The moon and its monthly rotation around the earth is a major focus for our sisterhood. Here is a bit of information about the moon and her phases.
The moon is about one-quarter the size of Earth, which is very large for a satellite. It has about one-sixth the atmosphere. Without atmosphere, the sky is always black when viewed from the moon. There is no wind, so footprints of the astronauts will remain there virtually forever. The moon has a daytime that lasts 14 of our Earth days with a high of 212°F. Its nighttime is the same length, with lows of -240°F.
The moon completes a spin on its axis every 27.33 days and takes the same period of time to orbit the Earth. Therefore we always see the same face of the moon. Its familiar side is covered with dark patches called maria surrounded by higher, lighter areas. The maria are believed to be the result of gigantic meteorites slamming into the moon’s surface. The unseen side of the moon is strangely devoid of any large maria.
The moon is only 239,000 miles from Earth while the sun is 92,956,000 miles away. The moon’s closer distance more than makes up for its smaller mass, since the moon’s gravitational force upon the Earth is 2.5 times that of the sun. This force is felt by Earth’s oceans, atmosphere, and even the mass of Earth itself, which bulges 3-6 inches when the moon rolls past.
We look to the triple goddess when planning rituals, planting our gardens, cleansing our tools, and following our menstrual cycles. It has been the center of many religions throughout the ages. The triple goddess is described as the three female deities the Maiden, Mother, and Crone. Here is a quick overview of the moon phases and their associated goddess:
At the new moon phase, the moon is in alignment directly between Earth and the sun and is hidden from view. The new moon is the only time an eclipse of the sun can be seen, as it is the dark moon we see in front of the sun.
The new moon rises and sets with the sun. They are in the same sign of the zodiac, with lunar emotions and solar desire often working together. Their gravitational forces are combined in their pull on Earth. The new moon is generally a good time to begin new projects or to initiate change. Transitions may seem to be accepted more calmly. This is a dark, fledgling time to plan and rest.
Waxing Moon (The Maiden)
The moon then slowly moves out of the alignment with the sun. Illuminated on the right side, it rises and sets increasingly later than the sun, waxing in size to the point of the first quarter. The first quarter can be seen in the south at sunset and sets at about midnight. At both quarter positions, the gravitational forces of the moon and sun tend to counteract each other to the greatest extent. The moon continues as waxing gibbous, rising in the afternoon and setting after midnight. During the waxing moon, any efforts to build up and strengthen the body are multiplied. Elements, both good and bad, are absorbed more readily. It is a time for action and growth.
Full Moon (The Mother)
The full moon is again in straight alignment with Earth and the sun, but this time Earth is in the middle. The sun and moon occupy opposing signs. Desires and emotions may seem to conflict. We see the entire face of the moon illuminated, and we see one set while the other rises. An eclipse of the moon can only occur at full phase, when the moon moves into Earth’s shadow.
The full moon is the time of the highest emotion, energy, and sensitivity. You may notice a heightened awareness of personal relationships. The body is at its peak for absorbing substances. Many believe it is the optimum time to gather herbs and fruit. Peak growth and birth are attained, and if it hasn’t actualized at this time, you may feel increased frustration and high anxiety. Try to enjoy your achievements and not focus on what is yet unfinished.
Waning Moon (The Crone)
The moon then moves out of alignment, losing light from its right side. This is called waning gibbous. The moon rises early in the evening and sets after sunrise. At the last quarter, there is again a period of reduced tides and the moon rises at midnight and sets at about noon. It wanes, rising and setting increasingly later, past the quarter until we see the waning crescent rising early in the morning (a sliver just before sunrise).
The waning moon is the time for finishing and releasing, and it is a good time for cleaning out the home, body, and mind. Nagging chores may seem easier. Many believe that detoxification and dieting efforts are multiplied in this time of reduction. You may feel drawn to introspection, especially during the few dark days before the new moon.
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