A FULL MOON tonight will bathe the planet in its eerie glow – but does a Full Moon affect humans?
Full Moons are believed by many affect our sleep and our mood but they are also associated with the paranormal – ghosts and werewolves. The Moon’s supposed influence has also affected our language, with the words lunacy and lunatic originating in the Latin word for Moon, luna. With the next Full Moon rising tonight (Thursday, May 7), is there any truth behind these myths?
According to the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London, there is a well-documented fascination with the Moon’s sway over our lives.
The ancient Mesopotamians, for instance, believed lunar eclipses threatened the lives of their kings.
In Ancient Greece and Rome, on the other hand, girls were given crescent-shaped pendants to ward off evil spirits.
And by the 16th century, the Moon’s position was tracked by physicians to determine how it would affect their patients.