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STARGAZING

If Feng Shui is the Art of Placement, then working with lunar energy is the Art of Timing. Times are given in Australian Eastern Standard Time.  Happy mooning ….


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The Art of Timing:

TODAY'S MOON

September 2015
By early September Venus will have reappeared in the pre-dawn eastern sky and will be a 'morning star' once again. Ancient astronomers believed that Venus was two different objects and called her Hesperus when she appeared in the evening sky and Phosphorus when she was seen before dawn.
1: Neptune at opposition
1: Alpha Aurigids meteor shower. The Alpha Aurigids start in August and peak at the beginning of September but will be hard to see because of the gibbous moon.
4: Mercury at greatest Elongation East
5 Last Quarter moon
6: Venus at western stationary point (Venus goes direct)
10: Moon north of Venus
11: Moon south of Mars
12: Moon south of Jupiter
13: Dark Moon/partial Solar eclipse (Moon and Sun in Virgo) only seen from southern Africa, southern Madagascar or Antarctica
14: Moon at apogee “micromoon”
15: New Moon
15: Moon north of Mercury
18: Mercury at eastern stationary point (Mercury goes retrograde)
19: Moon north of Saturn
19: International Observe the Moon Night
21: First Quarter
22: Moon north of Pluto
23: Spring Equinox
25: Pluto at eastern stationary point (Pluto goes direct)
26: Moon north of Neptune
28: Full Moon/total Lunar eclipse only seen in Europe, Africa or the Americas (Sun in Libra, Moon in Aries)
28: Moon at perigee “supermoon”

 

August 2015 Skywatch

August 2: Moon at perigee and Saturn at eastern stationery point

August 7: Last Quarter Moon and Mercury north of Jupiter

August 13: Moon south of Mars

August 15: Dark moon, moon north of Venus and south of Jupiter

August 16: Venus in inferious conjunction

August 17/18: new moon

August 18: Moon at apogee

August 22: Saturn in eastern quadrature

August 23: First Quarter Moon, moon north of Pluto

August 26: Moon north of Pluto

August 27: Jupiter in conjunction with the Sun

August 30: Full Moon, moon north of Jupiter

August 31; Moon at perigee

July 2015 Skywatch
July 1 Venus south of Jupiter
July 2: Full Moon
July 2 Moon north of Pluto
July 3 Mars north of the star Mu Geminorum
July 5 Earth at aphelion
July 6 Moon at perigee
July 6 Mercury north of the star Zeta Tauri
July 6 Moon north of Neptune
July 7 Pluto at opposition
July 9 Last Quarter Moon occults Uranus (not visible from the Sunshine Coast)
July 10 Mars south of the star Mebsuta
July 12 Mercury north of the star Mu Geminorum
July 13 Moon north of the star Aldebaran
July 13 Uranus at western quadrature
July 14 Mercury south of the star Mebsuta
July 15 Moon north of the star Alhena
July 15 Moon south of Mercury
July 15 Venus south of the star Regulus
July 15 Moon south of Mars
July 16 Dark Moon
July 16 Mercury south of Mars
July 17 Mercury at perihelion
July 18 New Moon
July 19 Moon south of Jupiter
July 19 Waxing crescent Moon occults Venus
July 21 Moon at apogee
July 24 Mercury in superior conjunction
July 25 Venus at eastern stationary point
July 24 First Quarter Moon
July 26 Uranus at western stationary point
July 26 Moon north of Saturn
July 30 Moon north of Pluto
July 31 Full Moon (this is a calendar Blue Moon)

 

Blue moon, you knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for
Bob Dylan

Blue Moons
A Blue Moon is another cycle in the Moondances, but as it is so rare Blue Moons deserve their own section even if a Blue Moon is really only a Full Moon that chose the right time to happen.

The most popular understanding today of a blue moon is that it is the second full moon in a calendar month. Remember August 2012 had its first full moon at 1.30 pm on Thursday 2nd, which gave time to squeeze in a second full moon in August on the 31st at 11.59 pm (yes, you read that time right, this full moon achieved official blue moon status by only one minute).

For a blue moon to occur by this calculation the first of the full moons must appear at the beginning of one of the longer months so that the second will fall within the same month. Every century there are 41 months that contain two full moons which makes an average of two-and-a-half years between Blue Moons. No wonder the phrase once in a blue moon is used to imply an event that rarely occurs and a blue moon is now regarded as a special, magic time.

