Between scepticism and mysticism

There is a wide spectrum of views and opinions about how the moon may influence human life and it is in the very nature of things, that these opinions lead to discussions. During the course of the years, we got acquainted with many different viewpoints and are trying to give room to these diversities on these pages.

Let’s imagine two people for example, a sceptic, who analyses sensibly and critically, and a mystic who allows his actions to be guided by faith and dedication. Let’s have both people answer the question, whether principally, full moon has an effect on human beings.

The sceptic questioner interprets the »influence« as a consequence, that can be observed and measured in humans themselves. A possibility of a scientifc proof emerges, which could bring certainty that the effect was caused by full moon. The sceptic will draw attention to (provided an influence exists), the high probability that this can be proven in any area. And after all, as no scientific study exists to date (at least we have not been able to find one yet – which provides food for thought) that can prove a direct impact of the full moon on humans, the answer of the sceptic will be »No«.

Let’s turn our attention to the mystical perception. The mystic attributes a mysterious dimension to the phenomenon full moon that is not in need of any provability, but is based in the kingdom of faith. He believes full moon does have an influence that expresses itself in so many areas of human lives, particularly in thoughts, feelings and all aspects of spiritual experiences. There is a strong argument these layers do play a part, as full moon is reflected in all cultures and cultural expressions of human creativity, e.g. art and music, and in the general interest and fascination of its appearance. Therefore, the mystic will answer this question with »Yes«.

Both positions are justified and as long as everyone respects the opposing viewpoint, they can happily coexist. Problems arise if one tries to convince the other of his world view and starts to offend because he has a different opinion. This does not only happen in discussions about full moon.

We would like to accept both sides. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle … as so often in life.

Meanwhile, the moon continues its orbital path and draws its own conclusions …

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  • I TOTALLY agree. I work in the healthcare profession and have observed this as well. All of the “crazies” come out at full moon. Babies are born everyday, but at full moon, watch out!

  • I work in the mental health field, I have a child with autism, and my father did his thesis for his masters in criminal justice on the effects of the full moon on society. I have some knowledge and experience having worked and lived the life with special needs people. I can honestly say that right now our emergency room, (have worked there too) and police station, (my father worked midnights for 30 years) are always busiest around the full moon. Think about it, the earth is 2/3 water, our bodies and brains need water to survive, the full moon affects the tides, and our brains. Our adolescent inpatient psyciatric unit is full with no available beds and we have a dozen patients in crisis in the emergency room. Just think about it.

  • You say: Somewhere in the middle between “exerting an influence” & “not exerting an influence?” – hmmm.
    do you mean the full moon both exerts an influence & does not? or that it exerts a little influence? influences some humans & not others? influences on occasion?
    or are you hinting at a quantum super position of outcomes, a kind of Shrodinger’s fullmoon – both influencing & not influencing at the same time?
    just wondering …

    • These are brilliant questions! In fact we do know much too little about the influences at this time. Everything is in motion and there are really many aspects and areas to look at. So in this stage it is wise not to have a fixed opinion or point of view, but to be open for discussion.

      Your suggestion about the “Shrodinger’s full moon” is an absolute fantastic interpretation. Never thought about that possibility!

      Thank you!

  • The mystical world consists of channels that help us to meet our essence. A mystical experience encourages us to discover our unique sensibility. It connects us to the universe and defines our role in the world. It is in this sense a step that allows us to recognize our mission, this deep desire inside that makes us want to become what we truly are. In response to your second question: It is not the external circumstances that determine how we live our experiences, but our level of consciousness.

    “Different people can live their experience very differently under identical circumstances depending on their ability to be aware of the deeper meaning of what appears in their lives.” (Alex Mero)

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