What Is the Effect of the Moon on Human Beings?

The earth's natural satellite can have different meanings and interpretations but, does it really affect us? Continue reading to find out what's the effect of the moon on humans.
What Is the Effect of the Moon on Human Beings?
Isbelia Esther Farías López

Written and verified by the philosopher Isbelia Esther Farías López.

Last update: 25 June, 2022

The natural satellite of the planet earth provides us with an incredible view. In addition, there are thousands of stories around it. No doubt, it attracts, inspires and makes people’s imagination fly. But does the moon have any effect on human beings?

The moon affects the tide, but it’s also said that it has a certain influence on our behavior. Therefore, our mood and our decisions can change the same way that the phases of the moon change.

It’s also believed that the moon affects our sleep, especially when it’s a full moon. During this phase, people tend to take longer to fall asleep, or they sleep poorly.

Craters on the surface of the moon.
The moon fascinates, unsettles ,and inspires us in equal parts. That’s why there are all kinds of sayings, proverbs, and myths about it.

For thousands of years, there has been the belief that the moon has a certain influence on human behavior. Many people believe its energy is so powerful it can alter our lives.

Furthermore, we’ve known since ancient times that the moon affects the tides but some also believe it impacts crops, animal behavior, and even human emotions.

To date, there’s still no definitive proof to supports these beliefs. This is why science considers them popular beliefs and not facts.

However, this hasn’t stopped people from continuing to share their beliefs and from carrying out activities according to the lunar phases. 

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Lunar phases and their effects

According to popular belief, depending on the phase of the moon, people may have a greater tendency to behave in one way or another.

New moon

This phase lasts for about three days. Some mystics say it’s the best phase for detoxifying the body. Many also consider it a time to start new things. Because of this, it’s ideal for starting new routines, for changing the habits that you don’t like or that don’t benefit you. It’s also an ideal time for tranquility and introspection.

First quarter

During this phase, the moon is only half visible. This phase is said to be the one of prosperity, health and vitality. If you want to start a new project, a business or even just start to do workout, this is the best time.

Some also believe that the first quarter moon gives human beings positive energy and that it influences our actions in the same way.

It’s also common to hear that, during this phase, it’s good to trim plants and cut your hair so they’ll grow faster, stronger and shinier.

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Full Moon

A picture of the moon in the middle of a black sky.

This is the phase in which the moon is completely round and radiating with solar light. Some myths say this causes behavioral changes in human beings. These can range from sudden mood swings, to even violent behavior, and being blue.

Full moons are associated with euphoria and excess, but also with plenitude and achievement. It is said by mystics that, in this phase, everyone turns into a “lunatic” because the moon’s energy is greater than normal.

Waning Gibbous

The waning gibbous represents the “death” of the celestial body. It’s the last phase before the cycle starts over again. It’s said that this is the time for decision-making and for maturing. Also, some believe that problems and negative mental states will decrease during this lunar phase.

How does the moon affect us? Four common myths

The moon frightens, delights, and inspires. For this reason, all kinds of myths have been told throughout the history of mankind about its influence on people. Some of the most common are:

1. The moon favors fertility

Some say that it’s more likely to get pregnant during a full moon. Some believe it’s especially true if you sleep under the light of the full moon. Also, there is the belief that the moon and eclipses, in general, favor the fertility of women.

2. There’s increased passion during a full moon

This phenomenon is known for increasing passion and sensuality among partners. While this natural satellite has always been a romantic element for human beings. In fact, it’s a common motif in iconic representations (paintings, photos) related to love.

3. It’s best to get married during the first quarter

As the belief goes, marrying during the first quarter favors relationships. In other words, it’ll make the marriage prosperous and lasting. This is due to the belief that everything that occurs during this phase “of growth” has a positive influence on the other areas of our lives.

4. The blood moon

A picture of the moon with a reddish hue.

A “blood” moon is that with a reddish tint. As the myth goes, in these moments, the energy that it gives off is dangerous for human beings since it brings out the grudges and any hate that you may have.

In conclusion

In spite of popular belief, there’s no scientific evidence that can confirm that the lunar phases affect us. However, there’s no doubt that this beautiful natural satellite has managed to inspire us to a great extent for thousands of years.

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