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Talk About the Moon

Talk About the Moon

The is always moving, like us, and it makes certain dates on the calendar spectacular to watch! This post is filled with awesome explanations about the Moon’s many phases and special dates, like, full moon’s. I did not write the in-depth material, because that is not my field. So I filled it with lots of information for you to learn about Full Moon’s, Lunar Phases and the Moon’s 8 Phases. 


  • What is a Lunar Phase? 

“The lunar phase or phase of the moon is the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon as seen by an observer on Earth. The lunar phases change cyclically as the Moon orbits the Earth, according to the changing positions of the Moon and Sun relative to the Earth. The Moon’s rotation is tidally locked by the Earth’s gravity, therefore the same lunar surface always faces Earth. This face is variously sunlit depending on the position of the Moon in its orbit. Therefore, the portion of this hemisphere that is visible to an observer on Earth can vary from about 100% (full moon) to 0% (new moon). The lunar terminator is the boundary between the illuminated and darkened hemispheres. Each of the four “intermediate” lunar phases (see below) is roughly seven days (~7.4 days) but this varies slightly due to the elliptical shape of the Moon’s orbit. Aside from some craters near the lunar poles such as Shoemaker, all parts of the Moon see around 14.77 days of sunlight, followed by 14.77 days of “night”. (The side of the Moon facing away from the Earth is sometimes called the “dark side”, which is a misnomer.”

Source: Lunar Phases

  • Did you know the Moon has 8 Phases? 

  • Moon’s 8 Phases

“Phase 1 New Moon – The side of the moon that is facing the Earth is not lit up by the sun. At this time the moon is not visible.

 Phase 2Waxing Crescent – A small part (less than 1/2) of the moon is lit up at this point. The part that is lit up is slowly getting bigger.

Phase 3First Quarter – One half of the moon is lit up by the sun at this point. The part that is lit up is slowly getting bigger.

Phase 4Waxing Gibbous – At this time half of the moon is lit up. The part that is lit is slowly getting bigger. Waxing means to slowly get bigger.

Phase 5Full Moon – The side of the moon that is lit up by the sun is facing the Earth. The entire moon is lit up at this point.

Phase 6Waning Gibbous – The moon is not quite lit up all the way by sunlight. The part of the moon this is lit is slowly getting smaller. Waning means to slowly get smaller.

Phase 7Last Quarter – Half of the moon is lit up but the sun. The part that we can see lit up is slowly getting smaller.

Phase 8Waning Crescent – A small part of the moon is lit up at this point. It is getting smaller by the minute.”

Source: Moon’s 8 Phases

  • Here is what the phases actually look like:


“The average calendar month, which is  1⁄12 of a tropical year, is about 30.44 days, while the Moon’s phase (synodic) cycle repeats on average every 29.53 days. Therefore, the timing of the Moon’s phases shifts by an average of almost one day for each successive month. (Lunar year=354 days.)”


“Photographing the Moon’s phase every day for a month, starting in the evening after sunset, and repeating approximately fifty minutes later each successive day, ending in the morning before sunrise, would create a composite image like the example calendar from May 8, 2005, to June 6, 2005 here in the left. There is no picture on May 20 since a picture would be taken before midnight on May 19, and after midnight on May 21. Similarly, on a calendar listing moon rise or set times, some days will appear to be skipped. When the Moon rises just before midnight one night it will rise just after midnight the next (so too with setting). The ‘skipped day’ is just a feature of the moon’s eastward movement in relation to the sun, which at most latitudes causes the moon to rise later each day. The moon has a predictable orbit every month.”

  • Here is the Moon, moving through phases quite swiftly

  • Here are some misconceptions about the Moon: 

“It might be expected that once every month, when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun during a new moon, its shadow would fall on Earth causing a solar eclipse, but this does not happen every month. Nor is it true that during every full moon, the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon, causing a lunar eclipse. Solar and lunar eclipses are not observed every month because the plane of the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is tilted by about five degrees with respect to the plane of Earth’s orbit around the Sun (the plane of the ecliptic). Thus, when new and full moons occur, the Moon usually lies to the north or south of a direct line through the Earth and Sun. Although an eclipse can only occur when the Moon is either new (solar) or full (lunar), it must also be positioned very near the intersection of Earth’s orbit plane about the Sun and the Moon’s orbit plane about the Earth (that is, at one of its nodes). This happens about twice per year, and so there are between four and seven eclipses in a calendar year. Most of these events are quite insignificant; major eclipses of the Moon or Sun are less frequent.”

