)O( Represents the Goddess & the Soul (origins in the Goddess)
)O( Emotions and inner self
)O( Psychic and spiritual energies associated with Higher Self
)O( Psychic & magical abilities strongest at full moon, inward at new moon
)O( Sea (80% of earth) and gravity affected by the moon
)O( 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
( Maiden Goddess
( New beginnings & growth
( Work for things we want to start, develop, cultivate, learn, focus on goals etc
C Build up to full moon
C Bringing things towards us as power of moon grow
C Time for external growth & development
O Light of moon at height in middle of its cycle
O Mother Goddess
O Over 3 day period (one day on either side of the calendar date)
O Energy of moon at strongest
O Work for those things we most wish to manifest
) Decrease from full to dark
) Crone Goddess
) 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.