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Earth and the Moon orbit the Sun together. As this movement takes place, the Moon goes through multiple transformations known as Moon phases. They express the passage of time in the sky; therefore, it has been a tool that aid in understanding motion and seasons of change.
There are eight different phases of the Moon. Four primary phases of the Moon occur about a week apart.
4 Primary phases
Third Quarter (Last Quarter)
It takes our Moon nearly 29.5 days to complete a cycle of phases.
8 Major phases
New Moon (New moons are especially challenging to view because a new moon is always closest to the Sun).
Waxing Crescent Moon
First Quarter Moon (Half Moon)
Waxing Gibbous Moon
Waning Gibbous Moon
Last Quarter Moon (Half Moon)
Waning Crescent Moon (cycling back to New Moon)
Influence on Planting
The moon's gravitational pull is largely known for its effect on the tides of the ocean however, that applies to all water on Earth including water in the soil and our bodies.
Therefore it also creates more moisture in the soil, which encourages growth. This awareness allowed people of ancient civilizations and modern-day cultures to determine when to plant and harvest, ultimately designing a system that works for them in their unique ecosystem.
Influence on Our Lives
These phases also encouraged great cultural significance through the times. Specifically, the New moon and full moon phases. These two phases have been known to affect the quality of human emotions in turn affecting our lives. IKI.XI Yaku Tan-I (ancestral wisdom) teaches that during these times when the moon takes certain positions it heightens the nature of our inner being (at that moment).
With this awareness rituals and other cultural practices were designed to influence a certain quality. Making one in control of one's nature instead of being a victim to nature. Today, many individuals continue to employ these phases of change to celebrate or mark birth, rebirth, death or purification, etc.
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