The lunar eclipse, which will reportedly be the longest of the century, will be avidly followed by astrology and astronomy aficionados alike.
There are some people who believe that lunar activity can have a direct effect on the moods of beings on Earth. Should this be believed, or is the claim unfounded?
The "lunar effect" is a term that refers to the believe that the lunar cycle can have a direct influence on the behaviour and mood of human beings.
In 2008, a study published in Current Biology by researchers at the University of Oxford and the Ludwig Maximilian University assessed how human behaviour is connected to lunar cycles, concluding that there is little evidence to support the notion that there is an intrinsic link between the two.
"Lunar cycles had, and continue to have, an influence upon human culture, though despite a persistent belief that our mental health and other behaviours are modulated by the phase of the moon, there is no solid evidence that human biology is in any way regulated by the lunar cycle," the study states.
Ilya Mandel, professor of theoretical astrophysics at the University of Birmingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy, is sceptical about the connection between the blood moon and one’s temperament.
He explains to The Independent what makes a blood moon such a significant event from an astronomical perspective.
“A blood moon is really a lunar eclipse,” he says. “An eclipse happens when three astronomical bodies line up in a straight line.
“When the Earth is between the Moon and the Sun, we get a lunar eclipse, because moonlight is actually reflected light from the Sun, and in this configuration the Earth is blocking sunlight from reaching the Moon.”
He explains how some of the Sun’s light is refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere, reaches the Moon and is then reflected back to Earth, which makes the Moon appear red in colour.
There are some who believe very strongly in astrology and the power that the blood moon may supposedly have over our actions.
Merilyn Keskula is the founder of Mylky Moon Lab, a company that helps women develop their businesses by tapping into natural cycles, and holds events and workshops at 42 Acres Shoreditch.
“Nothing is random - there’s always order in chaos,” she says in regard to the blood moon. “Seemingly predictable and unrelated events have a defined pattern.
“The blood moon and longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st Century will be the culmination of the storms of change we’ve been through recently, as individuals and as a society.”
Keskula is of the opinion that the current heatwave the country is experiencing could be a “physical manifestation of what is going on energetically all the time.”
“The blood moon will be amplified to the max by total lunar eclipse, sun in Leo (fire sign) and the Moon ‘hugging’ Mars on the same day - the red warrior planet of action, aggression and vitality," she says.
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