Current phase of Luna is:
Moon is the closest celestial body to our planet.
In technical terms, Luna (the name of
moon) is a natural satellite in orbit around Earth.
Its orbital period, the time it takes to
one obit around the Earth is about 28.5 days long.
This is almost identical to a biological
of Lunar Magick, the female menstrual cycle.
the most obvious object in the sky, there is an over
abundance of lunar lore. Everything
Lycanthropy to Lunacy has been attributed to the moon. Even the words lunacy and lunatic
derived from the moon’s name, Luna.
Moon affects us all.
We are mostly water, and just like the
of the ocean, the Moon
causes tides within us too. Most
tend not to notice these slight changes, but if you are observant, and
with yourself, you will notice that you feel better during certain
parts of the
month, and more stressed or even depressed during others.
you talk to someone who is a first responder, they are
likely to tell you that things get crazy on the full moon. While there is little
scientific evidence to
back this up, it does seem to be a truism.
Why this seems to happen, is less
than the fact that it
is why a Lunar Calendar is one of the most important
tools for a Witch. Only
by knowing the
current phase of the moon, and whether the moon is Void of Course, can
perform effective magick.
the planets go through phases. This
is because each circles the sun, and
based on our vantage point here on Earth, we can see more or less of
side of each planet, based on their relative positions to us. Even the outer planets
have phases, though
they are too far away to see clearly, even with a telescope.
equate four major phases to the moon, Dark or New Moon,
First Quarter, Full Moon, and Last Quarter.
It takes about seven days to go from one
phase to the next. One
full cycle takes about 28.5 days, or one
month, or one moon. There
are a total of
13 moons during our solar year (365 days).
Pope Gregory decided to have only 12 months in a
year, and set the calendar to a Solar calendar, we sometimes end up
with two full moons in a single month.
The second full moon in
one month is called
the Blue Moon. This
gave rise to the
saying, “Once in a Blue Moon” because it only happens once or maybe
can divide the moon cycle in half.
From the New moon to the Full Moon we
the Waxing Moon. From
Full Moon to Dark
Moon we call the Waning Moon. This
extremely important distinction for working lunar magick.
will sometimes refer to the three days of a Full or
Dark Moon. Really,
the days before and
after the actual Full Moon, are called Gibbous, and the moon is Waxing
Waning. It is only
on the night of the
actual Full Moon, that it is at its height of power.
The same is true of the day of the
powerful aspect of the
moon’s phases are Eclipses. You
have a Solar Eclipse at the New Moon, and a Lunar Eclipse at the Full
Moon. Of course
eclipses don’t happen
each month, they are rare. Each
events takes place at the exact moment of the New or Full Moon. It is because of the exact
timing of these
events, and their infrequency, that they are so powerful.
Void of Course
the Moon is Void of
Course when it leaves its last major conjunction with any other planets
sign, and remains Void of Course until it enters the next sign. Because of its monthly
orbital period, Void
of Course (VOC) happens twelve times a month.
the moon orbits the
earth once a month. Because
constellations we recognize as the astrological signs surround our
in a complete circle, it appears from the earth, that the moon (as well
the other planets) move across them. One
full orbit around the earth, and thus through each of the astrological
takes the moon one month.
takes an entire set of
calculations, called an ephemeris, to determine when the last major
with any other planet will end. It’s
much easier to figure out when the moon will enter a new sign, since
constellations are stationary, and the moon moves at a stable pace in
it were just a matter of the
moon leaving one sign, and entering another, the calculation would be
easy. Roughly every
2.33 days (28 days
divided by 12 signs) the moon moves from one sign to the next. It’s figuring out where
all the other planets
are, within the same sign as the moon, and if they form any
makes VOC tricky.