Full Moon and New Moon August 2017
Some exciting news for August! The Full Moon will occur on the 7th of the month but the fascinating news will be when the New Moon occurs later in the month on August 21st. In the United States a total eclipse should be visible, with partial eclipses in other parts of the world including London so get your telescopes at the ready!
August’s Full Moon on the 7th is also known as the Sturgeon Moon, which represents the fish found in some of the American Great Lakes. What is also interesting to note is that some Indian tribes named it the Corn Moon, Fruit Moon or Grain Moon. This was to represent the crops ripening at this time of year. Some people south of the equator refer to it as; the Snow, Storm, Hunger and Wolf moon.
How does the Moon work?
Did you know the moon always shows us the same face? There is no one single dark side of the moon. It is a celestial sphere that takes 27 days to rotate on its own axis and rotates around our planet once every 27.3 days.
What we see when we look at the moon is simply reflected sunlight. On average, the moon will rise about 50 minutes later each day, which means sometimes it rises during the day time and others during night time hours.
Full Moon and New Moon Phases
When we experience a New Moon, the satellite is between Earth and the sun. The part of the moon facing toward us lot on the ground receives no direct sunlight. The only light source is the dim sunlight reflected from Earth.
A full moon however, occurs once the satellite has travelled 180 degrees from its new moon position. Effectively the Earth, moon and Sun have formed a line. This can offer spectacular views that so many of us look out for on a clear night.
When a full moon rises, it’s usually doing so some hours either side of the actual time when it’s technically full. If you happen to be watching the night sky yourself, you won’t even notice the difference! Interestingly, the moon will look largely the same on the days immediately before and after the official full moon.
The Moon in Folklore
There is much folklore surrounding the moon and its different phases, interesting ones to note:
- Some people believe that washing your clothes during a full moon may mean they will not last as long.
- Others believe if you look at the moon over your right shoulder it may bring you good luck.
- For a project to prosper, you should start it during a new moon.
- The moon is linked with the tides of the oceans which could be due to its gravitational pull on the earth. and that our bodies, made mostly of water, are also affected. This is one of the reasons why a full moon catches the attention of so many people.
Whatever your thoughts and feelings of the moon are, it is clear that it has a powerful effect on how we can see ourselves and the world around us.
The lunar eclipse on Monday August 7, 2017 is at 15° Aquarius.
The lunar eclipse August 2017 in astrology is a real mixed bag. This means that a powerful drive for personal success may have an effect on many aspects of your life. This can include how you feel towards others, including relationships and even your moods.
It is also a time which may make you feel greedier than normal, selfish even. You could even uncover that ruthless streak whilst making your way up the ladder of success.
Often we hear people say “I’m emotional, must be the full moon.” If you are able to harness these thoughts, feelings and emotions then there’s a chance everyone can take something positive from what is a sight to behold in the night sky. It is also an important part of our calendar which goes back generations.
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