Are full moons making you and your animals looney?

by Wendy Wolfe on August 3, 2012

 As we come out of this full moon in Aquarius I wanted to share with you some of my own experiences and thoughts about full moons and how they can affect us and our animals.

I’ve always considered myself a Looney girl. That is, I have always been affected by the waxing and waning of the moon. Full moons can have varying effects for me. Often, I have trouble sleeping during the full moon. Now I’m not just talking about the actual full moon night but for 2-3 nights before and several nights after even in a completely darkened room. Some times I get hyper-excited and revved up during the full moon phase as well…sometimes, very emotional. New moons can affect me as well. But then I’m not only Looney, I’m a sensitive and that seems to amp up all effects of energy and nature.

During my college years I worked at a disco bar (yep that really dates me) and we consistently noticed that people would go especially berserk on the full moon. This has been referred to as “moon madness”.  And while people may not actually go mad, there is definitely an affect on emotions and impulse control.

There is much history to our fascination with the effects of the moon. The word lunatic comes from the Latin word Luna, Goddess of the Moon. In 19th century England, “guilty by reason of the full moon” was used by attorneys for their clients criminal behavior.  And lets not forget that the nice normal human transforms to a werewolf during the full moon.

We know the gravitational pull of the moon affects the ocean tides and as humans we are about 65% water. (I’m not sure of the percent but our animals are made up of lots of water too.) So it stands to reason that the water in our bodies might also be affected by the moon.

There is more recent research that suggests that the gravitational pull of the moon excites the brains impulse centers making sleep more difficult. So if the moon is affecting our brains impulse centers all sorts of manifestations could occur.

So what about our four legged friends?

Have you ever noticed your dogs, cats or horses a bit more hyper during the full moon?

I have witnessed our herd of horses take off running and snorting for what seems to be no apparent reason during the full moon. I’ve also noticed that the number of requests for emergency animal communication appointments increase around the full moon.

The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published a study conducted at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences which demonstrated a link between an increase in emergency room visits for dogs and cats during days surrounding the full moon. They found that the risk of emergencies on fuller moon days was 23 percent greater in cats and 28 percent greater in dogs when compared with other days. The types of emergencies ranged from cardiac arrest to epileptic seizures and trauma, and the increase was most pronounced during the moon’s three fullest stages—waxing gibbous, full and waning gibbous.

Those who study astrology could add much more depth to this subject. The phase of the moon is only one small aspect of the overall affects of the alignment of the planets. I do find it fascinating.  Often I find a correlation between what I am experiencing and what astrologists are reporting based on the current aspects of the planets. 

Although the scientists go back and forth with their studies (there is much refuting of the moon having effects), I am reminded of the wisdom from Eagle last week sharing that we can only perceive a very small piece of all that is happening in our world.

What have you noticed?

Are you a looney sensitive like me?

Do your four legged or feathered friends go looney too? Please share your thoughts and experiences here.

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Michele Guyette August 4, 2012 at 11:46 am

Wendy…appreciated what you had to say. Many thanks. I ALWAYS notice differences in students’ behavior in my high school classroom around a full moon. They already are dealing with strong hormone “waxing and waning”…but during a full moon…eeek!


Melanie August 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I’m dealing with an odd circumstance that came up today. I wouldn’t mention it, except it is so looney, and you have brought up the subject. I have horses at home and board horses for others. In one field of horses there are two horse owners that have issues working together and mostly are there at different times, so it works out. Today one of them accused the other of having trimmed her horse’s tail and mane recently, and because this was supposedly a second time that he snipped some hair on her, she filed a complaint with the police before discussing it with anyone. The accused one defended himself to me well enough to allow me to believe him. He knows better than to do such a thing to her horse particularly after the first snipping, and I have known him a long long time. I have come to expect him to express himself truthfully, and its hard for me to picture him putting on such an act …And then his own follow-up explanation of the mane and tail snipping was that she must have done it herself so that she could blame it on him…. because what stranger would go into the field and do a thing like that? Whoa… this suggestion I just don’t take seriously. I have researched others who live close by, and they say none of them goes into the field. None of the other horses has had their manes fiddled with, or maybe no one has taken notice. Seriously makes me wonder about the dynamic with these two, and since you brought up the full moon, perhaps moon madness has a part….. because it seems quite mad to me, enough that some other stars may have chipped in some support also.


Wendy Wolfe August 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Well this is odd behavior from the humans ;-). Let’s hope it is the moon.


Melanie August 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Certainly. Their horses get along famously! We have worked it out, but it caused me to stretch my creativity… and maybe the waning moon helped settle the dust….


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