Full & New Moons Explained

Each month we experience a new moon then two weeks later a full moon. I think everyone has experienced the feeling of full moon energy, did you know new moons, positive and negative ions influence you too?

There are eight different phases in the Moon’s cycle with the New Moon being the first phase. When the Sun and the Moon have the same ecliptic longitude, it seems that the moon ‘disappears’. This is because, during the time of the New Moon, the Moon is on the same side of the Earth as the Sun, causing the dark side of the Moon to face our planet. More precisely, during the new moon phase, it’s hidden behind the Sun from sunrise to sunset, giving us the impression that it has disappeared.

This cycle has been appropriately named the ‘Dark Moon’.

The cycle from one Dark Moon to the next is called a lunation. An average lunation lasts about 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds (approximately). However, it does vary, because of the Moon’s irregular orbit patterns and the influence of the gravity conflict between the Sun and the Moon. A New Moon is an excellent time to let go of old habits and behavioural patterns that outlived their purpose, to bring new energy into your life. Everything is in decline now – life energy, emotions and physiological activity. Plans needing significant effort are not advisable now. This is an unfavourable time for people with low blood pressure and those prone to depression.

What is the difference between a Lunar Eclipse and New Moon?

They seem considerably similar, and there is often confusion between the two. A lunar eclipse occurs twice a year whereas a New Moon happens once a month. 

Full Moon

The term Lunatic comes from the word Lunar (Moon). Emotions, psychic energy and physical activity – everything is at its peak. This is the time of heightened creativity; nevertheless, for people inclined to high blood pressure, epilepsy or over-enthusiasm, the full moon period can produce too much excess.

Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is a natural event, as it takes place when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth in a continuous line. Throughout the eclipse, the Moon moves over the surface of the Earth. As we are on Earth and we will be able to see that the Moon is going to obstruct the light of the Sun as it totally covers the Sun. This can only take place during a New Moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction, as seen from Earth. This is how a Solar Eclipse takes place.

Types of solar eclipse

There are three types of eclipses that occur, and these are total Solar Eclipse, Partial Solar Eclipse and Annual Solar Eclipse. 

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