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Certain rituals are best performed in particular phases of the moon. Spells for prosperity, good harvests, material gain and the like are best performed when the moon is waxing, that is before the full moon and after the new moon. Spells intended to rid oneself of something, say excess weight or a bad habit, are best performed when the moon is waning, after the full moon and before the new moon. It is entirely possible to alter this timing, it is just one additional influence, it does not make or break the ritual. If in need, conduct the ritual when you need to and don't concern yourself overly with the moon phase.

 

Tonight's Moon Phase

This moon phase graphic is provided by the Naval Observatory

Explanation of Moon Phases

New Moon - The Moon's unilluminated side is facing the Earth. The Moon is not visible (except during a solar eclipse).
Waxing Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing.
First Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing.
Waxing Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing.
Full Moon - The Moon's illuminated side is facing the Earth. The Moon appears to be completely illuminated by direct sunlight.
Waning Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing.
Last Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing.
Waning Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing.
 

Future Phases of the Moon

The following information is from the U.S. Naval Observatory. It provides the date and time of all the phases of the moon for the years 2000-2004 in Greenwich Mean Time, also known as Universal Time, Coordinated. To obtain U.S. civil time from UTC, use the following table.

To obtain   Atlantic Daylight Time subtract 3 hours from UTC
  Atlantic Standard Time subtract 4 hours from UTC
  Eastern Daylight Time subtract 4 hours from UTC
  Eastern Standard Time subtract 5 hours from UTC
  Central Daylight Time subtract 5 hours from UTC
  Central Standard Time subtract 6 hours from UTC
  Mountain Daylight Time subtract 6 hours from UTC
  Mountain Standard Time subtract 7 hours from UTC
  Pacific Daylight Time subtract 7 hours from UTC
  Pacific Standard Time subtract 8 hours from UTC
  Alaska Daylight Time subtract 8 hours from UTC
  Alaska Standard Time subtract 9 hours from UTC
  Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time   subtract 9 hours from UTC
  Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time   subtract 10 hours from UTC
  Samoa Standard Time subtract 11 hours from UTC
 

2002 Phases of the Moon

Universal Time



      NEW MOON    FIRST QUARTER        FULL MOON     LAST QUARTER

       d  h  m          d  h  m          d  h  m          d  h  m

                                                   JAN.   6  3 55
JAN.  13 13 29   JAN.  21 17 46   JAN.  28 22 50   FEB.   4 13 33
FEB.  12  7 41   FEB.  20 12 02   FEB.  27  9 17   MAR.   6  1 24
MAR.  14  2 02   MAR.  22  2 28   MAR.  28 18 25   APR.   4 15 29
APR.  12 19 21   APR.  20 12 48   APR.  27  3 00   MAY    4  7 16
MAY   12 10 45   MAY   19 19 42   MAY   26 11 51   JUNE   3  0 05
JUNE  10 23 46   JUNE  18  0 29   JUNE  24 21 42   JULY   2 17 19
JULY  10 10 26   JULY  17  4 47   JULY  24  9 07   AUG.   1 10 22
AUG.   8 19 15   AUG.  15 10 12   AUG.  22 22 29   AUG.  31  2 31
SEPT.  7  3 10   SEPT. 13 18 08   SEPT. 21 13 59   SEPT. 29 17 03
OCT.   6 11 17   OCT.  13  5 33   OCT.  21  7 20   OCT.  29  5 28
NOV.   4 20 34   NOV.  11 20 52   NOV.  20  1 34   NOV.  27 15 46
DEC.   4  7 34   DEC.  11 15 48   DEC.  19 19 10   DEC.  27  0 31

2003 Phases of the Moon

Universal Time



      NEW MOON    FIRST QUARTER        FULL MOON     LAST QUARTER

       d  h  m          d  h  m          d  h  m          d  h  m

JAN.   2 20 23   JAN.  10 13 15   JAN.  18 10 48   JAN.  25  8 33
FEB.   1 10 48   FEB.   9 11 11   FEB.  16 23 51   FEB.  23 16 46
MAR.   3  2 35   MAR.  11  7 15   MAR.  18 10 34   MAR.  25  1 51
APR.   1 19 19   APR.   9 23 40   APR.  16 19 36   APR.  23 12 18
MAY    1 12 15   MAY    9 11 53   MAY   16  3 36   MAY   23  0 31
MAY   31  4 20   JUNE   7 20 28   JUNE  14 11 16   JUNE  21 14 45
JUNE  29 18 39   JULY   7  2 32   JULY  13 19 21   JULY  21  7 01
JULY  29  6 53   AUG.   5  7 28   AUG.  12  4 48   AUG.  20  0 48
AUG.  27 17 26   SEPT.  3 12 34   SEPT. 10 16 36   SEPT. 18 19 03
SEPT. 26  3 09   OCT.   2 19 09   OCT.  10  7 27   OCT.  18 12 31
OCT.  25 12 50   NOV.   1  4 24   NOV.   9  1 13   NOV.  17  4 15
NOV.  23 22 59   NOV.  30 17 16   DEC.   8 20 37   DEC.  16 17 42
DEC.  23  9 43   DEC.  30 10 03

2004 Phases of the Moon

Universal Time



      NEW MOON    FIRST QUARTER        FULL MOON     LAST QUARTER

       d  h  m          d  h  m          d  h  m          d  h  m

                                  JAN.   7 15 40   JAN.  15  4 46
JAN.  21 21 05   JAN.  29  6 03   FEB.   6  8 47   FEB.  13 13 39
FEB.  20  9 18   FEB.  28  3 24   MAR.   6 23 14   MAR.  13 21 01
MAR.  20 22 41   MAR.  28 23 48   APR.   5 11 03   APR.  12  3 46
APR.  19 13 21   APR.  27 17 32   MAY    4 20 33   MAY   11 11 04
MAY   19  4 52   MAY   27  7 57   JUNE   3  4 20   JUNE   9 20 02
JUNE  17 20 27   JUNE  25 19 08   JULY   2 11 09   JULY   9  7 33
JULY  17 11 24   JULY  25  3 37   JULY  31 18 05   AUG.   7 22 01
AUG.  16  1 24   AUG.  23 10 12   AUG.  30  2 22   SEPT.  6 15 10
SEPT. 14 14 29   SEPT. 21 15 53   SEPT. 28 13 09   OCT.   6 10 12
OCT.  14  2 48   OCT.  20 21 59   OCT.  28  3 07   NOV.   5  5 53
NOV.  12 14 27   NOV.  19  5 50   NOV.  26 20 07   DEC.   5  0 53
DEC.  12  1 29   DEC.  18 16 39   DEC.  26 15 06

Names of the Full Moons

    
         Algonquin/  English/  Neo-Pagan     Other
         colonial    medieval

  Jan    Old         Wolf      Ice           Moon After Yule
  Feb    Hunger      Storm     Snow
  Mar    Crust       Chaste    Death         Sap; Crow; Lenten
  Apr    Pink        Seed      Awakening     Grass; Egg
  May    Flower      Hare      Grass         Planting; Milk
  Jun    Rose        Dyan      Planting      Strawberry; Flower
  Jul    Buck        Mead      Rose          Hay; Thunder
  Aug    Sturgeon    Corn      Lightening    Grain; Dog Days
  Sep    Harvest     Barley    Harvest       Fruit
  Oct    Hunter's    Blood     Blood
  Nov    Beaver      Snow      Tree          Frosty
  Dec    Cold        Oak       Long Night    Moon Before Yule