Astronomers have been celebrating the rare close encounter of Venus and Jupiter over the past week. The last of such occurrence was 2000 years ago and will only be happen again in 2023! With the moon currently in the Waxing Gibbous phase (50% illuminated but not yet Full Moon) it has been quite the sight to behold.
While many theories associated with the moon remain mostly a myth, some strange animal patterns and behaviour have been linked to the lunar cycle. A variety of rationalisations explain these effects, but the question is how exactly do the different lunar phases of the moon affect our pets and what does it mean?
The full moon increases the psyche of both animals and humans with noticeable intensity. Studies and statistics have shown that during the full moon phase animals tend to be restless and often get themselves into trouble keeping animal control and veterinary staff very busy. Dogs and wolves howl; birds become agitated and disoriented while cats hide!
Animals tend to naturally tune into the New Moon phase, meaning unlike the Full Moon, it’s a time to chill even though it can be a challenge because their senses and sensitivity is heightened during this phase.
This phase is when an alignment of the Sun, Moon and the Earth occurs and it is also during this phase when the Moon is closest to Earth – the power of the electromagnetic fields during this phase interacts with the magnetic field of animals increasing their ability to feel stress around them. This is part of their survival instincts to stay away from danger.
This phase is when animals tune into their sixth sense and know that it’s time to hunt, gather food and build their homes. This moon acts like a brake – nesting mode is activated for the animals' self-preservation.
Animals use this phase an interval to slow down – sleeping and staying calm during this phase unlike the other action-oriented lunar phases
This is when there are two full moon occurrences in one month, meaning this phase is almost identical to the Full Moon phase as it repeats its patterns, except one Full Moon would affect the animals psyche in one area of life and the second one in another area