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THE LUNAR CYCLE

 

The lunar cycle is the time from one New Moon to the next.  This cycle is divided into phases, by several methods.  It is divided into 2, 4, or 8 equal parts.

Waning and Waxing

The simplest division of the cycle is the waning and waxing phases.  

Waxing Moon is 0º to 180º, from New Moon through Full Moon.  The Waxing Phase is time for beginnings and growth.

Waning Moon is from 180º to 0º, from Full Moon through New Moon.  This is the time of endings and decreasing.

Quarters

The Lunar Cycle is further divided into quarters, with the Waxing and waning phases divided in half.  

New Moon is from 0º to 90º, the first half of the Waxing Moon - it begins with New Moon.  The New Moon quarter  is a time of action and new starts.

First Quarter is from 90º to 180º, the second half of Waxing Moon.  Second Quarter moon is a time of structure and growth.

Full Moon is from 180º to 270º, the first half of Waning Moon - It begins with Full Moon.  The Full Moon Quarter is a time of conclusions, decreasing, and gathering or sharing information.

Last Quarter is from 270º to 0º, the last half of  Waning Moon.  Last Quarter moon is a time of endings, processing knowledge, and quiet preparation for the next phase.

Phases

From there the Lunar cycle is further divided into 8 phases, with each quarter divided in half.  The quarters listed above take their names from the full 8 phases.  The first phase (first half) of each quarter has the same name as the quarter.  

The New Moon Phase is from 0º to 45º, is the first half of the New Moon Quarter - it begins with New Moon.  The New Moon Phase is a time of excitement, new ideas and beginnings, forming goals, and self-discovery.

The Crescent Moon Phase is from 45º to 90º, is the second half of the New Moon Quarter.  It is often called Waxing Crescent, especially in astronomy. The Crescent Phase is a time of activity, developing resources, and forward momentum.

The First Quarter Phase from 90º to 135º, is the first half of the First Quarter.  The First Quarter Phase is a time of individuality, planning, structuring, and manifestation.

The Gibbous Moon Phase from 135º to 180º, is the second half of the First Quarter - it is the last few days before Full Moon. It is often called Waxing Gibbous, especially in astronomy.  The Gibbous Phase is a time of analysis, perfecting, refining and achieving.

The Full Moon Phase from 180º to 225º, is the first half of the Full Moon Quarter - it begins with Full Moon.  The Full Moon Phase is a time of awareness, objectivity, and endings.

The Disseminating Moon Phase, from 225º to 270º, is the second half of the Full Moon Quarter.  It is often called Waning Gibbous, especially in astronomy.  The Disseminating Phase is a time of  communication,  openness, and sharing resources.

The Last Quarter Phase from 270º to 315º, is the first half of the Last Quarter.  The Last Quarter Phase is a time of transformation, acceptance, and learning.

The Balsamic Moon Phase from 315º to 0º, is the second half of the Last Quarter - it is the last few days before Full Moon.  It is often called Waning Gibbous, especially in astronomy.  The Balsamic Phase is a time of quiet, withdrawal, and incubation of ideas for the next cycle.