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« Topic Start: August 31, 2009, 10:18:41 pm »

This may be a strange topic (hope it's in the right place).  Ever since I was little I've loved the full moon.   I remember following it when we were driving at night and being curious about why it was bright orange at times and almost silver at others.  However, I've always felt extreme anxiety a few days before the full moon.  I can't sleep, wake up at odd hours of the night, have vivid dreams, can't concentrate and generally feel that something is wrong.  Once the moon is finally full, I feel peaceful and even a bit giddy.  I spend time on my patio at night soaking up the moon the way some would soak up the sun.

I've looked around in books and on the net, but I don't see anything about this, so I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this or has any clue why I do.  I do have a friend who feels the same way and she even had a panic attack a few months ago 2 days before the full moon, so I'm really thinking it's not just me.
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« Reply #1: August 31, 2009, 10:28:48 pm »

This may be a strange topic (hope it's in the right place).  Ever since I was little I've loved the full moon.   I remember following it when we were driving at night and being curious about why it was bright orange at times and almost silver at others.  However, I've always felt extreme anxiety a few days before the full moon.  I can't sleep, wake up at odd hours of the night, have vivid dreams, can't concentrate and generally feel that something is wrong.  Once the moon is finally full, I feel peaceful and even a bit giddy.  I spend time on my patio at night soaking up the moon the way some would soak up the sun.

I've looked around in books and on the net, but I don't see anything about this, so I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this or has any clue why I do.  I do have a friend who feels the same way and she even had a panic attack a few months ago 2 days before the full moon, so I'm really thinking it's not just me.

Dreams, yes. I have lots of dreams at and around the full moon. Usually totally wild and full of juice. I have insomnia at the time of the full moon, but I guess this is not unusual. What is your moon sign? And I wonder if it is aspected in some kind of funky way? I know pretty much nothing about astrology, but that's what comes to mind.
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« Reply #2: August 31, 2009, 11:03:31 pm »

Dreams, yes. I have lots of dreams at and around the full moon. Usually totally wild and full of juice. I have insomnia at the time of the full moon, but I guess this is not unusual. What is your moon sign? And I wonder if it is aspected in some kind of funky way? I know pretty much nothing about astrology, but that's what comes to mind.
I don't know much about astrology either.  I'm trying to learn more because a great deal of the symbolism on my favorite tarot deck uses astrology.  I'd love to know if this has something to do with my sign.  I'm Sagittarius but I believe my moon sign is Capricorn.
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« Reply #3: September 01, 2009, 02:35:00 am »

I've always felt extreme anxiety a few days before the full moon.  I can't sleep, wake up at odd hours of the night, have vivid dreams, can't concentrate and generally feel that something is wrong.  Once the moon is finally full, I feel peaceful and even a bit giddy. 

Back when I was a Wiccan & taking Wicca classes, the moon's cycles were explained to me like this - as the moon is waxing and waning, tides of energy are moving just like tides in big bodies of water. Energy builds as the moon waxes and fades as the moon wanes. During the three days of the full moon, all the energy that has built up becomes somewhat static and stable. Supposedly, it's better to perform spellcraft on the 'in-between' days when the moon is neither fully 'full' or fully 'new'.

Your anxiety may be a sign that you are somehow more sensitive to the tides of energy flowing around during the moon's cycle. (I just wish I knew what the said 'energy' was supposed to be - magnetic energy? The moon's gravitational pull on the earth? Static? Something akin to chi? It feels weird to go around all these years just referring to 'the energy' - makes me feel like a whack job).
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« Reply #4: September 01, 2009, 08:40:04 am »

Your anxiety may be a sign that you are somehow more sensitive to the tides of energy flowing around during the moon's cycle. (I just wish I knew what the said 'energy' was supposed to be - magnetic energy? The moon's gravitational pull on the earth? Static? Something akin to chi? It feels weird to go around all these years just referring to 'the energy' - makes me feel like a whack job).
You're not the only one, Perzephone. 

I have a question-does the moon's cycle coincide or oppose your menstrual cycle?  Mine was very regulated according to the moon, and when I was late the one time, I knew I was pregnant before they could even do a test.
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« Reply #5: September 01, 2009, 08:52:15 am »

You're not the only one, Perzephone. 

I have a question-does the moon's cycle coincide or oppose your menstrual cycle?  Mine was very regulated according to the moon, and when I was late the one time, I knew I was pregnant before they could even do a test.
Usually they are in sync with the moon cycle, but I'm not regular either.

