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Leos, Cancers and Sagittarius: here’s how the 2021 Scorpio full moon is changing you

Have you been having funky dreams and disrupted sleep for the past three nights or so? Well, chances are you might have them for just a couple more days, and you’ll have the moon to blame for it. I know some of you might roll your eyes at that, but I’m here to explain exactly why and how lunar cycles affect your sleeping patterns, and why, more specifically, this week’s full moon in Scorpio had such an impact on you. Oh, and this is not just me rambling on about rumours—I’ll only focus on science-backed facts.

What does the moon do to the human body?

The moon is known to influence natural phenomena like the tides, which in turn have an irreversible impact on how we live our lives on Earth, but it’s also famous for influencing our behaviours. To cut the crap early, there is no evidence to support an excuse of the moon enforcing aggressive or depressed behaviour. However, there does seem to be a direct link between the phases of the moon and changing symptoms of a bipolar disorder, as well as the quality of our sleep.

There have been countless and continuing studies on how the moon affects our sleep, and there is strong evidence that during a full moon in particular, people have lower sleep efficiency, less deep sleep throughout the course of a night as well as a delay in entering rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. This kind of sleep is entered within the first 90 minutes of falling asleep, and the cycle repeats several times nightly, amounting to about 20 to 25 per cent of an adult’s sleep cycle and over 50 per cent of an infant’s. REM sleep is mostly when you dream, which plays an important role in learning, memory and mood. Our brains are actually almost as active at this time as when we are awake.

Of course, there are obvious reasons as to why full moons affect our sleeping patterns, especially if you’re not one to sleep with blackout blinds, which will affect your body’s natural circadian rhythm. The light of the moon effectively becomes physiologically activating, thus keeping us awake. However, one study proved that even in windowless dark rooms, a group of participants still experienced changes in not only sleep structure and brain activity during sleep, but changes in melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone) and cortisol levels (which act as nature’s built-in alarm system) as well.

The participants’ sleep was lighter than usual, melatonin levels dropped and as sleep researcher Christian Cajochen concluded to the BBC, “The lunar cycle seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not ‘see’ the moon and is not aware of the actual moon phase.” What’s more, the term ‘lunatic’ is derived from the Latin word meaning ‘moonstruck’.

Other researchers suggest that alongside our internal circadian rhythm, there may also be another clock at play: an evolutionary wired 29.5 day cycle that corresponds to lunar phases. Doctor Stephanie Ashraf, a pulmonary and sleep medicine physician and assistant professor of clinical medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, explained in a study that, in accordance with the evidence that the moon affects the quality of our sleep—and therefore our behavioural change the next day, “Sleep is highly affected by what we expect to happen.” Myths and folklore surrounding the phenomenon effectively direct this notion, meaning that people who are open to the idea, or are aware of a full moon’s existence, may be more likely to reap the experiences that come from it.

As well as this, people tend to remember ‘stand out’ moments within an experience, rather than moments that merge into the experience. For example, we may be inclined to look up what the moon was doing on nights that we toss and turn, but on other occasions when we sleep well the lunar cycle may not even cross our mind. That all being said, there is enough evidence to show that the moon, in one way or another, affects the majority of human sleep or dreams. Our bodies are, after all, 60 per cent water (the moon pulls and moves the Earth’s tides as we said), which is enough to dive further into the full moon the world experienced last night, 26 April 2021.

Scorpio full moon or ‘Pink Moon’

Scorpios have a reputation for being somewhat… intense, so a full moon within the sign of a Scorpio is like a super full moon—which is actually precisely what it is called, as well as a ‘Pink Moon’! The opposite star sign is a Taurus, and both are ‘fixed signs’, resulting in an extremely stubborn duo. Last night’s full moon in Scorpio meant that its opposition, Taurus, was in the Sun, as the moon was too—the pressure bringing stubbornness in itself to a head.

Like anything else that boils to a head, an eruption of forces must take place. The opposition of stubbornness? Release. So right now, this full moon in Scorpio while the Sun is in Taurus will lead many of us into the act of purging, erupting and letting go of what was once in order. Some of us will allow ourselves to be much more vulnerable too, especially if we usually aren’t. It may provide us with the emotional fuel to express what has been repressed up until this point, to say what we want to say or do what we want to do. We essentially have the opportunity to shed old ‘skin’ and make room for something new, which is a craving that may have been growing since the past lunar phase.

What the Scorpio full moon means for other star signs

A Scorpio’s personality is portrayed as one of a phoenix, which as myths have it: ‘burn themselves, to rise from the ashes as something new’. In other words, people with this star sign tend to reinvent themselves over and over again throughout their lives, and this super moon will give everyone else a taste of this experience. For a Scorpio, this one full moon in your sign is all-embracing: own your authenticity and use fear like the fuel you know it to be.

If, let’s say, you’re a Cancer who does not particularly like to let other people in when it comes to matters of the heart—you might especially feel the need to get something you wouldn’t usually say off your chest, or say yes to an adventure you may have been too timid to go on previously. Leos, the full moon in Scorpio might be tough because it will be hitting a sensitive part of your being. You like to be in charge, and this time may actually be forcing you to come to terms with truths you didn’t want to believe in until now. Sagittarius signs might feel a little more drained than usual now, with gut feelings tugging at your core—listen inwards, step aside and ground yourself into your intuition.

Speaking for all star signs though, you’ll be conjuring up your inner Scorpio traits whether you feel comfortable with them or not. In other words, it’s time to let your deepest thoughts or feelings breathe out into the vulnerable open air!

If you have had any lingering conflicts or questions that you have been afraid of, this is the time to deal with it. If you have a half-written novel, a secret crush or a dream to nurture a hidden talent, the urge to do anything but act on these things will probably be too strong to ignore. There is more that lies beneath any surface that you deal with—an underside to everything. Control is, essentially, a fixed delusion, one which is rooted in fear of loss. Observe this, and think of what itching curiosity you have been afraid to look into or try out. Chances are it will be worth risking loss for just to have a stone unturned.

What it’s like to date your crush, according to their star sign

True or untrue, believable or doubtful—whatever your stance is on horoscopes, if you said you’d never had a sneak peak at your own, you’d probably be lying. For the star-curious out there, I’ve compiled all the need-to-knows for when your horoscope meets your dating life, because, well, why not? I’ve also thrown in your horoscope compatibility (in chart order, not compatibility order). Since it’s currently Aries season, the newborns of the astrological new year, I’ll start with you.

Dating an Aries

This is a hot-headed fire sign, the hell yes or hell nos. Delightfully impulsive bunch, aggressively so in some scenarios. If you’re crushing on an Aries, be prepared to engage in some competitive behaviour, and also as a word of caution: don’t fall head over heels too fast, they can drop you like a hot potato. The best way to gauge how an Aries feels about you is through their actions: if they are consistent with showing up for you, they’re probably into you. Shower them in sparkly gifts and compliments, but not too much (timing is everything) and they don’t like anything soppy. There’s a very fine balance when it comes to dating an Aries, because you’ve got to play as much of a game that keeps them interested but you also have to adore them.

Most compatible with: Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius.

Dating a Taurus

The grounded and trustworthy Taurus, who also seem to be hopeless romantics in all senses. They crave stability, and are great at both finding and keeping the peace. Tauruses are incredibly stubborn though, which is both a blessing and a curse—they will stick with you through thick and thin, always. You want a Taurus to be on your side, and they will probably end up being one of the best lovers of your life if they choose you to be in theirs. Consistency is key with a Taurus. Also, stay totally honest and open with this star sign—cut the bullshit or they’ll cut you.

Most compatible with: Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces.

Dating a Gemini

If you’re clingy in any way shape or form, you can forget about dating a Gemini. This sign has a lot to say, and they are defaulted to sharing whatever it is that’s on their mind, in whatever moment. Just let them change their mind about whatever they were banging on about just five minutes before, okay? This sign craves variety, newness, diversity, and this will show through who they hang out with as well as their likely huge group of friends. They define the word ‘flirtatiousness’, but also need space to do their own thing. Geminis are air signs after all, so keep it breezy, and never foggy.

Most compatible with: Aries, Leo, Libra and Aquarius.

Dating a Cancer

Prepare to go deep. Like, deep. Dating a Cancer is like playing in the shallow waters at the beach to then suddenly, out of nowhere, you plummet off an underwater cliff. That’s only if you’re lucky though, because if they aren’t that into you, you’ll be hanging around in shallow light waves for a very long time. They don’t open up very easily, it’s a painfully slow process when it comes to them showing you their heart. Trust, family, comfort and care is truly everything for them (especially the trust part), so if you’re patient, a Cancer really is worth the wait. When or if they ever do love you, you’ll understand a whole new meaning to the words ‘nurture’ and ‘grow’.

Most compatible with: Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio and Pisces.

Dating a Leo

The Lion, it’s in the name—the king of the jungle. They love passionately, and expect a fairy tale from it. Leos lead with their heart, which can cause some drama, but know that you’ll never have to second guess if this star sign is into you or not, phew, relief! They are ambitious, and have a strong yet understated desire to be the one in control. When a Leo likes you though, you can bet on feeling safe and protected, with a side of bold and brash fireworking love.

Most compatible with: Aries, Gemini, Libra and Sagittarius.

Dating a Virgo

Practical, analytical, picky, judgemental are just a few words to describe a Virgo. This might seem intimidating, because they live in the details of life. If you blurted out something you thought insignificant years before, have no doubt that they’ll remember it—so if you’re willing to be under a microscope of opinion and adoration, Virgo’s the one for you. Give them plenty of detail to look at and consider, they’re smart, so you’re in for some interesting conversations. Also, some exciting in between-the-sheets fun, because that’s when their minds finally turn off, let’s just say… they indulge.

Most compatible with: Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn.

Dating a Libra

Balance. Libras are purists with their balance, and frankly I put them on a pedestal for it. They ebb and flow like no other sign, they seem to also focus on the ‘big’ pictures in a way that everything is part of a whole. There will be no hierarchy or control, just oneness. You will work as a team when dating a Libra. But you have to give back to them the effort that they put into you too. Make sure they know how you feel, and they will do the same. Expect the full monty when it comes to ‘love’ in a traditional sense, as they won’t hold back on the romance. A word of advice: don’t act jealous or as an individualist, that’s not team play.

Most compatible with: Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius.

Dating a Scorpio

The most misunderstood and intense of the bunch, a water sign with emotions that run deep. They feel everything, and in a contradictory way to describe them: a Scorpio is like one enormous grey area that likes things to be black or white. You’re either in or you’re out with a Scorpio, all or nothing and it’s now or never. Decide fast too, because you’ll only have a few chances for them to trust you—when or if they do though (providing you don’t break it), they will love you for a lifetime. Show them your intentions clearly. Notoriously, all things sex and touch is important to a Scorpio, and I can tell you, that’s a fact. There’s a no bullshit policy with this star sign, small talk is nails on a chalkboard to a Scorpio, they want realness. If you’re lucky enough to win your way into this one’s heart, you will experience what it feels like to be limitless, both mentally and physically.

Most compatible with: Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces.

Dating a Sagittarius

Bold and unafraid to be truthful, in any given circumstance, this sign will most definitely keep you on your toes. It’s possibly best if you let the Sagitarius think that you’re not actually dating too, you might scare them off otherwise. This is a fiercely independent sign that basically wants a best friend and partner in crime, and it’s a lot of fun. Both adventurous and energetic, you’ll never get bored, unless of course you get bored of exploring. New places, things, foods and sounds beckon a Sagittarius like a magnet in full force. They want all that life has to offer, so expect to learn a lot of lessons on letting go if you embark on a romantic journey with one of these people. Keep them laughing, keep them keen but know that you might not be keeping them either way.

Most compatible with: Aries, Leo, Libra and Aquarius.

Dating a Capricorn

Plan ahead, eyes on the prize—no task is impossible for a Capricorn to accomplish. They are very clear about what they want, and will want to know what you want in return. This sign values consistency and proactiveness like no other, and they’re in it for the long haul. They’re a little bit tough in love though, and are resilient in the face of uncertainty. Once secured and decided on loving you, they will want to feel that they can depend on you, so make sure you’re here to support them. They also are not one to let go of one of your passing comments, so beware, but on the other hand, your birthday will never be missed. Over all, Capricorns are extremely kind and rational, you will wine and dine to your heart’s content and feel the generosity and expansive love that they have to give, in a steady and consistent way.

Most compatible with: Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio and Pisces.

Dating an Aquarius

Flamboyantly independent by nature, you’ll spot one from a mile away if you know what to look for. This sign is attracted to revolutionaries, so definitely dare to be different here. They are in a world of their own, and unconventional in their ways, but extremely loyal if they’re into you, and will usually dive in head and body all at the same time. Expect romantic and large gestures, impulsive loving, and no stones left unturned. Leave your comfort zone behind too, as well as any pre-existing expectations, because an Aquarius will blow them out the water. They’re a lot of fun to be around, and will want to study and understand you as if you’re a painting hanging on a wall. Give them space when they need it, which will be often, and they might let their phone run out of battery for days, but they’ll be back if they want to be. Loving an Aquarius might be confusing, but it’ll be wonderful too.

Most compatible with: Aries, Gemini, Libra and Sagittarius.

Dating a Pisces

Last but not least, the dreamer. This sign is emotional but not necessarily on the surface, they feel deeply, and think even deeper. Romance to a Pisces is classic, it’s picture book style classic. They will make you feel like the most beautiful thing in the room, and give you undivided attention when it’s just you and them on a date. They are creative and in tune with the world around them, but also live in a magical and fantastical world almost in parallel, and may drift in a way that makes it clear that they are somewhere else mentally. Pisces will bring joy and lightness to any given situation, expect to continuously giggle in new and wacky places each time you meet. They like to mix things up and are highly active, in a chameleonic and happy-go-lucky way. It might take a while for them to truly open up and tell you the truth of what’s really on their mind, as they tend to beat around the bush a bit, but a Pisces love is one you may never forget.

Most compatible with: Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn.