The Moon

Lunar Facts

The Universe today has an excellent collection of scientific data on the moon, including size, mass, orbit, structure, and composition.

Did you know the Moon can be seen during the day for at least 75% of the monthly cycle? Because of its proximity to the Sun, the Moon can’t be seen at all from the day before the New Moon until the day after. At the New Moon, the Sun and the Moon rise together in the east. Each day the Moon rises approximately 50 minutes later than the day before. Therefore becoming faintly visible in the eastern quadrant of the sky the during the late morning to early afternoon hours from the First Quarter phase, growing shorter each day until just before sunset around the Full phase. From the Full phase until the end of the Last Quarter phase La Luna can be seen in the daytime in the western quadrant of the sky longer each day from sunrise to noon.

” The Moon’s gravitational influence produces the ocean tides, body tides, and the slight lengthening of the day. The Moon’s current orbital distance is about thirty times the diameter of Earth, causing it to have an apparent size in the sky almost the same as that of the Sun. This allows the Moon to cover the Sun nearly precisely in total solar eclipse. This matching of apparent visual size is a coincidence. The Moon’s linear distance from Earth is currently increasing at a rate of 3.82 ± 0.07 centimeters (1.504 ± 0.028 in) per year, but this rate is not constant.” ~ Wikipedia

Lunar Cycles & the 8 Phases

The lunar cycle is a 29.6-day cycle.

Lunar rhythms affect us all. These regularly repeated cycles describe the process of manifestation. They can be applied to business endeavors, creative projects, and personal growth with amazing results.

Each new cycle offers the opportunity to know yourself a little better; to enhance your productivity, to become aware of our response patterns, to practice our spirituality and to live your life more fully.

Working with the eight phases as stages in a cycle encourages us to view life as a process by emphasizing continuity and evolution. The balance of spiritual values and material realities inherent in this approach grounds and supports creativity, bringing it to life.

Lunar Eclipses

An eclipse of the Moon can only take place at a Full Moon, and only if the Moon passes through some portion of the Earth’s shadow. The closer the Moon is to the center of the shadow, the more total the eclipse. A lunar eclipse is visible wherever the Moon is above the horizon.

If the Earth had no atmosphere, then the Moon would be completely black during a total eclipse. Instead, the Moon can take on a range of colors from dark brown and red to bright orange and yellow. The exact appearance depends on how much dust and clouds are present in Earth’s atmosphere.

Super Moons

Our personal experience of the Super Moons or Crisis Moons, as they are also called, is observational. We’ve noted an increase in weather events around the time of the Moon’s perigee and apogee and some of our clients, but not all, appear to experience heightened emotional reactions during these periods. has an article on the science behind them, along with the dates for them this year.
Lynn Koiner offers a thorough discussion of them Scroll down the page past the info on the 2014 retrogrades.
Richard Nolle, who was the one to coin the phrase “Super Moon” almost 30 years ago has additional information on his website.

More About the Moon

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How The Moon Rules Your Life

Gardening by the Moon: Tradition Vs Science

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Plant Releases Pollen During Full Moon

How the Full Moon Makes Animals Go Wild

How Lunar Cycles Affect Life On Earth

Astrology Books on the Moon