Are there forces beyond our control that impact our daily life? A strange thing happened to me due to an angry, spiteful moon. Sounds crazy, I know, but bear with me.
In early January, I found David Attenborough’s documentaries on Planet Earth, nature, and wildlife. If you haven’t seen these incredible documentaries, I highly recommend them. Most are available on Netflix and YouTube.
Because I’ve been consumed with all nature has to offer, it led me to research, as I often do. Nature and wildlife are both fascinating, complex subjects. Everything nature does has a purpose. We may not see the microscopic insects that await avalanches or the impending landscapes that volcanoes create, but Mother Nature knows exactly what she’s doing.
With the rare blue blood super-moon on the 30th, I concentrated on phases of the moon and how it affects humans and animals, if at all. This research led me into astrology. Which worked two-fold. In SCATHED (releases spring, 2018, exact date TBA), Sage Quintano turns to her love of astrology to clear her mind enough to work out complex riddles found at each crime scene. Research time is never wasted. 😉
What’s your sign?
I’m a double Libra. Meaning, when I was born the moon and sun were both in Libra. You can’t get more balanced than that, but it also causes conflict. I see both sides of an argument. I despise injustice and fake people, and the Libra in me opens my mouth when, perhaps, I’m better off staying mute.
Here’s what I found on the net as it relates to the moon phases and the month of January.
Capricorn season is for moving slow, working hard, and thinking deep. With Venus and the sun traveling arm-in-arm for most of the month, that slowness comes with a nice dose of pleasure — and the risk of lying down for three weeks straight. Given the serious Capricorn vibes, getting super lazy is a big ol’ red flag that you’re actually freaking out about how much there is to do. The work ahead is manageable, and will be easier if you get started early. Seek out a middle ground of some work, some socializing, and some thoughtful solo time. The new moon on the 16th makes it a key day for introspection. Set an intention you can pursue over the next two weeks.
On the 20th, the sun shifts into Aquarius, pulling us out of our hidey-holes and putting politics and collective organizing back in focus. How we choose to express these energies becomes especially important with the 31st’s lunar eclipse. Emotions will be high, so avoid putting your foot in it on social media. (Do keep an eye on the news, though. It should be interesting.) — www.refinery29.com
They nailed it! During the first half of January, I was torn between family and work. I missed deadlines. I just wasn’t myself when it came to work, and I couldn’t fathom why. Was I suffering from the winter blues? Burn-out? Had I lost my ability to write? I felt like I worked all day and made little-to-no progress. Going on social media lost … something. The vast majority of people online were either ill, lacked enthusiasm, downright pissed off, or a combination of all three. Some even used this time to cross boundaries I never would’ve imagined. In two weeks five different strangers contacted me via email or direct messaging to ask if I’d fund their writing careers so they could take the time to hone their craft. I’m a big believer in striving to make our dreams come true, but WTF? Others hounded me to promote their books on the blog. When I explained I don’t do book promo posts on Murder Blog — unless it’s a Share the Love post, but those spots are reserved for writers within my community — I’d receive nasty emails in return. Big mistake. I now keep a blacklist. 🙂
Had the entire world gone mad?
My usual MO is to surround myself with positive people while steering clear of those who spout negativity and hate. Wherever possible I try to offer encouragement and praise, but during this time my enthusiasm reserve hit an all-time low. It was so out-of-character for me I wondered if outside forces were at play. Still, I spent a lot of time off-line. Bob didn’t help matters. The lure of serial killer movies and ice cream was too much. I caved every time!
And then, the moon shifted.
When the moon entered a new phase, I woke with a new outlook. My fingers lit up the keyboard, each word in perfect harmony with the one proceeding it. I’d been reborn! More aptly put, I felt like me again. The sun brightened on the horizon; the night stars waltzed across an ink-black sky. As before, my peeps on social media cracked me up, and I belly-laughed till I cried. I even wrote a guest post for Romance University and completed an especially difficult first page critique on the Kill Zone (difficult for me, that is. Publicly dissecting another writer’s work is not easy nor fun, but sharing knowledge is what writers do).
It’s a strange phenomenon, the moon and human behavior. Let’s find out why.
The first thing we need to look at is the human body’s makeup. According to the Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the adult human body is made up of about 60% water, the brain and heart consist of 73% water, the lungs are about 83% water, skin has 64% water, and muscles and kidneys are 79% water. Even bones are 31% water.
The above percentages vary by age, gender, and where people live. An adult male, for example, needs about 3 liters per day of water while an adult female only needs 2.2 liters. Some of which we derive from food. Infants are born with the most water, about 78% of their body. By one year, that number drops to about 65%. Keep in mind, fat tissue doesn’t have as much water as lean tissue. On average, water makes up 60% of men and 55% of women.
Water serves a number of essential functions:
- first acts as a building material, and then provides nutrients to every cell;
- regulates our internal body temperature through sweating and respiration;
- carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream;
- assists in flushing waste through urination;
- acts as a shock absorber for brain, spinal cord, and fetus;
- creates saliva;
- lubricates joints.
Is it any wonder the moon impacts our lives?
The combination of the moon and sun control ocean tides. How, with all the water in our bodies, could we not be affected?
What about a full moon?
The full moon has the ability to send pregnant women into labor. It’s also responsible for agitating residence at nursing homes. The word “lunacy” stems from the Latin word “lunar,” which means “moon.” Ancient philosophers say the moon affects human behavior and health by its gravitational pull on body fluids. Makes sense. In fact, the gravitational pull is so strong our planet’s crust is stretched by these same tidal effects every single day.
Humans vs. the Moon
Human physiology are subject to seasonal, lunar, and circadian rhythms. Even though seasonal and circadian rhythms have been well described, little is known about the effects of the moon on human behavior and physiology. The lunar cycle can impact fertility, menstruation, and birth rates. Admittance to hospitals and emergency units rise with certain lunar events, like a full moon, but many scientists find no correlation between the two. Really? Ask any police officer and s/he will tell you the full moon directly impacts traffic accidents, crime, and suicides.
Animals vs. the Moon
Animal studies reveal the lunar cycle may affect hormonal changes in insects. Fish studies show the lunar clock impacted reproduction. In birds, the daily variations in melatonin (hormone released by pineal gland) and corticosterone (hormone released by adrenal glands) vanished during full moon days. And who hasn’t experienced cats and dogs going bizerk for no apparent reason?
Even lab rats (poor babies) experienced taste sensitivity and the ultrastructure of pineal gland cells. Sheep and mice showed a humoral immune response to polivinylpyrrolidone (synthetic blood plasm). The release of neurohormones were triggered by the electromagnetic radiation and/or gravitational pull of the moon.
Notice how the moon toyed with hormones?
Much about the moon’s influence on humans and animals remains a mystery, but further study may one day help law enforcement, the medical community, science, and who knows what else. Other than the moon’s ability to stabilize Earth — the moon keeps the planet from wobbling off its axis — scientists haven’t even begun to understand its inherent power.
What do you think? Have you ever noticed a shift in behavior when the moon entered a new phase? Did the first lunar cycle of 2018 affect your behavior? You may not have realized it at the time — I didn’t — but the angry moon of January may have added to your unrest. If you believe there are outside forces at play beyond our control, next time you feel in a funk for no apparent reason, check the lunar cycle. Maybe it’ll help explain the unexplainable.