New Moon Calendar

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    where can I find a free online moon calendar?
    Where can I get(not buy) a free online moon calendar where it would have a diagram of the moon phase and said the name of that phase.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.moonphases.info/moon_phases.html#Moon_Phases

  2. QUESTION:
    Why both Muslims and Jewish use moon calendar for religest festivals?
    Hi,
    Im a muslim who collect information about the muslim-jewish religions practicing similarity iv been surprised when i know that not only muslims use moon calendar for religest festivals.. Jewish also do that .. this is my 4th Question about our similarity and hope get better answers every time.

    • ANSWER:
      In ancient times, the months were determined by observation. It wasn't until the 4th century, that a fixed Hebrew calendar was created.

      However, in Genesis we can find that it states: "It was evening and it was morning, one day" a number of times. Thus we find the basis for the Hebrew calendar being lunar, and the reason that holidays start at sunset.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does the new moon calendar's month end at different times depending on where you live like the sun?
    The earth rotates around the sun and that's why we have different time zones because the sun is in different positions depending on where you live. Is it the same case for the moon, does the new month of the moon calendar end the same for a person living in NY as it would for someone in Beijing?
    I don't mean seasons, I mean actual progress of the aging of the moon, same way the new year isn't for the whole world at the same time but rather progresses through the time zones. I just want to clarify if its the same case with the moon or not.

    • ANSWER:
      According to the astronomical definition of new moon, it happens at a particular instant of time, usually tabulated to the nearest minute such as here: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/aa_moonphases.pl?year=2012&ZZZ=END
      The time is expressed, by convention, as for the meridian of Greenwich (UTC), so you can apply the usual time correction to convert to other zones.

  4. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy a new moon calendar 2010?
    i would like to get a new moon calendar but I'm not really sure where to buy it at a good price too does anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      Borders
      http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=1933000538

      You can also check amazon.com

  5. QUESTION:
    I am reading a text based on Hinduism and it talks about the eighth day of the waxing moon. Can?
    someone explain to me how, based on the Hindu moon calendar, I could figure out when the eighth day of the waxing moon is each month? I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      The Hindu calendar divides each lunar month in two parts, each consisting of 15 "lunar days."
      The parts are called sometimes Dark Fortnight (1-15 days after a Full Moon) and Light Forthnight (1-15 days after a New Moon), and sometimes Waning Moon and Waxing Moon.

      So the first day of the waxing Moon is New Moon and the eight day of the waxing moon is what we would call First Quarter.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best time of the month to see the stars?
    I don't know much about astronomy; but I do know that moon affects the amount sight of the light coming from the stars. I would like to know which time (moon calendar wise if possible) is the best time to observe the stars.

    • ANSWER:
      observing stars??? anytime... as long as its not cloudy... best time to see shooting stars is october through novermber.... Leonid Meteor Shower peaked on November 17 of 2009 this is because the astrological sign leo is most visible in the northern hemishphere during these months... and the meteor shower seems to generate from this constilation actually just check out this web site...
      http://stardate.org/nightsky/meteors/

      its really cool just sitting out and watching the leonid meteor shower... its amazing how many youll see on a clear night... any where between 70-100 easily visible..trust me its worth the wait, for those shooting stars.

  7. QUESTION:
    when will the moon be crescent in august 2011?
    i looked online but i don't understand their moon calendars. i need to know when will there be a crescent moon in august. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      On August 3, there will be a thin crescent after sunset. On August 4, there is a fuller crescent.

  8. QUESTION:
    How to calculate the lighted surface area based on different Moon Phase?
    I would like to determine the lighted surface area based on different Moon Phase.
    New Moon (0 degree): 0%
    Full Moon (180 degree): 100%
    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to determine the surface area at 90 and 120 degrees on Moon phase? it will be nice to get a formula to determine the surface area at different degree.
    Thanks in advance for any suggestions

    http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases_calendar.phtml

    • ANSWER:
      Well, in one sense, approximately half the moon is lit at any given time. That's probably not what you wanted, is it?

      That does help, though, since it reminds that the boundary between dark and light goes all the way around the moon and is approximately a circle with the same diameter of the moon. Viewed on edge, this looks like an ellipse. The apparent lit area is then either half a circle plus half an ellipse, or half a circle minus half an ellipse, where the area of the circle is taken to be 1 (or 100%).

      As a foreshortened circle, with the major axis equal to the diameter of the circle, and the minor axis is 2x, the apparent area of the ellipse is 2x. Sketch this! I've got the moon as a circle, the full dawn/dusk line as an ellipse touching the circle approximately at the "north and south poles" and a vertical centerline between the two touch points, and an "equator" perpendicularly across the middle. x is the distance from the center of the circle to the nearest point along the "equator" to the ellipse, either way. I measure x as +1/2 when the moon is full and -1/2 when the moon is new and all dark. That works well with the final formula.

      That x doesn't move at constant speed, though. If you measure t as the angle of rotation of the moon, starting with 0 for a full moon, 360 degrees total from full moon to the next full moon, then x is half the cosine of t.

      x = (cos t)/2.

      This goes from 1/2 to 0 as t goes from 0 to 90, 0 to -1/2 as x goes from 90 to 180, and then symmetrically back to 0 and then +1/2 as x goes from 180 to 270 to 360. The sign of this version of x takes care of adding or subtracting areas in the following.

      The area is 1/2 (the area of a semicircle) + (2x)/2 (the area of half an ellipse). which is:

      A = 1/2 + x = 1/2 + (cos t)/2 = (1 + cos t)/2

      If you measure the angle t from some other point, change t to (t - t0), where t is the full moon angle in whatever origin you're using. It still needs to have 360 degrees as exactly one lunar cycle.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is a good online moon calendar?
    I need a lunar calendar online that shows the dates for past and present.It also has to say the meaning, or horoscope, or fortune for each of those dates.If it can explain some things that should be taken advantage of or somethings that should be avoided for certain dates, that would be a plus.

    • ANSWER:
      This link may help you
      http://www.lunarium.co.uk/calendar/universal.jsp

  10. QUESTION:
    Why tides are produced according to moon's calendar every month in 14th?
    As mentioned above,could you guys please tell me that why tides are produced every month in the date 14th according to moon's calendar?

    • ANSWER:
      Well!!!!!!!!

      Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun, and the rotation of the Earth. The tides occur with a period of approximately 12 and a half hours and are influenced by the shape of the near-shore bottom

      Thus, tides are always present..

      The difference is because of the distance between moon and the Earth

      The semidiurnal tidal range (the difference in height between high and low waters over about a half day) varies in a two-week cycle. Around new and full moon when the Sun, Moon and Earth form a line (a condition known as syzygy[8] ), the tidal force due to the Sun reinforces that due to the Moon. The tide's range is then at its maximum: this is called the spring tide, or just springs. It is not named after the season but, like that word, derives from an earlier meaning of "jump, burst forth, rise" as in a natural spring. When the Moon is at first quarter or third quarter, the Sun and Moon are separated by 90° when viewed from the Earth, and the solar gravitational force partially cancels the Moon's. At these points in the lunar cycle, the tide's range is at its minimum: this is called the neap tide, or neaps (a word of uncertain origin). Spring tides result in high waters that are higher than average, low waters that are lower than average, slack water time that is shorter than average and stronger tidal currents than average. Neaps result in less extreme tidal conditions. There is about a seven day interval between springs and neaps.

