03:09 a.m. I’m up early today. It’s the full moon and I’m feeling restless and twitchy. I’ve learned just to give in to that. Go with the flow. If my body and mind are awake, get up.
05:40: We’re getting close to sun rise in my part of the world. Not that you’d know it from looking out the window. We have a heavy cloud cover that’s blocking the emerging sunlight. It’s a mild 60 degrees outside. We’re having a cooler summer, which I’m loving after a couple of years of record highs. As the rest of the US moves into deadly heat and triple digits, we’re only going to the upper 70s and low 80s. Perfect weather as the dahlias come into bloom. This is Cee’s favorite time of year. She’ll be spending time at Swan Island Dahlias soon, capturing beauty that she loves to share in her Flower of the Day posts.
But back to the full moon. I’ve never bothered to pay attention to the moon cycles before I started studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. A full moon is very yang, the essence of male energy. It’s strong, moving, physical, and loud in my body. Since this is the last full moon of the summer, and summer is the most yang of the months with its heat, I’m feeling the full moon more than usual, I think.
Does it sound like superstition? Maybe to you. There are plenty of myths and practices concerning the full moon that are millennia old. Police, firemen and hospital workers have their own tales of the full moon’s effect on people. I never used to pay attention to such things until I started listening more to my body, and in particular to my sleep patterns. I noticed that I would wake up a few hours early on a full moon, feeling really jazzed with my head going a mile a minute. I’d search for the source of my active mind, but could never pinpoint anything. I used to try to go back to sleep, but that’s never possible, it seems. So I give in, get up, and then schedule my day with a power nap during lunch time.
I try to control the twitchies during the day. You know what they feel like. When you just get impatient with everyone and everything. When you can’t sit or stand still. When your mind jumps from subject to subject, never focusing on anything in particular. That’s me on a full moon, just a twitchy mess of emotion and extra energy, like a kid hyped up on too much Halloween candy. I used to try to force myself to focus but now I just let myself go and worry about being productive tomorrow. I try to stay low key and not tackle any new projects. If I send out email, I double check it because I know I’m less patient than normal and can say things that are a little too blunt.
So that’s my full moon saga. How about you? Do you feel the effects of the full moon? Or doesn’t the full moon affect you?