The first week of September in 2020 will bring us another Full Moon - the Corn Moon. A Full Moon in Pisces, it's said that this moon will make us feel closer to our emotions.
It has us questioning, do Full Moons really have an impact on us?
There have been many reports of over the course of history of Full Moons affecting our moods and even modern science has shown there is some truth to these old fables. The Lunar Effect is documented, with some data showing an increase in births around a Full Moon.
With all this in mind, how do Full Moons actually affect us? We spoke to Astrologer Srna Vuckovic and asked for her guidance on the impact of a Full Moon.
Do full moons have an impact on us emotionally?
For some people it's folklore, for me, it's 100% real.
A considerable number of studies have examined the effect on humans; especially those with mental illness or how many crimes and fatalities occur during a full moon. Neurotic behaviour is linked to the Full Moon. Plus we're all aware of the age old theory that suggests since the Moon affects large bodies of water such as the ocean (tidal force) it must influence the human body which is +60% water.
Every month I get copious people writing to me on a full moon saying - what the hell is going on, or women who have their period in sync with the full moon write to ask if it's common. Or people who are feeling large emotions two days before or prior to the full moon.
Anne Wirz-Justice, a chronobiologist at the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel, Switzerland, describes Wehr's data on this relationship between lunar and manic-depressive cycles as “believable” but “complex". In Astrology, the Moon is 'maternal' energy it rules Cancer. For the rest of us, the Moon has long been connected to our emotional selves; our human behaviours, emotions and deeply hidden subconscious desires. Each week that passes, the moon transits through different zodiac's, clearing the path from whatever debris is in its way. That is why many of us can act and behave in many different ways - on many different days. The Moon's potent vibrations jolt us with energy and can cause abrupt personal change.
Why are full moons so affecting?
For centuries there have been myths and stories about the moon and how it affects people globally. The word lunacy derives from the Latin lunaticus, meaning “moonstruck”, and both the Greek philosopher Aristotle and the Roman naturalist Pliny believed that madness and epilepsy were caused by the Moon. The Lunar Effect as it's known is associated with strange and insane behaviours - numerous websites and books speak about this complex influence. Science has taken the question of the moons effects seriously enough that there have been a number of studies examining the various claims. For me, it's all in the eye of the beholder, the more you know...
What are we likely to experience during a full moon?
Some of us might be depleted - especially spiritually or emotionally when we're not feeling good in other areas of our life. Things can go haywire and you tend to hear the expression - 'it must be a full moon'. In general, Full Moons are known to incite arguments, and that's why astrologically speaking, they are said to be the culmination and ending of certain projects, partnerships and places.
Other people feel triumphant, alive, transformed - it's very personal i think, and obviously connected to whatever else is going on in your life. For example, look at the Full Moon in Aquarius - we'll feel naturally rebellious, observant, community driven. That is because Aquarius is about the 'whole' rather than focusing on just me, usually people will feel expansive and open during an Air moon and it stabilises the need to act out, but instead chooses to ponder, communicate and connect.
Is there anything to be extra aware off during a full moon?
People tend to act strangely on Full Moon's and there's evidence that ER rooms are busier on Full Moon's with more crime committed such as arson, violent crime and that people with illness tend to have more seizures or accidents. Full Moon's can also ignite sleep walking/early labour. So, I suppose people should watch out for mood swings, accidents etc. There is no conclusive scientific study that shows the Moon does affect people on earth, and in that way, it's also about what you personally believe and the experiences you've had yourself with your sleeping rhythm and moods.