Lunar Phase

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The moon's main phases

The varying forms of the Moon as seen from the Earth which are caused by the changing astronomical relationship between the Moon and the Sun.

The most important lunar phases are the new Moon, the waxing first quarter, the full Moon and the waning third quarter. Human beings have long recognised the importance of the lunar phases which were almost certainly the main catalyst for the creation of calendars in order to systematise and record their experiences.

In Indian Astrology the lunar mansions are called Nakshatras - 28 (sometimes also 27) sectors along the Ecliptic. Their names are related to the most prominent Asterisms in the respective sectors.[1]

See also


Here the Full Moon is the fifth phase


  • Christopher Warnock: The Mansions of the Moon. 192 pages, Renaissance Astrology, 2006. ISBN 1905047746
Review online (Deborah Houlding, 2006)

Notes and References

  1. The classical list of nakshatras is first found in the Vedanga Jyotisha, a text dated to the 600-700 BCE. So the nakshatra system predates the Hellenistic Astrology which became prevalent from about the second century CE