Although this way to reckon a Blue Moon is now universally accepted, up to midway through the 20th century the blue moon was decided by a seasonal and not a monthly calculation. We are now accustomed to a calendar year that runs from January 1st through to December 31st, but farmers used to count their year from one winter solstice or Yule to the next. Most years would include only twelve full moons with three full moons falling in each season of winter, spring, summer, and autumn with each full moon named for an activity appropriate to the time of year.

DJ Conway lists a modern version of these moons in her book Moon Magick as:
January: Wolf
February: Ice
March: Storm
April: Growing
May: Hare
June: Mead
July: Hay
August: Corn
September: Harvest
October: Blood
November: Snow
December: Cold

An older, northern hemisphere farmers’ way is to name the full moons by season rather than by month:

• After the December solstice:
o Old Moon, or Moon After Yule
o Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, or Wolf Moon
o Sap Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon

• After the March equinox:
o Grass Moon, or Egg Moon
o Planting Moon, or Milk Moon
o Rose Moon, Flower Moon, or Strawberry Moon

• After the June solstice:
o Thunder Moon, or Hay Moon
o Green Corn Moon, or Grain Moon
o Fruit Moon, or Harvest Moon

• After the September equinox:
o Harvest Moon, or Hunter’s Moon
o Hunter’s Moon, Frosty Moon, or Beaver Moon
o Moon Before Yule, or Long Night Moon

This divides the seasonal year up quite nicely because there are usually three full moons in between an equinox and a solstice and vice versa. However seven times in every nineteen years, four full moons fall in a single season to mess up the system.

To keep things tidy for the Christian ecclesiastical calendar, farmers called the third of the season’s four moons a blue moon. This blue moon will only ever occur in February, May, August and November, one month before the next equinox or solstice. By this definition there was a blue moon on August 21, 2013 as it was the third full moon of four full moons between the June solstice and the September equinox of 2013.

Although the older blue moon can occur in February before the next equinox in March, the newer blue moon will never occur in the shortest month of the year. February as the shortest month can even miss out on a full moon at all. More trivia about blue moons: over the next 20 years there will be about 15 blue moons of each type, with an almost equal number of both types of blue moons occurring. No blue moon of any kind will occur in the years 2014 and 2017.

The reason why the calculations for a Blue Moon changed from seasonal to monthly was because a writer made a mistake, hard though this is to believe. James Hugh Pruett who was a journalist as well as an amateur astronomer (like me) misunderstood a 1943 question-and-answer column in Sky & Telescope which cited the 1937 Maine Farmers' Almanac. Pruett then wrote an article for Sky & Telescope in March 1946, but did not check his original source. Of course no journalist would ever make this mistake today but back last century although Pruett’s article cited the Farmers’ Almanac he misunderstood their calculations to claim that "Seven times in 19 years there were — and still are — 13 full moons in a year. This gives 11 months with one full moon each and one with two. This second in a month, so I interpret it, was called Blue Moon”.

Although purists declare that the modern blue moon definition is a trendy mistake, the fact that there is an older meaning does not necessarily make it the better choice. As with everything else in life, it’s your choice to decide what system works best for you.

The old farmers’ seasonal calculations for blue moons was developed to neatly tuck in the number of full moons in a season with the needs of the Church where the ecclesiastical vernal equinox always falls on March 21, regardless of where the Sun is in the sky on that date. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter and the last full moon of winter must be the Lenten Moon. The first full Moon of Spring is always the Easter or Paschal Moon and must fall in the week before Easter. Back in the days when farmers needed to propitiate the church but also needed to differentiate when a season contained four Full Moons because this could affect their planting and harvesting, they invented the term blue moon for the third full moon in a season.

Is this seasonal method really any better than looking at a calendar to see if two Full Moons will fall within a month? Charting the third Full Moon in a four Full Moon season isn't everyone's idea of time well spent, even though it is an interesting variation on our modern blue moon celebrations and with ever-increasing popularity for Pruett’s calendar-month misinterpretation, we are not likely to discard this practice overnight.

Rather than waste time arguing on which blue moon is best, we could just celebrate twice. If we celebrate both the second full moon in a calendar month and the third full moon in a season of four full moons, then we have doubled the number of blue moons we can celebrate and created fifteen more excuses to feast with friends over the next twenty years.

So let’s all raise a glass to toast Pruett and his wonderful mistake, every time we celebrate our extra Blue Moons.

Blue Moons in Australia 2015 - 2021
Date Type
July 31, 2015 Calendar
May 22, 2016 Seasonal
March 31, 2018 Calendar
May 19, 2019 Seasonal
November 30, 2020 Calendar
August 23, 2021 Seasonal

 

 

         
>New Moon:                                              Overnight 15th/16th    

Quarter Moon:                                                       Thursday 20th @ 4.20 pm

Sun moves into Capricorn:            Friday 21st @ 10.12 pm

Midsummer Solstice:                        Friday 21st  

Full Moon:                                                Friday 28th @ 9.21 pm

Waning Moon:                                       1st to 12th; 29th to 31st  

Waxing Moon:                                        14th to 27th   

 

Times are given in Australian Eastern Standard Time.

