The Moon Made Me Do It: Moon Energies and 7 Wild Facts That Will Change Your Perspective

Ever stop and wonder why there is so much lore surrounding full moons, or why people say things like the moon made me do it? Moon energies are often chalked up to myth and superstition, but there’s really more to it than that.

If you pay attention, you might have noticed that people tend to get wild in tandem. Those days when everyone is driving crazy, you bump into the oddest people throughout your day, or your day just feels out of control for no good reason—there’s actually a really good chance the moon could have something to do with it.

The moon’s energies affect us more than most people think.

The Moon Made Me Do It: Moon Energies And 7 Wild Facts That Will Change Your Perspective

Lunar Science

Let’s start with indisputable science. The moon directly affects the water on our planet. High and low tides are correlated with the placement of the moon throughout the day as well as its current phase (full moon versus new moon, for example). During a full or new moon, the high tides are extra high, and low tides can be extra low. This is called a lunar tide, as the tide is quite literally affected by the lunar alignment with our planet.

So, moon energies affect bodies of water. It stands to reason, then, that the same moon would affect water in other places, too. Both ancient and modern cultures deeply in tune with our world have historically planned their gardening and crop rotations around the moon’s phases.

In the first quarter, moon energies pull water up, causing seeds to swell. This time is ideal for all above-ground planting. During the second quarter, moon energies and light grow stronger contributing to strong leaf growth. The third quarter, just after the full moon, pulls more on gravity and draws energy and moisture down, making this time ideal for root vegetables and transplanting. The fourth and final quarter is low light and decreased gravitational pull, a natural pause in the growing cycle.

Since we are approximately 60% to 70% water (90% water in our blood), it makes sense that the moon energies which affect gravitational pulls on our planet and all bodies of water, including soil saturation, also affect us.

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The Moon Made Me Do It: Moon Energies And 7 Wild Facts That Will Change Your Perspective

Moonlight & Moon Energies

There are four quarters of the moon’s phases. Within those four quarters are additional elements contributing to moon energies.

Starting with the new moon, the bit of moon that we see before the first quarter is called a crescent moon. At this point, from the new moon all the way to the full moon, the phases are described as waxing. With each night and each phase, the moon waxes or grows fuller. The crescent moon is that sliver like an end parentheses – ) – grows into the first quarter, which actually resembles a half moon instead of a quarter. From the first quarter, the moon waxes gibbous, where it appears three-quarters full and is missing just a sliver. Finally, it waxes full.

The moon energies then shift into the back half of the cycle and the full moon wanes, or decreases, first into a disseminating moon, where it again is only three-quarters full, but this time the missing sliver is on the opposite side. It continues to wane into the third quarter, which again resembles a mirrored version of the half-moon. From there it continues to wane into a balsamic moon (the mirrored image of the first crescent) and then finally disappears into a new moon.

People align with moon energies in ways similar to plants. Remember, plants are made largely of water too, so just like them, we ebb and flow with the tides and gravitational pulls of the moon.

With the new moon, we seek and excel at new beginnings. For those tapped into the lunar cycles, they may even intentionally plan new endeavors around the new moon. The first quarter is a time of momentum. We are propelled forward and making progress in our efforts feels easier as there is less resistance. During the full moon, we peak. We reach fruition and release what no longer serves us. And in the third quarter, we release and pause, taking time for rest before the work begins again.

There are even Ayurvedic practices that believe moon energies and moonlight can help heal and soothe the body. While there is little hard science to support some cultural and ancient beliefs surrounding the moon and the human brain, modern science does support findings that moonlight can trigger a natural release of melatonin. This in turn helps with the timing of our internal clock, known as our circadian rhythm, which is largely responsible for sleep patterns and general alertness (and we all know that good sleep is critical to our overall well-being).

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The Moon Made Me Do It: Moon Energies And 7 Wild Facts That Will Change Your Perspective

Syncing Your Cycle to the Moon

Often, women find moon energies and the science behind them to be quite compelling when they the take time to understand them. One possible explanation for that occurrence is that women are biologically wired to progress through monthly cycles just like the moon. The moon has four quarters, as do women’s menstrual cycles—menstruation, follicular, ovulation, and luteal.

Each phase of a woman’s cycle ranges. There is no confirmed science to lend credibility to the idea of any correlation between menses, fertility, and moon energies, but some studies do suggest that early human menstrual cycles may once have been synchronized with the lunar cycle. This is attributed largely to the evolution of artificial light in modern life disrupting that possible link. Whether you find this to be indicative of some deeper connection and meaning or pure happenstance, it is fascinating to observe that a full lunar cycle takes an average of 29.5 days and an average woman’s menstrual cycle is also around 28-29 days long.


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The science and myths surrounding moon energies don’t always agree. But even where concrete evidence lacks, circumstantial evidence suggests that the power of the moon deeply affects human beings. If you are still unsure, what better way to test the theories, myths, and legends than by spending a little intentional time in the moonlight and seeing for yourself what changes you observe?

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Lacey Peek
Lacey Peek
Lacey is a born and raised Floridian and is outside as often as she can be, but she also enjoys a good book paired with delicious snacks. She grew up outside and loves to garden, explore new trails, travel, and slip in and out of tide pools on long beach walks. She adores Danish mid-century furniture, her three cats, houseplants, a clean home, and fresh homemade food. A former high school teacher turned professional marketing copywriter, you can find her work on her site, The Written Way.
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