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Does The Moon Really Have An Effect on People?
The Great Debate
The Moon is this beautiful object that stands stoically in the night's sky. It is always there and you can count on it over looking you no matter where you are. It can light your path and you can even read the writing on a dime during the full moon.
It has and will always be shrouded in some form of mystery. It has the ability to evoke thoughts of werewolves, vampires, wizards, witches and madness. Its' beauty is breathe taking and its' ability to conjure thoughts of romance and love has been written about for countless years.
The moon is romantic, the moon is scary and the moon might even be cheese? But can it effect people and their behavior? Do police stations get frenzied when the wolf howels. Do the hospital ERs become crazed with an influx of patients. Do asylums become riddled with patient outburst and further "lunacy"?
Well, maybe and maybe not.
We all are aware that the moon has several phases and changes throughout the month. Just check up in the sky and you will see a noticeable difference in the moon's appearance every few days. This has to do with the amount of sunlight the moon gets.
Phases of the moon:
The New Moon : This is when you see little to no moon at all. The side of the moon is facing Earth and not lit by the Sun.
Waxing Crescent/Phase 2: Small part of Moon lit. Getting bigger.
Phase 3: 1st quarter. Almost 1/2 lit.
Phase 4/Waxing Gibbous: A pinch more than 1/2 lit. Waxing means "getting bigger."
Full Moon: Sun is facing the side of the moon and lights it up.
Phase 6/Waning Gibbous: Not lit all the way. Waning means "getting smaller."
Phase 7/Last quarter: Less than 1/2 lit up.
Phase 8: Waning moon
New Moon begins again:
Blue Moon and Black Moon
"Oh once in a blue moon." How often have you said this phrase and not really known where it came from. We all know colloquially it means "rare". But, do you actually know the details of how it came about.
Blue Moon The meaning has changed (believe it or not) or the years. A full moon in a season with 4 full moons. The Blue Moon would be the 2nd in the month (this is the newest definition). Approximately 7 times in 19 years there is an extra Full Moon.
The farmers Almanac's definition: An extra Full Moon in in a season. If there were 4 Full Moons the Blue Moon would be 3rd. Predicated by The Farmer's Almanac blue moons will appear 11/21/10, 08/21/13, 06/21/16.
A moon can appear "blueish" in color (rare) when there is a volcanic eruption (Tyndall Effect). The moon can look blue caused by dust and smoke.
Black Moon:This is not commonly talked about or even known. There is no known 'acceptable" definition for Black Moon. There have been occasions where the term has been applied and here they are:
1. Absence if Full Moon. 2. Absence of New Moon. 3. 3rd New Moon in a season. 4. 2nd occurrence of New Moon in calendar month. I have seen jewelry that represents a Black Moon, so someone knows about it.
Moon and Behavior
The controversial debate on whether the moon effects the psyche is ongoing. I have researched this and talked to many, many people and from my experience the numbers lean toward the belief that "yes" it does effect people's be behavior.
What and who can be effected: Hospitals, police stations, psychiatric hospitals, jails, sleep,mood, heart rate,dreams, effects disorders such as OCD, and Bi-Polar.
I spoke to a man who works at a very famous prison, Sing Sing. He said that without fail around the time of a full moon (few days before and a few days after) the inmates are louder, there is more trouble and the "feel" is different. All the guards are "prepared" that there may be more trouble than usual.
I, also, spoke to 2 people in law enforcement. Both, separately, said that around the full moon they have much more difficulty with the streets and their precincts where busier. More trouble on the streets and their precincts are busier. They both thought "lunatics" was an accurate description.
There are many who feel that the moon has no bearing on human behavior at all. They will spout "fact" after "fact" why the moon does not affect human behavior. Yet when you go out and actually talk to people who have jobs that would allow them to see people's behavior they by and large say it does. It seems to me it is one of those ask the people situations?
1. The most popular and "scientifically" based reason is the Gravitational Pull on our bodies. Our bodies are made up of between 70%-80% water. It is a known fact the The Moon effects tides in the oceans.
2. The amount of light . On a full moon the sun hits the moon so directly that it "lights up the sky." As stated above you can actually read the writing on a dime on a clear Full Moon. The Full Moon can actually light your way on a path. I have had to draw curtains because the moonlight was keeping me awake. Not every full moon is so bright. Depending on the cloud cover it will depend how bright it actually shines
**It can stand reason that if the moon can effect the tides why would it not be able to effect our bodies which are much smaller bodies of water than the vast oceans?. It is possible he waxing and the waning of the Moon cycle can either bring about energy or pull it away.
Farmers still plant crops around Moon Cycles. Farmers seed and transplant according to the waxing and waning of the moon.Root crops for waning and above ground for waxing.
**With the theory that light plays a huge part on the human psyche it could also stand to reason that the amount of moonlight will affect human behavior as well. During the days around and after the Full Moon when the sky is "lit up" can give humans that extra charge of energy. More energy more hyper-activity more crime more madness. The thought behind Seasonal Depression is that people are depressed in dark days and energized by the Sun. It it is true. Then, do people act differently during the light of a Full Moon?
Scientist and specialist in the field of Astro bla bla bla have been studying the effects of the moon on human behavior for years.
The University of Miami: They conducted a 15 years study on homicide in Dade, County Florida. There were a total of 1,887 murders and just about all of them rose and fell with the the cycles of the Moon. The murders rose on the full moon and fell on the first and last quarter. They checked this study against one conducted in Cuyahega County, Ohio. Sure enough they Ohio study found the same thing.
Court: In 18th century England a murderer could actually plead "lunacy" if he or she had committed the murder on a full moon.
Psychiatrists: Some Psychiatrists have done studies that show that psychotically based crimes such as murder,arson, stealing and even bad driving rise on the full moon.
Southern California Methodist Hospital: Did a study showing that more babies were conceived on a waxing moon. They studied 11,025 births or a six year period and found that nearly 1,000 more were conceived at that time.
W. Buehler: A researcher studied 33,000 births and found a major predominance of males at the time of a waxing moon.
**Think about it. If the moon can effect tides why not effect the rate at which sperm swim. Male sperm generally are the slower swimmers. Is it possible at the full moon they can race and pass the female sperm at that time. Our bodies are water.Food for thought.
Movies and Songs With Moon In The Title
Tea House Of The August Moon 1956
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon 1953
Paper Moon 1973
Moon Raker 007 1979
Moon Struck 1987
From Earth To The Moon 1998
Bad Moon Risin- CCR
Blue Moon- The Marcels
Dancin In The Moonlight- King Harvest
Moon Dance- Van Morrison
Bark At The Moon- Ozzy
Fly Me To The Moon- Frank Sinatra
Full Moon- The Kinks
Harvest Moon- Neil Young
Child Of The Moon- Rolling Stones
There are countless more songs and many more movies these are just a taste to demonstrate the effect the moon has on the media. Some how if you put moon in the title people will be intrigued, happy and want to hear or see your product. Cha-Ching!
Well ,at the end of the day or should I say night, do we "really" know if the moon effects human behavior. Well, maybe we do and maybe we don't. We know for sure the moon effects the tides. After that it is up to you to formulate your own opinion.
One thing I think we all can agree on is the moon is lovely,enticing, a mystery and probably not made out of Swiss cheese.