We all know that the Moon has an impact on the tides and vegetation. However, have you ever thought about how this celestial body could influence our physical life? I will give you the answer in today's post.
The 8 Phases of the Moon and Their Impact on Physical Life
Most of us have probably heard about the four main Moon phases, or even focuses only on the Full Moon, visible from the window. However, there are more phases of this celestial body.
Before I describe how this celestial body affects your body, let's become familiar with its 8 phases. You can notice that there are more than the four, commonly known Moon phases.
The eight phases have their own characteristics and influence all the life on our planet in different ways, each of them lasting for about three and a half days when the Moon moves approximately forty-five degrees forward:
The New Moon
Totally dark Earth's satellite, with no illumination. It relates to the new beginning, a fresh start in all areas of life, including the physical one.
The Crescent Phase
It's the time when the Earth's satellite is illuminated at less than 50%. The keyword for this period is breakthrough. Very good time for developing new skills, positive habits, and social connections.
The First Quarter
It's the moment when this celestial body reaches exactly 50% of illumination. A lot of energy is released and the most important thing to do in life is to be able to manage this energy and use it with wisdom.
The Gibbous Phase
It is the stage when the Earth's satellite exceeds 50% of its illumination, the stage of perfection. It either waxes or wanes, depending on the lunar cycle - is it the middle or the end of it? Usually, we have a bigger appetite during this lunar phase. I will write more about eating later.
The Full Moon
The celestial body seen outside the window is 100% illuminated and it is the most intense phase, the completion of the hard work accomplished before, at this time the objective is to see the results of the efforts and get the benefits. You probably observed it many times in your life.
The Disseminating Phase
It is gibbous between the Full Moon and the Third Quarter. The keyword here is the harvest, the Earth satellite's energies encourage the desire to share and to communicate.
The Third Quarter
It is the moment when the celestial body reaches 50% of illumination after the Full Moon phase. The lack of interest in any new beginnings and passiveness are characteristic of this period.
The Balsamic Phase
It is the last phase of the lunar cycle. It is the time to prepare for the next cycle, the perfect time for meditation and rest to restore the energy for new beginnings. Prepare for the new life of the Moon now.
How the Moon Affects Your Body
We have more than 70% of water so it is obvious that there is a significant lunar impact on our health and each of its phases, too. Obviously, the Full Moon will affect our bodies in the biggest way. Here are some examples of the Moon's influence on our bodies.
1. The Moon and Your Brain
Our brains are a significant source of water and Dutch researchers hypothesize the Moon’s gravitational pull could similarly influence the ebb and flow of the tide on your brain, causing erratic behaviour.
Other studies by British scientists reveal that the midpoint of the lunar cycle may decrease seizure activity in epileptics.
However, they suggest it may be due to the brightness of the Earth's satellite rather than its phases.
These scientists attribute this to the hormone melatonin, which is naturally secreted in your brain when the Sun goes down, hence signalling it’s time to sleep.
Complaints of headaches and migraines happen usually around the time of the full Moon.
While no scientific correlation is made between migraines and the full Moon, this phase can disrupt sleep and therefore disrupts hormone levels, thus triggering headaches.
2. Your Kidneys
Kidneys, like other organs and the human body itself, are made up of about 60% water, and just as lunar activity can affect our oceans, creating powerful and predictable tides, the lunar effect is strong on the workings of these organs, causing a noticeable ebb and flow in times of calm and pain.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Urology found that kidney stone pain increased significantly during a full Moon.
On the other hand, English researchers found that more patients were admitted to hospitals with urological emergencies during this lunar phase. Conversely, the first day of the lunar cycle caused a “calming effect” for people with these conditions.
3. Your Heart
A study published in the Indian Journal of Basic and Applied Medical Research found that when exercising, your heart is at its peak performance during a full and new Moon. So check the lunar phases before going to the gym!
4. Increased Birth-rate and the Moon
Japanese researchers discovered that there was a significant increase in the number of births when the gravitation of the Moon to the Earth was most powerful. While researchers admit they are still unclear on exactly how or why this relationship exists, they say it might help healthcare professionals and pregnant women better prepare to labour.
5. The Moon and Women's Menstrual Cycle
A woman’s average menstrual cycle is 28 days and the lunar one is 29+ days so the length is similar. Chinese researchers discovered that almost 30 per cent of all the women monitored ovulated at the full Moon and menstruated during the new Moon.
In some cultures, there is even a name for this phenomenon, called the White Moon Cycle while the Red Moon Cycle occurs when the woman ovulates during the new Moon and menstruates during the full Moon.
6. Your Sleep
According to farmersalarmac.com, the Moon affects sleep.
A 2013 study published in Current Biology reviewed the sleep patterns of participants over three days in which they were allowed to fall asleep at will in a controlled area that had neither clocks nor outside light.
When the data was compared to the lunar phases, researchers determined participants not only had lower melatonin levels during bright Moon phases.
However, they also took 5 minutes longer to fall asleep, slept 20 minutes less in general, and had 30 per cent less REM sleep. And if you’re not getting enough sleep, your health suffers.
7. Increased Injuries
We are more prone to accidents or illness during the full Moon phase.
One 2011 study published in the World Journal of Surgery found that over 40 per cent of medical personnel believe in “Full Moon Madness” among patients.
It was also revealed that emergency calls for all sorts of conditions increase by 3 per cent whenever there’s a midpoint of the lunar cycle, and then drop by 6 per cent during the first day of the lunar cycle.
Your meditation will be very powerful if you synchronise it with each of the Moon phases. Full and New Moon will have the biggest impact.
Light a candle, and play some uplifting music (432 Hz, 528 Hz and solfeggio are the most advisable).
Then lie down or sit straight on the chair, close your eyes and visualise your intention (depending on the Moon phase). Then follow the steps of meditation described here.
More about uplifting music:
In a Nutshell
The lunar cycle has an obvious impact on our bodies. Epileptic seizures, headaches, sleep quality and kidney work vary, depending on the Moon's phase. The Full Moon has the biggest impact on our body and health. With lots of love and light,
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