Represents the Goddess & the Soul (origins in the Goddess)
Emotions and inner self
Psychic and spiritual energies associated with Higher Self
Psychic & magical abilities strongest at full moon, inward at new moon
Sea (80% of earth) and gravity affected by the moon
Women’s cycles often attune to the moon (menstrual blood considered powerful & magical)
The original meaning of the new moon was considered the first night the first sliver of the moon could be seen again. The astrological new moon (i.e. the point in time when the moon is completely invisible to earth i.e. at the moment of conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Sun) is referred to as the Dark moon.
The Dark moon itself is a time for divination and personal working, a quiet time, a time for holding power
First night new sliver of moon visible, begins waxing phase
New beginnings & growth
Work for things we want to start, develop, cultivate, learn, focus on goals etc
Build up to full moon
Bringing things towards us as power of moon grows
Time for external growth & development
Light of moon at height in middle of its cycle
Over 3 day period (one day on either side of the calendar date)
Energy of moon at strongest
Work for those things we most wish to manifest
Decrease from full to dark
Work for things we want to release, cleanse, let go of, endings
Time for internal growth & integration
Most years have 12 moon cycles which occur more or less monthly. Each solar calendar year has roughly 11 days more than a lunar year of 12 lunar cycles. The extra days accumulate, so every 2 or 3 years there is an extra full moon in a calendar year. A current misconception states a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month – this is an interpretation error from 1949 which became the common definition and is still in popular use today, despite the error being discovered in 1999. The error occurred in a publication of Sky & Telescope, and was subsequently picked up by other media.
Folklore differs, generally each full moon over a 12 month period had a name, so when there was an extra moon, it was called the Blue moon to maintain the correct times for the other moons over that 12 month cycle.
Every season usually has 3 full moons. In the Farmer’s Almanac (annual periodical in publication since 1818), any season that had an extra moon, the third full moon of that season out of the 4 full moons was called a Blue moon .
The Hindu, Thai, Hebrew, Islamic, Tibetan, Mayan, Pagan, Germanic, Celtic and traditional Chinese calendars are all based on the phases of the moon. In the Buddhist tradition the full moon days are sacred and called Poya in Sinhala, the dominant language of the Buddhist majority in Sri Lanka.