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full moon's: a look on the bright side

Regardless of what sign we belong to, we are all influenced and affected by a Full Moon. The 29 day cycle the Moon undergos on a monthly basis is responsible for a great many things, some of which you are undoubtedly aware of, others you may not be aware of.
The Moon is known as Mother Goddess through its ability to pull oceans and govern reproductive cycles of all living things. The world we live in is made mainly made out of water. This is evident even from photos taken of the Earth from outer space. The blue-ish colour of our planet is not the result of camera trickery, it is due to the majority of our planet being covered in water.

Like our planet, human beings consist mainly of water, just under 80% water in fact. We do not doubt the Moon's ability to exert a strong gravitational pull on oceans, huge bodies of water miles deep. Therefore, we cannot deny the Moon's influence on human beings, or anything else that contains water.

If you require further proof of the Moon's influence on us down here on Earth, ask anyone who works in the fishing industry, an ambulance driver or a fireman, or someone who works for the Samaritans. Ask your local pub landlord, a policeman, an obstetrician or a hospital worker. The evidence is clear, particularly at weekends. It is during weekends when people leave the comfort of their abodes to prowl and when a Full Moon takes place on a Friday or Saturday night, the effect is often more intense. Full Moons are often responsible for increased passions, in every sense of the word and are equally responsible for lapses in judgement and common sense!

A report found at http://www.innerself.com/Astrology/full_moon.htm makes very interesting reading. It seeks to provide hard evidence that the Moon does affect human behaviour. One report compiled by the University of Miami showed that, out of 1,887 murders committed over a 15-year period, a Full Moon was present during all of them. Crimes and violence aren't the only things affected by the Full Moon cycle. The Journal of the Florida Medical Association states that in a study of 1,000 tonsillectomies, 82 percent of postoperative bleeding crises occurred nearer the Full than the New Moon - despite fewer operations being performed during that time!

One possible future use for the monthly lunar cycle may be in choosing the timing and gender of babies. Southern California Methodist Hospital found more babies are conceived on the waxing (increasing) moon than on the waning (decreasing). Out of 11,025 births over a six year period, nearly 1,000 more children were conceived during the waxing moon. Apparently, successful conception is easier at that time.

On a final note, back in 18th century England, a murderer could plead 'lunacy' if the crime was committed during the Full Moon - and get a lighter sentence as a result!

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