studies, research participants were not aware of the moon phase or time cues.
The difference between a new moon and a full moon is much bigger than the difference between a full moon and a super full moon. So the really strong effects are present all the time.
The moon could be regulating menstrual cycles
An effect of the moon on the menstrual cycle is controversial: Some studies show it, some refute it.
In nature there are certain events that happen at an absolutely regular basis. The seasons have a yearly cycle, the moon phases 29.5 days, night and day 24 hours and the tides 12.4 hours. A menstrual cycle has about the same length as the moon cycle, which is roughly a 29.5-day cycle.
Animals follow the moon’s time cues.
Particularly in the sea, many organisms use the moon’s phases as their clock, called the circalunar clock. Animals show this through sleep patterns, synchronized reproduction and more. Plants and animals possess these clocks to enable them to anticipate and be prepared for regular changes in their environments.
Many other marine animals such as some crabs, sea-lice, worms and midges have been shown to exhibit moon-related and tide-related patterns of behaviour even when kept in laboratory aquaria away from the influence of tide and moon. That means organisms can predict lunar phases. Some animals on land, away from the influence of ocean tides, also show behaviors related to the moon, confirming that the linkage can be direct and is not always indirect through the effects of moon-generated tides. If a tiny organism is looking for a mate in the vast ocean, it is important they all look at the same time, he said. The moon’s light also plays a big role; many small animals are more active during the new moon phase, because they are less visible and have a lower chance to be eaten.
From a scientific point of view the lunar effect on animals is obvious and absolutely uncontroversial.
Do you think the moon affects people?
Why so many skeptics?
Science is slowly showing moon myths hold some truth. Skepticism, no doubt, comes from awareness of historical myths and legends concerning supposed relationships between the human condition and lunar cycles. Possibly, the moon affected people and animals more before modern lighting. The light of a full moon kept people up at night, leading to sleep deprivation that could have caused other issues, according to one hypothesis. Regardless the moon does have an effect, but how big the effect is unknown.
It’s very hard to completely disregard it because the tides on this Earth, the oceans, everything follows the moon’s gravitational pull and things like that. So it can’t be totally doing nothing to us.