As the Moon orbits around Earth, its illuminated portion changes based on where it is in relation to both Earth and the Sun.
The Moon goes through a cycle of eight phases. Each phase affects things like shop inventory, enemy spawn rates and Fishing Power.
The new moon is a time for starting fresh, setting clear intentions and planting seeds. It’s also a time to let go and release what no longer serves you so that you can welcome in the new.
It is also a time to celebrate and appreciate your growth. Whether it’s something you’ve learned in the past month, or you just feel like you haven’t grown much since last month, use this moon to reflect and set new goals.
If you’re in the zodiac sign of Pisces, it’s a good time to enjoy things that make you feel happy, and fill your life with fun activities. This may help you avoid letting things slip by that don’t align with your heart.
As the moon continues to darken, you’re urged to relax and renew, taking some time off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This can be intuitively or consciously carved out to allow you to slow down, breathe, and recharge for the next few weeks.
The moon phase last night, which is known as the first quarter of the moon phase, marked the Moon being a quarter of the way through its lunar cycle and journey around Earth. This is also the time of the month when the Moon rises around noon and sets at about midnight, according to NASA.
This phase got its name because it’s when we see half of the Moon’s surface illuminated. The left side is illuminated in the Northern Hemisphere, while the right side is lit in the Southern Hemisphere.
In addition, this phase marks the point where the Moon begins to complete one revolution. The next stage of the moon’s orbit is called the Last Quarter, and it’s when we see half of the Sun-facing side of the Moon illuminated.
All phases of the moon are visible from anywhere on Earth. They occur in a cyclic order and the exact fraction of the disk that is illuminated changes over time. The primary phases are New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, and Last Quarter. The two crescent and gibbous phases are intermediate phases that occur between the primary phases.
Last night, the full moon phase was at its peak in the sky. The Moon reached its maximum brightness at 6:08 p.m. ET on Friday, according to EarthSky. It will be visible in most areas around the globe, though some may not see it for a few hours after sunset.
The full Moon is a lunar phase that occurs roughly once every month, when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned in straight line with each other. This is the only phase where all of the surface of the Moon is fully illuminated by the sun, and it’s also one of the most powerful tides on Earth because of the Sun and Moon’s gravitational pull.
The Moon’s full phase happens when its orbit intersects Earth’s plane of orbit, placing it in the shadow of the planet and allowing us to see a lunar eclipse (when the Moon passes directly in front of Earth’s umbral shadow). These happen about twice per year.
In the Northern Hemisphere, this is called “first quarter” and in the Southern Hemisphere, it is referred to as “last quarter.” When it is a first quarter phase, half of the Moon’s surface is illuminated.
As the days progress, the illuminated portion of the Moon shrinks from left to right until a last quarter phase, where half the disk is illuminated and the other half in darkness. This is the stage that is commonly referred to as a “half moon”.
When it is a last quarter phase, the Moon, Sun and Earth are at west quadrature, where the Sun is 90 degrees west of the Moon. These are considered primary phases and dates for these phases are published in almanacs and calendars.
The moon phase last night was a waxing crescent, meaning that a thin sliver of the Moon is illuminated and a larger part is in darkness. This is a good time to start work on projects you’ve been postponing, and to set goals for the next moon cycle.
The waxing phase of the Moon is best seen in the west after sunset, while the waning crescent phase can be seen to the south. You can use our Moon phases calendar to learn when the moon rises and sets each night.
The Moon phase is a simple matter of the shape of the Moon in relation to the sun. When the Moon is new, it’s a C-shaped Moon; when it is full, it’s an O-shaped Moon. Throughout the lunar cycle, however, the Moon’s shape can change from thick to thin.
The Moon was in the Waxing Gibbous phase last night, as it prepares for the Full Moon. This is the first of the three phases that occur before a Full Moon – the waxing crescent, first quarter and full moon.
It can be seen as a swollen disc that appears more than 50% lighted. It rises after sunset, reaches a peak up high in the sky around midnight, and is visible to the south after sunrise.
This phase is a great time to reflect on the past and set new intentions for the future. It’s a time to re-evaluate your goals and feel grateful for all that you’ve achieved this month.
This is also the time for spiritual people to refine and cultivate themselves before their next stage of development. They might start reading a book, practicing a new skill or going deeper into their meditation practices.
If you noticed that the moon looked slimmer last night, it means that the waning crescent phase is about to begin. This is a phase that can help you reflect on the past month and prepare for a fresh start in the next.
The waning crescent is also the time to release any resentments, regrets, or negative emotions you may have. It’s also the time to purge anything you no longer need, like clothes and old makeup that doesn’t make you feel beautiful anymore.
Another thing you might notice about the waning crescent phase is that it is the time to see earthshine. This is an ashen glow that occurs when the dark side of the Moon reflects light from the Earth and then it refracts it again as if it were still being lit up by direct sunlight.
This can be seen a few nights before and after a New Moon, as well as during the crescent phases. This is an exciting way to see the Moon and learn more about its cycles!
A morning crescent phase occurs when the Moon is still very small, but it is visible in the sky before sunrise. It is the last phase of the lunar cycle and follows the waning gibbous moon and first quarter moon.
The last quarter moon, also known as Third Quarter Moon, is when the Moon completes its monthly transformation and is three-quarters of the way through its orbit. This phase is named for its appearance.
At this stage, we see half of the Moon’s surface illuminated. This side of the Moon is on the left in the Northern Hemisphere and on the right in the Southern Hemisphere.
But, it’s not just a matter of which side the moon is lit up – how exactly you see it depends on your location and time of day! When the moon is on your left, the line that divides the illuminated and dark part of it, called the terminator, can appear on the top, bottom or side.
So, next time you wake up to the bright light of a morning crescent phase, take a moment to enjoy its beauty. This is an important astrological event that heralds new beginnings and an opportunity to start fresh.