IMO, as with all observation of natural functions without knowledge of physical causalities, it is actually quite understandable that the ignorant observer comes to a conclusion of *magical emanations* The phases of the moon have great influence on earth, such as the displacement of entire oceans, especially when the sun and moon are in alignment. In Astrology these phenomena are an example of the inherent power of cosmic configurations. http://home.hiwaay.net/~krcool/Astro/moon/moontides/ Personally, I wonder why such a force which can displace billions of gallons of water would not have an effect on humans (or any large animal). After all we are 95+% water and subject to the same external influences. p.s. When the moon is at its epicenter (closest to earth) do we become *lighter* than peoples on the other side of the earth? Mind, that I do not believe in Astrology as science, but I have personally witnessed a change in people's behavior during *full moon* phases. All I am saying is that in the early observer of the cosmos, the recognition of patterns and consequent results must have appeared to be in accordance with certain constants. Thus Astrology was born.