      The changing distance separating the Moon and Earth also affects tide heights. When the Moon is at perigee the range increases, and when it is at apogee the range shrinks. Every 7½ lunations (the full cycles from full moon to new to full), perigee coincides with either a new or full moon causing perigean spring tides with the largest tidal range. If a storm happens to be moving onshore at this time, the consequences (property damage, etc.) can be especially severe.

      As you know, the new moon falls in all months near 14th..
      Thats why we have high tides those days!!

  11. QUESTION:
    What website will tell me the 2010 void of course moon calendar from Jan to Dec applicable in the Philippines?
    The start of the void of course moon, exact date and time it starts and exact date and time it ended for a particular date.

    • ANSWER:
      www.astroprofile.com/2010moonvoid.htm

      You will have to figure out how to adjust the time to your time zone

  12. QUESTION:
    What was the calendar used in the old testament,to determine days, etc.?
    I'm curious. I dont think the calendar we use for days and weeks is correct. I have read we are to use the moon for a calendar. But what constitutes a new moon. The new moon is supposed to be the first day of the month? Any answers, please.

    • ANSWER:
      The calender used in the Old Testament is similar to the one used by Jews today. It's a mostly lunar calender, but it also keeps in sync with the sun. So months are determined by the cycle of the moon - every new moon is a new month, but the years are calibrated, by the addition of a month to make a leap year, so that the first Biblical month is always in the Spring.

      The new moon is simply when the moon first sliver of the moon reappears after disappearing behind the Earth. The next new moon is Sat, Sept 19. Pictures:http://www.karaite-korner.org/New_Moon_Jerusalem_25May09_a_small.jpg

      Sources:
      There is no verse in the OT that explicitly states that the Months are to be calculated by the cycle of the Moon. However, the Hebrew word for month, "Hodesh," lit means "New," and therefore it has been taken to mean that the months are determined by something that regularly becomes new, ie. the moon.
      There is a verse that implies this - Psalms 104:19 - "He created the moon for Mo'adim [appointed times]." "Mo'adim" is the same term as is used to refer to the Biblical Holidays.

      The verse that states that the calender must also be kept in sync with the sun is Exodus 34:18, which states that Passover must always be in the spring.

      See http://www.karaite-korner.org/new_moon.shtml and http://www.jewfaq.org/calendar.htm for more.

  13. QUESTION:
    Would you rather have a moon calendar or sun calendar ?
    why was the solar chosen when the moon is just as prominent.

    • ANSWER:
      The yearly climate cycle is more predictable with a solar calendar. Trying to plant my corn at the fifth new moon of the year results in sometimes too late, sometimes too early. Planting six weeks after the spring equinox works better.

  14. QUESTION:
    where can i find a weather calendar?
    i have a project due on the 5th and we were supposed to observe the moon every night of december. hardly anyone did it, but i'm copying down stuff from an online moon calendar for my area. that part of it's good, but one thing we had to fill in every night was the weather conditions. so i need to find something that tells me the weather conditions for every month.
    thaaaanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Click the link below, fill in the location and date information, and click "Submit". It will generate a report from the nearest observation station.

      http://www.wunderground.com/history/

  15. QUESTION:
    where can i find a moon phase calender for 2008 thats not so complicated?
    im looking for a moon phase calender that has these moon phases only instead of something like this-http://www.isla-vieques.com/moon-calendar.php

    Moon phases
    New moon
    Waxing crescent
    first quarter
    waxing gibbous
    full moon
    waning gibbous
    Last quarter
    waning crescent
    ^.^.^.^those are the only ones i need.

    • ANSWER:
      This site has the information in tables and is not too complicated.

      It gives the dates and times of full moon and new moon, first quarter and last quarter. The waxing and waning crescent and gibbous phases are in between those, in the order you listed them.

      Edit: Darn, I'm sorry! I went and forgot to paste the link....
      http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/MoonPhase.php

  16. QUESTION:
    is a sliver of moon as dark as no moon?
    we made plans all last week to go up to the goldendale Wa observatory, but as we were driving, and it started to get dark, we discovered it was almost a full moon!

    We are planning to go back, but the moon phase calendar says there is no moon on sunday, but due to work it is far easier for us to make it on saturday, only 1 day to no moon. My question is will the visibility be as good or almost as good when there is a sliver of moon left? Or is it really best to go out on a no-moon night?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's the deal.

      It's not really important as to how bright a cresent phase is, the more attractive proposition is that a cresent moon will not be in the sky as long during the nighttime hours.

      If the moon phase is waxing cresent, then the moon will set shortly after sunset.

      If the moon phase is waning cresent, then the moon will not rise until late in the evening (actually early in the morning, around 3:00 AM).

      That's why it's better to plan an evening of observing at those phases. Of course, as you found, full moon is the worst time of all.

      Good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    What will happen to the mechanical watch in the future?
    I'm talking about Movements found in Swiss watches, grand complications with moon phases and calendars. IWC and Rolex watches for example. What do you think will happen to it in 20 years from now? Will it become extinct, or will new technology push the limits of its mechanics to a whole new level?

    • ANSWER:
      I foresee these mechanical watches becoming completely
      extinct within 20 years. Ultimately, a timepiece is all about
      accuracy, and nothing is more accurate than an electronic
      timepiece that can be directly updated by a signal from Greenwich,
      or the Bureau of National Standards (which the new watches are).
      The demand for these mechanical watches has been going down
      for decades, which is one of the reasons that the prices for the
      remaining ones have skyrocketed. There are always a few connoisseurs and purists that want the 'real thing'. But as the
      demand decreases, so will the number of companies and
      craftsmen that can even still produce a mechanical timepiece.
      Eventually, it reaches a point where it is not worth producing a
      product on a commercial basis because there is not enough
      demand to justify the production expenses. Plus the craftsmen
      die off and their expertise is not passed on to the next generation.

      We have seen exactly the same thing happen with other mechanical
      devices. For example, the slide rule. The slide rule was a
      standard piece of equipment for every engineer and scientist
      for hundreds of years. But it did take a bit of knowledge and
      ability to use it correctly. Along comes the electronic calculator
      which does everything the slide rule did, but better and faster,
      and within 20 years there is not one manufacturer of slide rules
      left in the world.

  18. QUESTION:
    How to make use of full/half/new moons on the calendar? What purpose does it serve?
    Is there any purpose I can use, like possibly mythical or spiritual, to create a benefit from the moons?
    What kind of stories are associated with the moons?

    • ANSWER:
      Ancient calendars were all based on the phases of the Moon. In most lunar calendars, a month would begin on the day of the New Moon, or on the first day when the Moon was visible as a crescent, right after sunset.

      The Chinese calendar is a lunar calendar with months beginning at New Moon.
      The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar with months beginning at the first sighting of a new Crescent.

      There are so many lunar calendars in use, that more than 50% of the world population is still using lunar calendars (just think about it: most of Asia, which has more than half the world population, is still using lunar calendars).

      New months would be "announced" to the population. In early Rome, these announcements were called "calendae". That is why the "thing" giving us the dates is called a "calendar" (a register of calendae).

