Does a Full Moon Affect Us?

This evening we’re scheduled to see a full moon around here, weather permitting.

Many people remain convinced this has a direct effect on our thoughts and actions in and around this time of the month.

A full moon has long been associated with both unusual and bizarre human behaviour.

The idea that the full moon makes us a little erratic may be deeply ingrained in our culture, but in reality, it’s never been proven scientifically.

Does a Full Moon Affect Us?

What Happens When there is a Full Moon?

A full Moon happens when the Moon has moved in its orbit so that the Earth is essentially between the Moon and the Sun.

In other words, the Sun is straight across from the Moon with the Earth in between.

Because the Moon reflects light from the Sun, this creates the visual effect of a full Moon from our vantage point on Earth.

As the Moon continues its own orbit counterclockwise around Earth, more of the illuminated part of the Moon becomes visible to us, until it reaches the full Moon stage. 

What Does Full Moon Energy Feel Like?

Many people purport to be able to feel the effects of the full Moon.

As mentioned the Sun and Moon are in opposite zodiac signs during this phase, and you may feel tension, heightened emotions, or extra energy as these opposite energies are pulling on you during this time. (Source:

How Long Does a Full Moon Last?

Technically, the point at which the Moon is full lasts only an instant. The exact time of a full moon can occur at any time of the day, even during the middle of the day.

To the naked eye, the Moon can appear to be full for up to three days. (Source:

Does a Full Moon Affect Blood Pressure?

The moon has a significant gravitational effect upon the ocean tides.

But the idea that it might also affect the human body is unlikely according to one study.

There was no relationship found between the phases of the moon and blood pressure in non-hypertensive individuals. (Source:

How Often is There a Full Moon on Halloween?

Halloween falls on a full Moon about once every nineteen years, on average. (Source:

The Moon, Lunacy, and Madness

Aristotle believed that the brain’s high water content actually made it susceptible to the phases of the Moon.

Because of these theories on the tides of the mind, what resulted was a full Moon becoming associated with violent behaviour, and mental illness. (Source:

What Does a Full Moon Mean Spiritually?

In Astrology, the Moon represents the emotional as well as the physical body.

The full Moon is said to be a time to be receptive, and to take the light and awareness of spirit into your emotional and physical body.

Why is the Full Moon So Powerful?

Full moons happen when the sun’s rays fully illuminate the surface of the moon.

The moon has no light of its own, and when the moon is shining at its brightest and fullest, we’re receiving maximum light and vitality from the moon as the rays bounce off of the lunar surface.

Final Thoughts:

I can’t personally attest to any anecdotal unusual happenings around full moons.

Since today is a full moon around these parts, I’m trying to determine if I feel more erratic than usual…I have to admit not really.

The theory of us being affected by the moon’s gravitational pull does intrigue me, as we know we consist of mainly water, so that could make sense to me.

Let me know in the comments if you’re certain a full Moon does affect us, or if you think it’s completely unlikely.

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Lunacy and the Full Moon

The Moon Time Lapse Visualization For One Year

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4 thoughts on “Does a Full Moon Affect Us?

  1. From personal experience working in a mental health hospital, the admissions for crazy behavior definitely went up during a full moon. Also worked at a jail and the intakes went up on a full moon. One that stands out was a nude man, who painted himself green, and swung out of the trees into the cold subzero snow.

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  2. @humoringthegoddess, thanks for that! Around here I got a peak in between some fast moving clouds, it had a spooky October feel to it…and I love it when the full moon lights up the night like daytime..


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