GARDENING:

If you schedule your gardening when the moon is in a fertile or semi-fertile sign, you will enjoy greater success and harvest a better crop.

Leafy annuals or those plants where you want to harvest the leaves are best planted in the first quarter when the moon is in a fertile or semi-fertile sign, i.e. 14th, 15th (Capricorn) and afternoon of the 18th, 19th (Pisces).

Fruiting annuals or those plants where you want to harvest prolific seed are best planted in the second quarter when the moon is in a fertile or semi-fertile sign, i.e. 23rd, 24th, 25th (Taurus).

Annual flowers, hay, cereal grains, cucumbers, melons, leeks and shallots do equally well if planted in either the first or second quarter when the moon is in a fertile or semi-fertile sign (as listed).

Root crops and perennials are plants where you want to harvest the root or where the root system is important for the long-term viability of the plant such as trees, shrubs, berries, bulbs, vines are best planted in the third quarter (after the Full Moon) when the moon is in a fertile or semi-fertile sign, i.e. 1st, 2nd, morning of the 3rd (Cancer) and later in the month 29th, 30th (when the moon is again in Cancer).

Transplant seedlings or grafting for best results: first and second week of the lunar month, with the moon in a fertile or semi-fertile sign for best recovery, i.e. 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, 25th.

Fertilise: use foliar or soluble fertilizers on waxing moon & organic fertilizers on waning moon

Prune on a waxing moon to encourage regrowth and on a waning moon to discourage reshooting

Harvest grains fruits or roots to enhance storage qualities on the waning moon in a dry sign, i.e. 4th, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th.

FISHING:

The best times to fish in December 2012 are likely to be from the 12th to the 16th (dark moon) and from the 27th to the 31st (full moon). If you fish on these days during the 45 minutes either side of moonrise and moonset, and sunrise and sunset, you will have a better chance of fishing success.  Fishing lore also says: "Moon by day, fish by day; moon by night, fish by night."

VOID OF COURSE MOONS:

 

The energy during a void moon is erratic. During a void moon take things slowly, recharge your energies, clean up and if you can avoid scheduling important meetings or decision-making activities because you may feel spacey and find it hard to concentrate.

TRIVIA:

If you have trouble finding shoes that fit, try buying your next pair when the moon is waxing in Pisces, i.e. for this month on the afternoon of the 18th and all day on the 19th.

STARGAZING:

Mercury reaches its westernmost point from the Sun on 5th December 2012. Also low in the early morning twilight sky, Venus is much easier to spot than Mercury as it shines a magnitude -4 and is by far the brightest object in this part of the sky until joined by the Moon on the 12th December. The southern hemisphere summer solstice occurs on the 21st when the Sun reaches its southernmost position in the sky with a declination of -23.5 degrees. Now almost on the far side of the solar system Mars presents a very small image in amateur telescopes and is hardly worth the effort. Jupiter is at opposition on 3rd December and visible all night long crossing the meridian at midnight. Jupiter has sixty three known natural satellites and even a good pair of binoculars will reveal the four Galilean moons orbiting the planet. Close to Venus and Mercury at the beginning of December, Saturn very quickly separates from this pair as the month progresses. The waning crescent Moon will be just south of Saturn on the 11th December. Saturn’s ring system is at its greatest tilt to the Earth for the year this month.

 


NOVEMBER 2012

Quarter Moon:                                            Wednesday 7th @ 1.37 am

Dark Moon:                                    Wednesday 14th @ 9.10 am

Solar Eclipse:                                 Wednesday 14th

New Moon:                                     Overnight 16th/17th   

Quarter Moon:                                Wednesday 21st @ 1.33 am

Sun moves into Sagittarius:          Thursday 22nd @ 8.51 am

Full Moon:                                       Thursday 29th @ 1.46 am

Lunar Eclipse:                                 Thursday 29th

Waning Moon:                                 1st to 13th; 30th

Waxing Moon:                                 15th to 28th  

Times are given in Australian Eastern Standard Time. Happy mooning ….

GARDENING:

If you schedule your gardening when the moon is in a fertile or semi-fertile sign, you will enjoy greater success and harvest a better crop.

Leafy annuals or those plants where you want to harvest the leaves are best planted on the afternoon of the 17th & 18th, when the moon is in semi-fertile Capricorn.

