Sunday, November 21, 2010

Will a Blue Moon Make You Loony?

This Sunday November 21st there’s a Blue Moon, that’s usually the second full moon in the same calendar month, but according to a rule from the old, no longer published, Maine Farmers' Almanac, (NOT to be confused with The Farmers' Almanac of Lewiston, Maine, which is still in business) a Blue Moon can also occur when there are four moons (instead of the normal three) in one season. There were full moons on September 23, October 22, November 21, and will be one on December 21. That's four in one season. Even though December is the first day of winter, the moon actually turns full at 3:13 a.m., 15 hours and 25 minutes BEFORE winter officially arrives. That makes the third moon the Blue Moon, but I have no idea why they decided that. Why not December’s moon or October’s moon?

DOES THE FULL MOON AFFECT HUMAN BEHAVIOR? If you know someone who works in the medical field or in social services like the police department, ask them. Chances are they’ll say: YES! They’ll say the crime rate increases and hospital emergency rooms fill up on the days of a full moon. If the moon can affect the ocean tides why not influence human emotions in some way physically or psychologically? The human body is 80% water. Besides, that’s where the word lunacy came from.

Arnold Lieber, a psychologist from the University of Miami (my college BTW) did research on the crime rate in Miami-Dade and wrote a bestselling book in 1978, "Lunar Effects: Biological Tides and Human Emotions", and another in 1996 supporting the theory about the influences of the full moon on human behavior. And Ivan Kelly, a psychologist at the University of Saskatchewan, conducted her own study and her findings disagreed with Lieber’s. She felt because of the long standing myth the reports were exaggerated by those involved with the study.


The average interval between Full Moons is about 29.5 days, whilst the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. This makes it very unlikely that any given month will contain two Full Moons, though it does sometimes happen.

On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century, so you could say that once in a Blue Moon actually means once every two-and a half years.

A Blue Moon occurs approximately 7 times in 19 years.

Here’s a link to a Blue Moon calculator. If you want to find out is there was a Blue Moon the year you were born for some reason.

I used it when I wrote my book SEDUCING THE STONES from Ellora’s Cave. There’s a Blue Moon in this story. The hero Rory was cursed by an ancient Sidhe curse for violating their sacred ground. He can only break this curse by an offering and a sexual ritual during a Blue Moon on the Eve of Samhain. I had to calculate how often that occured. It’s about every 80 years. So he had one night every 80 years to break this curse. He’d been trapped for over 300 years. But the ritual was also dangerous because of the location.

What do you think? Does a full moon make you loony? Make others loony?


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Amber Skyze said...

My mother used to call me as the full moon approach to warn me. My ex and I were famous for huge fights whenever there was a full moon. I believe it has an affect on people.

Stephanie said...

Yea, I believe looney things happen during Blue Moons but last night there was so much cloud cover that I'm not sure if the effect was the same as it normally would be. Can't find anything discounting if the cover would dampen the effect or not though.

Thanks for the interesting facts!

Anonymous said...

Ah, so that's why my hubby got unusually frisky...hehe.

in Germany

Anonymous said...

Great photo!

Kathy Kulig said...

Hi Amber, funny that your mom would warn you on full moon days. I work in the medical field and even worked in an ER going through college. It seemed that full moon days were busier or stranger during those times.

You're welcome Stephanie. I don't know. If the cloud cover doesn't affect the tides then I don't suppose it would change for people. :)

Cute Valerie. LOL

Yes, I liked the photo too. Mesmerizing.

Adele Dubois said...

The Blue Moon was so bright it's first night, it lit up our entire lawn. Beautiful! I love watching the phases of the moon.

Best of luck with your new release, Kathy!


Kathy Kulig said...

Thanks Adele, and congrats on the release of Rev Me Twice. Awesome hot cover.

Regina Carlysle said...

I think I missed the blue moon. Dang it! I've been wondering why everyone seemed a little nuts lately!