For centuries, the ethereal glow of a full moon hung high in the night sky has inspired wild and unusual tales, folklore and supernatural legends around the world.
From the howling transformations of werewolves to bizarre human behaviors, many strange occurrences have been attributed to the lunar cycle. The word “lunatic” itself comes from the Latin word “luna,” or moon.
According to Pennsylvania Paranormal Association director Mark Keyes, the moon and changing seasons will cause an increased frequency in paranormal activity. “Talking with clients and working with a lot of psychic mediums, and they all say there seems to be an increase in activity around the end of September [through December],” Keyes said. “That would have to do with a lot of different elements, planetary elements, elements with the solar system, the moon, the sun and it’s a time when most spiritual people will say that the veil between our world and the spiritual world is a lot thinner and they can communicate better.”
Keyes is a retired state police detective who formed the Pennsylvania-based paranormal research group after other law enforcement officials expressed similar interests in investigating reports of hauntings and strange phenomena.
In addition to seeing an uptick in paranormal activity, Keyes said the lunar cycle may also influence human behavior as well.“One thing for sure that almost any emergency responder or emergency room person 911 dispatchers will tell you is that the moon has a major impact on the living,” he said. “All kinds of weird behavior happens during full moons.”
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