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Can The Moon Affect Your Mood?


My interest in the subject started 10 years ago when a father and son fireman duo told me that they were always roughly three times as busy on a full moon. So I started looking into the facts and found out that A & E departments are also report much busier periods on a full moon.  Then I read that if they murder is committed in some middle eastern countries, then a judge may be more lenient when sentencing the accused.

Why do more people not know about this I thought?  This is amazing. Then I saw over 150 moon apps on the App Store and realised I was not the only one in on the secret!

I thought to myself that if the moon can move oceans and tides then perhaps it can change the tension of water in our bodies, which are over 80% water after all.  So as the moon is waxing our blood pressure may well rise, and the opposite may happen when is wanes.

So how does the moon affect our mental wellbeing, our happiness in the here and now?  There is plenty written on the moon to suggest that as it waxes we want to take on more and more, with my keen knowledge, in the week building up to a full moon I chuckled as everyone was reporting such busy days. “It’s funny how some weeks I’m so busy and then it all goes quiet”, reported my earnest web developer last month.  I wanted to say “well on the waning moon, people are inclined to let go of ideas, be less inclined to take things on,” but where do I start?!

So I wrote this article and reassured myself that, there are many things that science can’t prove.  But in order for the human race to keep progressing at such a pace, we need us believers to, as Steve Jobs put it, “be crazy enough to believe, they are the ones who will change the future.”

Is this ‘pseudo science’, or is it based on practical observation? Is personal research sometimes more valuable than a clinical trial?  I’ve realised that ‘real science’ is not without it’s flaws, as a gust of wind from nature can change the result of a stream of events that are ‘proven to happen’.  I also realise that whatever opinion you have, someone, somewhere may well have done some research to prove it, and it’s virtually impossible for research to be unbiased in some way…I digress.

When you can only see half of one side of the moon (we never get to see the back due it revolving perfecting in time with the earth), it is termed quarter moon.  This, somewhat surprisingly, is when energy can be at it’s lowest, on a waxing and waning moon.  The time of highest energy is on a new or full moon.


So how does this help us choose our activities? Should we do our selling on a waxing moon and doing our removals on a waning moon?  It’s difficult to live ‘by the light of the moon’ but it’s certainly worth considering.  Are some people more affected by the moon?  Of course they are.  We are all unique specimens so naturally some will be more ‘loony’ (in the lunar sense) than others.  Those who are more sensitive to it may be those who report experiencing more highs and lows of emotion, partly because of this, but also may correspond with how ‘finely tuned’ their body is.

So to those whose emotional wellbeing is more erratic, awareness is everything.  I think that if you are mindful of the moon’s state then, as ‘mindfulness’ teaches us, you’ll be able to resist being so drawn in by the emotions attached to it.  Detaching ourselves from negative emotions allows us to remain closer to our natural state which, of course, is happiness!

Next time you feel anxious or low, check the state of the moon and observe what others are saying. You may just find it fascinating too!

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