Fruiting annuals or those plants where you want to harvest prolific seed are best planted 21st, 22nd, morning of the 23rd (fully-fertile Pisces) and 26th, 27th, morning of the 28th (semi-fertile Taurus).

Root crops and perennials are plants where you want to harvest the root or where the root system is important for the long-term viability of the plant such as trees, shrubs, berries, bulbs, vines are best planted 4th and 5th.  

Transplant seedlings or grafting for best results: first and second week of the lunar month, with the moon in a fertile or semi-fertile sign for best recovery, i.e. 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, morning of the 23rd, 26th, 27th, morning of the 28th.

Fertilise: use foliar or soluble fertilizers on waxing moon & organic fertilizers on waning moon

Prune on a waxing moon to encourage regrowth and on a waning moon to discourage reshooting

Harvest grains fruits or roots to enhance storage qualities on the waning moon in a dry sign, i.e. 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th.

FISHING:

The best times to fish in November 2012 are likely to be from the 13th to the 17th (dark moon) and from the 28th to the 2nd (full moon). If you fish on these days during the 45 minutes either side of moonrise and moonset, and sunrise and sunset, you will have a better chance of fishing success.  Fishing lore also says: "Moon by day, fish by day; moon by night, fish by night."

VOID OF COURSE MOONS:

The energy during a void moon is erratic. During a void moon take things slowly, recharge your energies, clean up and if you can avoid scheduling important meetings or decision-making activities because you may feel spacey and find it hard to concentrate.

TRIVIA:

If you have trouble finding shoes that fit, try buying your next pair when the moon is waxing in Pisces, i.e. for this month on the 21st, 22nd, or morning of the 23rd!

STARGAZING:

November 2012 hosts two eclipses, the first is a Solar eclipse on the Dark Moon and the second is a Lunar eclipse on the Full Moon.

 

 

 

You will only be able to see Mercury early in November in the western twilight. Mercury moves towards conjunction with the Sun on the 17th then will be in the morning sky on the 18th but hard to spot in the early morning twilight. By the end of November Mercury will rise less than one hour before the Sun.

Venus will rise 90 minutes before the Sun at the beginning of November and will be the brightest object in the constellation of Virgo until joined by the waning crescent moon on 11th and 12th.

Jupiter retrogrades in Taurus this month and will rise just after 10 pm at the beginning of November, and by 8 pm by the end of November.

Saturn has moved to the early morning eastern sky and will be hard to see against the glare of the Sun.


LIVING WITH THE MOON

OCTOBER 2012

By Sue Bagust

 

Quarter Moon:                                         Monday 8th @ 6.34 pm

Dark Moon:                                              Monday 15th @ 11.05 pm (14th, 15th, 16th)

New Moon:                                              Overnight 18th/19th  

Quarter Moon:                                         Monday 22nd @ 2.33 pm

Sun moves into Scorpio:                         Tuesday 23rd

Full Moon:                                                Tuesday 30th @ 6.51 am (29th, 30th, 31st)

Waning Moon:                                       1st to 14th

Waxing Moon:                                        17th to 28th

Times are given in Australian Eastern Standard Time

 

Working wisely with lunar energies:

Throughout history, most people knew that the Moon’s influence in our lives helped weave our fate and fortune. To the Celtic islanders, the natural cycle of the tide, the ebb and flow, was important to note at the time of birth of a child.  Good fortune flowed from the flood tide, and never from the ebb.  These two opposing tides of life were known as luck of the flood (rath an lionadh) and of the ebb (roaad an traghaidh).  A traditional Hebridiean chant celebrating the ebb and flow is:

With the ebb

and with the flow

As it was

As it is

As it shall be evermore

With the ebb

and with the flow

As well as a daily ebb and flow of the tides, the Moon’s cycles also work with a monthly ebb and flow, as the Moon grows towards the Full Moon and wanes towards the Dark Moon. Lunar gardeners know how to read the moon’s energies to plan when is the optimum time to plant, graft, prune, fertilise and harvest for the best crop. Successful fishermen can also be found to fish on the full and the dark moon, when the fish are most likely to bite.

GARDENING:

Leafy annuals or those plants where you want to harvest the leaves are best planted on the afternoon of the 16th, 17th, morning of the 18th, afternoon of the 20th, all day 21st.

Fruiting annuals or those plants where you want to harvest prolific seed are best planted 25th, 26th.

