This article explores the 5 tides that the Moon causes on our planet, every day, twice a day, throughout Earth's history.
The 5 Moon TidesThe Moon's gravity affects everything on Earth. It calls not only the waters but the very Earth.
Even though the Moon is so much smaller than the Sun, it is much closer to us. So it exerts over twice the gravitational force on the Earth than does the Sun.
And these lunar influences are a vital factor in the Earth's ability to support life.
Science lists 4 Moon-tides. I include one that science prefers to overlook, no matter how unscientifically: the 5th Moon-tide. . . the tidal pull on Spirit.
This is the most commonly understood of the 5 Moon-tides. The Moon's tidal pull on the waters of our world is completely obvious.
First, some basic facts about tides. There are two tides every day, corresponding roughly to when the Moon is overhead and when it is on the opposite side of the planet. As it travels around the Earth, the oceans move with it. More or less.
In point of fact, the tides' movement doesn't follow the moon exactly but a pattern of resonance that the Moon has established by circling the Earth for a long time.
Still, the most extreme tides occur around the Full Moon and the New Moon. These are called spring tides. Not because of any relation to the season, but from the Welsh word that means "to bulge". . . springan.
Also, the orbit of the Moon isn't a perfect circle. Sometimes it is closer, and sometimes farther away. Obviously, when the Moon is near the Earth, it affects the tides most strongly.
Did you know that the Moon has a tide that pulls the crust of the Earth towards itself?
This is called the earth tide.
The surface of our planet actually rises between 4 to 12 inches every day when the Moon is above the horizon, and recedes when the Moon sets.
Lunar tides also affect the fiery molten core of the earth, causing it to surge and recede just like ocean tides.
This appears to be a major contributing cause of earthquakes.
There is still another medium that the Moon affects. This is the body of air that surrounds our planet.
The pocket of air around the Earth reaches up about 60 miles. It weighs an incredible five million billion tons. This is equivalent to 33 feet of water flowing over the surface of the Earth.
The Moon has a tide affect in this air mass, changing the height or thickness of the atmosphere every day. When it is overhead, the Moon's gravity pulls the atmosphere toward itself, sometimes by as much as 25%. This means that in certain phases of the Moon, the atmosphere bulges out an extra 15 miles.
This creates higher pressure where the Moon is, and lower pressure where it is not. Then when the Moon sinks below the horizon, the atmosphere again grows more compact.
This is a major force in affecting weather. Weather is, in fact, what happens when the atmosphere is pulled around the planet by the Moon.
There is evidence that almost every cyclone, tornado, volcanic eruption, and earthquake is associated with a significant moon position. Even thunderstorms seem to be created when the Moon is in a certain phase and position.
Yet, fantastically, the Moon's tides are not taken into consideration in weather forecasting. Maybe this is why the forecasts are so often wrong.
In comparison, folklore has much to say about how the Moon affects the weather.
So why is the Moon so effectively ignored in modern weather forecasting? According to Ken Ring, author of Predicting the Weather by the Moon . . .
In their all-out zeal to rewrite our universe so history would be more palatable, 17th century theologians made as much distance as they could between Christian society and that symbol of everything pagan; the Moon.
There was no room for the Christian god in the old moon-oriented science, which dictated that climate and weather were cyclically predictable, and the 'hand of God' was a non-issue.
There is a last, and still contentious, Moon-tide. The effect of the Moon's tides on living beings.
It is surprising that there is so vehement a rejection of this idea in scientific circles. Considering the massive documented effect that the Moon has on every system in our planet, it seems like simple hubris to assert that it doesn't affect us.
Perhaps this can be explained in terms of bigotry. There are certain taboo subjects in science, which puts them outside the purview of rational investigation . . . despite all supporting evidence.
And on a micro-scale there is plenty of evidence of the Moon's tidal effect on living organisms.
ReproductionThe most noticeable (to humans) is the monthly Moon-tide in the endocrine system of half the human inhabitants of this planet - the 28 day menstrual cycle. The very word menses derives from the word moon.
Menstruation is triggered by the Moon. The menstrual cycle most often peaks on the evening before the New Moon. This cycle is interrupted by the prevalence of electric lighting, though, so women today are less likely to notice the correlation than their foremothers were.
There are plenty of other effects of the Moon on reproduction. More births occur just after the Full Moon, with few at the new Moon.
Perhaps the Moon-tide affects more than menstrual blood? Haemorrhaging is well-known to increase at the Full Moon.
The phases of the Moon affect the cycle of growing things, the movement of animals, the migration of birds, and the breeding season of everything from deer to coral.
Mental & Emotional BalanceAnd then there are the "emotional moon-tides." Lunacy was a legal defense in 19th century Britain, when it was seen as an unstable mental condition brought about by the Full Moon.
There is a clear association of suicide, mental illness, epileptic seizures, violent crimes, and accidents with the period of the Full Moon. Even animals are affected, as perceptive vets and animal trainers attest.
As Ken Ring puts it,
Except for a small solar pull on things, all tides are caused by the moon, which generally we all take for granted as having little influence on anything except beaches and poets.
But obviously it affects much more than that. The 5 Moon-tides affect literally everything on Earth.
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