Source: Lunar Phases

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January Moon Phases 2017

January Moon Phases 2017



January Moon Phase 2017

*Full Moon, visible 100% on January 12th


*New Moon on January 27th-28th


*What are Moon Phases and What Do Moon Phases Look Like? 


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New Moon December 29th 2016

New Moon December 29th 2016



“The New Moon on Thursday 29 December 2016 is at 8 degrees Capricorn. The New Moon December 2016 astrology is excellent for making your dreams come true. The December 29 New Moon will and inspire you with passion, romance and motivation. If you lack direction it will be your dream catcher.”



“New Moon December 2016 makes no fewer than ten planetary aspects with some fixed star conjunctions too. This makes for endless opportunities and possibilities but the general theme is definitely positive. Good fortune and lasting happiness can be found by taking the spiritual high road to reach your dreams.”




New Moon Meaning

“A New Moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28 day cycle. Sun conjunct Moon means all possibilities are on the table. You can rightly put yourself in the forefront of new plans for the future. Old habits, behaviors and beliefs can be questioned as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress. This is the ideal time to make a fresh start and write down a to-do list.”


“The influence of a New Moon lasts for four weeks up to the next New Moon, in this case the January 27 New Moon. The best time for making a fresh start and for beginning new projects is during the first two weeks of a New Moon cycle. This waxing phase of the Moon lasts from December 29 to the January 12 Full Moon.”


New Moon December 2016 Astrology

“This New Moon seems straightforward enough to interpret. A New Moon with Mercury means communication and transport will be the major themes for the next 28 days. Looking closer at the New Moon December 2016 astrology chart below shows Mercury in retrograde motion. Great, so you can expect recent communication and transport problems to get worse and stay around for longer.”


“The story gets more detailed with the December 29 New Moon sextile Mars and Neptune. While still sounding basic with just the sextile aspect showing in the chart, the New Moon and Mercury sextile Mars and Neptune actually includes ten aspects. Then there are some major fixed stars to consider plus that signficant looking configuration involving Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. As usual, I will start with what I consider to be the most important influences on the New Moon and drill down from there.”

“New Moon conjunct Mercury puts the focus on your thinking and communications, making this a very busy time mentally. What you say and how you say it becomes more important. Your words carry more weight, they have greater meaning and influence. Your mind will be more active than usual which favors lots of interactions, clearing paperwork and bills, and receiving and sending letters and emails.”


“You may notice more interaction with people in your neighborhood and have more short trips around town. You may seek mental stimulation through social media and internet forums, news and documentaries on TV, radio, news papers and magazines. The news, media and journalism may themselves become news stories. This is also possible with other communication and transport systems and technology.”


Mercury retrograde brings communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays and lost items. Any focus on news and transport is now likely to be about misinformation, accidents and delays. There is a feel of a difficult Mercury-Saturn aspect about Mercury retrograde, so you can also expect to dwell on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past.”



“This particular Mercury retrograde phase is extreme and intense because Mercury stationed retrograde conjunct Pluto. This is ideal for deep research and uncovering secrets. For those interested in astrology or psychology, this should be a time of deep self-analysis and discovery. News stories about the news itself will now involve propaganda and hacking. Negotiations between states will be more protracted or be suspended.”



Source: New Moon December

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Full “Hunters” Moon Tonight – October 15th

Full “Hunters” Moon Tonight – October 15th


“What makes a Hunter’s Moon special? Nature is particularly cooperative around the time of the autumn equinox to make the fall full moonrises unique.”


“Here’s what happens. On average, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day. But when a full moon happens close to the autumnal equinox – either a Harvest or a Hunter’s Moon – the moon (at mid-temperate latitudes) rises only about 30 to 35 minutes later daily for several days before and after the full moon. The reason is that the ecliptic – or the moon’s orbital path – makes a narrow angle with the evening horizon around the time of the autumn equinox.”


“The result is that there’s a shorter-than-usual lag time between successive moonrises around the full Hunter’s Moon.”

“These early evening moonrises are what make every Hunter’s Moon special. Every full moon rises around sunset. After the full Hunter’s Moon, you’ll see the moon ascending in the east relatively soon after sunset for a few days in a row at northerly latitudes.”


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October’s Full Hunter’s Moon (and Supermoon?) Rises This Weekend

October’s Full Hunter’s Moon (and Supermoon?) Rises This Weekend



“The full Hunter’s Moon of October will rise in the early hours of Sunday morning (Oct. 16) — and by some definitions, it’s also a “supermoon.””



