The mysterious moon and its lunar cycles, with its commanding presence, has captured the curiosity of humans for millennia. Over the centuries, the moon has been seen as a timekeeper, a calendar, and even a god. Our draw to this luminescence orb is strong and learning to live by the phases of the moon become important once we realize how deeply we are a
ffected by its lunar pull.
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The moon and its cycles have fascinated humankind from the beginning. From the romantic connotations of seeing “the man in the moon” etched into its surface to the folklore claims of lunar influences of “odd behavior” and lunacy, the moon has held our attention and in some cultures, worship
I first became interested and started to notice how my physical and emotional body responded to lunar cycles due to my Ashtanga Yoga practice. Traditionally, for those who practice 6 days per week, we are granted a “yoga holiday” each new and full moon. As one of the founding fathers of this practice, Sri K.
Yoga is about moving energy in the body through our breath. Full moon energy corresponds directly to the end of our inhalation (prana). Prana’s force is greatest during the full moon and we may feel energetic, emotional, & ungrounded. New moon energy relates to the bottom of the exhale (
Astrologically lunar energy is considered to be feminine energy and has been called by many names; yin, lunar, shakti, and passive to name a few. They are all one and the same. Glorious, strong, intuitive, and emotional. This feminine energy presides over our fertility, monthly cycles, and the emotional body.
The human body is made up of roughly 75% fluid. As the cycles of the moon are directly related to the strength of gravitational pull, common sense tells me that it will affect the biorhythms all living beings on earth as well as the earth itself. Lunars gravitational
Lunar activity has long been accused of increased mental breakdowns, crimes, suicide, hospital admittances, and even hormonal fluctuations. According to an article published, “The Lunar Cycle: Effects On Human And Animal Behavior And Physiology“,
– M Zimecki
Human and animal physiology are subject to seasonal, lunar, and circadian rhythms. The lunar cycle has an impact on human reproduction, in particular fertility, menstruation, and birth rate.
Throughout history, people blame it on the moon when they witness erratic behavior, stating, “it must be a full moon”. The word “lunar” itself stems from the Latin word lūnāris or Luna meaning moon. Words such as “lunatic“, “loon“, and “loonie” were derived from the root Latin words.
According to an abstract by Ujjwal Chakraborty, “Effects Of Different Phases Of The Lunar Month On Humans” it was stated:
– Ujjwal Chakraborty
A large number of investigations have shown the association of different lunar phases with the mental health or physical health and diseases, physical activity pattern, and reproduction of humans.
Lunar cycles have not only influenced humans psychological behaviors and
According to an article written in The Farmers Almanac, “7 Ways The Moon May Affect Your Health“, researchers have linked the cycles of the moon to many health issues including:
- Heart – According to the previous cited abstract from M. Zimecki, hospitals see increased cardiovascular and acute coronary cases correlating to moon phases.
- Brain – Dr. Athena Perrakis, PhD explains: ” Since our bodies are made up, proportionally, of so much water, it’s easy to understand how the moon would pull us and sway us just like the ocean” having direct effect on erratic behavior & even bipolar episodes as explained in an article by Thomas A. Wehr, “Bipolar Mood Cycles Associated With Lunar Entrainment Of A Circadian Rhythm“.
- Kidney – Increased cases of kidney stone pain.
- Accidents – Emergency cases increase by approximately 3% during the full moon and drop by 6 % during the new moon according to the Farmers Almanac. They also go on to say that this includes what Dr.’s describe as “medically unexplained stroke issues” including complaints such as “headaches, numbness, and
Major Moon Phases
The new moon is the beginning of a new lunar cycle. It is a time to set new beginnings & intentions. A time during which new energy is created, one with purpose and clarity. As the moon goes dark, it is often a time to turn inward for self-reflection and often toward our creativity. If you practice yoga, consider taking the “yoga holiday”.
Waxing Crescent Moon
As the visible portion of the moon is growing toward the full cycle (First Quarter), energies can be at the highest level. This is the time to put those goals into motion, accomplish set goals and reach those new moon intentions. It is also a time to allow gratitude to expand and grow.
The moon is at its fullest power when the moon is at its greatest luminosity. Energy levels soar (for me often times the energy can be overwhelming and I show signs of fatigue), behaviors become disruptive or erratic, and the mind can become overactive. Everything may seem bigger. Emotions are heightened, sleep escapes us, and we become more emotional. Again, consider the “yoga holiday” if you incorporate yoga into your daily routine.
Gardeners have long known the power of the moon phases. Transplanting is encouraged during the full moon phase as the flowering force is greatest. Seeding in on a new moon is encouraged as the rooting force is greatest.
Chinese tradition honors the full moon as a symbol of peace, prosperity & family reunion.
