What's the forecast outside? Sensitive people and weather "feelings"
A colleague of mine (Ned Matinnia)*, recently wrote a facebook post which strongly resonates with me.
I often write about Highly Sensitive People (HSP's). Many of us are ultra-sensitive to mother nature. Changes in barometric pressure, high humidity, extreme heat or cold, lunar cycles, lack of sunlight, and even astrology greatly affect us.
For most of us, aches and pains flare up during unfavorable weather. Yet, us sensitives are greatly impacted on emotional levels. Ned terms this, "feeling weather", which he explains below:
"What's the weather forecast? You usually check it (even if it's looking out the windows) to know what to expect. Should you dress lightly? Should you bring a parka? An umbrella? Should you get ready for a nice bike ride or run or walk, or hold that off for another day? Weather is important.
There's another type of weather that impacts us all on Earth, every day and night. It's the energy weather. The "feeling" weather. This is where things like astrology come in. Some days it seems you and people around you are feeling certain ways.
This morning, around 11 am Pacific Time, the Moon went from chatty Gemini into emotional Cancer. People felt more moody..more sensitive.
I tend to notice when the Moon is in a water sign because people can get more...snarky, mean, vindictive. This is not how water signs are naturally. This is the wounded/dis-integrated side of them; and there is much dysfunction in society that would be amazing to be healed.
The Moon has also been squaring Chiron, bringing raw sensitive nerves, and peoples' worst traumas or fears to the forefront. Temporarily, at least, as all cycles continue shifting.
Chiron is known in astrology as “the Wounded Healer,” and affects all aspects of wellness; our physical health, mental health, emotions, and spirituality. It was first discovered in November 1977, orbiting the Sun between Saturn and Uranus".
What exactly is astrology? It is commonly defined as "The belief that the alignment of stars and planets affects every individual's mood, personality, and environment, depending on when he was born." The influence of the planets on the weather has always been a chief topic of interest for astrologers.
Do I believe in astrology and it's impact on the weather and atmospheric conditions? I continue to waiver. Yet, I do agree with Ned concerning lunar phases. In fact, much research has been devoted to the interrelationship of the moon, sleep, and mood. I dread each full moon. I can't sleep. I get anxious. On edge. Maybe that's why I'm sometimes snarky. I'm certainly tired and cranky.
According to Medical News Today, evidence is not abundant and is primarily based on small-scale studies, but it does seem to suggest that the full moon can affect a person's quality of sleep. A study published in Sleep Medicine in 2014 assessed the sleep quality of 319 participants during different moon phases. This study found that during a full moon, participants had lower sleep efficiency. This means that they remained awake or in a state of light sleep for most of the time they spent in bed overnight.
In fact, a surprising number of Americans believe in astrology, and it's connection to weather/mood. A survey conducted by the National Science Foundation found that 41% of respondents accept that astrology is "very scientific" or "sort of scientific."
Believers uphold that humans "are of the earth", thus, we are intimately connected to natural forces. I believe this too. I'm still on the fence, astrologically speaking.
*Ned Matinnia is a board member of the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS), a Spiritually Transformative Experiencer, and a Near-Death Experience Advocate.