Root crops and perennials are plants where you want to harvest the root or where the root system is important for the long-term viability of the plant such as trees, shrubs, berries, bulbs, vines are best planted 2nd, 3rd, 4th, afternoon of the 7th  

Transplant seedlings or grafting for best results: first and second week of the lunar month, with the moon in a fertile or semi-fertile sign for best recovery, i.e. afternoon of the 16th, 17th, morning of the 18th, afternoon of the 20th, all day 21st, 25th and 26th.

Fertilise: use foliar or soluble fertilizers on waxing moon & organic fertilizers on waning moon

Prune on a waxing moon to encourage regrowth and on a waning moon to discourage reshooting

Harvest grains fruits or roots to enhance storage qualities on the waning moon in a dry sign, i.e. 1st, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th, 12th.

FISHING:

The best times to fish are likely to be from the 14th to the 18th(dark moon) and from the 29th to the 2nd (full moon). If you fish on these days during the 45 minutes either side of moonrise and moonset, and sunrise and sunset, you will have a better chance of fishing success.  Fishing lore also says: "Moon by day, fish by day; moon by night, fish by night."

VOID OF COURSE MOONS:

The energy during a void moon is erratic. During a void moon take things slowly, recharge your energies, clean up and if you can avoid scheduling important meetings or decision-making activities because you may feel spacey and find it hard to concentrate.

STARGAZING:

Mercury can be seen in Virgo just over one degree to the north of Virgo’s brightest star, Spica at the start of October. Mercury will be at its greatest angular distance from the setting Sun on the 27th October.

You will see Venus close to Leo’s brightest star, Regulus on the 3rd/4th October. The waning crescent Moon will form a right angle triangle with Venus and Regulus on the 12th.

You can see Mars low in the west after sunset all month.

Jupiter will be in Taurus for all of October. You can see Jupiter’s satellites to the west of Jupiter on the 11th and to the east of Jupiter on the 21st.

Saturn’s conjunction with the Sun happens on the 25th October, after which you won’t see Saturn again until November.


 

SEPTEMBER 2012

 

Quarter Moon:                                         Saturday 8th @ 11.15 pm

Dark Moon:                                              Sunday 16th @ 12.12 pm

New Moon:                                              Overnight 18th/19th  

Sun moves into Libra:                             Sunday 23rd

Equinox:                                                   Sunday 23rd @ 0.50 am

Quarter Moon:                                         Sunday 23rd @ 5.42 am

Full Moon:                                                Sunday 30th @ 1.20 pm

Waning Moon:                                          1st to 15th

Waxing Moon:                                          17th to 29th

Times are given in Australian Eastern Standard Time, so are correct for Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. If you are reading this in South Australia or Northern Territory please subtract half an hour, in Western Australia subtract 2 hours, in New Zealand add 2 hours.  Happy mooning ….

 

Working wisely with lunar energies:

WANING MOON: Our body cells release moisture and toxins.  The good news is that you won’t put on weight as easily because your efforts to release and let go are more successful now so a good time for cleansing, detoxification, facials, lymphatic drainage. If you want to remove unwanted hair and discourage quick regrowth pluck your eyebrows now, get a haircut or use depilatories if you want slow regrowth, schedule hair dyes or dental work for good results. The waning moon is a good time to begin new health regimes, especially if they involve detaching such as losing weight, getting rid of physical or emotional confusion or giving up addictions like smoking, sex or chocolate.

DARK MOON: This time of endings also offers a new beginning; a beneficial time to cleanse your home & your environment, to release spent energy and welcome the new.

NEW MOON: Use the energy of the Dark Moon to clear the way before you call in New Moon wishes.

WAXING MOON: This is a good time to cultivate, consolidate and regenerate because everything we put in is digested more quickly at this time. Like plants, our bodies absorb and retain moisture, nutrients and information during a waxing moon. Unfortunately, this also means that if you struggle with weight gain, during this time you need to be careful about everything you eat and drink.

FULL MOON: If you want your hair to grow back full and thick, schedule a haircut for this time. The full moon can exaggerate reactions, so you may become intoxicated faster, or if you are feeling argumentative be aware your anger can escalate quickly at this time.

GARDENING:

Leafy annuals or those plants where you want to harvest the leaves are best planted 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th.

Fruiting annuals or those plants where you want to harvest prolific seed are best planted 24th, 28th, 29th

Root crops and perennials are plants where you want to harvest the root or where the root system is important for the long-term viability of the plant such as trees, shrubs, berries, bulbs, vines are best planted 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, morning of the 7th

Transplant seedlings or grafting for best results: first and second week of the lunar month, with the moon in a fertile or semi-fertile sign for best recovery, i.e. 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 28th, 29th

Fertilise: use foliar or soluble fertilizers on waxing moon & organic fertilizers on waning moon

Prune on a waxing moon to encourage regrowth and on a waning moon to discourage reshooting

Harvest grains fruits or roots to enhance storage qualities on the waning moon in a dry sign, i.e. 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th.

