The Moon governs the time between Sunset and Sunrise. The word lunar comes from the feminine Latin Luna. As in the lunar cycle of full, crescent, and new moons.
In the Southern Hemisphere our Moons look to be in different phases to that of the other side of the world. During our waxing moon, the countries opposite will be in their waxing moon period but there moon symbol will differ. Our Full Moon will still be their Full Moon. So that means the Goddess symbol we usually think of will differ for us here in New Zealand. To make it even easier, go outside when the Moon is in her various phases and take note of how she looks.
SYMBOLS OF THE MOON
Moonstone, water, chalices, bowls, childbirth, Maiden, Mother, Crone, round vessels, Mother Goddess and Triple symbols, cauldrons, the womb, crescents, circles, mirrors, silver, circles, nocturnal animals, dragons, wolves, horns, eye, horseshoes, scythe, shells, sows, breasts, water well, wolves, woman. Numbers – 1, 3 and 9.
The New Moon is between the Sun and the Earth, the Moon is 0-45 degrees ahead of the Sun. Not visible for the first two days, she rises and sets with the Sun. Sun/Moon energy brings concentrated power. Sow the seeds of intention, ideal Moon phase for conception on all levels, cleansing rituals.
The Moon is 45-90 degrees ahead of the Sun. When the fingernail of the Crescent Moon appears, the first tender shoots of intention emerge. Set things in motion. Energy is rising, now is time for action.
FIRST QUARTER MOON
Rising at Noon and setting at Midnight, the Moon is 90-135 degrees ahead of the Sun. Light and dark are in equal balance. Consolidate and give form to projects. Be creative and deal with any challenges that may arise.
The Moon is 135-180 degrees ahead of the Sun. Light increasingly dominates as Full Moon approaches. This is the best time for assertive perseverance. Evaluate and analyze progress.
The Earth is between the Sun and Moon. The Moon, rising at sunset and setting at dawn, is 180-135 degrees behind the Sun. At Full Moon celebrate the complete flowering and full manifestation of what was visualized at the New Moon. Esbat celebrations.
The Moon rises at mid-evening, sets at mid-morning and is 135-90 degrees behind the Sun. We harvest the results of our endeavors.
LAST QUARTER MOON
Rising at midnight and setting at noon, this Moon is 90-45 degrees behind the Sun. Time to clear out anything that hasn’t worked or isn’t needed.
The old Moon, Hecate, 45-0 degrees behind the Sun, rises at 3am, then later each day until she disappears into the Eastern dawn, just before the New Moon. This phase is ideal for distilling past wisdom into new ideas for the future. Rest and regeneration.
THE BLUE MOON
This is a magickal time, and one that should be celebrated. ‘Once in a Blue Moon,’ this is when there are two Full moons in any given month. The second Full Moon being known as a ‘Blue Moon.’ Another way a Blue Moon is explained according to the old Farmers is: Each season had three Full Moons, now if a season had four full Moons, then the third moon was known as a Blue Moon. On very rare occasions due to atmospheric disturbances the Moon actually appears blue.
APOGEE AND PERIGEE
Because the Moons orbit is elliptical, its distance from the Earth varies over the monthly cycle. At Apogee the Moon is futherest from the Earth, Perigee is when it is closest. Variation in brightness and gravitational pull are considerable, especially when Apogee or Perigee coincides with a Full or New Moon. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, storms and other extreme weather conditions can be triggered during these times. Make sure you take these Moons into consideration when doing any rituals or spellwork.
VOID OF COURSE MOON
This begins after the Moon makes her last aspect to another planet before changing signs. Not a good time for magick or making decisions. Use this as a time for contemplation and study.
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