Every 28 days the Moon rotates around the Earth causing the tides to change, hiding the sun's rays at times, and causing mental and spiritual mood changes within each person.
The Cycles To understand how the lunar clock works we need to know the cycles the moon travels in.
There are five different cycles that the moon goes through each 28 days.
The New Moon happens for one day.
That day falls between the Waning Moon and the Waxing Moon.
The Waning Moon is roughly 14 days in length.
This is when the moon goes from Full Moon to a New Moon.
The Waxing Moon is also roughly 14 days in length and is the period between the New Moon and the Full Moon.
The Full Moon is also for one day.
The three days prior to the Full Moon (part of the Waxing Moon) has a much stronger energy pull as well as the Full Moon day.
These days don't add up to exactly 28 days as sometimes either the Waning Moon or the Waxing Moon take a bit shorter time frames to cycle through.
The Phases Within each of these cycles of Waxing, New, Waning, and Full there are phases that each of these cycles go through.
A New Moon can not actually be seen in the sky no matter how late you go outside to look for it.
This is sometimes referred to as the Dark Moon.
As the moon shifts into the Waxing Moon cycle you will begin to see a sliver appear until it grows into The Full Moon.
When the Waxing Moon begins its cycle it is sometimes referred to as the Crescent Moon.
One way to tell the difference between a Waxing and Waning Moon is which side the dark side appears on.
When the Moon is Waxing the dark side will be to your left and the Waxing Moonlight will shine to the right.
A Waxing Moon will be seen in the sky for only short period as the sunsets.
When the Moon has grown to a perfect circular disk it is known as the Full Moon.
It will rise almost precisely as the sun is setting and will slip from view almost at the same time as the sun rises.
It is the easiest of all Moon cycles to pick out.
A Waning Moon is when the Full Moon decreases in size back down to a New Moon.
For about three days prior and three days after, the Moon will still appear to be full.
However, if you are observant you will be able to see the slight changes as they happen each evening.
The Moon will begin to disappear on the right side and be bright on the left.
The complete opposite of the Waxing Moon.
Telling the difference in the sky An easy way to remember the cycles is when the Moon is getting fatter it is Waxing and when it is shrinking it is a Waning Moon.
Why is this important to know?Each phase of the moon has a different gravitational pull and just as those different energy forces affect the tides so do they affect you.
In our next visit we will discuss each phase and how it directly affects us spiritual, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Until then, bright blessings.