Are You a Luna-Tic?

Bringing awareness to the light of the full moon on August 22, 2021

The word “lunatic” connotes danger, wildness, and unpredictability according to psychology Professor Patrick Corrigan.

I was teaching my Tai Chi class today and mentioned that there is a full moon tomorrow. I noticed that I felt a little off balance and demonstrated a couple of physical exercises that help come back to the center.

I also mentioned that the word luna means moon, and the word lunatic is derived from that lingual root. I also mentioned that I think that the time of the full moon is misunderstood, and I felt compelled to write this article.

The history of the word lunatic is interesting. The article ‘How Offensive is the Word Lunatic’ mentions that in the Oxford English Dictionary, the word originally referred to a kind of insanity supposedly dependent on the moon's phases. The word first appeared in a 6th-century legal document and later in an English 13th-century text. It became synonymous with the modern term of ‘mentally ill.’ According to psychology Professor Patrick Corrigan: “It sort of captures them in a snap shot as this dangerous, unpredictable, different soul.” When I read this, I got interested. Dangerous. Unpredictable. Different Soul. Do you know what term immediately entered my mind after these three?


Right after heart-led, I thought “free.”

The thing is, I can understand why this association may have come into mis-understanding. Around the time of the full moon, more light is reflected from the sun and pointed towards the Earth at night. The moon becomes a brighter light in the dark of our subconscious minds. What happens is that suppressed subconscious material gets the “light shined” on it, and it starts to run. What is really happening is that it is bubbling up through the conscious mind so that it can come into awareness and be resolved and released.

However, because many people are totally unaware of what is going on, they may think that there is something “wrong” with them and may even act out in desperation and a total lack of awareness. There is even a term called the “lunar effect.” Police in the U.K. have documented a rise in violent crime around the time of the full moon. One officer said,From my experience of 19 years of being a police officer, undoubtedly on full moons we do seem to get people with sort of strange behavior — more fractious, argumentative.” I believe acting out is simply a result of the lack of awareness of the process that is going on within the body-mind.

People believe their thoughts when in reality, there is subconscious material, usually suppressed fears, that are simply in the process of exiting. The “acting out” is simply the result of being controlled by the energy as it is (hopefully) leaving the field of the people in question. However, if one is aware of the process, you can notice, “oh, there’s that thought,” and create distance between who you are and the thought, and realize that the thought is not you. This same process also applies to emotions.

There are wonderful tools such as flower essences that can help us “stay centered,” meaning that our mind is in the center of our being rather than getting caught up in whatever energy is coming up from within or whatever is swirling around us in the collective consciousness. I noticed that I had a negative thought loop this morning before I left for my Tai Chi class, and I wanted to be super clear when teaching, so I quickly took some