It's a funny feeling, the kind you get before taking a trip or a huge holiday, like you have so much to do and if you don't get it all done now, everything will be a huge mess - or that feeling you get when you leave the house and think you left the stove on. 

I also have huge creative surges and I can't concentrate enough to read.
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« Reply #6: September 01, 2009, 09:09:21 am »

Usually they are in sync with the moon cycle, but I'm not regular either.

Given that...  I have to be completely mundane here and ask whether it could be just a hormonal thing rather than something that's actually tied to the moon's phase?  I could be way off-base here, especially since you say your cycle isn't completely regular, but I know I go through slightly-manic phases reasonably regularly that feel a lot like the description you're giving--always at the same point in my menstrual cycle.
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« Reply #7: September 01, 2009, 05:16:19 pm »

Given that...  I have to be completely mundane here and ask whether it could be just a hormonal thing rather than something that's actually tied to the moon's phase?  I could be way off-base here, especially since you say your cycle isn't completely regular, but I know I go through slightly-manic phases reasonably regularly that feel a lot like the description you're giving--always at the same point in my menstrual cycle.
<nod> That's what I was thinking of, too - not necessarily that it is that, but on the principle of eliminating possible mundane causes before attributing things to more mystical causes.

Herbalgoddess, one thing you might try is to keep a journal of the instances of anxiety - every time it happens (including any instances that occur when the moon isn't approaching full), make a note of it, along with where you are in your menstrual cycle, the phase of the moon (the more exact you can be, the better), and any other info that might be pertinent.  That could include time of day, weather (temperature, humidity, wind, etc), other aspects of your mood in the preceding 24 hours, your interactions with other people in that time period... practically anything that might be relevant (and go ahead and include things that don't necessarily seem relevant; they could prove to be after all).  That will not only help with the "moon cycles?  hormonal cycles?  or both?" question, but with other possible factors - it might be several things, not just one - but could turn out to be an activity that helps soothe the anxiety.

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« Reply #8: September 01, 2009, 10:07:10 pm »

You're not the only one, Perzephone. 

I have a question-does the moon's cycle coincide or oppose your menstrual cycle?  Mine was very regulated according to the moon, and when I was late the one time, I knew I was pregnant before they could even do a test.
I have always felt a connection to the moon, as cheesy as that may sound.  My menstrual cycles have also always been (luckily) in tune with the moon.  If they weren't I would never know when they were because I never keep track.  I always get them around the full moon.  Sucks because I love the full moon and love to play during those times, and go camping and stuff like that.  Sometimes I have noticed being around other "crazy" people that they do act weirder around the full moon time.  For my self, well I get pms, during that time period, so it's hard to tell which is which.  But I do get more emotional but like I said, it could just be the pms!;)
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« Reply #9: September 01, 2009, 11:36:38 pm »

I have always felt a connection to the moon, as cheesy as that may sound.  My menstrual cycles have also always been (luckily) in tune with the moon.  If they weren't I would never know when they were because I never keep track.  I always get them around the full moon.  Sucks because I love the full moon and love to play during those times, and go camping and stuff like that.  Sometimes I have noticed being around other "crazy" people that they do act weirder around the full moon time.  For my self, well I get pms, during that time period, so it's hard to tell which is which.  But I do get more emotional but like I said, it could just be the pms!;)

Normally I don't feel much of an effect from the moon cycles, but that might be different this month. For the past 3 days, since the moon's been around 75% or so, I haven't been able to fall asleep as long as it's still night time. No matter how tired I am (last night I was running on 3 hours worth of sleep in 24 hours), it takes the sun coming up to put me to sleep. Which is frustrating me, because I've been trying to do the exact opposite. I've also felt shaky, and unable to focus during the day.

Of course, I've suffered from insomnia in the past, and I've had various sleep schedules, but I've never had this happen. Usually if I have only 3-5 hours of sleep, I can nap at any point, day or night. But not these past few days. I've also felt completely drained and worn out during the day, usually with a low grade headache, but as soon as the sun goes down I'm wide awake and feel great.

I've had some wonky hormonal shifts in the past year, like having one menstrual cycle every two months (skipping a cycle completely every other month), but that's finally settled down. Maybe the moon is making me into a vampire  Grin
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« Reply #10: September 02, 2009, 07:24:34 am »

<nod> That's what I was thinking of, too - not necessarily that it is that, but on the principle of eliminating possible mundane causes before attributing things to more mystical causes.