      The mention of Moon phases on our "modern" calendar (which is no longer based on the phases of the Moon) is just a tradition that began with the very first "solar" calendars, to make sure that most people would understand the dates on the "new" calendar (the one we now use) in relation to the ones they were used to (the lunar calendar).

      When you see the symbol for the New Moon, you know that the Moon will not be visible. A few days after that, you should begin to see a crescent Moon in the evening sky. At First Quarter (called that way because the Moon has completed a quarter of its orbit around Earth), the Moon will be high in the sky at sunset, and the Moon will set around midnight.

      At Full Moon, the Moon rises as the sun set, and it sets as the sun rises.

      Third Quarter: the Moon rises around midnight and is high in the sky at sunrise.

      ---

      Examples of use:
      In the early Fall, the date of the Full Moon (usually late September or early October) might be important because it tells farmers that there will be enough light for them to continue harvesting even after sunset.
      Once the harvest is in, people wanted to stock up on meat for the winter, so they went hunting. The next Full Moon told the hunters that even if they hunted until late on that day, the Full Moon would provide them enough light to be able to return home with the meat (it always take longer than you think to return home when you are loaded with lots of meat).
      .

  19. QUESTION:
    How accurate is the conversion of the Mayan calendar?
    It is pretty common knowledge that the Mayan calendar is supposedly more accurate than our Gregorian calender. What I am wondering is how accurate is the translation or conversion of the calendar.

    • ANSWER:
      Maya calendar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Overview|Maya concepts of time|Tzolk'in|Haab'The Maya calendar is a system of calendars and almanacs used in the Maya civilization of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and in some modern Maya communities in highland Guatemala and Oaxaca,...
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_calendar - Cached.

      Maya Calendar
      Maya Calendar The Maya developed a sophisticated calendar. The ritual calendar that developed in Mesoamerica used a count of 260 days. This calendar gave each day a name ...
      www.michielb.nl/maya/calendar.html - Cached

      The Mayan Calendar | Calendars
      The Aztec calendar was an adaptation of the Mayan calendar. It ... of 365.242036 days, which is slightly more accurate than the 365.2425 days of the Gregorian calendar.
      www.webexhibits.org/calendars/calendar-mayan.html - Cached

      End of the Earth Postponed | Mayan Calendar, Astronomy & the ...
      The conversion between Mayan and the modern Gregorian calendar may be off by 50 to 100 years.
      www.livescience.com/culture/mayan-apocalypse... - Cached.

      Calendar Converter
      All of the Mayan calendars are based on serial ... four year cycle would be no more accurate than the Julian calendar ... entitled to think, therefore, that conversion ...
      www.fourmilab.ch/documents/calendar - Cached

      Doomsday Postponed: Mayan Calendar May Be Wrong
      According to a new report, the conversion from the Mayan calendar to the Gregorian calendar may ... you draw between debt and GDP is understandable but not accurate. The ...
      www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/doomsday-postponed-mayan... - Cached

      The Mayan Calendar and Conversion Codex
      Mayan Majix - Learn about the Maya , Mayan Calendar ... The Mayan Calendar and Conversion Codex ... it appears to be the most accurate method.
      www.mayanmajix.com/codex_birth_time.html - Cached

      Mayan Dreamspell 13 moon Calendar
      The current Mayan calendar cycle covers the period 3113 ... All its predictions have been accurate. 7. The Mayans ... It is also designed to serve as a conversion calendar from the ...
      www.2012.com.au/mayan.html - Cached

      Mayan Calendar
      Although highly complex, it was the most accurate known to humans until the ... The basic elements of the Mayan calendar had little to do with ...
      mathsforeurope.digibel.be/Calendar.htm - Cached

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  20. QUESTION:
    What is the energy connected to the "Black Moon"?
    My High Priestess/teacher asked her students to find the energy of the "Black Moon" (second new moon in a calendar month). She asked for three different sources as well. I will appreciate any help. Please include your sources. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      A "blue moon" is a full moon that is not timed to the regular monthly pattern. Most years have twelve full moons which occur approximately monthly, but in addition to those twelve full lunar cycles each calendar year contains an excess of roughly eleven days. The extra days accumulate, so that every two or three years (on average about every 2.7154 years) there is an extra full moon. The extra moon is called a "blue moon." Different definitions place the "extra" moon at different times.

      In calculating the dates for Lent and Easter, the Clergy identify the Lent Moon. It is thought that historically when the moon's timing was too early they named an earlier moon as a "betrayer moon" ("belewe" moon), thus the Lent moon came at its expected time.

      Folklore gave each moon a name according to its time of year. A moon which came too early had no folk name - and was called a blue moon - bringing the correct seasonal timings for future moons

      The Farmer's Almanac defined blue moon as an extra full moon that occurred in a season; one season was normally three full moons. If a season had four full moons, then the third full moon was named a blue moon.

      Recent popular usage defined a blue moon as the second full moon in a month, stemming from an interpretation error made in 1946 that was discovered in 1999.

      The term "blue moon" is commonly used metaphorically to describe the rarity of an event, as in the idiomatic expression "once in a blue moon."

  21. QUESTION:
    How long will it take before someone "edits" those Spam Emails from David Axelrod and forwards it?
    A little editing and those emails could be far more of a source of disinformation than information. Perhaps it can confirm the truth of a yearly goat sacrifice to be made on the first full moon of the calendar year to ensure the health gods shine favorably on this country. It's on page 115 of the bill. Read it.

    • ANSWER:
      Good point.

      And how many people would be happy with their friends who forwarded them these emails to begin with? Someone might also attach a virus to them.

      Also, the email is not very specific. If people are looking for answers, they don't want to read a lot of generalities.

  22. QUESTION:
    What countries officially use a different calendar than our Gregorian calendar?
    I think the Gregorian calendar is the most widely accepted "common currency" in our world. Are there countries using other calendars officially, excluding religious time-scale applications of their traditional calendars?

    • ANSWER:
      The HIndu calendar is used in India for all festivals, ceremonies and many public holidays and it is a lunar calendar. It is referred to as the Indian National Civil Calendar.

      There are 12 months of nominal length between 29 and 31 days, depending on the movements of the sun and the moon observed together. The months are:

      1. Chaitra
      2. Vaishākh
      3. Jyaishtha
      4. Āshādha
      5. Shrāvana
      6. Bhaadra or, Bhādrapad
      7. Āshwin
      8. Kārtik
      9. Agrahayana or, Mārgashīrsha
      10. Paush
      11. Māgh
      12. Phālgun

      When a month starts and ends is decided by the gurus, depending on the moon and its phases. It is quite a complicated calculation. That is why any month may be of variable length.

      Major festivals such as Diwali, Ganesh Chaturti and Holi can vary in their start dates by almost a month because they are timed according to the phases of the moon. In that sense, they are similar to Easter in the Christian year.

      The total number of days in the Hindu year falls short of the true seasonal cycle, so extra days and extra months are inserted from time to time to ensure that the solar cycle of about 365.25 days is matched.

      OK?

