Moon Phases, January 2009
First Quarter - January 4, 11:56
Full Moon - January 11, 03:27
Last Quarter - January 18, 02:46
New Moon - January 26, 07:55
Moon Phases, February 2009
First Quarter - February 2, 23:13
Full Moon - February 9, 14:49
Last Quarter - February 16, 21:37
New Moon - February 25, 01:35
Moon Phases, March 2009
First Quarter - March 4, 07:46
Full Moon - March 11, 02:38
Last Quarter - March 18, 17:47
New Moon - March 26, 16:06
Moon Phases, April 2009
First Quarter - April 2, 14:34
Full Moon - April 9, 14:56
Last Quarter - April 17, 13:36
New Moon - April 25, 03:23
Moon Phases, May 2009
First Quarter - May 1, 20:44
Full Moon - May 9, 04:01
Last Quarter - May 17, 07:26
New Moon - May 24, 12:11
First Quarter - May 31, 03:22
Moon Phases, June 2009
Full Moon - June 7, 18:12
Last Quarter - June 15, 22:15
New Moon - June 22, 19:35
First Quarter - June 29, 11:28
Moon Phases, July 2009
Full Moon - July 7, 09:21
Last Quarter - July 15, 09:53
New Moon - July 22, 02:35
First Quarter - July 28, 22:00
Moon Phases, August 2009
Full Moon - August 6, 00:55
Last Quarter - August 13, 18:55
New Moon - August 20, 10:02
First Quarter - August 27, 11:42
Moon Phases, September 2009
Full Moon - September 4, 16:03
Last Quarter - September 12, 02:16
New Moon - September 18, 18:44
First Quarter - September 26, 04:50
Moon Phases, October 2009
Full Moon - October 4, 06:10
Last Quarter - October 11, 08:56
New Moon - October 18, 05:33
First Quarter - October 26, 00:42
Moon Phases, November 2009
Full Moon - November 2, 19:14
Last Quarter - November 9, 15:56
New Moon - November 16, 19:14
First Quarter - November 24, 21:39
Moon Phases, December 2009
Full Moon - December 2, 07:30
Last Quarter - December 9, 00:13
New Moon - December 16, 12:02
First Quarter - December 24, 17:36
Full Moon - December 31, 19:13 (blue moon)
It is believed to be linked to the unconscious and our feminine side.
The sacredness of the moon has been connected with the basic cyclic rhythms of life. The changing phases of the moon were linked to the death and rebirth seen in crops and the seasons, and also to the female monthly cycle that controls human fertility. The moon calendar is still important and many festivals exist around the lunar phases.
The moon rises around sunset when it's a full Moon, and sunrise when it's a new moon.
The next blue moon will be in June 2007. There will be two blue moons in 2018.
The new moon is also sometimes called the dark moon - at this phase there is no illumination on the earth's side.
The Celtic year was once divided into 13 months - one for each moon occuring during the year.
Plants gain energy for growth from the sun, but they are also affected by the moon's changing phases. The moon controls tides, influences the groundwater tables beneath the earth and affects the movement of fluids within plants.
New moon - farmers and gardeners should prepare to sow seeds now. During the first quarter of the waxing moon phase the moisture level in the soil is at it's highest, so this is when you should plant seeds, repot plants, sow lawns. This brings rapid germination and growth.
Full moon - farmers should transplant now, when the lunar flowering force is strong. The moisture content becomes low during the waning moon phase and less sap is rising in the trees and shrubs, so it's a good time to do your pruning and attack weeds.
According to lunar planting folklore root plants should go into the ground during a waning moon. It is also the best time to turn over soil.
A popular moon goddess was Selene ( or Luna), sister to Helios - the sun god. Greek mythology called Artemis a virgin goddess of the moon. She rides her silver chariot across the sky and shoots her arrows of silver moonlight to the earth below.
In ancient Egypt the sickle-shaped new moon signified the goddess Isis, the Egyptian goddess of rebirth, and crescent shaped jewellery was believed to protect infants.
Monday - the name derives from the Latin 'dies lunae' meaning - moon's day.
The importance of the moon phases continues to be recognised :
Ashangta Yoga - Full and new moon days are observed as yoga holidays, as the energy force created by the moon and sun being in opposition and conjunction affects emotions and energy, and respecting these phases is believed to honour nature's rythms.
Buddhism esp.Theravada - monthly worship is regulated by the Moon - four times a month, on the new moon, the full moon, and the days in the middle.
Chinese Moon Festival - last one was 28th Sept 2004 - the Mid-Autumn Full Moon is celebrated. It is a time for family reunions and exchanging of delicious Moon cakes - a type of cookie with different fillings like: sesame, walnut, lotus seed, bean paste, eggs or ham.
Passover - the Jewish Passover is celebrated at the full moon and over the next eight days. This commemorates the flight and freedom of the Israelites from Egypt and slavery - the angel of death 'passed over' them offering protection.
The period of a waning moon leading up to a new moon is the best time for detoxifying the body - release all your toxins and refresh.
This is the optimum time to exfoliate, use cleansing face packs, sea-salt baths, seaweed wraps, have facials and sweat it out in the sauna.
The phase when the moon is waxing up to a full moon is the time to replenish, regenerate and repair your skin with moisturisers and essential oil massages. Give your hair a deep conditioning treatment too, as it's believed that the skin and hair are more absorbent at this time.
This is the birthstone for June, and was believed by the Romans to hold captured beams of moonlight.
In India it is considered a sacred gemstone, a symbol of the Third Eye that brings good fortune and helps promote spiritual enlightenment.
This form of feldspar has a beautiful pearly lustre, reminiscent of moonlight. Its irridescent effect - 'schiller' - comes in many colours from translucent, pink, yellow, green, rainbow, gold and silver.
Sometimes moonstones are carved to show a man-in-the-moon face. Moonstone's energies are soothing, nurturing and feminine in nature. They can help bring calm, balancing yin/yang emotions and help us to become sensitive and loving.