Herbalgoddess, one thing you might try is to keep a journal of the instances of anxiety - every time it happens (including any instances that occur when the moon isn't approaching full), make a note of it, along with where you are in your menstrual cycle, the phase of the moon (the more exact you can be, the better), and any other info that might be pertinent.  That could include time of day, weather (temperature, humidity, wind, etc), other aspects of your mood in the preceding 24 hours, your interactions with other people in that time period... practically anything that might be relevant (and go ahead and include things that don't necessarily seem relevant; they could prove to be after all).  That will not only help with the "moon cycles?  hormonal cycles?  or both?" question, but with other possible factors - it might be several things, not just one - but could turn out to be an activity that helps soothe the anxiety.

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Thanks, I do keep a dream journal and my cycles, the moon phase, weather, emotional conditions, physical conditions etc. are a part of it.  Even if my cycle is off, I still get this anxiety a few days before the full moon, but it could be that my body is trying to regulate even though it's a bit messed up.  I have RA and my usual PMS symptom is body/joint aches, migraines and little bursts of emotions a week before so that's how I usually keep in-tune with my cycle.
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« Reply #11: September 02, 2009, 08:44:13 am »

Thanks, I do keep a dream journal and my cycles, the moon phase, weather, emotional conditions, physical conditions etc. are a part of it.  Even if my cycle is off, I still get this anxiety a few days before the full moon, but it could be that my body is trying to regulate even though it's a bit messed up.  I have RA and my usual PMS symptom is body/joint aches, migraines and little bursts of emotions a week before so that's how I usually keep in-tune with my cycle.

Evening Primrose Oil is awesome for PMS, I have found. Also taking Vitamin B every day is very helpful for mood regulation. And you know, the moon will have her way. I try not to stress about it, and just ride the wave when the moon is particularly strong for me-some months are more than others. I don't think there is any point in separating out what is your hormones and what is something else, b/c they are all entwined. It's good to know, but it doesn't make the intensity of the time any different, or more or less special.
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« Reply #12: September 07, 2009, 08:34:38 pm »


your not the only one either

when i am not able to see and feel the full  moon

I become rather moody


and i seem more on edge before a full moon aswell..


and my moon sign is "Cancer "
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« Reply #13: June 22, 2010, 12:14:26 pm »

I have also had these issues.  It seems like right before the moon is full, about a week, my pulse starts racing and I can't fall asleep.  I become irritable and worry about nothing and everything.  All of the worst experiences of my life come back in vivid detail.  I guess you could call that generalized anxiety.  I didn't notice until college that it had a cycle and a certain logic to it.  I didn't realize until later that it has to do with the moon.

I was on Prozac for many years and that seemed to turn it "off" or, at least, mute the effects.  I stopped taking Prozac because of the prohibitive costs of seeing a psychiatrist and the drowsiness and numbness that seem to accompany it.  This year I have been hit hard by these "panic attacks" and they always align with the moon.  I too am drawn to the moon by this relationship, though I wonder whether it's in my head.  I love the moon, but it also sort of pisses me off. 

If we all have this problem, there must be something to it, right?  Anecdotally, the moon has been reported as having an effect on people's behavior, but   statistically it has not been proven.  Perhaps we are more sensitive than the general public?  Or maybe no one wants to admit this kind of thing?
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« Reply #14: June 22, 2010, 12:35:29 pm »

Given that...  I have to be completely mundane here and ask whether it could be just a hormonal thing rather than something that's actually tied to the moon's phase?  I could be way off-base here, especially since you say your cycle isn't completely regular, but I know I go through slightly-manic phases reasonably regularly that feel a lot like the description you're giving--always at the same point in my menstrual cycle.

I would say what Star said. That's why I am quoting it, obliviously.

And also humans are really good to convince themselves of some things that are fairly irrational and to give themselves "feelings" and associate things together.

Basically, I would say it started with Hormones and eventually, since you made a link between the moon and those weird feelings you'd get, you created anxiety towards it.

I'm not sure if it makes sense and I also cannot think of any good example. But I guess see it as how you can get some uneasy feeling to hold a gun or touch the sharp side of a knife, maybe? Since you associate it with bad things, you get some bad feelings from it until it's over.

Or see it opposite to a junkie in need of drugs! Woah, what awesome example. Jeez, I'm great.
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