  23. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between the Aztec and the Mayan calendars?
    I just don't understand. Which one is supposed to predict the end of the world? Why are all this websites saying that it's the Mayan calendar? I thought it was supposed to be the Aztec one? Do the Mayans even have a calendar? Is it the same?
    ... I don't believe this stuff anyway

    • ANSWER:
      Today there are two different calendar systems that are presenting themselves as Mayan alternatives to the Gregorian calendar. One of them is the so-called Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon calendar and the other is the traditional Mayan calendar system, which revolves around the Sacred Calendar that is still in use in certain parts of Guatemala. As we are approaching the Oneness Celebration and the ensuing Return of the Calendar of Quetzalcoatl it is becoming all the more important to discuss the differences between these two calendars. Yet, in some countries the Dreamspell calendar is so dominating that few will even know that it differs in significant and profound ways from the traditional Mayan calendar. This is not the least because Dreamspell teachers will not often bring up the differences, but rather portray the Dreamspell as identical with the Mayan calendar or as a modernized variety of it. On the technical level there are however some very significant differences between the Dreamspell and the traditional Mayan calendar:

      The Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon calendar makes jumps on certain days. One very notable such jump is at the leap day on February 29 every four years (Olympic years such as 2004). The Traditional Sacred Calendar however never makes any jumps and is perfectly regular. It follows the uninterrupted flow of divine creation and assigns a Sacred energy of time to every day. Every day, without exception, has a sign and a number associated with it. The idea that there would be days without an energy in the Sacred Calendar seems very alien to Mayan day-keepers and it is not easy to interpret what this would mean. What , in other words, would make February 29, 2004 so different from all other days that it would not have a spiritual energy? After all, the decision to make this particular day a leap day was not made by the Maya, but by Pope Gregory in 1582. In the Dreamspell calendar his decision has really been given the important role of excluding a certain day, which even affects the understanding that people today have of the Sacred Mayan Calendar.

      The Thirteen Moon calendar similarly makes a jump every year on July 26. This is in contrast to the traditional Mayan way of counting moons, where the durations of months alternate between 29 and 30 days. These were followed without interruption and the Traditional Mayan Moon calendar was a reflection of the phases of the moon. The traditional Mayan way of counting months is synchronized with the natural female cycles of menstruation, ovulation and gestation, while this is not true for either the Dreamspell calendar or the Gregorian calendar. While modern doctors often claim that the female cycle is 28 days, there is extensive evidence, both mythological and modern statistical, to show that the female cycle is indeed linked to the cycle of the full moon of 29.5 days. Presumably, medicine has throughout the patriarchal era sought to deny this magical link between the female and the full moon and so a fictitious cycle of 28 days has been invented. Neither the Gregorian calendar with its alternating numbers of days in the month, 28, 30 or 31, nor the Thirteen Moon calendar is synchronized with the female cycles and both of them seems to deny the link between the female and the full moon.

      The traditional Sacred Calendar of the Maya (tzolkin) that is still in use in certain parts of Guatemala is directly linked to the long-term prophetic thirteen baktun calendar called the Long Count. Thus, on a micro scale the traditional tzolkin reproduces the energies of time of the Long Count. The Dreamspell tzolkin count, on the other hand, which makes an interruption every four years could not have any such direct relationship to the prophetic Long Count. Since it makes jumps on the leap day it will reflect a certain flow of creation for four years only, and after a leap day it will reflect a new flow. The traditional tzolkin instead reflects one and the same ongoing creation process without interruption.

      The prophetic calendars of the Maya are based on non-physical cycles. They are non-astronomical cycles based on the inherent creative energies of time itself. The Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon calendar is instead built around the particular astronomical cycle of our planet around the sun of 365.25 (at the current time 365.2422) days. The traditional Mayan calendar system is valid for the whole universe and goes back to the so-called Big Bang about 15 billion years ago when the universe was born and no solar systems with their particular cycles even existed. This is according to modern physicists and the Mayan calendar alike. Since the Traditional Mayan calendar is not limited to our own planet or solar system it is not subordinated to its particular astronomical cycles, such as the solar year. It reflects a cosmic process of creation, where our own particular solar system is just a small part. In fact, the Traditional Mayan calendar system would be equally valid on Mars or Venus or any other planet in the cosmos as it is on earth, despite the fact that the periods of revolution of these planets would be very different from ours. In this, it differs from all other calendars in the world that are geocentric and based on the parameters of our own particular planet.
      It thus seems that the purpose of the Dreamspell and the Mayan calendar is very different. While the Dreamspell calendar aspires to present a new way of dividing the solar year into months, the traditional calendar describes an ongoing cosmic process of creation that has no interruptions. In technical terms the main differences between the two calendars are the ones summarized in points 1-4 above. These differences between the Dreamspell/Thirteen Moon and the Mayan calendar are too rarely pointed out and debated, with the consequence that it is not always easy for people, especially not for those new to Mayan calendrics, to make an informed choice about what calendar to choose. Yet, of course, what is important are not the technical differences, but the spiritual consequences. The Calendar of Quetzalcoatl needs to provide guidance for the path of humanity towards Enlightenment and in the upcoming turbulent times only such a calendar will serve humanity.

  24. QUESTION:
    Where could I find a decently accurate representation of the moon at a certain time day and night?
    I have a big project due tomorrow where we were supposed to record the moon at a certain time in the morning and in the night for the last 30 or so days. I know it's my fault i never actually recorded more than 3 days, but please! Ive looked all around the internet and I cant really find anything!

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.life-cycles-destiny.com/dw/full-moon-phases-calendar-chart.htm

      Study next time - and learn to use Google!

      Note - you will need to correlate the calendar with the days you were supposed to be measuring it and approximate the daily changes from phase to phase (e.g. if it takes 7 days to change phases, then draw each phase on the date it occurs - then fill in the in-between days with approximations (it gets bigger or smaller bit by bit, day by day, until it reaches the phase recorded in the calendar)

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of a blue moon in February?
    Of course it would have to be a leap year, which happens once every four years. Blue moons occur every 2.7 years. It takes 27-28 days for the moon to go from new moon to full moon to new moon again, so... Any ideas of what the chances are of a blue moon in February?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your definition of a blue moon. If you mean the 3rd full moon of a quarter that has 4 full moons, then it can happen a lot.
      There was a very in depth article published in Sky and Telescope Magazine a few years back that dealt with this subject. The original definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in a calendar quarter that also has four full moons. Later, a less substantiated definition surfaced that claimed that a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. But this latter definition is likely to not be valid.
      Since January has 31 days, it is relatively easy for January to have two full moons in the same month. The next full moon, the third one, in February of course, would be a blue moon. The full moon immediately after that would be in March and would be the fourth full moon of the quarter.
      P.S. I actually buy and enjoy Blue Moon beer from time to time, and I even drink it occasionally in the month of February.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the mythology behind the association between menstruation and the moon, as well as lunar cycles?
    Scientific evidence has shown that lunar cycles and the moon have no affect on women's menstrual cycles. Nevertheless, many people historically believed this to be the case. - In fact, some people still do. What is the history of this myth, and what bests explains why it emerged?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I'm definitely no expert on menstruation and why it *seems* to correspond to lunar cycles, but I do know that, in Hinduism at least, there's a rather complex ancient mythological system surrounding this idea. The personification and god of the moon, named Soma, Candra or Candramas (the last 2 names are pronounced Chandra & Chandramas), has 27 or 28 wives, all daughters of a Prajāpati (sort of a creator-deity) called Dakṣā. These wives were called the Nakshatras, which are the 28 (or 27) lunar mansions. According to wikipedia.org "A lunar mansion is a station of the Moon on the ecliptic, in old civilisations used for time and date measurement, as well as astrological predictions." "The ecliptic is the apparent path that the Sun traces out in the sky during the year, appearing to move eastwards on an imaginary spherical surface". [For more on that you can check out the Ecliptic article on Wikipedia.]

