February begins in the shadow of the Full Moon in Leo which will be at maximum fullness at 12:46 am est on February 2. During the Full Moon, the solar conscious mind opposes the lunar instinct of the subconscious, illuminating the essence of the sign through which the Full Moon expresses itself.

The Full Moon in Leo is typically a time to celebrate the full expression of the individual ego – in Leo we are most enthusiastically the divine beings that we are intended to be. The Moon now is opposite a wide conjunction of Chiron to the Sun in Aquarius, the sign that transcends the individual ego for the sake of the collective. With Chiron opposite the Moon, our unconscious needs (Moon) are pressured by Chiron to make themselves known, resulting in some discomfort as we experience the pain of dissatisfaction as the Sun illuminates the hidden dimensions of our lunar experience.

Dawn sent me this article from the Independent:

For eons, folklore has blamed the Moon for everything from lunacy to bad luck. And, for the last few centuries, scientists have scoffed. Now, according to new research they’re not so sure. The Moon may not be made of cheese, but it seems to influence a lot more down on Earth than we previously thought.

According to new research, the Moon affects not only the tides of the oceans but also people, producing a range of symptoms from flare-ups of gout to bladder problems. It may even lie behind the causes of car crashes and affect people’s hormonal balances.

Having carried out new research and reviewed 50 other studies, scientists suggest that doctors and the police even need to prepare for how their work rate will increase at different points in the lunar cycle. Among the findings examined by the researchers were studies that showed GP consultations go up during a full moon, according to Leeds University. Appointments rise by 3.6 per cent, which works out at around three extra patients for each surgery. The researchers did not speculate on the nature of the moon-related problems or why they happened, but said that “it does not seem to be related to anxiety and depression”.

Gout and asthma attacks peak during new and full moons, according to work carried out at the Slovak Institute of Preventive and Clinical Medicine in Bratislava, where attacks over a 22-year period were monitored.

Read more…If scientists begin to believe that the Moon’s tides do exert a pull on human behavior, it’s just a short step to acceptance of other planetary influences, right?

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