Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity (hence the terms lunacy and lunatic) and various “magical phenomena” such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect.
In one instance, the 23 December 2000 issue of the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely.
Naming the Moon
It is traditional to assign special names to each full moon of the year, though the rules that determine the name for a given month’s full moon has changed over time (e.g., the blue moon). An ancient method of assigning names is based upon seasons and quarters of the year. For instance, the Egg Moon (the full moon before Easter) would be the first moon after March 21, and the Lenten Moon would be the last moon on or before March 21. Modern practice, however, is to assign the traditional names based on the Gregorian calendar month when the full moon falls. This method frequently results in the same name as the older method would, and is far more convenient to use.
Things that happen on a full moon
It has been said that Tidal waves change during a full moon. This is because , high and low tides are now at their absolute maximum and minimum. It has also been said that the chances of being bitten by a dog are double during a full moon. It is known that that in mental homes or asylums there is more unrest and the same goes for anywhere where emotions run high, such as prisons or hospitals or police stations. Staff will often report more problems at this particular time.
The interval period between a new or full moon and the next same phase, a synodic month, averages about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those lunar calendars in which each month begins on the day of the new moon, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th day of the lunar month. Because a calendar month consists of a whole number of days, a lunar month may be either 29 or 30 days long.
Fun things to do on a Full Moon
- Make a wish
- cleanse your crystals
- write down your dreams
- ask for angelic guidance
- send love out to the universe and mother earth
- read your tarot or angel cards for in depth inspiration
- Send healing out to someone you care about
- put a crystal in a glass of water, leave overnight on a windowsill overlooking the full moon, use the water for a special plant.
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