Its the one year anniversary of the Great American Solar Eclipse. My personal experience was amazing. In addition to seeing family, I got to witness a once in a lifetime event.
This anniversary has got me wondering about how the sun, the moon, and the stars affect our health.
Photograph taken by Charlyce Davis using Celestron SE 5 and a SOLAR FILTER; please do not attempt to take solar photograph with help/supervision from someone familiar with with. Can do damage to your eyes and equipment without proper filters.
The eclipse is created when the sun is partially hidden from our view by the transit of the moon. This rare, beautiful event reminds us of one of our most valuable resources that we benefit from daily. The Sun naturally plays a part in our health.
Most people are likely familiar with the effect of sun on the skin. UVB energy from the sun hits the skin, initiating a chemical reaction in which Vitamin D is prodcuced. In addition to strong healthy bones, Vitamin D helps to improve mood and prevent falls in the elderly.
More on Vitamin D can be found here: Vitamin D
All things in moderation; Seeing sunlight boosts your mood helps you make vitamin D, but excessive UV exposure can be harmful. Being aware of your skin is always a good idea, an knowing the signs of skin cancer can save your life.
Photograph taken by Charlyce Davis on 9/26/2015
Many of us in healthcare know deep in our guts that full moons are a troubling time. THere seems to be so much more suffering around a full moon. I decided to dig a little deeper with a search into the data:
“The full moon does not affect the mortality of the patients in intensive care unit”. (1)
“…provides no evidence of a significant effect of lunar phases on human sleep” (2).
Nadeem, R., Nadeem, A., Madbouly, E., Molnar, J., & Morrison, J. (2012). Effect of a full moon on mortality of patients admitted to the ICU. Critical Care, 16(Suppl 1). doi:10.1186/cc11106
2. Haba-Rubio, J., Marques-Vidal, P., Tobback, N., Andries, D., Preisig, M., Kuehner, C., . . . Heinzer, R. (2015). Bad sleep? Don’t blame the moon! A population-based study. Sleep Medicine, 16(11), 1321-1326. doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2015.08.002
Most of the data I found confirms that although most of us in health care are convinced that more people are born, die, get sick, or get violent on a full moon, it does not appear to be so.
Those of us with a spiritual or energy practice look forward to full moons as a time to clean our crystals and get a fresh start.
Although I fancy myself as an amateur astronomer, I knew very little of eclipses prior to the event. As I started reading, I discovered that eclipses play a major role in human history. I read Sun, Moon, Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses, from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets, the perfect read before an eclipse which gives details on significant eclipses as well as explanations of why they occur.
I had some ask me if the energy would be weird since I practice Reiki. I had no idea what to expect.
The actual experience was nearly beyond explanation. My mother and I traveled to South Carolina, which auspiciously, many of my relatives live. The Solar Eclipse occurred on the same day as my Grandfather’s 99th birthday (and amazingly, today he turns 100).
It was a very hot day, but one the show began, the temperature went down. Using a solar filter, and many pairs of solar glasses, my family and I got to witness over 2 minutes of totality. Totality literally meant total darkness. The stars came out. I was able to identify Venus. I was busy taking as many photographs as possible, but thank goodness, I had enough awareness to stop and just look. Being able to star directly ad God’s creation, seeing the violet flames of the Sun around the moon is such a wonderful reminder of God’s plan for us all.
Finally, much like the celestial bodies, I got to come together with my family.