FISHING:

The best times to fish are likely to be 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 29th, 30th. If you fish on these days during the 45 minutes either side of moonrise and moonset, and sunrise and sunset, you will have a better chance of fishing success.  Fishing lore also says: "Moon by day, fish by day; moon by night, fish by night."

VOID OF COURSE MOONS:

The energy during a void moon is erratic. During a void moon take things slowly, recharge your energies, clean up and if you can avoid scheduling important meetings or decision-making activities because you may feel spacey and find it hard to concentrate.

STARGAZING:

Mercury is in conjunction with the Sun on the 10th but will probably be hard to see easily until the 30th when it will be less than 3 degrees west of Virgo’s brightest star, Spica. Mercury will be easier to observe in October.

Venus begins the month in Gemini, moves into Cancer on the 5th before crossing into Leo on the 24th. Venus will be close to the waning crescent moon on the 13th.

Mars begins September in Virgo but moves into Libra on the 6th where it will spend the rest of the month. On the 16th look 1 degree to the south of Libra’s second brightest star, Zubenelgenubi. Look for Mars near the waxing crescent moon on the 19th and 20th.

Look in Taurus at the beginning of September for Jupiter, which will be the brightest object in that area of the sky where Jupiter will remain until the middle of 2013. You will see Jupiter close to the last quarter moon on the 8th and 9th.

September will be your last chance to see Saturn before it is in conjunction with the Sun in October.   Virgo’s brightest Star, Spica will be 6 degrees to the west of Saturn at the end of September with Mercury a further 2 degrees towards the western horizon. Look near the crescent moon on the 18th to find Saturn and Spica easily.


 

AUGUST 2012

 

Full Moon:                          Thursday 2nd @ 1.30 pm

Quarter Moon:                    Friday 10th @ 4.55 am

Dark Moon:                         Saturday 18th @ 1.55 am

New Moon:                         Monday 20th/Tuesday 21st

Sun moves into Virgo:       Thursday 23rd @ 3.07 am

Quarter Moon:                    Friday 24th @ 11.55 pm

Blue Moon:                         Friday 31st @ 11.59 pm (just made it by one minute!)

unless you work to the old system, where the calculation of Blue Moons is seasonal rather than by calendar month. For more information see here

 

Working wisely with lunar energies:

FULL MOON: Energy: Fullness of expression. Everything is revealed, if you ask nicely. The Full Moon is a good time to show gratitude, to feast with friends, to clean your crystals, to renew yourself, to build your psychic sensitivity. These three nights of beautiful moons offer a good energy to transform your life.

WANING MOON: Waning Gibbous energy: Harvest, culmination, sharing. Last Quarter Moon: Endings, grievings and goodbyes. Losing what is no longer useful; time to think and take stock. The time between the Full Moon and the Dark Moon is good for work to diminish, i.e. to lose bad habits, to decrease the size of a tumour, to bind another from doing harm. You can use the energy of the waning moon to release negative energy with a simple candle spell.

DARK MOON: Energy: Stillness, dormancy, time to look within and clear the path. The dark of the moon is a powerful time to go inside, to examine our unconscious and to look at our shadow selves. This time of endings also offers a new beginning; a beneficial time to cleanse your home & your environment, to release spent energy and welcome the new.

NEW MOON: Energy: Birth, new feelings, new paths. Use the energy of the Dark Moon to clear the way before you call in New Moon wishes.

WAXING MOON: First Quarter energy: New ideas take shape and establish themselves. Second Quarter energy or Waxing Gibbous: Creativity, modification and refinement of ideas and plans. Waxing simply means growing, and this time between the New Moon and the Full Moon is a grand time for growing projects: spells and rituals designed to increase abundance, health, love—If you have been in poor health, this is the time to work to increase your vitality, your ability to fight disease or to recover lost energy.

BLUE MOON: Energy: Just like a Full Moon, but on steroids. Every century there is an average of 41 months that contain two full moons which makes an average of two-and-a-half years between Blue Moons. So we use the term Once in a Blue Moon to denote something occurs not very often. Interesting trivia? February is the only month that can miss out on having a full moon and this only occurs four or five times every century. A Blue Moon is a time that’s rare enough to dedicate to special work, a self-dedication or an initiation, for example.  If you have no special magic work to celebrate, why not just have a frolic with friends? 

 

GARDENING:

Leafy annuals or those plants where you want to harvest the leaves are best planted 21st, 22nd, 23rd, morning of the 24th.