      "Each nakshatra represents a division of the ecliptic similar to the zodiac (13°20’ each instead of the 30° for each zodiac sign). The orbit of the moon is 27.3 days, so the Moon takes approximately one day to pass through each nakshatra." The 28th Nakshatra, Abhijit, is an additional intercalary one, similarly to the way in the Gregorian calendar there appears a 29th day of February during a leap year. But you can also get the full info on that from the Nakshatra article on Wikipedia.

      There has to be some correlation between the moon-god having 28 wives, and the [average] female human menstrual cycle being about 28 days long. There's also the myth about how the same god had promised his father-in-law Dakṣā that he would treat all of the Nakshatras equally, but Soma loved and favoured one of them, Rohinī, more than the rest, so Dakṣā cursed him saying that he would waste away and die. The 28 wives, however, begged their father to be merciful to their husband, and so Dakṣā lightened the curse, saying that though Soma would indeed waste away into nothingness, he would be restored every 28 days, according to the number of his wives. He would then waste away and die again and again, eternally. Perhaps this wasting away and revivification could be explained as a metaphor for the breakdown of a woman's uterus wall, which then takes the same amount of time as the moon to rebuild itself and begin the cycle again (hence the Anglo-Latin terms menses & menstrual, which derive from a word for "moon").

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the Gregorian calendar factor for century leap years?
    I'm confused. Under the Gregorian calendar, every 400 years we either drop the extra day at the end of Feb--the 29th, or we don't, in order to keep the solar calendar in sync with the civil one. What is the formula? Anyone know what I'm talking about?

    • ANSWER:
      The Gregorian calendar reform was a modification of a proposal made by the Calabrian doctor Aloysius Lilius. Lilius' proposal included reducing the number of leap years in four centuries from 100 to 97, by making 3 out of 4 centurial years common instead of leap years: this part of the proposal had been suggested before by, among others, Pietro Pitati. Lilio also produced an original and practical scheme for adjusting the epacts of the moon for completing the calculation of Easter dates, solving a long-standing difficulty that had faced proposers of calendar reform.

      The Gregorian calendar modifies the Julian calendar's regular cycle of leap years, years exactly divisible by four, including all centurial years, as follows:

      Every year that is exactly divisible by four is a leap year, except for years that are exactly divisible by 100; the centurial years that are exactly divisible by 400 are still leap years. For example, the year 1900 is not a leap year; the year 2000 is a leap year.

      In addition to the modification of mean length of the calendar year from 365.25 days to 365.2425 days, the Gregorian calendar was required to deal with the fact that the error due to the difference between these lengths (10.8 minutes) had been accumulating steadily. Due mostly to this discrepancy, between AD 325 (when the Roman Catholic Church thought the First Council of Nicaea had fixed the vernal equinox on 21 March), and the time of Gregory's edict in 1582, the vernal equinox had moved backward in the calendar, until it was occurring on about 11 March, 10 days early. The Gregorian calendar therefore began by dropping 10 calendar days, to synchronise the calendar and seasons again.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar#Leap_seconds_and_other_aspects / Leap seconds and other aspects

  28. QUESTION:
    In which countries is the astrological moon calendar popular?
    Just wondering, it is very popular in germany, I think, but I don't know about the rest of the world. I have programmed one and want to market it. Is it popular in the US?

    The astrological moon calendar (usually just called moon calendar) tells you when are good days for things like gardening, wellness, surgery, house cleaning and so on (depending on the moon phase and the star sign the moon is passing through).

    • ANSWER:
      Moon calendar is followed by Us,the Indians. It's so accurate. Its not fake, just a great piece of Calculations. If someone gives me his horoscope then I can tell his birthdate even if he has not given me any data.

  29. QUESTION:
    Why is the ecclesiastical full moon call an imaginary full moon?
    This is the moon they use to compute when Easter is.

    • ANSWER:
      Because the ecclesiastical Full Moon can be up to two days different from the actual astronomical Full Moon. The astronomical Full Moon is the instant in time when the Moon reaches its greatest elongation from the Sun in a given lunation (set of Moon phases.) For part of the world this will fall on one day (in their local time) and for the rest it will be either the day before or after. The ecclesiastical Full Moon is defined to occur on a particular date and festivals related to it use the same date in their own local time zone. In the case of chosing a date on which to celebrate Easter, church groupings use a set of tables to define the date of the Paschal Full Moon (an ecclesiastical Full Moon) and thus the Sunday following it which is celebrated as Easter.

      In the early centuries of the Christian churches there were groups who celebrated Jesus' death and resurrection on the 14th of Nisan, regardless of when this date occured. Try Googling "quartodecimonians". This is a Hebrew Calendar date and was used because the canonical Gospels indicate that Jesus was crucified on the eve of Passover. The early councils of the church decreed that it should be celebrated on a Sunday and chose the first Sunday after the (defined) Full Moon following the (defined) March equinox. These dates were originally tabulated in the Julian Calendar and using the Metonic Cycle. The introduction of the Gregorian Calendar in 1582 (later in many places) which addressed the slow drift of the Julian Calendar against the tropical solar year also involved a different set of tables and calculations to set the date of the Paschal Full Moon and hence Easter. The Orthodox churches still use the Julian calculation, though they then cast the result into a Gregorian calendar date. This results in the fact the the Orthodox Easter is often celebrated a month later than in the Western churches and their world-wide communions.

  30. QUESTION:
    Peace036 – Are you in favor that we changeover from the present Gregorian calendar to a perpetual one?
    The present calendar was promulgated by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. It replaced the more than 1600-year-old Julian calendar that Julius Caesar instituted in the Roman Empire in 45 BC.

    The Gregorian has several problems that it needs to be reformed. How would you like that we changeover to a perpetual calendar so that we don’t change the calendar anymore? The new calendar will still have 365 days in a common year and 366 days in a leap year, 12 months in a year starting from January 1 and ending on December 31, and with the same rules for leap year.

    To make it perpetual and more uniform, we just make each quarter equal to 91 days or 13 weeks. The fourth quarter will have 92 days with December 31 as a no-weekday and an official public holiday throughout the world. During leap years, the second quarter will have 92 days also with June 31 as a no-weekday and a bonus public holiday.
    We can make Monday as the first day of the week, so January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 will always be Monday. This agrees with ISO designation. And the 13th day of the month will never fall on a Friday.

    These are some features that we can incorporate in the new perpetual calendar. Are you in favor of changing over to a perpetual calendar? What do you think we should do?
    To Frank N - Thanks a lot for your view. If several European countries were able to change from their national currencies to the Euro in three years, which is more complicated, maybe we could do it also.

    • ANSWER:
      Adopting a new calendar would be very costly, with little or no benefit. Your proposal just exchanges some exceptions for others.

