The moon waxes and wanes, and as it goes through this cycle it is called the lunation cycle. It is approximately twenty-nine and a half days, and goes from New Moon to Full Moon, and back again. The cycle is diided into quarters, also called phases. There are several names for each of the phases and it may not be covered by what you know them by or correspond them to.
The quarter begins at the New Moon when the Sun and the Moon are in the same place, or conjunct. (This means that the Sun and the Moon are in the same degree of the same sign.) The moon is not visible at first, since it rises at the same time as the Sun. The New Moon is the time of new beginnings, beginnings of projects that favor growth, externalization of activities,and the growth of ideas. The first quarter is the time of germination, emergence, beginnings and the outward of directed activity.
The second quarter begins halfway between the New Moon and the Full Moon, when the Sun and Moon are at right angles, or a ninety-degree square to each other. This half Moon rises around noon and sets around mdnight, so it can be seen in the western sky the first half of the night. The second quarter is the time of growth and articulation of things that already exist.
The third qarter starts at the Full Moon, when the Sun and Moon are opposite one another and the full light of the Sun can shine on the full Sphere of the Moon. It can be seen rising from the East at sunset, and rising a little later each evening. The Full Moon stands for illumination, fulfillment, culmination and completion, going inward, emotional expressions, and hasty action that leads to failure. The third quarter is a time of maturity , fruition and the full form of expression.
The fourth quarter begins about halfway between the Full Moon and New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are again at ninety degrees, or a square. The decreasing moon rises at midnight and can be seen in the East during the last half of the night, reaching the overhead position just about the time the Sun rises. The fourth quarter is a time of disintegration and drawing back for reflection.
Moon in Aries
The Moon in Aries is good for starting things, but lack in saying powers. (Aries was after all good at charging into battle, even if his chances of a long term win were slim.) Things occur rapidly, but also quickly pass.
Moon in Taurus
With the Moon in Taurus things that are started during this sign last the longest ad usually increase in its value. Things that you start now become a habit and are hard to change later.
Moon in Gemini
The Moon in Gemini is an inconsistent position for the Moon. Things started now are easily changed by outside influences.
Moon in Cancer
The Moon in Cancer stimulates emotional rapport between people and it pinpoints need, as well it supports growth and nuturance.
Moon in Leo
The Moon in Leo accents showmanship, being seen, drama, and happy pusuits.
Moon in Virgo
The Moon in Virgo favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher psitions, while it discouarages independent thinking.
Moon in Libra
The Moon in Libra increases self-awareness. It favors self-examination and interaction with others, yet dicourages sponanious initiative.
Moon in Scorpio
The Moon in Scorpio increases awareness of psychic powers.
Moon in Sagittarius
The Moon in Sagittarius encourages expansionary flights of imagination and confidence in the flow of life.
Moon in Capricorn
The Moon in Capricorn increases awareness of the need for structure, discipline and organization. Instructional actvities are favored.
Moon in Aquarius
The Moon in Aquarius favors activities that are unique and individuaistic, concern for humanitarian needs and society as a whole, and improvements as whole.
Moon in Pisces
The Moon in Pisces energy leaves the surface of life and dwells within, reorganizing and realigning.
|Full moon||January 9, 2012||12:32:14 AM|
|Last quarter||January 16, 2012||02:09:22 AM|
|New moon||January 23, 2012||12:41:40 AM|
|First quarter||January 30, 2012||09:11:43 PM|
|Full moon||February 7, 2012||02:56:10 PM|
|Last quarter||February 14, 2012||10:05:41 AM|
|New moon||February 21, 2012||03:37:09 PM|
|First quarter||February 29, 2012||06:23:15 PM|
|Full moon||March 8, 2012||02:41:42 AM|
|Last quarter||March 14, 2012||07:27:01 PM|
|New moon||March 22, 2012||08:39:28 AM|
|First quarter||March 30, 2012||01:42:04 PM|
|Full moon||April 6, 2012||01:20:26 PM|
|Last quarter||April 13, 2012||04:51:14 AM|
|New moon||April 21, 2012||01:20:17 AM|
|First quarter||April 29, 2012||03:58:16 AM|
|Full moon||May 5, 2012||09:36:07 PM|
|Last quarter||May 12, 2012||03:48:03 PM|
|New moon||May 20, 2012||05:48:21 PM|
|First quarter||May 28, 2012||02:16:04 PM|
|Full moon||June 4, 2012||05:11:44 AM|
|Last quarter||June 11, 2012||04:42:42 AM|
|New moon||June 19, 2012||09:03:00 AM|
|First quarter||June 26, 2012||09:30:31 PM|
|Full moon||July 3, 2012||12:51:46 PM|
|Last quarter||July 10, 2012||07:49:33 PM|
|New moon||July 18, 2012||10:24:32 PM|
|First quarter||July 26, 2012||02:56:52 AM|
|Full moon||August 1, 2012||09:27:24 PM|
|Last quarter||August 9, 2012||12:56:40 PM|
|New moon||August 17, 2012||09:54:31 AM|
|First quarter||August 24, 2012||07:54:46 AM|
|Full moon||August 31, 2012||07:57:45 AM|
|Last quarter||September 8, 2012||07:16:10 AM|
|New moon||September 15, 2012||08:10:34 PM|
|First quarter||September 22, 2012||01:42:34 PM|
|Full moon||September 29, 2012||09:18:32 PM|
|Last quarter||October 8, 2012||01:34:11 AM|
|New moon||October 15, 2012||06:02:36 AM|
|First quarter||October 21, 2012||09:33:48 PM|
|Full moon||October 29, 2012||01:50:30 PM|
|Last quarter||November 6, 2012||05:36:55 PM|
|New moon||November 13, 2012||03:08:20 PM|
|First quarter||November 20, 2012||07:32:36 AM|
|Full moon||November 28, 2012||07:47:28 AM|
|Last quarter||December 6, 2012||08:32:49 AM|
|New moon||December 13, 2012||01:42:24 AM|
|First quarter||December 19, 2012||10:19:53 PM|
|Full moon||December 28, 2012||03:22:40 AM|