“October’s full Hunter’s Moon follows the full Harvest Moon of September, which falls around the start of the autumn equinox. The moniker Hunter’s Moon was coined in the Northern Hemisphere, and refers to the time of year when deer and other game are fattened, and hunters begin stocking up for the winter months ahead.”


“This month, the full moon of October will peak on Sunday at 12:23 a.m. EDT (0423 GMT). However, to the casual skywatcher, it will also appear full in the night sky a day prior and after it reaches peak fullness.”


“A full moon occurs each month when the sun, Earth and moon line up, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth to the sun. At this time, the Earth-facing side of the moon is completely lit up by sunlight. A lunar eclipse occurs when the three bodies are lined up such that the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. Typically, the moon is not completely darkened by the shadow, but instead turns a deep shade of red.”


“October’s full moon will also take place when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its 27-day lunar orbit (this point is known as perigee). Some people define a full moon at perigee as a supermoon. The supermoon is not a scientific term, however, so there are varying definitions. The Slooh Community Observatory uses the term supermoon only once per year, to refer to the full moon that comes closest to Earth in its orbit, a Slooh representative told Space.com. (In addition, Slooh uses the term “mega moon” instead of supermoon.)”

“In collaboration with The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Slooh will offer a live broadcast for this month’s full moon on Saturday (Oct. 15). You can also watch it live on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh. The broadcast will share facts and history about the full Hunter’s Moon, as well as an interview with Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman, who will discuss the difference between a full moon and a supermoon.”


“October’s full moon has also been assigned a few other names, in addition to Hunter’s Moon. The Old Farmer’s Almanac, for example, also refers to it as the Travel Moon and the Dying Grass Moon, as farmers traditionally harvest their fields in late September or early October.”

“Since the full moon of October falls mid-month, October’s new moon (when no sunlight falls on the Earth-facing side) will rise Oct. 30, just in time for Halloween.”


Source: amp.space.com


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Solar Eclipse in Virgo – September 1st



“Get ready for a large-scale shift in energy coming your way! That’s because tomorrow, September 1st 2016, the new moon solar eclipse will be taking place in Virgo. It’s effects will be felt all over the world. That’s because both solar eclipses and new moons alike mark both the end of one energy cycle and the beginning of a new one.”

“This particular solar eclipse will effect more changes than usual because it falls in Virgo while Mercury is currently retrograde in Virgo as well. When planets are retrograde they appear to move backwards through the sky, when this happens lots of things in our lives also seem to go backwards and haywire. Combine that with the lunar and solar energy shifts and we’re in for some significant changes ahead!”


“Today, September 2nd, the solar eclipse will be annular, meaning that the moon will make the sun appear ring-like as it passes in between it and the Earth. Solar eclipses only take place when the moon is in its new moon phase and it’s lined up straight and evenly with the sun and the Earth, which is called syzygy. And while the majority of us won’t be able to witness this incredible sight in person, we will definitely feel the effects of it in our own profound way. Whether the impact turns out to be slight or completely life-altering, only time will tell. Even so, here are some of the most significant ways in which the new moon solar eclipse in Virgo may end up affecting us:”


“Some people will become much more analytical and focused on details than ever before, to the point that it may border on obsession. It’s easy for them to get side tracked and when they think too much they get bogged down. This may end up leading to a possible nervous breakdown if it’s not dealt with sooner than later. So if you find that you’re suddenly stressed over seemingly minor, meaningless types of details, do what you can to break the habit. Moving on is key because in the end all that stressing will be for nothing.”

“Some people will feel really insecure, confused, or much weaker than ever before. It’s always best to stop and relax. Take a step back when you notice yourself becoming discouraged and concentrate on switching gears. Maybe try something new to counteract and overcome those negative feelings, just don’t feed into them.”


“Some people will be emotionally sensitive and more touchy than usual. They will be quick to anger and become upset. They’ll also come out of fights unforgiving and spiteful. If you think that you have anger issues then it’s best to take extra precautions ahead of time and that you remain conscious of your words and actions. Avoid risky behavior and negativity and work hard instead. Literally do physical labor, or exercise, or throw yourself into an intensive project so that you can effectively turn your mood around.”

Read the article at: sun-gazing.com



“What is Mercury Retrograde? Three, and sometimes four, times a year, the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sky for a period of approximately 3 weeks. “Appears” is the key word here, because, technically speaking, no planet actually moves backwards in their orbits around the Sun. In fact, they don’t even slow down. Retrograde-station-direct cycles are essentially illusions that result from our point of view from Earth, simply because the Earth is also orbiting the Sun at a different speed than the other planets. Mercury turns retrograde more frequently than any other planet. It can never be more than 28 degrees from the Sun, and whenever it reaches its furthest distance from the Sun, it changes direction.”


