The influence the moon has on your daily life

Our satellite is full of mystery and fascination, and although science has not yet been able to verify the influence the lunar calendar has, for instance, on human behavior, and much remains to be explored, ancient beliefs and traditions show us that the moon exerts a “power” on Earth’s life.

Despite the hundreds of thousands of kilometers that separate us from the moon, it exerts a powerful influence on many aspects of our daily lives. 


The moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth plays an essential role in sea tides. The moon attracts water, causing the sea level to rise and fall.

At full and new moons, the sun and the moon are aligned with our planet, causing a stronger pull on water and, thus, spring tides. On the contrary, neap tides are caused when the moon, the Earth and the sun form a right angle. 


It has been believed since ancient times that pruning at full moon had an effect on the growth of crops. The fact is that the gravitational force of the moon is involved in the movement of the sap in the plants and the germination of the seeds. These theories claim that in the waning moon, we should sow the plants whose roots and tubers we use, whereas in the crescent moon, it is advisable to sow the plants that grow on the ground. The phases of the moon and the movements of other stars are one of the bases of the so-called “Biodynamic Agriculture” when sowing, pruning and harvesting.


Although for some there is no connection between this gravitational force and hair growth, other people might say that the moon has an effect on hair growth and consider the lunar calendar to have a haircut or shave. Then, they will have their hair cut in a crescent moon in case they want to accelerate hair growth, and in a waning moon if they want to keep short hair for longer periods of time.


Research from Washington University confirmed that full moons reduce deep sleep decreases, and already on the following days it is more difficult to fall asleep, hence we sleep fewer hours.


The moon has been used as a reference to establish the calendars of different civilizations and religions. Did you know that Easter depends on the date of the first full moon after the spring equinox? According to what was established in the year 325 by the Council of Nicaea, the first Sunday after that moon is Easter Sunday.

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