Thursday, October 25, 2007

Must be a full Moon, feels like one of those nights...

Photo courtesy of obiwanhavanese on flickr

I have a great love for the night sky; the Moon and the stars. Vincent Van Gogh said, "I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream..." I really enjoy being outside at night, talking to the man in the Moon, and wishing on stars. There was one night in particular, when I was with somebody who was very special to me at the time. It was a meteor shower, and I can remember seeing about a hundred shooting stars, one after the other, lighting up the sky like fireworks. It was absolutely awestriking. I wished on every single one.
Tonight, the moon will not only be full, but experts expect it to be visually much brighter and larger than usual. In fact, according to NASA's SpaceWeather.com, it is expected to be about 14 percent wider and around one-third brighter than an average full Moon. It will be the biggest full Moon seen during the year.
For years, it has been believed that the fortunes of men and women move in cycles. It has also been suggested that lunar cycles play a role in human behaviour. The full Moon has been linked to higher instances of crime, suicide, mental illness, disasters, accidents, birthrates, fertility, and werewolves, among other things. Some people even buy and sell stocks according to phases of the moon, a method probably as successful as many others. Numerous studies have tried to find lunar effects. So far, the studies have failed to establish much of interest. Lunar effects that have been found have little or nothing to do with human behavior. Of course, there have been single studies here and there that have found correlations between various phases of the moon and this or that phenomenon, but nothing significant has been replicated sufficiently to warrant claiming a probable causal relationship.
The number of times that I have been feeling off, or a little crazy, only to find out that it's a full Moon (just like today...) makes me think that it's no coincidence. I do believe that what's happening in the universe has an effect on us. Do you feel different when there's a full Moon? Or do you think that the correlation is garbage? What's your take on it?

7 comments:

Alex said...

I totally buy it. They say it does affect something...I don't know. I always find that people seem a little crazier when it's a full moon, maybe it's just an excuse, lol.

Keira-Anne said...

When I taught preschool, I always knew that a full moon was due to be out that night simply based on the drastic change in behavior within the entire class.

Jennifer Stoddart said...

My mom's an elementary school teacher and she says the same thing about the kids when it's a full moon.

BillyWarhol said...

Nice Photo Jennifer* I'm a big believer in Blogging Photos from Flickr i think it adds a Great Visual Element to any Blog Post* Glad to see U are on the Peace Bandwagon + all the other Excellent Causes U support!! Cheers Jenn! Billy ;)) Peace*

Jennifer Stoddart said...

Thanks for stopping by Billy!

Jen (MahaloFashion.Com) said...

oh wow that's such a gorgeous picture!

Obiwanhavanese said...

Hey Jen,

Glad you like my picture. It was taken on June 29th, an especially clear night in South Vancouver.