As early as 400 B.C., physicians and philosophers blamed behavioral changes on the pull of the moon. After all, the word “lunatic” came from the idea that changes in the mental state were related to lunar cycles.
The possibility that humans could be affected by the cycles of the moon is not entirely unfounded.
Ocean waves rise and fall along with the phases of the moon, and several marine species, including coral reefs, marine worms, and some fish, have reproductive cycles that are roughly synchronized with lunar cycles.
Still, not many studies link the moon to human behavior and medical conditions. Although, for now, it seems that the effect of this celestial body on your body is less powerful than previously thought, the moon has something magical.
This magical side of the moon can be seen or felt more by some people… let’s call them the “romantic ones” and we are undoubtedly included in the team.
Despite what science says, I’m sure you’ve been captivated by a full moon in the sky radiating that wonderful, refreshing light. Do you feel different when the moon is full? Going a little deeper, do you notice influences from the moon on your physiology, body, and mind?
Many people confirm that they denote an abundance of acquired goodness, increased energy, receptivity, and strength; but this fullness can also manifest in overflowing emotions, erratic behavior, and overheated conversations, bringing with it physical and emotional tension.
The Wolf Moon
Today, the earth’s satellite will enter the full moon phase.
The moon will be about 400,000 kilometers from our planet, very close to its apogee (the maximum distance from the Moon to the Earth along its orbit). So it will be somewhat smaller and less bright than usual.
However, it will not be an appreciable difference to the naked eye. This, on the other hand, also allows us to talk about the supermoons that await us in 2022. We must remember that a supermoon is a full moon that, in addition, takes place with the satellite near its perigee.
One of the most striking aspects that allow us to see the relationship between the full moon and the human being, is the names that each full moon receives. Throughout time and throughout the world, each full moon has received a name associated with some common phenomenon of these dates.
But why is the first full moon of 2022 called the wolf moon?
Currently, the most widespread names in popular culture are those from the Amerindian tribes, native to North America. In the case of the January full moon, it is known as the wolf moon. The name refers to the fact that, on these dates, wolves used to howl in the outskirts of the villages.
Be that as it may, it is an example of how the sky is present in human history. The passing of the seasons was controlled through things like each full moon. It was something that allowed us to face what was to come throughout the year.
As for the supermoons that 2022 will bring, there will be three successive ones: in June, July, and August. This phenomenon occurs when the satellite is near its perigee, which is the shortest distance from Earth.
The term “supermoon” is not an official definition but has become popular in recent years. On these occasions, the satellite is 10% larger and brighter than usual, although the difference is not noticeable unless you are a regular observer of the full moon.