      The fundamental problem is that the time it takes earth to orbit the sun is not an integral multiple of the time it takes the earth to rotate, and both change independently. The time it takes the moon to orbit the earth is also independent, and that's where the month originated.

  31. QUESTION:
    Why Hindu star birthday coincides with Western Calendar birthday 19 years?
    Since we from Kerala we observe both star (nakshathram) and English calendar birthday. We find that at ages of 19, 38 etc both birthdays fall on same English calendar date.
    What is the maths behind this?
    Thanks- but still doesn't address the maths behind the 19 years...I also found online that the Chinese calendar and the Jewish Calendar also match up with the Gregorian calendar every 19 years- so there is some significance to that 19 year number.

    • ANSWER:
      The Hindu calendar used in ancient times has undergone many changes in the process of regionalization, and today there are several regional Indian calendars, as well as an Indian national calendar. Along with other information, a calendar named after panchanga especially records the movements of the sun and the moon. Since Christian calendar is based on movement of sun, it seems that some dates coincide under the two calendars.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between the Orthodox and Latin calendars?
    based on which christian calendar is followed, Easter is celebrated on different days (except for aprox every four years, when its on the same day).

    can someone please explain to me what each calendar is and how it is calculated?

    • ANSWER:
      Briefly, the Orthodox Church uses the Julian calendar that was instituted by Julius Caesar in the Roman Empire many years before the birth of Jesus Christ. It was used by all Christian churches until Pope Gregory changed the calender to account better for leap years, which Julius's calendar had too many of (about 1 extra every 400 years). The Gregorian calendar advanced the date 11 days. Since that time, the calendars have drifted apart two more days, so that they are 13 days apart now. The churches of the east did not follow Gregory's change, which applied only to the churches in the west.

      Easter (Pascha, in the East) has both a lunar and solar component. The rule from the early church used by both the east and west is that the celebration of Easter/Pascha occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring ("after the vernal equinox"). The east still uses the invariant date March 21 as the vernal equinox, while the west uses astronomical observations. The east also still observes the rule that Pascha must follow Passover, keeping the sequence of events in Holy Week somewhat intact.

      These differences can mean that Pascha can be the same day as Easter (to assign the terms to east and west, respectively), or can be a week later, or, when the east and west pick a different occurrence of the full moon as the one Pascha is tied to, as much as five weeks apart.

      Blessings.
      /Orthodox
      More on Orthodox Christianity:
      http://www.goarch.org/ourfaith http://www.antiochian.org/discover
      http://saintnicholas.ucoz.com/index/intro_to_orthodoxy/0-14

  33. QUESTION:
    What do you think of this Israeli peace plan?
    Instead of a two state solution, maybe fuse the PA government with the Israeli government by having a bicameral parliament where one chamber has Israeli legislators and the other chamber has Palestinian legislators. The executive branch will run on a power sharing agreement where Netanyahoo can be prime minister and Mahmoud Abbas would be president. Israel and Palestine will start with a separate but equal phase and will gradually desegregate starting with Israeli and Palestinian children going to the same public schools. Once the generation indoctrinated with hate starts getting old and there is a new generation of children that have become comfortable with integration, then both Israel and the Palestinian territories will gradually desegregate and then eventually there will be open borders between Israel and Palestine since they will become provinces of one country. Instead of a right of return for just Jews, there will be a right of return for both Jews and Palestinians. For the Issue of Jews needing protection during the holocaust, a constitution will be adapted stating that the country must militarily intervene in any genocide between Jews or Arabs if it is safe to do so. Land that is Israeli will still run with Jewish character (eg. no work on fridays and using the moon calendar) and the areas that were Palestinian will still run under Islamic character. The constitution will protect all minorities and races. The votes by both chambers will be weighted based off of population factors between ethnicities to make elections fair for both groups. What do you think?
    Only one problem is it may create a slow and inefficient government. Another problem is what to do about the Hamas run Gaza territory. Maybe exclude them from the new government until they abandon their radical ideology.

    • ANSWER:
      before you continue with your fantasies and in order to return you back to reality, let me remind you that Israel is the JEWISH State. Clear what I mean? If not- it´s the State created BY the Jews- and FOR the Jews after the Holocaust in order not to let another Holocaust happen .
      So, if you want to experimentate with giving land to someone - give the land of YOUR country. And
      fuse your government with any government you wish , even with the government of Papua New Guinea.

      And Israelis shall do what they think best for themselves, not for you, Mahmud abbas, Hamas or Obama.

  34. QUESTION:
    This saturday the moons going to be very close to earth. How will it affect fishing?
    I've never followed the moon phases when I fish and I heard that the moon will be Tuesday closest it'll come to earth this year. Is that good for fishing?

    • ANSWER:
      High tides will be higher and low tides will be lower than normal but the effect is not the same everywhere.
      Some places only get a few inches of tidal difference anyway even at equinoctial high and low tides so a close approach Moon won't make a huge difference.
      Put that in tide name in the search box, You'll find dozens of sites explaining it.
      You might notice little difference in the tides if your normal tidal range is only three or four feet.
      In some places the low tides will expose more tidal beach ( littoral zone ) than normal so it's a good time to look around and learn what's on the sea bed and where more gullies are than you already know about.
      Fish won't be eating more than usual or going nuts about the Moon. Organisms that breed by lunar cycles and flowers that bloom by lunar cycles ( Moonflowers) will have a slightly increased activity.
      Most of the world's population won't know anything about the Moon being close but the observant ones ,might remark...
      Oh look, the Moon looks a bit big tonight. Must be close to us.
      Some will get binos and telescopes out who don't normally use them for moowatching and some might be interested in watching out for increased seismic activity due to the increased pull of gravity but most people who notice won't go beyond just noticing
      II's just another event of the hundreds that happen in the sky every year......,
      I do astro for a hobby and make telescope optics so I'll be looking out and I fish but I'm not expecting to notice anything of much interest that way around here.
      I've lived through loads of them a mile from the sea....
      We all live through them every year and most people won't even know it's happening.

      EDIT....High tide and moonrise
      Most people do not live in an area where the high and low tides coincide with the local zenith and nadir timings of the Moon.
      The highest tides occur after the full and new Moon, not on the day, in almost all of the world.
      In my area the delay is around 2 1/2 days and so it will be for the effects due to the closeness of the Moon
      Most ten year old kids around here know that. We live on a small island. The tides and the Moon are a normal part of life.
      If you have read in a bass fishing magazine that high tide occurs directly under a full Moon, just check it out in real life, because in most places it doesn't., although the myth is very commonly believed and even taught in schools....to the great shame of teachers, or should be.
      Sure, check it with lunar and tidal calendars. You get results for your own area and they are not the same all round the world.
      http://stardate.org/nightsky/moon
      http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml

      I sail and fish and I do astronomy for a hobby, build telescopes, grind and polish the optics etc.
      I can watch the Moon any clear night from the shore a mile from home and measure it's changing position to within a few seconds of arc as the clock seconds tick by if I take a suitably mounted telescope and set it up properly.
      We know when it's a very low tide around here. We get a lot more of the bay exposed. We also know that the Moon can be high in the sky when low tide occurs.
      Same bay, low and high tide.
      http://iomcruising.info/images/Derbyhaven%203.JPG
      http://badra.org/images/Derbyhaven%201.jpg
      Check the high tide and moonrise on here...almost the same time for the top result. Tuesday 2nd May.
      When the Moon is high in the sky six hours later it's low tide. on that day.
      Moonrise 1445....high tide 1500.....
      Low tide at 2127 is 6 1/2 hours later and you can easily work out the Moon is then almost due south and about as high as it gets in the sky or check it on Stellarium or another planetarium program if you don't know how to do simple navigation math.
      http://www.funkypuffin.com/jersey/weather/jdata/tides.asp
      Stellarium. You have to set it for where you live. It gets your local time from your own computer time.
      http://www.stellarium.org/
      My first mentor in optics when I started at 14 was Horace Dall, known for the Dall-Kirkham telescope design and the first man ever to get a bicycle across Iceland from south to north, which he did alone ( apart from a river crossing at the start) and without a tent in 1933.
      Links on here to his photos of that trek...first few lines
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101101152623AA8B4dn
      Tides...very long answer. Second block from the bottom for tidal delays
      http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100501051242AAquX11

  35. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you were born durring a full moon?
    This guy i met claimed to be born durring a full moon durring a storm. I honestly doubt that he would have access to that information. Are there any sites that have information about full moons from 17 years ago?

    • ANSWER:
      http://kalender-365.de/lunar-calendar.php?yy=1995

  36. QUESTION:
    Would you be able to see a lunar eclipse during a new moon?
    On december 21 there will be a new moon, but also on that day there is going to be a lunar eclipse, thats only viewable in North america. How would it be possible to see this. At first i thought it was cool bout the ecplise but then i got to thinking, on new moons you cant see the moon at all. So how are we able to see the eclipse then. This is starting to boggle my mind now just thinking about it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      December 21st is a Full moon, I just checked it on my sky at night calendar. There is a Lunar eclipse that morning.

      Best place to see it will be north America, Alaska, Canada, Mainland USA, Central America, Mexico Panama etc.

      Not visible from Africa and India, but partial from Europe and china

  37. QUESTION:
    What does the moon look like in the morning as opposed to at night?
    I was just wondering does the moon look different in the morning than it does at night... what i mean by that is like if it were a half moon one night the next morning would it still look like a half moon?

    • ANSWER:
      You can sometimes see the Moon in the morning.

      To answer your question, yes, if the Moon was a Half Moon one night, it would still be the Half Moon the next morning.

      There is a calendar for the Moon phases this year:
      http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/time/moon/

  38. QUESTION:
    Has there ever been a blue moon on February 29th?
    Has there every been a blue moon on February 29th in the history of mankind? If there hasn't, a no would also work so I don't just keep wondering. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      One of the definitions of a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. The minimum time between successive full moons is 29 days and about 6 hours. So if there was a full moon on 1st February at 0h, the next one would be (in a leap year) no earlier than 1st March at 6h.
      So there can never be a February blue moon.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do I chart what house the moon is in on a daily basis?
    This isn't for birth charts or anything, when I record entries in my journals (dream and ritual) I would like to record the house the moon is in.
    Bare in mind, I know nothing of astrology, so is there a simple way?

    • ANSWER:
      If you believe in the occult you'll go badly astray.
      Astrology is stuck in a time warp. it was relevant 2000-5000 years ago when some planets came very close to earth and greatly upset it, even changing the calendar from a 360 day year of 12 uniform 30 day months to the one we have now, and which occurred 3200 years ago.
      But at the time of Jesus Christ's birth 2012 years ago they all went into their present stable orbits. As a result the planets no longer have any noticeable influence on our lives, and astrology nowadays is simply a means of making money out of gullible people.

  40. QUESTION:
    What sign, degree and house is the void moon in today? when did it start and when will it be over?
    What is the affect of a void moon?

    • ANSWER:
      I am giving the definition out of the Llewellyn Astrological Pocket Calendar 2011. My mom gets me one every year and I use it until is all crinkled after a year's use.

      By Leslie Nielsen: ...."These are generally poor times to conduct business because activities begun during these times usually end badly or fail to get started. If you make an appointment during a void-of-course, you might save yourself alot of aggravation by confirming the time and date later. The moon is only void-of-course for 7% of the time when business is usually conducted during a normal workday. Sometimes, by waiting a matter of minutes or a few hours until the Moon has left this phase, you have a much better chance to make action move more smoothly. Moon voids can also be used successfully to do routine activitiess or inner work, such as dream therapy or person contemplation."

      The moon is void when the moon makes its last major aspect to another planet in the sign it is leaving and stays void until it makes a major aspect with another planet in the next sign it is entering. ( I think this is what is required as the mathematics of astrology confuse me!) When the mood is void, it is not a good time to stray from original plans. And especially a poor time to do anything spontaneous. Appts are cancelled, the normal routine of the workday is totally screwed up, and always be ready for the unexpected. It is hard to "latch on" to something tangible. Focus becomes difficult. It is also difficult to make contact with others and even if you do make contact, there will be some issue that misdirects the energy and sometimes you just feel like "giving up" because it seems everything you do gets messed up somehow. It is like there is a "glitch" in the planetary routine during the void- of- course moon.

      The moon is currently in the late degrees of Capricorn. The moon is transiting through whatever house that has Capricorn on the cusp in your natal chart. If you have planets in Capricorn the moon will "hit" those planets during its journey through Capricorn. The Moon went void-of-course yesterday at 3:34 PM CST and finally enters Aquarius tonight at 10:47 PM CST. Things get back to normal as soon as the void moon is over and done with. The Moon can be void from a couple of minutes to a day and a half!

      I never really observed others and the phases of the moon until the large wall calendar wasn't availabe about 10 years ago and I got the small pocket astrological calendar instead. What a blessing it has been and all of my understanding of astrology greatly increased by keeping an eye on the moon and its energy, and observing others during a full moon, especially. It also has a 3 yr ephemeris at the back so you can also look at retrograde planet and when they go into direct motion, for example.

      Llewellyn should make me a paid sponsor for all the great advertising that I give that calendar. It is the best 9 bucks spent as you can really keep up with transits and schedule apppts at good times. I feel happy when I can help someone choose a good time for a business meeting, dr appt, or any event for that matter. Also makes me less frustrated with others when I know that a Full Moon is sitting on their Moon or Mars. The full moon illuminates and energizes our planets in our chart. Although the effect may not last a long time, it is a valuable time for observing others. And yourself for that matter! I always feel a little "blue" when the moon is in gemini because it is the nadir if my chart and it is lonely down there all alone in my 4th house. I long for "roots" and feel "misunderstood" and "lonely" during the 2 1/2 days of its journey through my Gemini 4th house. You can learn much about yourself by following the moon. It is practical application of the study of astrology. The Full Moon observance of others is better than any book you will ever read!

      Hope this is helpful. Good luck and bless you.

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the first full moon in a blue moon month called?
    Blue moon is the second full moon in a blue moon month. What is the name of the first full moon in those months?

    • ANSWER:
      Taking a wild guess here, but is it "Full Moon"?

      Have you ever considered the opposite? Having two new moon's within a calendar month? What would you call that?

