There is an ancient awareness of the Full Moon's effects on mental and emotional balance.
This awareness gives us the words lunatic, lunacy, and loony . . . all derived from the Latin word Luna, the Goddess of the Moon.
In Britain, the problem was apparently so widespread that they created the 1824 Lunacy Act, which stated that people were liable to go mad when the Moon was full.
This "lunacy" strikes in different ways.
Spooky effects of the Full Moon...
- Hospital accident and emergency units see about 10% more patients
- Dramatic rise in admissions to psychiatric hospitals
- Triggers many natural rhythms and breeding cycles.
- The height of the deer rutting season occurs around two full moons.
- Game birds tend to return to certain locations at the time of the Hunter's Moon.
- Airline passengers create more incidents
- Bears, caribou, and salmon move at the Full Moon.
- Vets & dog trainers note that animals are more restless and unruly during a Full Moon.
- Oysters are sensitive to the cycle of the Moon and not simply the movement of the tide.
- Auto accidents rise 14 per cent.
- Women who have already had children are likely to give birth on the day of the Full Moon.
- Coral mates at the full moon.
- Dog bites are twice as common during a full moon.
- Significant increase in visits to medical practices for consultations after the full moon
- Increase in epileptic seizures, bleeding ulcers, and hemorrhaging
- Higher number of mental patients become highly disturbed
- Crimes of violence increase at the full moon
- Murders - many apparently motiveless - triple
- Arson attacks increase by 100%
- Suicide rates increase
- Alcohol consumption rises at the start and end of the lunar cycle.
- More drunk drivers, more crashes and more hangovers.
- Ovulation — and sexual desire — peak with the Full Moon.