The Cycles of the Moon – The Importance of Knowing Them
No one can deny the fact that the moon exerts a great influence on our lives. It is not a constant thing but it comes and goes in cycles. Understanding the basic lunar cycles and things of the moon, you can use that information to guide parts of your life.
Even though the moon is the closet body in space to us, we tend to give the sun more credit and it is so easy to simply forget about the moons influences. The impact of the moon is more subtle yet it is still there.
Wikipedia states the following about the moon:
“The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth, and the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System. It is the largest natural satellite of a planet in the Solar System relative to the size of its primary, having a quarter the diameter of Earth and 1/81 its mass. It is in synchronous rotation with Earth, always showing the same face. It is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, although its surface is actually very dark, with a similar reflectance to coal. The Moon’s gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and the minute lengthening of the day. The Moon’s current orbital distance, about thirty times the diameter of the Earth, causes it to appear almost the same size in the sky as the Sun, allowing it to cover the Sun nearly precisely in total solar eclipses.”
The Moon makes a complete orbit around the Earth with respect to the fixed stars about once every 27.3 days (its sidereal period). However, since the Earth is moving in its orbit about the Sun at the same time, it takes slightly longer for the Moon to show the same phase to Earth, which is about 29.5 days (its synodic period).
As the moon goes around the earth, we see the moon from different angles. When we see a full moon, the moon is directly opposite the sun, when we see no moon, its because the moon and sun are in the same direction.
The moon is about 238,900 miles (384,000 km) from Earth on average. At its closest approach (the lunar perigee) the moon is 221,460 miles (356,410 km) from the Earth. At its farthest approach (its apogee) the moon is 252,700 miles (406,700 km) from the Earth.
The temperature on the Moon ranges from daytime highs of about 130°C = 265°F to nighttime lows of about -110°C = -170°F
New Moon – The Moon’s unilluminated side is facing the Earth. The Moon is not visible (except during a solar eclipse). 0 days
Waxing Crescent – The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is increasing. 4th day
First Quarter – One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is increasing. 7th day
Waxing Gibbous – The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is increasing. 10th day
Full Moon – The Moon’s illuminated side is facing the Earth. The Moon appears to be completely illuminated by direct sunlight. 14th day
Waning Gibbous – The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is decreasing. 18th day
Last Quarter – One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is decreasing. 20th day
Waning Crescent – The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is decreasing. 24th day
Moonrise from Earth:
The moon rises and sets every day, appearing on the horizon just like the sun. The time depends on the phase of the moon. It rises about 30 to 70 minutes later each day than the previous day, so the moon is out during daytime as often is it’s out at night. At the time of the new moon, the moon rises at about the same time the sun rises, and it sets at about the same time the sun sets. As the days go by (as it waxes to become a crescent moon, a half moon, and a gibbous moon, on the way to a full moon), the moon rises during daytime (after the sun rises), rising later each day, and it sets at nighttime, setting later and later each night. At the full moon, the times of moonrise and moonset have advanced so that the moon rises about the same time the sun sets, and the moon sets at about the same time the sun rises. As the moon wanes (becoming a half moon and a crescent moon, on the way to a new moon), the moon rises during the night, after sunset, rising later each night. It then sets in the daytime, after the sun rises. Eventually, the moon rises so late at night that it’s actually rising around sunrise, and it’s setting around sunset. That’s when it’s a new moon once again.
Some people believe that on dark and moonless nights that we pull back from the external world and live in the little world inside of us. They believe this for a lot of reasons, but the consequence is that it should be a time of exploring new ideas and quiet contemplation of life. It is known as the phase of the mind.
When the moon is new, that is the time to take what you learned in the dark phase and put it into action. It should be a time of building your life and will give way to new beginnings for love and romance, health or job hunting. Also, the sun and moon are exerting their gravitational influence from a similar side of the earth pulling the tides more strongly creating greater clarity of direction. This encourages us to feel more individual.
During the waxing phase of the moon is a good time to build solid foundations that extend far into your lives. The waxing moon is for a time to put thoughts towards love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or health
Just before the full Moon is a transition phase and at this time you should be allowing things in your life to develop naturally. Do not make any life changing decisions at this time. It may feel right, but it could be costly.
The full moon is the time to set your spirit free, self confidence and maturity in your life abound. At this time there is excitement but should never be haste. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also one can work on love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams during this time.
The Waning phase of the moon is the time to finish projects and enjoy the fruits of your labor. It is also a time to share your life with others. This is a time of decline and a good time to seek mutual support and benefits. It is considered to be a time of emotions.
Waning Moon – The waning phase lasts for about 11 days, from the full moon until the moon vanishes from the sky at the beginning of the dark moon phase. During this phase, less of the moon is visible each night. The waning moon is used for banishing negative energies or for ridding oneself of addictions or illness.
Darkness and no moon – The dark moon is a time for ridding oneself of bad habits, and for exploring our darkest recesses and understanding our angers and passions. Dark moon is a time of protection, both physical and spiritual, and it is the most powerful time to banish negativity, or banish that which we no longer need such as addictions.
Like all living things, we are closely tied to light and its effects. Though most people don’t think about it much, the amount and quality of light we get has a big impact on our lives. The lunar cycles control the both the amount and quality of light we get from the moon and its gravitational and magnetic effect on us and all living things.
People digging into the sciences of life, try to figure out why and how things work. Sometimes there is no real answer, just teasing suppositions. Perhaps it is just information that is “out there” somewhere just waiting to be discovered. It could be inside each and every one of us. So take the time and learn about the moons influences.
Filed under: Moon, Paranormal, Folklore
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