Fruiting annuals or those plants where you want to harvest prolific seed are best planted 1st, 27th, 28th

Root crops and perennials are plants where you want to harvest the root or where the root system is important for the long-term viability of the plant such as trees, shrubs, berries, bulbs, vines are best planted 4th, 5th, 9th.

Transplant seedlings or grafting for best results: first and second week of the lunar month, with the moon in a fertile or semi-fertile sign for best recovery, i.e. 1st, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, morning of the 24th, 27th, 28th.

Fertilise: use foliar or soluble fertilizers on waxing moon, i.e. 19th to 30th & use organic fertilizers on waning moon, i.e. 3rd to the 17th.

Prune on a waxing moon to encourage regrowth, i.e. 19th to 30th and on a waning moon to discourage reshooting, i.e. 3rd to the 17th.

Harvest grains fruits or roots to enhance storage qualities on the waning moon in a dry sign, i.e. 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th.

FISHING:

The best times to fish are likely to be August 1st to 5th, 17th to 21st, 30th to 3rd September. If you fish on these days during the 45 minutes either side of moonrise and moonset, and sunrise and sunset, you will have a better chance of fishing success.  Fishing lore also says: "Moon by day, fish by day; moon by night, fish by night."

VOID OF COURSE MOONS:

The energy during a void moon is erratic. During a void moon take things slowly, recharge your energies, clean up and if you can avoid scheduling important meetings or decision-making activities because you may feel spacey and find it hard to concentrate.

STARGAZING:

On the 12th you’ll be able to spot Jupiter in daylight, look near the waning crescent Moon.

On the 12th and 13th look up after midnight to see the Perseids meteor showers. The waning crescent moon won’t overwhelm the showers  which are bright, frequently leave continuing trails and will appear in all parts of the sky.  The Perseids are considered by many people to be the year’s best shower, and often peak at 50 or more meteors per hour in a dark sky.

  

On the 14th you’ll get a great opportunity to see Venus in the daytime as it will be very close to the south of the Moon and easily seen with binoculars.

Mercury isn’t good for stargazing this month, but will be at its best on the 16th.

Mars is slowly being left behind as the Earth orbits the Sun at a much faster rate than Mars. Mars is at a distance of 234,844,000km from the Earth as the month begins but by the end of the month that distance has extended to 269,276,000km.


 

JULY 2012

 

Full Moon:                                                Monday 4th @ 4.53 am

Quarter Moon:                                         Monday 11th @ 11.50 am

Dark Moon:                                              Thursday 19th @ 2.25 pm

Sun moves into Leo:                                 Sunday 22nd @ 8.02 pm   

New Moon:                                               Sunday 22nd  

Quarter Moon:                                         Thursday 26th @ 6.57 pm

 

GARDENING:

Leafy annuals or those plants where you want to harvest the leaves are best planted 24th, 25th, 26th.

Fruiting annuals or those plants where you want to harvest prolific seed are best planted 3rd, 27th, 28th, 31st.

Root crops and perennials are plants where you want to harvest the root or where the root system is important for the long-term viability of the plant such as trees, shrubs, berries, bulbs, vines are best planted 4th, morning of the 5th, afternoon of the 7th, all day 8th and 9th.

Transplant seedlings or grafting for best results: first and second week of the lunar month, with the moon in a fertile sign for best recovery, i.e. 3rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 31st.

Fertilise: use foliar or soluble fertilizers on waxing moon, i.e. 1st to 3rd, or from 20th to 31st & use organic fertilizers on waning moon, i.e. 6th to 18th. 

Prune on a waxing moon to encourage regrowth, i.e. 1st to 3rd or from 20th to 31st and on a waning moon to discourage reshooting, i.e. 6th to 18th.

Harvest grains fruits or roots to enhance storage qualities on the waning moon in a dry sign, i.e. 6th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th.

FISHING:

The best times to fish are likely to be July 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, possibly 7th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, possibly 22nd. If you fish on these days during the 45 minutes either side of moonrise and moonset, and sunrise and sunset, you will have a better chance of fishing success.  Fishing lore also says: "Moon by day, fish by day; moon by night, fish by night."

GROOMING & HEALTH:

1st to 3rd and 20th to 31st: WAXING MOON Work on growing projects or increasing abundance, health, love, etc. If you have been ill, this is the best time to work to increase your vitality and chi. Like plants, our bodies digest anything more quickly at this time so if you struggle to lose weight you will need to be careful about everything you eat and drink now.

3rd, 4th, 5th: FULL MOON Your reactions can be exaggerated; avoid arguments.  If you want your hair to grow full and thick, schedule a haircut for this time.

