: New Moon :Posted: June 16, 2015 Filed under: Kindness, Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga | Tags: Being, Buddhism, College World Series, Kiindness, love, meditation, Mindfulness, Mysore, nature, New Moon, Omaha, passion, star wars, yoga, Zen 2 Comments
Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change-
When I was a young lad, my next door neighbor shared with me, that the phases of the moon tend to make people crazy every 29.532 days, or so, or whatever it reads on the calendar.
She lamented, that it was caused by the gravitational pull of the moon on the Earth, the same tidal forces that cause high and low tides in our nearby lakes and streams, the argument being that our bodies are more than 45-73% water, and being composed mostly of water, we are thus influenced by the moon.
I was impressionable and fascinated by her voodoo science, seriously, who isn’t at that age? Having long since stored this tasty nugget of information into the darkest folds of my “brain“, the new moon last night, and a dear friend, reminded me of this theory and awakened my curiosity to do a little more research of my own.
Does a new moon, or any moon? The Death Star?!? Really have a measurable effect on our Being?
Before we turn into forest sprite’s and start dancing around the campfire, we need to define what a “full moon” or “new moon” really is. The moon-thingy revolves around the Earth, and this Earth-thingy revolves around the sun, which is gently rising in the East this morning – Let me know if this ever changes! The phases of the moon, simply represent the portions illuminated by the sun.
Now we can start dancing, for you see, all of this motion creates a very dynamic display for us forest sprite’s and werewolves – The moon dancing in the sky. So when you see that little sliver slice of heaven up above, or not, the rest of the moon is still there—the sun’s rays just aren’t reflected on the surface we are witnessing.
The full moon, new moon or any moon, may or may NOT be causing any mini gravitational tides in our slushy, water filled bodies. The extra light, and the lack of light, is literally messing with our heads, somehow, and seeing that this is not a research based science blog … Truth be told, we’re likely just being paranoid and superstitious. Or perhaps those who claim “lunacy” are those who transform into cheeky little forest sprite’s and hairy werewolves a handful of times during a calendar year – 365.242374 ish days.
LOL, for what it’s worth, when I took intro Physics I learned that besides tides being affected by the moon, so is the atmosphere. And if the atmosphere is being stretched out (by the opposing gravitational forces from the sun and moon), specifically the ionosphere (I think?), more charged particles make it through, because of electric currents that alter the magnetic field that surrounds Earth. This in turn has an effect on “the behaviors of living things” as the book put it. Seeing that us humans are living things, this was as close to scientific proof of lunacy as I need!
Earthquakes and vocanic eruptions have a slightly higher probability of occuring near a full or new moon for the same reason, according to the same book. (Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt, 11th Edition)
You lost me at physics 😉
I hope you have a wonderful day – Take care and be well!