“Mercury is retrograde from August 30-September 22, 2016. Mercury’s shadow period begins August 10, 2016 and ends October 6, 2016. Note that the shadow period begins before Mercury turns retrograde, when Mercury first passes over the degree that Mercury later returns to in retrograde motion. The shadow period ends when Mercury again passes over the degree at which it first turned retrograde. The shadow period is different than Mercury’s storm period in astrology, which refers to the period when Mercury is moving especially slowly.”


“Mercury is retrograde approximately three times a year for approximately three weeks each time. As such, retrograde Mercury is a fairly common occurrence (Mercury is retrograde approximately 18% of the time).”


“As the planet of communication, Mercury retrograde tends to breed a certain level of confusion. Mercury rules our “lower” mind–how we perceive and interpret information that we receive from our environment, and how we relay that information to others. Mercury has rulership over such things as speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, the mail and shipping, and so forth. All of these areas of life are affected when Mercury is functioning in a sluggish state. Decision-making is challenged during Mercury retrograde. Needless to say, it is not advised to sign contracts, engage in important decision-making, or launch a new business. Delays and challenges are more probable with Mercury retrograde. It’s a time when being careless with money, our personal information, or paperwork can be costly.”

“Minor breaks in the mechanical aspects of communication can actually re-connect us to other means of communication, such as when there is an unexpected power outage and we’re forced off the computer and television, finding different and often satisfying ways to entertain ourselves.”


“While Mercury is retrograde, we may be rethinking a previous opinion or idea. Looking to the signs and houses its transits can give clues as to what we may be reconsidering.”



“Pay close attention to what you say and communicate in general, particularly around the days of Mercury’s stations (August 30th and September 22), as well as around retrograde Mercury’s conjunction to the Sun on September 12th (midway between the start and end of the retro period). If you are itching to make a point with someone, especially, or if you are planning on “signing on the dotted line”, try to hold off. It is likely that you will have a change of mind once the station passes, and you can do some damage in the meantime. When a planet stations, its energies are very strong in our lives. When Mercury stations, communications have more impact, so that negative ones could have long-term implications at this time. However, if you are very clear within yourself and about what you are communicating, this can be a positive thing.”


Read the whole article below at:

cafeastrology.com


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Rare Moon Alignment

  
Rare Moon Alignment

“An astronomical event that would have been of great importance to the native people of Ohio around 2,000 years ago is happening tonight and tomorrow, when the moon will align with the largest prehistoric geometric earthworks in the world.”

  

“The Hopewell people built what modern people call the Newark Earthworks between 100 BC and 500 AD. On November 27 and 28 the moonrise will align with the structures of the earthworks in what is called a northern minimum moonrise, when the moon is at its lowest rising point. This moon-alignment event won’t occur again for another 18.6 years.”

“Emmy Beach, the spokeswoman for the Ohio History Connection, told Ancient Origins that experts think the people built it for culture, ceremonial and astronomical functions.”

““This weekend the moon will be in perfect alignment with the walls of the Octagon earthworks,” she said. The Octagon is one of three major earthworks still remaining at the Newark site. The Octagon earthworks were specifically designed to showcase the moon. The other two major earthworks at the site will not highlight the moonrise.”

“The public may view the moon alignments at 6:15 p.m. tonight and 7:15 November 28, 2015, at 125 N. 33rd St, Newark, Ohio.”

“Built by prehistoric Hopewell Culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D., this architectural wonder of ancient America was part cathedral, part cemetery, and part astronomical observatory,” says a blog at the Ohio History Connection. “The entire Newark Earthworks originally encompassed more than four square miles. Over the years, the growth of the city of Newark destroyed many of the Newark Earthworks, but three major segments survived because of the efforts of interested local citizens.”

  

“The Hopewell Culture flourished in Ohio and other parts of the eastern America from 100 BC. It is unknown what they called themselves, but they are named after Mordecai Hopewell, on whose lands the mounds were excavated in the 1800s. They traded with other peoples, made fine artworks and lived in small villages with houses made of posts, wattle and daub walls and thatched roofs. They raised squash, sunflowers, goosefoot and maygrass among other crops. They hunted game, fished and gathered wild plants too. They fashioned tools, knives and projectile points from obsidian and flint and made hooks and awls from bone. They made fine pottery, including bowls and jars, says an article on Archaeology.org. It is unknown why the culture ended around 400 AD.”

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