As the moon begins its transition back to the dark moon (new), the waning crescent (waning=smaller) phase is a time of release. An in-between time where we can feel off-kilter or in transition. A time to bring closure & endings when needed. We may feel tired or low energy during this cycle or feel the need to practice self-care and become introverted.
And the cycle begins again with the new moon phase. No matter how you may or may not have observed your own physical or emotional responses to the lunar cycles, no one can deny that the mysterious moon and its stages are beautiful and haunting.
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I find how the moon cycles affect us so fascinating! I’ve been in tune with the full moon, but not with the new moon. Love the idea of honoring all the moon cycles and give our bodies the rest we need.
This is all interesting info!
Working in a hospital I can tell you that moon cycles absolutely affect people. Good read!
Thank you, Nicki! So glad you enjoyed it.
How interesting! I’ve heard several people talk about how the moon cycles affect their mood but never quite understood it.
This is really interesting. I do notice my cat acts CRAZY when it’s a full moon. Running through the house at full speed; acting super spooked. It’s bizarre!
Ours always did…plus stayed awake ALL night long 🙂
I’ve wondered for some time about this. Interesting information to consider…
This is so true and I totally believe it. When there is a full moon, we get busier than normal at my job and it can get bizarre.
I’ve always felt connected to the moon and I’m very aware of the ebb and flow of lunar energy. It turns out my name, Cynthia, was one of the names of the mythological moon goddess Artemis. It’s destined I think, my attraction to the moon!
OH I love this. I believe we are very tied into the moon.
How very interesting. I am a pretty even person, meaning I don’t have ups and downs, but I have heard people say that they are greatly affected by the moon cycles. Great information.
This article blew my mind! I didn’t realize the moon’s phases had such an affect on us but it rings totally true. I will have to start paying attention to it more!
I never really put it together .. the “why” behind the moons affect. This makes total sense. Thanks for the info!
You’re most welcome!
I don’t think I’ve ever paid that much attention to the moon (other than when it’s a different color than usual) but now I’m more curious about it! 😊
What a great article! I had no idea that the moon can affect us and our mood.
So glad you enjoyed it, Lina!
Very interesting! One additional health impact….the NICU gets FULL every month when there is a full moon!
Thank you, Sharon. The medical industry sees a jump in activity for sure!
This was a very interesting article. I never ever thought about any of this but it makes sense.
I found this interesting. I think my teenage daughter will, too. Thank you.
Thank you, Karla! Hope she likes it as well.
As a teacher, I know that the phases of the moon affects behavior. My husband who is a respiratory therapist in a hospital would agree. I feel like the moon affects my emotions, too. This post was really interesting!
Thank you, Stacey. Wonderful to hear confirmation from so many in the medical industry.
I work in the medical field and can wholeheartedly tell you that the full moon most definitely affects people! I dread seeing that full moon in the sky when I have to work!
I’m sure you do!!
Very informative! I learned something new today! When I see a full moon, I am always in awe of how huge and beautiful it is! As an avid gardner, I should educate myself more with this subject and expand my horizons!
Planting by the lunar cycles is highly recommended. I was able to do so this year for the first time….curious to see if it had an impact!
I knew the moon effected emotions/behavior, I saw it in my classroom. I did not realize the effects on overall health. Very interesting read.
Thank you, Barbara! Glad you enjoyed it.
Wow, I had never thought about the moon’s phases affecting us! I’d be interested in trying to keep tabs on how I’m feeling and see if I can find a pattern in relation to the moon’s phases. Thanks for this!
I kept a journal when I first began to notice the shifts. Thanks for stopping by!
What an informative post. I always knew that the moon cycles played a part in our health but never knew about the other stuff you reported. Thanks for all the info
My pleasure, Nikki!
My mother in law who will be 93 this year swears by the phases of the moon for her flowers and garden. It certainly makes sense that it affects the growth and health of things.
Absolutely, Leigh Ann!
I practice yoga, but this article has motivated me to look for ways to expand my knowledge. Very interesting article, great read!
Thank you, Angelina! Shanti
Great information in your article. Thanks!
I had no idea the moon had so much effect on people! I had heard the moon can affect when people go into labor, but that was all I was aware of (besides tides and stuff) Thanks for the science lesson!
Glad you enjoyed it Charlene!
I always knew the moon had effects on farming but never knew it did on our mood. Great information.
I never knew this was possible. Thanks for sharing.
I can certainly relate to the different effects the moon has on people and behaviors!
This is fascinating. My youngest is very much into space and would love this. I can’t wait to show him.
Hope he enjoys it!
It is really interesting! I don’t think about it that often but it makes sense!
What an interesting article! I always knew I was one affected by the moon and its changes, but truly had no idea why. Thank you for the great information.
Your most welcome! Thanks for taking a peek!
What an interesting article. Thank you for sharing! I have always heard people bemoan what crazy things happen during a full moon but I have never really taken the time to read the facts. Thanks!