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Day before full moonIs it folklore or truth that the full moon increases the height of paranormal activity during it’s reign?  Is there a better time to visit a reportedly haunted location?  Should you hold your breath when passing a cemetery during a full moon?

OK, the “holding your breath” question was just a joke but I was curious as to what a search would reveal on the others.

(Let me just say that this photo was taken by me tonight, the night before the full moon from Massachusetts.  It was from an iPhone 4S camera and the only photo editing I did was to enhance to HD and slight color enhancement.  This was the actual shape of the clouds.  I did not see this with my naked eye.  Creepy!)

Friday, October 18 is a Full Moon.  This moon is also called Travel Moon and the Dying Grass Moon, The Hunter’s Moon and the Blood Moon.

The different names date back to Ancient Indian Tribes.  They are centered around what took place during the October Moon.  They would hunt by the moon to gather food for the upcoming winter, gaining the name, the Hunter’s Moon; Travel Moon was given because the animals would travel great distances during this full moon to gather food; the Dying Moon due to the leaves and grass dying as the seasons changed; and the Blood Moon, because of the hunting and killing that occurred during this time.

This moon (on October 18, 2013,) also carries with it an eclipse that will only darken the moon slightly but can be seen from the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia.

I have heard numerous reports that paranormal activity is increased during the full moon.  Since I am planning on going on my first tour of a certified haunted location, I wanted to know if this was true.  I expected all the sites I read to confirm this.

I did a search to see what the consensus was on this question.  Several websites will argue that the best time for paranormal activity is during the new moon (the next new moon will be November 3, 2013,) while others state the moon has no affect on humans, let alone the after-life.

The latter, I do not believe (as far as humans are concerned).  I have worked in customer service for almost all of my life and I can tell by the way the customers behave that the full moon does indeed affect us.

According to the Malaysian Ghost Research Journal, “The International Ghost Hunters Society (IGHS) teaches that during the full moon, new moon and two or three days on either side of the full and new moon, during the geomagnetic storm and during the electrical storm, are the best times for ghost hunting and claimed to work all over the world. Furthermore, the dark witches in ancient beliefs system also has given their credits to the  full moon phase to be the best time to summon spirits.”

Yet, according to Rosemary Ellen Guiley who has written 50 books on the subjects of the paranormal, spiritual and metaphysical and has been a full time paranormal researcher since 1983, “The full moon actually produces geophysical effects that may indeed dampen paranormal activity. The earth expands 1/16 of an inch during the full moon’s gravitational pull. The expansion is caused by the movement of magma chambers below the earth’s surface. These movements affect the earth’s magnetic fields. Many paranormal hot spots are in areas of negative magnetic anomalies. Thus, an increase in magnetic fields is likely to have an adverse impact on paranormal activity.”

Another site suggests that perhaps it is the light the moon provides paired with the way our bodies are affected that is attributed to the yield of higher paranormal evidence during a full moon.

I really could not draw a solid conclusion on this and I will not be able to confirm nor deny any of the information based on what I personally experience tomorrow because I have nothing to compare it to.  I would have to conclude that it depends on the location, the investigators, weather, and the energy levels in each location.

I will leave this question unanswered and perhaps will return to it at a later time to do more research.  Do keep in mind however, paranormal investigators are finding valuable evidence on a daily basis across the world, without the moon playing a factor.  So, if you are going to plan a trip to a haunted location, don’t wait, go when it’s convenient for you, relax but bring your energy, be open to all possibilities and enjoy your stay.