6th to the 18th: WANING MOON Good energy to remove any growths such as tumours, warts or sun spots as there will be fewer complications and less scarring. You won’t put on weight as quickly because you can release and let go easily, so any cleansing, detoxification, facials, lymphatic drainage will work well now. A good time for detaching, to get rid of addictions like smoking, sex or chocolate, also an auspicious time to remove unwanted hair for slow regrowth, schedule hair dyes or dental work for good results.

18th, 19th, 20th: DARK MOON Take time off to relax, go inside to examine motives and to look at our shadow selves. You can use the energy of the Dark Moon to clear the way before you call in New Moon wishes on Sunday 22nd.

VOID OF COURSE MOONS:

During a void moon take things slowly, recharge your energies, clean up and if you can avoid scheduling important meetings or decision-making activities because you may feel spacey and find it hard to concentrate.

STARGAZING:

July 28 and 29, 2012 Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower: The Delta Aquariids get their name because their radiant appears to lie in the constellation Aquarius, near one of the constellation's brightest stars, Delta Aquarii. There are two branches of the Delta Aquariid meteor shower, Southern and Northern. The Southern Delta Aquariids are a strong shower with an average meteor observation rate of 15–20 per hour, and a peak zenith hourly rate of 18. The Delta Aquariids are best viewed in the pre-dawn hours, away from the glow of city lights and after the waxing gibbous moon has set, and Southern Hemisphere viewers usually get a better show because the radiant is higher in the sky.


JUNE 2012

Full Moon:                                                Monday 4th @ 9.12 pm (partial eclipse)

Quarter Moon:                                         Monday 11th @ 8.42 pm

Dark Moon:                                              Wednesday 20th @ 1.03 am

Sun moves into Cancer:                         Thursday 21st @ 9.10 am                

Midwinter Solstice:                                Thursday 21st 

New Moon:                                              Friday 22nd  

Quarter Moon:                                         Wednesday 27th @ 1.30 am

GARDENING:

Leafy annuals or those plants where you want to harvest the leaves are best planted:

Fruiting annuals, or those plants where you want to harvest prolific seed are best planted:

Root crops and perennials are plants where you want to harvest the root or where the root system is important for the long-term viability of the plant such as trees, shrubs, berries, bulbs, vines are best planted :

Transplant seedlings or grafting for best results: first and second week of the lunar month, with the moon in a fertile sign for best recovery, i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, afternoon of 20th, 21st, morning of 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th.

Fertilise: use foliar or soluble fertilizers on waxing moon, i.e. 1st to 3rd, or from 21st to 30th & use organic fertilizers on waning moon, i.e. 6th to 19th. 

Prune on a waxing moon to encourage regrowth, i.e. 1st to 3rd or from 21st to 30th and on a waning moon to discourage reshooting, i.e. 6th to 19th.

 

Harvest grains fruits or roots to enhance storage qualities on the waning moon in a dry sign, i.e. 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 19th

FISHING:

The best times to fish are for the three nights of the Dark Moon and three nights of the Full Moon, and for a couple of nights afterwards, i.e. June 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, possibly 7th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, possibly 23rd. You can further refine these times for fishing success by fishing on these days during the 45 minutes either side of moonrise and moonset, and sunrise and sunset.  Fishing lore also says: "Moon by day, fish by day; moon by night, fish by night."

GROOMING & HEALTH:

1st to 3rd and 21st to 30th: WAXING MOON This is the best time to work on growing projects or increasing abundance, health, love, etc. If you have been ill, this is the best time of the month to work to increase your vitality and chi. Like plants, our bodies digest anything more quickly at this time so if you struggle to lose weight you will need to be careful about everything you eat and drink now.

3rd, 4th, 5th: FULL MOON Your reactions and response can be exaggerated; avoid arguments.  If you want your hair to grow full and thick, schedule a haircut for this time.

6th to the 19th: WANING MOON Good energy to remove any growths such as tumours, warts or sun spots as there will be fewer complications and less scarring. You won’t put on weight as quickly because you can release and let go easily, so any cleansing, detoxification, facials, lymphatic drainage will work well now. This is a good time for detaching, to get rid of addictions like smoking, sex or chocolate, also an auspicious time to remove unwanted hair for slow regrowth, schedule hair dyes or dental work for good results.

19th, 20th, 21st; DARK MOON Take time off to relax. Take stock and go inside to examine motives and to look at our shadow selves. You can use the energy of the Dark Moon to clear the way before you call in New Moon wishes on Friday 22nd.

VOID OF COURSE MOONS:

 

During a void moon take