Full Buck Moon 7/12/2014

July full moon

Do you follow astrology, numerology, or believe the moon and its different phases affects all living things on our planet?

Awhile back I wrote about how the Old Farmers Almanac promotes planting your garden during a full moon as it will encourage growth and stability in your plants.  I believe that this energy from the moon, ancient as it seems, does influence man and animals alike.

We have all heard the folklore that the full moon brings about suicides, accidents and violent behavior.  For centuries, people believed that the full moon affected their behavior.  Ask anyone who works in an emergency room at a hospital and they will tell you that during a full moon their patient load increases.  Some people believe the full moon affects their bodies and consequently, the new moon affects their minds…  What do you think?

Numerous studies back this information up.  At http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/moon.html the following information is provided as a quote from the above referenced website:

“Violence, Aggression and Crime”
  • “11,613 cases of aggravated assault in a 5-year period: assaults occurred more often around the full moon.
    Reference: Human aggression and the lunar synodic cycle (1978)
  • 34,318 crimes in a 1-year period: crimes occurred more frequently during the full moon.
    Reference: J. Psychology, vol. 93:81-83, 1976.
  • 58,527 police arrests in a 7-year period: no difference in the number of arrests made during any phase of the moon.
    Reference: Antisocial behavior and lunar activity: a failure to validate the lunacy myth (1977)
  • 361,580 calls for police assistance in a 3-year period: calls had no relationship to the phase of the moon when the day of the week, holiday and year were controlled.
    Reference: Perceptual and Motor Skills, 57:993-994, 1983.
  • 1,289 aggressive “incidents” by hospitalized psychiatric patients in a 105-week period: no significant relationship between the severity or amount of violence/aggression and phase of the moon.
    Reference: Lunar cycles and violent behavior (1998)
  • The rate of agitation in 24 nursing home residents in a 3-month period: no significant relationship of agitation to moon phase.
    Reference: Full moon: Does it influence agitated nursing home residents? (1989)
  • The number of aggressive offenses (fighting, threatening or assaulting an officer, creating a disturbance) for 1,300 male inmates in a medium security prison in a one year period: no significant relationship between aggressive offenses and moon phase.
    Reference: Full moon: Aggression in a prison setting as a function of lunar phases. (1998)
  • 1,329 assaults in four prisons in a 2-year period: no difference in the number of assaults on full moon and non-full moon days.
    Reference: Atlas, R., Violence in prison. Environmental influences, Enviro. Beh., 16:275-306, 1984.
  • 2,017 homicides in a 3-year period: no relationship between the number of homicides and the phase of the moon.
    Reference: Porkorny, A.D., Moon phases, suicide, and homicide, Am. J. Psychiatry, 121:66-67, 1964
  • 20,500 homicides in the United States in a 1-year period: no relationship between the number of homicides and the phase of the moon.
    Reference: Temporal variation in suicide and homicide (1979)
  • 1,840 incidences of “acting-out” in people in a psychiatric treatment facility in a 3-year period: no relationship between the number of acting-out incidences and the phase of the moon.
    Reference: Lunar phase and acting-out behavior (1986)
  • 23,142 incidences of battery (aggravated assault) in a 7-year period in Germany: no relationship between the number of aggravated assaults and the phase of the moon.
    Reference: Relationship between lunar phases and serious crimes of battery: a population-based study (2010)”  Unquote.

One problem that I perceive with all this data is that people “believe” the moon WILL affect them, and so it does.  I would think this would taint the data.  This “lunar effect” is so ingrained into our belief systems that it surmounts even our differing beliefs in religion, because all cultures believe in some aspect of the moon and how it influences their lives.

Just as the moon governs the ebb and flow of the tides through gravity, we as humans feel the pull of the moon’s influence on us monthly.  The moon is our calendar, the way we count the days, months and years.  The moon is spiritual, mystical, and divine.  The moon and humanity are intertwined in the symphony of coexistence and will be so until time ceases to be.

super moon 7.12.14

(Image from the Wacky Broomstick’s Facebook page on 7/8/14)

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