It is a full moon tonight, and an unusual one. Not only does it coincide with midsummer, but it will be the largest full moon of the year: a ‘supermoon’. This happens when the full moon is at perigee, meaning at the closest point of its orbit around the Earth.
I know little of astronomy and less of astrology, being confused by one and sceptical of the other. What I do know is that the full moon has an effect on me. For the past three or four days I have been increasingly restless and irritable. I’ve been sleeping badly, plagued by vivid dreams and early wakening. A coming full moon always has this effect. Since I keep only half an eye on the phases of the moon, however, it usually takes me a while to connect it with my mood. Only after I’ve snapped at a loved one and wondered why I’m being such a grumpy cow do I have that forehead-slapping moment of realisation: ‘Of course, it’s a full moon…’
This ‘supermoon’ seems to be having a stronger impact than usual, which I suppose is to be expected. The whole subject of the moon’s effect on the Earth is one I find strange and fascinating. The idea that lunar gravity can pull on the tides of vast oceans and individual humans alike is extraordinary, and I wish again that there was not such a divide between science and mysticism in their explanations of natural phenomena.
High winds are buffeting the trees around the castle and whistling down the chimneys, and I am feeling frowsty and cross. I know the two are connected, though I can’t grasp how. I am looking forward to this supermoon passing the full, however beautiful it might be tonight. When it starts to wane tomorrow, both macro- and micro-cosms should start to calm down a bit: and I know that everyone in my household will be grateful!
Does the full moon affect you? I’d love to know your experiences. Perhaps all humans are lunatic, whether we’re aware of it or not?
You can watch a webcast of tonight’s supermoon at www.space.com.
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