Dr. Nick Kollerstrom writes this article published by Astrology News Service that is subtitled, “Researcher says all living things respond to motions of the moon.”
“In recent decades experiments have shown that the metabolism of plants, indicated by such things as their water absorption or oxygen metabolism, responds considerably to the monthly lunar cycle. Two researchers at the University of Paris have shown that plant DNA changes in tune to this cycle. Trees have electric fields around them, measurable by the potential gradient up the trunk. Ralph Markson in the United States monitored this for years and showed how fortnightly and monthly lunar rhythms were present.”
Dr. Kollerstrom reports on early indications of the power of lunar cycles on ancient Roman farmers:
“In the 2nd century AD, the astronomer Claudius Ptolemy reported of the practical, hard-headed farmers of the Roman Empire that they notice the aspects of the Moon, when at full, in order to direct the copulation of their herds and flocks, and the setting of plants or sowing of seeds. There is not an individual who considers these general precautions as impossible or unprofitable.”
“I have collected some years of data from a Thoroughbred stud farm, with dates of covering (bringing the stallion to the mare) plus recorded conceptions. Mating takes place within just a few months in the spring of each year, which makes investigating the lunar cycle influence tricky. Yet this data does clearly seem to show both increased fertility and increased coming-on-heat on the days around and just after the Full Moon. If correct, this could have practical implications for horse breeding.”
“These investigations don’t always support traditional folklore in this area, but they tend to suggest that there is something in it. They are relevant to beliefs such as that some part of the lunar month is best for pruning trees, i.e., the waning half, while the waxing half if better for grafting; or that calves should not be gelded around the Full Moon.”
Read the full article by Dr. Kollerstrom here.