On the 23rd March is the full moon. The legend of the full moon’s effects on human behavior has existed for centuries, popularized by the myth of the werewolf. The words “lunacy” and “lunatic” are derived from the same Latin root that gives us the word “lunar,” as people often attributed intermittent insanity to the phases of the moon. Throughout history, different phases of the moon — especially the full moon — have been linked to all sorts of behaviors. For example, some police officers believe that a full moon leads to more crimes being committed. Others believe a full moon can lead to accidents and natural disasters. Some hospital workers also think birth rates go up around the time of the full moon every month.
Scientists know that the moon does affect the ocean's tides. Many people have extended this scientific fact into fantasy, though, claiming that something powerful enough to affect the world's oceans must also be powerful enough to affect human behavior.
Most likely is the fact that, when weird things happen during a full moon, people are likely to notice the huge full moon and the sky and WONDER whether it had something to do with what happened. When these same things happen at other times, no one thinks to consider whether it had anything to do with the moon.
Pliny the Elder, the first-century Roman naturalist, stated in his Natural History that the Moon “replenishes the earth; when she approaches it, she fills all bodies, while, when she recedes, she empties them.” So according to gardening lore, from full Moon through the last quarter, or the dark of the Moon, is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.
However, whatever a full moon brings to you, one has to be absolutely enthralled by the sight of a full moon on a clear night. Its beauty is a wonder to behold and usually it will be large enough to spot with the naked eye its craters. It is symbolic of the height of power, the peak of clarity, fullness and obtainment of desire.
So, on the 23rd March, take the time to observe, quantify, research, and theorize about the moon for yourself. Connect with her many faces, and apply your findings to your own life experience.
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