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?

By Justyna Rossy

New Moon

The Moon goes through different phases. There are eight different phases 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 calculates at about 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds (approximately). It does vary with to the moons irregular orbit patterns and is influenced by the gravity conflict between the Sun and the Moon. A new moon is an excellent time to let go of old habits and behaviours 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.

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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 Moon comes between Sun and Earth in a continuous line. Throughout the eclipse, the Moon moves over the surface of the Earth. As we are at Earth and we will be able to see that Moon is going to obstruct the light of Sun as it totally covers the Sun. This can only take place during a new moon, when Sun and Moon are in conjunction, as seen from Earth. This is how 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. 

  1. a Solar Eclipse is a New Moon – a conjunction of the Sun and the Moon. It is not visible from every party in the world.
  2. A Lunar Eclipse is a Full Moon – when the Moon passes through the shadow of the earth. It can be visible from every part of the world where the Moon has risen above the horizon. 

The important factor that transforms the new or full moon into an eclipse is the position of the nodes. The new of full moon do not have to be exactly conjunct either the North r South Node for the eclipse to occur. 

If a New Moon occurs:

  • within 0 – approx 10 degrees = total
  • between 10 and 15 is = partial
  • and 15-18 can be partial

If a full moon:

  • occurs within 12 degrees partial. 
  • 0-3 total
  • 3-6 can be partial or total

To learn more about eclipses watch the video below: