How The May 16 Full Moon Will Affect You If You're An Aquarius

The old saying goes that a full moon tends to bring out a whole new side of people. You may have heard, "It must be a full moon," when someone is acting strange or uncharacteristic. 

According to Scientific American, the concept of a full moon affecting people's mental states existed back in the Middle Ages. It's actually how we've come to use the word "lunatic," referencing the strange behavior and headspace associated with lunar activity during full moons.

Medically speaking, full moons have also been associated with a change in deep sleep. Men get more deep sleep while women tend to get less REM. In addition, slightly lower blood pressure — as well as an increase or decrease in symptoms of mental disorders, like bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression — have been noticed during full moons (via Healthline). This is thought to be due to changing sleeping habits.

There is also a belief that a full moon can affect the zodiac signs differently. Here's what's in store for Aquarius during the May 16 full moon.

Aquarius should open up during the full moon

The May 16 full moon isn't merely a typical full moon. Known as the full flower moon since it takes place in May, it will be accompanied by a lunar eclipse, so the impact may be stronger on all signs. For Aquarius, their instinctual nature may be challenged due to their naturally strong convictions.

One of the worst characteristics of Aquarius is that, once they settle on an opinion, they can be a little stubborn and have difficulty yielding to the other side (via Allure). However, May's flower full moon isn't a time to be rigid. It's actually the opposite for the air sign. Aquarius should use this time to express their inner emotions (via Today).

So, if you've been butting heads with loved ones, instead of defaulting to your typical pattern of proving your case, allow yourself to open up and share your thoughts and feelings. You may be surprised with how the people in your life respond when you allow yourself to show a little vulnerability.

A career change may be on the horizon

If you're feeling dissatisfied with your workplace, now may be the time to change that. Aquarius is known for being highly creative, imaginative, and intelligent, and they need a job that matches their enthusiasm (Astrology Zodiac Signs). 

One of the best careers for Aquarius is one that allows them to use their intellect and speak their mind. When they don't have that in a career, or if the workdays become stagnant, aloof Aquarians will quickly get bored.

On top of that, Aquarius is a sign that thrives in communal, collaborative environments. They work best when group interaction soars. If your job leaves you feeling spent or just doesn't light you up, it's certainly not going to fill you up.

The full moon may be just the push you need. Bustle says that "the changes unfolding now will help you align with your higher purpose." So, keep in mind that, although you may have to step out of your comfort zone, you'll be stepping into a new and better quality of life. 

And, let's face it, Aquarius: You were never one to cave to the status quo, so why start now?