changes in the lunar cycle affect mental health? Scientific studies have
shown a correspondence between lunar phases and the increase in crisis
intervention calls, suicides, alcohol intake and patients admitted to
psychiatric hospitals. However, for every experiment that supports the
lunar effect, many more have been performed that show no apparent relationship.
This is why most scientists deny any direct lunar
connection to human psychology.
then do people persist in believing in the lunar effect? A similar question
was once asked of Robert Millikan, a Nobel Prize winner and President
of the California Institute of Technology. His answer was, "If man is
not affected in some way by the planets, Sun and Moon, he is the only
thing on Earth that isn't."
Moon Affects Life on Earth
month, the Moon reminds us of its importance to life on Earth.
Its waxing and waning is reflected in the behavior of animals and plants.
Many marine species have totally adapted their life functions to the tidal
rhythms set by the Moon. Seeds have been shown to germinate and grow at
different rates, depending on the phase of the Moon. Researchers have
found that trees alternately swell and shrink with the rhythm of the tides
(a pattern that incidentally explains the almanac "folklore" about cutting
trees before a New Moon in order to get the wood to dry faster). If seeds,
fish and trees are affected by the Moon, then
why not our equally "wet" human brains?
all know that the Moon exerts a pull on the Earth's oceans that creates
the tides, but the Earth's atmosphere also behaves like a huge ocean of
air. Acting on the scattered particles in the
atmosphere, the tidal influence of the Moon is the cause of cyclical variations
in sky brightness, rainfall and global temperature. Scientists have also
identified lunar-phase impacts on the frequency of thunderstorms, hurricanes,
cloudiness and cycles of drought.
are not separate from their environment. If the Moon influences the weather,
then it affects the condition of food crops, which in turn has a direct
bearing on the nutritional well-being of mankind. If lunar cycles cause
changes in the behavior of fish, birds and other
animals, then again, this will affect what is available for us humans
who are at the top of the food chain. There is no scientific doubt that
mental health is quite dependent upon diet. In the final analysis (the
ecological view), humans are ultimately dependent upon all of those processes
which scientists do believe are influenced by the Moon.
conditions are a very real influence on human moods and energy, as well
as economics. It is no coincidence that 1998, the warmest year on record,
was also the second worst in history for economic damage caused by natural
disasters (such as hurricanes and droughts). If you have any doubts about
how weather-affected economics can create mental anguish, just ask the
insurance industry, which had to cough up nearly $17 billion for Hurricane
Andrew in 1992.
reason that the Moon is overlooked as an influence is that its role is
intermediary and therefore somewhat invisible. While the Sun provides
the obvious, direct source of light and energy,
the Moon provides an indirect source by reflecting the Sun's rays. While
solar radiation is the direct source of geomagnetic
activity, recent research shows that the lunar cycle modulates this activity.
Alterations in both light and geomagnetic activity can produce changes
in the weather, and consequently, our response to weather. The Moon thus
exerts an indirect effect on human psychology.
of the best examples of this indirect influence is well known to women.
No science is needed to convince women that mental and emotional states
vary during the menstrual cycle, which is, of course, tied to the lunar
cycle. One of the well-documented changes during the menstrual cycle is
body temperature, which in turn affects the perception of time. The higher
one's body temperature, the faster time seems to pass, a fact that explains
some of the disorientation one experiences with a fever. But it also explains
why a woman, whose body undergoes various temperature changes during a
monthly cycle, can become more impatient at certain times of the month.
It's a connected chain of events: The Moon sets the pace for the menstrual
cycle, the woman's temperature goes up, she thinks more time has passed
than actually has, and thus becomes more impatient.
word "Moon" comes from a Sanskrit word meaning measure. No matter how
indirect or subtle the Moon's influence is, it provides a measuring or
timing device for changing moods and conditions—precisely what astrology
says it does. Indeed, this is the bottom line of all astrology—celestial
bodies describe what time certain conditions or events will take place.
Through the study of astrological cycles, we can attune ourselves to the
intricate pattern of interconnections that make up the world we live in.
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