There Must be a Full Moon Out There

Every month the moon silently but magnificently orbits planet earth. The reflection of light from the sun gets brighter and fuller each day as the moon begins to once again light up the night sky. Alongside the beauty and magic of the full moon there are also all sorts of phenomena, stories, news reports and incidents that associate the full moon with strange and even crazy human behaviour.

Recently, in the middle of a chat with a sales assistant, the conversation quickly turned to the phase of the moon. He had recently experienced some intense encounters with customers, who had been what he described as moody, aggressive and rude. He looked at me and said, “It must be close to full moon!”.

It is commonplace to hear people talking about the effects of the full moon. From increases in violence, aggression and unusual behaviour, through to car accidents, fights, hospital admissions and arrests, the full moon throughout history has often been linked to strange behaviour. Even the word ‘lunatic’, which refers to a reckless, crazy person or to a mentally disturbed person, is derived from Luna, the Latin word for moon.

Hospital staff and Police Officers have long observed the effects of the period around the full moon. Police departments have been known to roster more officers on in an effort to cope with the expected increases in crime rates. Hospital staff have also faced increases in hospital admissions and emergencies when the moon is full. These are just some of the things they share (Selby, 2015):

“You could almost tell the phase of the moon by how crowded that area of the Emergency Department was. Anytime the moon was full, that area was overflowing.”

 “I think people are sicker and it seems like more unusual things happen when the moon is full, though I don’t think I could ever prove it.”

 “For as long as I’ve worked in the emergency department, whenever there’s a full moon, invariably someone will make a comment about how it’s going to be a rough night.”

The sales assistant mentioned above had his own stories to tell about what he had seen on full moons. Four years earlier he was witness to a brutally violent act on the night of a full moon. He was working as security at the front of a club when a fight broke out. Fists were flying, and the fight ended when a broken piece of glass was used as a weapon. What took place that evening was so disturbing for this young man that he walked away from that job never to return. He had no doubt that the full moon could trigger some very inhumane behaviour.

So what is it that the full moon’s reflection is offering us each month? The incidents described above are extreme, but on some level are we all noticing and feeling the effects of the full moon? Not necessarily always in such an extreme way, but as a more subtle or loud tension within?

The Ageless Wisdom teachings, as learnt through Universal Medicine, have inspired me to learn more about the moon, its cycles and how this both supports and affects me every month. It made total sense when I learnt that the moon has a purpose and that each month it offers us a reflection on how we have been living. The moon is naturally guiding us to return to a way of living that is true and harmonious. It’s quality and movements around the earth not only affect the tides, but also our physiology – yet another reminder of our inter-connectedness with everything.

The full moon, as I have been learning, can be a time of the month where I am asked to reflect upon how I am feeling and therefore how I have been living.

Every full moon feels very much like an opportunity to be more honest with myself and others, to look after myself on a deeper and more loving level, to take my time to connect more with the people in my life, whether I have known them for 2 minutes or 20 years – basically living more lovingly and harmoniously with everyone I meet. The full moon has come to symbolise the potential of how I can be living and relating.

At times the inner tension I can feel is stronger than others, and I have come to accept this as a gift of awareness and understanding – a way of giving me a loving nudge to keep being open to even more. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and comfortable with what we know. Yet there are endless opportunities to take a good look at ourselves, our behaviours, how we are in relationships etc., to see what can be let go of to make way for new experiences.

When I find ways to distract myself and avoid this awareness, the inner tension and agitation builds up. This is the opportunity to ask myself the question, “What’s going on within me?” as there is no one else responsible for how I am feeling and choosing to live.

Wherever we are in the world, we can all see the magnificence and magic of the light of the full moon. It’s like an SMS from God to the whole of humanity to remind us all of who we truly are – interconnected, loving human ‘beings’. A message that we all get, regardless of where we are, what we are doing or what we have done. No one ever misses out on our divine reflection.

So is all that strange behaviour that occurs on the lead up to the full moon a resistance or even a denial of the constant evolution that is on offer? We can deny the gift that is on offer or we may choose to accept the reflection and discover that we can let go of the old behaviours, ways of relating and communicating that have never truly supported us and discover a whole new way of living.

By Vicky Geary, Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Dip. Yoga Teaching, NSW, Australia 

Reference:

 (1) Selby, L. (2015). Full moon madness in the ER: Myth or Reality. American Osteopathic Society, The Do.

Further Reading:
Nature: The Ultimate Reflection
Zoochosis – A very human condition
Our Cycles – Period and Full Moon Diary

614 thoughts on “There Must be a Full Moon Out There

  1. I too can vouch for the changes in behaviour that occur in many areas of our society with full moons. I have found personally that it really is a period that allows a regular stock take of how I am living. The awesome part is the truth of what it offers as there is no lying or getting away with anything – it has all been clocked by my body and offers me a clear marker of where I am at.

  2. There is no doubt for me that leading up to the full moon feels different in my body and the intensity is increased. So, having people grumpy or rude is no surprise because as the full moon approaches I can judge how I have lived by the quality of my sleep and if it is particularly bad I would have difficulty getting to sleep or have a night of interrupted sleep. Then the knock-on effect of that would be feeling tired during the day.

  3. This is a great article to remind us that there are many rhythms and flows in nature that if we not honour and live in harmony with them then we have the tensions recorded here. However, if we do honour and live in harmony with them they support and nurture us, enriching our lives.

  4. I was just speaking with a friend who mentioned that he normally had difficulty sleeping well during a full moon. I have sometimes felt the same and I know that many others have shared how they feel their sleep can be disturbed. This in and of itself shows how the moon and moon cycle can affect our bodies and rhythms.

  5. I have noticed increased tension around the full moon time, and I agree, that is how it would feel when I am in resistance to the flow of what is holding me.

  6. I have been on the front line of an industry where the full moon affected women in their pregnancy. It was noticeable when I worked in the UK and the night shift would be absolutely busy. Nights where we were constantly on the go, and many a times with out breaks.

    I haven’t mastered this yet, but the moon does have a cycle and is no different to the four seasons of the year. Whilst winter in particular is for consolidating, repose, the spring is the opposite. The moon offers this to us too.

    We need to take more heed to what is on offer, with cycles of the sun, moon and the stars – there is more to it than meets the eyes.

  7. Sometimes I feel an inner tension and I try to get rid of it by keeping busy and hope it would eventually go away. But these moments are offering me more awareness and if I ignore them then I miss the opportunity to clear, heal and go deeper. Now, I am learning to simply allow myself to feel the tension, I try not to judge it, get rid of it or fix anything. I am learning to allow myself to feel that my body is clearing, assist it and go with the flow, surrender and stay more connected.

  8. I remember working on a psychiatric ward many years ago and patients went into a different mode of behaving around the full moon. I love how we can now be aware of the different moon cycles and what they can offer us – motion or repose – and how that affects my day.

  9. Vicky, this article is really interesting to read and will make me more aware of how I am feeling and what there is to learn around the full moon. It is great to be reminded about our connection to these natural cycles.

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