I have already written about the Moon’s influence on your body and how to make the most of the Full Moon phase. However, there is so much stuff that two articles are not enough to cover the topic. Today you will read about other areas of life affected by the Moon.

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How the Moon Affects Our Lives

The Moon’s influence will depend on its phase. Obviously, the stronger impact is made during the Full Moon and New Moon, when the gravitation forces of both the Sun and the Moon are the strongest.

Animal Behaviour

Many animals have any particular physiological or psychological link to the Moon. For example, corals spawn around the full moon. These creatures heavily impacted by tides carry an internal “circalunar” clock. Fiddle crabs are more active in labs at low tide times.

It is also known that fishing is more successful during the Full Moon and New Moon while the First and Last Quarter phases are very inauspicious for this activity.

The moonlight also impacts behaviour: some animals need to hide better, others use additional light to hunt more effectively. Amazingly, the African dung beetle uses the scattered light of the moon to help it walk in straight lines.

A 2007 study found that pet emergency visits do seem to increase around the full moon. It happens because of the bigger risk of injury and more aggressive behaviour of animals then, they are more excited so for example cats or deers become less careful while crossing the road.

Tides

The Moon is the most significant contributor to tides on the Earth. Although the Sun causes them too, the effect is a bit under half that of the Moon. When the Sun and the Moon are aligned, then we get strong “spring” tides, when they are them in opposite directions we get weak “neap” tides.

Anyone that has grown up by the sea is intimately familiar with tides. But perhaps no place is more famous for its tides than the Bay of Fundy. Enormous 40 foot tides occur on a regular basis and peaks have reached 55 feet. This happens because of the Bay’s unique geography. The amount of time it takes a water disturbance to travel all the way along the Bay is roughly the same as the time between tides. This creates what oceanographers call a “tidal resonance”. Being able to walk on the sea floor is pretty incredible.

Months

Neolithic peoples understood the seasons. The Egyptians had a calendar based upon 4 cycles. So where do the 12 months come from? The full lunar cycle takes 29.5 days, and multiply that by 12 to give 354.4 days, which is almost exactly a year. However, not quite, and it’s the “not quite” that meant people had to think about changing the length of lunar months. Therefore, they introduced 30 days lunar month and then you get 360 days which looked better. But it’s clearly going to get out of sync. Handling these extra bits of time gave societies headaches for l thousands of years.

The Chinese lunar calendar has years of different length because of the fact that sometimes there are 13 New Moons (which start each Chinese lunar month) during a year. So it was even more advisable to introduce other, more reliable calendar eventually.

Length of Day

We all know that it is by the spin of the Earth. However, the Moon impacts the spin of the Earth too! Ever since the Earth-Moon system was created the Moon has actually been slowing down the spin of our planet. It is gravitational pull on the Earth acts like a break on the spin. As a byproduct of this effect the Moon has become locked with one face toward us, but the Moon does still rotate. Without the Moon’s impact, the Earth would be spinningt as fast as 8 hours a day! That would mean much faster winds as well.

Life Itself

While there are many theories for how life on Earth began, one of them is that “tidal pools” allowed organic chemicals in the oceans to become concentrated into a much thicker solution. Was that concentration effect, as water is evaporated away, one of the key steps leading to the complex chemistry of life? This idea is one of the main factors in the “Rare Earth” hypothesis, that highly evolved life is very rare in the Universe because of a series of unique factors affecting the Earth.

As I wrote in one of my previous articles, the Moon affects women’s fertility and the number of babies born. The Full Moon is the most favourable for having sex and therefore conceiving the offspring. Also other mammals mate during that time more often.

In a Nutshell

It is obvious that the Moon has an impact on our life. Animal’s behaviour and fertility, the tides and the origin of our calendar are all under the influence of this celestial body. Let’s make the most of it.

Vicky

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