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

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

  1. ‘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.’ Great to reflect Vicky.

  2. I’ve been noting how it’s not only the full moon so many of us are affected by each cycle, but also the new moons and everything else in between too. This is because each and every day there is a difference to the energy of it and as beings of energy we are thus affected by all energetic change that occurs on our planet which is then confirmed by each cycle of a full moon. The full moon is thus our marker of energetic activity and our own energetic state of being.

  3. Not recognising that the moon effects us all in many different ways, is like not believing there is a God, just because you don’t believe doesn’t change the fact that there is.

  4. Like a kid at Christmas we rip open the box of our latest toy, smash it about and fiddle with it all year – only to discover the owner manual later. The cycles of life are the key instructions we have been missing in our lives – and living ignorant of these has certainly had a big effect on our bodies.

  5. Wise words Vicky: “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 so once again, it is an opportunity for growth and evolution for us all. And if we find ourselves being more irritated, doing things that are not supportive, it can help to be super honest and realise that this might just have something to do with how we have been earlier on in the month. Such realisations can be super empowering.

  6. The full moon offers us an opportunity – an opportunity to reflect and feel so that we can indeed go deeper with understanding what is needed in our lives to make true improvements rather than just small superficial ones.

  7. It is wonderful to consider that nature has a certain cycle that it repeats each month, as the moon makes its journey around the earth. And I love how this cycle has a direct impact on us, as the people who are living on the earth, how we have a direct relationship with this massive ball of rock, and how we can learn from its orbits just as much as any day can give the splendour of its teachings.

  8. Perhaps we would be much better off not shutting down our awareness to the big and small cycles in life, as our body too is made up of its own cycles and associated movements.

  9. Cycles are inescapable – even when we ‘think’ that we are not in sync or attuned to them we can’t help but be, because we are made up of particles which respond before our head can think otherwise.

  10. The reflection of the full moon is an amazing part of the cycles of life that we are all under, and part of in the Universe we live in, reminding us of the magnificence and grandness we are all from and allowing us the opportunity to reflect on how we are living within the all of God.

  11. Interesting how we blame others and or outside factors for our behaviour when it is us who have chosen that behaviour.

    1. Spot on Paula, we can be quick to blame another or others when in fact we are just resisting taking responsibility for how and what we have contributed!

  12. Practical and simple break down of what is a very normal event each month, but somehow has been portrayed as something spooky. Paying attention to nature, and even the universe and what it offers broadens our understanding of who we are and how we are living.

  13. If I am feeling clear around the time of the full moon I feel absolutely amazing. It is a time when we are pulled to be more, and if there is nothing in the way in the form of un-dealt with issues we are free to respond and expand.

  14. ‘When I find ways to distract myself and avoid this awareness, the inner tension and agitation builds up.’ – We can run but we cannot really hide from the reflection that the moon is offering, no matter how much we attempt to ignore it.

  15. This goes to show that our bodies are attuned to cycles – we can either pay attention to these cycles or not. But either way, we’re in a cycle.

  16. You ether Love or hate the moon cycle, depending on the relationship that you have with your essence. When we are connected to our essence the full-moon is definitely something that is looked forward to.

  17. The consensus of mankind is that the moon is simply a dead piece of rock that just happens to have got trapped in an orbit around Earth. A piece of rock that serves no purpose other than to offer us a challenge to see if we can go there and conquer it. But we live in a Universe where everything has a purpose, so perhaps the moon is there to help us to evolve?

  18. The full Moon is another great reminder that life is full of cycles and we keep going around and around within all these cycles until one day we have fully learnt what these cycles are there to teach us.

  19. ‘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’.’ Love this Vicky.

  20. The full moon and its trajectory around the earth remind us that we are part of something much bigger than human life on this one little planet.

  21. ‘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.’ This is a great exposure for us all – to feel the truth of how we have been living.

  22. I love how open we can be with the rhythms we are in. Being open to this is needed if we are going to maximize what’s on offer rather than resist.

  23. Not only is there a huge full moon out there but that it influences us all far more that we usually imagine, just like it does with the tides around the whole planet.

  24. I love the awareness you bring here and how if you feel tension in your body around the time of the full moon or I guess any time ask yourself the question “What’s going on within me?” as there is no one else responsible for how I am feeling and choosing to live.’ I feel this is something I need to do more and more .. checking in with how I am feeling and why.

  25. I think we avoid cycles because they reflect to us the consistence of life and the constant opportunity to evolve rather than a linear line leaving behind that which we don’t want to deal with.

    1. The cycles of the moon show use we are trapped on a tread mill that is imposable to get off or a constant opportunity to evolve. A set of choices we get to chose everyday!

    2. Ah so true! Ive often found myself thinking – oh wow! I thought I’d got rid of that or ticked that off as past history only to find another layer still present. The pull to constantly evolve does ask us to leave behind what no longer serves us. It’s me who attracts it back. Being honest I do this and it’s still present is great. As is using rhythms to support me in this.

      1. I agree – when our focus is on the lineal, when issues reappear we can convince ourselves they are different so be surprised the same patterns are playing out, but really its just the same thing being repeated with a different setting. How often do we re-cross the same spot and simply slip into the same patterns we always do? Cycles support us to let go of these patterns of behaviour, to recognise them and work on different responses rather than reactions

    3. Touché Rebecca… that is a great point – choosing to see life as lineal means we can supposedly avoid looking at our past choices and taking responsibility. However, as life is in truth all about cycles, we inevitably come back to them anyway… they may have a different flavour but the same energy remains from the past.

      1. I agree Paula, we will re cross the mark again and again, constantly offered a chance to change how we react or respond, and then to deepen than response.

  26. If the moon afects the tides around the world how arrogant are we if we were to say that the moon has no effect on us as human beings.

  27. Now I am post menopausal I am even more aware of the Full Moon’s influence on my moods and body symptoms. It is very clear to me that how I have lived the last month makes a difference to how intense these are. Knowing this is what it is enables me to react less and allow the body to clear these energies.

  28. The repeated cycles from new moon to full moon are a visual and sensory reminder that we live in a grander sequence and movement that is more than an academic understanding… a sequence of movement that our body intrinsically knows.

  29. Cycles are everywhere… and life has such a graceful rhythm and harmony when we flow with these cycles.

  30. It is magnificent to feel how God does not hold back a smidgen in reflecting all that we truly are and have currently chosen to be. It is not that God has ever left us, it is that we have not chosen to see the truth.

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