Jon Benet-Ramsey’s dad, and Natalee Holloway’s mother have become buddies; Paris Hilton reported to jail; and Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, has been videotaped with good enough footage that the BBC actually reported it. What is this, a full moon?
I saw that only slightly tongue-in-cheek. I know that the full moon has passed, but it wasn’t all that long ago (just a few nights). In fact, May 31st was the SECOND full moon in the month, and thus was a blue moon.
Blue moon doesn’t really mean the moon will be blue. From the article I cited above:
The phrase “Once in a blue Moon” was first noted in 1824 and refers to occurrences that are uncommon, though not truly rare. Yet, to have two full Moons in the same month is not as uncommon as one might think. In fact, it occurs, on average, about every 32 months. And in the year 1999, it occurred twice in a span of just three months!
So May was a banner month for werewolves, should you believe in that sort of thing. Me? I don’t consider myself easily convinced or gullible, I will admit that I have known for quite a few years that a full moon really does affect how humans act.
I learned in school, as everyone did, how the moon affects the tide. And I saw firsthand, while working as a reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune, just how crazy people DID get on a full moon. We had more murder/suicides, domestic violence assaults, car accidents, murders, and general weird calls than we EVER got on any other night. There are no statistics to back this up. And some full moons were very uneventful. But you can guarantee is something really weird was going to happen, the police radios at the paper would start squawking during the full moons.
Which, of course, explains why so many myths have been attributed to the full moons.
As a child, growing up in Utah along the Wasatch Front, a full moon nestled in a bedding of cotton-candy clouds that lined the mountains served as a precursor to the horrible east winds we suffered every winter. It’s been a while since we have had one of these wicked winds, which rip down trees and signs, tear shingles off houses, destroy fences and backyards, and in some cases, carports and garages or worse. But I will never forget how traumatized I was as a child when the full moon and east wind clouds were both present along the mountain skyline.
Back then, an east wind could get a hold of a child and bat you around pretty good. Nowadays, I’m much more substantial.
So, even while I don’t write horror or paranormal, I am intrigued by the moon, blue moons, and the effects of the moon on humans. I spent some time this weekend with my friend Mike, who is a mortician. He spends a lot of time among the dead. And his house is haunted. He has had every manner of priest, bishop, pastor in there to try to “exorcise it,” all to no avail. He called in a woman known to talk to ghosts, and she claimed his house was a portal, and the ghosts were friendly.
Now, to my way of thinking, is it not NATURAL that ghosts would be attracted to Mike? After all, he spends a great amount of time caring for them, cleaning them, getting them ready for burial, presentable for their families. Mike’s own daughter died last year, and he refused to let anyone else prepare her body.
His house is a portal? To my way of thinking, HE is the portal. They are attracted to him because of the manner in which he cares for them.
And he says that full moons bring about more paranormal activity than usual in his house.
All interesting stuff, at least to me. So what say you? Any belief in the effects of the moon on human behavior?