  42. QUESTION:
    If there had been no stars or moon visible how could non-modern sailors have navigated?
    Would it have been possible? Are there any non-modern techniques or possible techniques to navigate ships without stars or a moon? Let's assume they have a compass and any pre-industrial age technology.

    FYI I'm going to write a fantasy novel taking place in a world without moon or stars and I'm doing world building research
    Yes they have a sun. Hell I might even add a second sun, I wonder how that would affect navigation.

    • ANSWER:
      Without stars there's no way to do it. Yes a magnetic strip in water would help, but that will only tell you which direction is North, but not how far north you are.

      Now, during the day, you could use the Sun. You'd need very accurate clocks to know precise what time the Sun passes the local meridian to get the longitude and a good calendar to know the latitude (based on the elevation of the Sun on the meridian). BUt at night, there would be no way.

  43. QUESTION:
    Has there ever been a full moon on a summer solstice?
    I just looked on a lunar calender, and on there, there was no full moon on the summer solstice within its range.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the solar and lunar calendars operate independently of each other so the solstice may coincide with any point on the lunar cycle.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why are there so many different types of Calendar?
    Why are there so many different types of Calendar? It is due to different cultures using different celestial references results in solar, lunar and luni-solar calendars?

    Why are there leap years, if we refer to the Earth's orbit around the sun?

    • ANSWER:
      Because the ratios of daily, solar and lunar cycles is irrational. Also because some cultures worship the sun while others worship the moon. Wars have been fought over whether the sun is better than the moon. My god is better than yours! People are crazy.

  45. QUESTION:
    What would be the result on Earth if there was a second moon in orbit?
    Lets say that the Earth had a second smaller moon roughly 1 1/2 times smaller. Would the Earth be any different from a scientific standpoint?

    • ANSWER:
      Not just size, but also distance counts, since the effect of gravity varies by the inverse square of the distance, and only by the value of the mass. In general a second, smaller moon would have influenced the evolution of the calendar in unknown ways, probably an eight day week for one effect. Tides would of course be more complex, and it probably would have been an extra thousand years or more before people realized that the moons caused the tides.

  46. QUESTION:
    does planting with the lunar calendar matter all that much?
    i just planted some squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes in one of those germination domes that i bought at walmart. i just realized that today is the full moon. does it really matter all that much that i planted on the full moon? what will happen or not happen? i've always heart to plant on the new moon. does it matter all that much?
    sorry, i meant to say *heard. not heart... i always heard to plant on the new moon.

    • ANSWER:
      your on the lunar mode this is the last full moon of frost you will have a very fruitfull garden , good timing!!!!!!

  47. QUESTION:
    Which is the first place to see the new moon of the lunar calendar?
    The science is predicting when a new moon will appear is not exact. So at most times it is difficult to make plans if you rely on the appearance of the new moon.

    • ANSWER:
      Besides just the moon's angular distance from the sun, there are many factors involved in determining where and when a given new moon can first be seen. Some of these are the angle of the ecliptic to the horizon (most favorable near the spring equinox), the speed of the moon in its orbit around the earth (faster at perigee), the latitude of the observer, and local atmospheric conditions.

      First link is information on new-moon visibility; second is to maps showing age and probability of viewing new moons.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the relationship between the moon and female fertility in mythology?
    Ive heard this before and was wondering if this is true and indeed if it bridges into reality as in does moon cycles have any relation to the 28 days of menstruation and fertility in women

    • ANSWER:
      In Hindu mythology the personification and god of the moon, named Soma, Candra or Candramas (the last 2 names are pronounced Chandra & Chandramas), has 27 or 28 wives, all daughters of a Prajāpati (sort of a creator-deity) called Dakṣā. These wives were called the Nakshatras, which are the 28 (or 27) lunar mansions. According to wikipedia.org "A lunar mansion is a station of the Moon on the ecliptic, in old civilisations used for time and date measurement, as well as astrological predictions." "The ecliptic is the apparent path that the Sun traces out in the sky during the year, appearing to move eastwards on an imaginary spherical surface". [For more on that you can check out the Ecliptic article on Wikipedia.]

      "Each nakshatra represents a division of the ecliptic similar to the zodiac (13°20’ each instead of the 30° for each zodiac sign). The orbit of the moon is 27.3 days, so the Moon takes approximately one day to pass through each nakshatra." The 28th Nakshatra, Abhijit, is an additional intercalary one, similarly to the way in the Gregorian calendar there appears a 29th day of February during a leap year. But you can also get the full info on that from the Nakshatra article on Wikipedia.

      There has to be some correlation between the moon-god having 28 wives, and the [average] female human menstrual cycle being about 28 days long. There's also the myth about how the same god had promised his father-in-law Dakṣā that he would treat all of the Nakshatras equally, but Soma loved and favoured one of them, Rohinī, more than the rest, so Dakṣā cursed him saying that he would waste away and die. The 28 wives, however, begged their father to be merciful to their husband, and so Dakṣā lightened the curse, saying that though Soma would indeed waste away into nothingness, he would be restored every 28 days, according to the number of his wives. He would then waste away and die again and again, eternally. Perhaps this wasting away and revivification could be explained as a metaphor for the breakdown of a woman's uterus's wall, which then takes the same amount of time as the moon to rebuild itself and begin the cycle again (hence the Anglo-Latin terms menses & menstrual, which derive from a word for "moon").

      With regard to fertility specifically, the Wikipedia article on the Egyptian moon-god Khonsu has this to add: “It was said that when Khonsu caused the crescent moon to shine, women conceived, cattle became fertile, and all nostrils and every throat was filled with fresh air.

      “[The word] Khonsu can also be understood to mean king's placenta, and consequently in early times, he was considered to slay the king's (i.e. the pharaoh's) enemies, and extract their innards for the king's use, metaphorically creating something resembling a placenta for the king. This bloodthirsty aspect leads him to be referred to, in such as the Pyramid texts, as the (one who) lives on hearts. He also became associated with more literal placentas, becoming seen as a deification of the royal placenta, and so a god involved with childbirth.”

  49. QUESTION:
    Do you believe that the moon has any effect on the behavior of people?
    There was a full, rich moon tonight and that may be the reason for the number of trolls with multiple accounts and repetitious questions.

    What is your take on this and have you experienced any changes when the moon is full?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. It is known throughout centuries that the Lunar cycle or calendar are intrinsically linked with the human experience. The tidal flow of the world's oceans corresponds to the waxing of the moon. The terms "lunatic" and "lunacy" taken from the root word lunar, under the impression that such effects are brought by the lunar periods. There are documents where kleptomania, arson, dangerous driving and accidents occurs during the full moon. The pineal gland actually measures the seasons and the length of the day. This is how we adapt to various seasons around the world. And the rise in odd activities in our society.

  50. QUESTION:
    Why are the Americans waiting until 2020 to pretend they went to the moon again?
    Apollo 17, the last landing was in December 1972, you would have thought they would have held some pretend missions in the meantime, wouldn't you?

    Not holding a pretend moon mission for 48 years undermines the credibility of NASA's whole operation.

    • ANSWER:
      Because the Mayan calendar says a giant asteroid is going to hit the earth and cause a black hole on December 21, 2012. Thereof ore, if they pretend to wait until 2020, then they don't have to do anything.


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