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The Moon orbits around the Earth and hence the illuminated parts of the Moon visible to us changes and this results in the various phases of the Moon. The Moon takes 27.3 days to orbit Earth, but the lunar phase cycle from new Moon to new Moon is 29.5 days. During New Moon, the Moon is so close to the Sun in the sky that none of the side facing Earth is illuminated . That is the Moon is between Earth and Sun. At full Moon, the Moon is behind Earth in space with respect to the Sun. As the Sun sets, the Moon rises with the side that faces Earth fully exposed to sunlight.

The full Moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox is referred to as the "Harvest Moon," since its bright presence in the night sky allows the farmers to work longer into the night, reaping the rewards of their hard labor done in spring. The full moon is a time of culmination, time for things to reach their totality, and it bring plans, ideas and projects together. This is also a time for romance, fertilization, relationships, emotions and feelings. New Moon represents new beginnings, start -ups, births, etc. It is a time to start new relationships, plant gardens/plants, and renew life. Fresh possibilities and new energy flow are seen during New Moon.

JANUARY 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern Time Pacific Position
Full Moon Jan 7 4:54 pm 1:54 pm  18:26 Cancer
Fourth Quarter Jan 14 12:04 pm 9:04 am  25:38 Libra
New Moon Jan 21 5:35 pm 2:35 pm  02:42 Aquarius
Second Quarter Jan 30 8:21 pm 5:21 pm  10:41 Taurus

FEBRUARY 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern USA Time Pacific USA Position
Full Moon Feb 7 4:54 pm 1:54 pm  18:32 Leo
Fourth Quarter Feb 14 12:04 pm 9:04 am  25:24 Scorpio
New Moon Feb 21 5:35 pm 2:35 pm 02:42 Pisces
Second Quarter Feb 29 8:21 pm 5:21 pm   10:52 Gemini

MARCH 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern USA Time Pacific USA Position
Full Moon Mar 8 4:39 am 1:39 am  18:13 Virgo
Fourth Quarter Mar 14 9:25 pm 6:25 pm  24:52 Sagittarius
New Moon Mar 22 10:37 am 7:37 am  02:22 Aries
Second Quarter Mar 30 3:41 pm 12:41 pm  10:30 Cancer

APRIL 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern USA Time Pacific USA Position
Full Moon Apr 6 3:19 pm 12:19 pm  17:23 Libra
Fourth Quarter Apr 13 6:50 am 3:50 am  23:55 Capricorn
New Moon Apr 21 12:05 am 9:05 pm (4/20)  01:35 Taurus
Second Quarter Apr 29 5:57 am 2:57 am  09:29 Leo

MAY 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern USA Time Pacific USA Position
Full Moon May 5 11:35 pm 8:35 pm  16:01 Scorpio
Fourth Quarter May 12 5:47 pm 2:47 pm  22:33 Aquarius
New Moon- Solar Eclipse
May 20 7:23 pm 4:23 pm  00:21 Gemini
Second Quarter May 28 4:16 pm 1:16 pm  07:53 Virgo

JUNE 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern USA Time Pacific USA Position
Full Moon - Lunar Eclipse
Jun 4 7:03 am 4:03 am 14:08 Sagittarius
Fourth Quarter Jun 11 6:41 am 3:41 am  20:54 Pisces
New Moon Jun 19 11:02 am 8:02 am  28:43 Gemini
Second Quarter Jun 26 11:30 pm 8:30 pm  05:54 Libra

JULY 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern USA Time Pacific USA Position
Full Moon Jul 3 2:52 pm 11:52 am  12:14 Capricorn
Fourth Quarter Jul 10 9:48 pm 6:48 pm  19:11 Aries
New Moon Jul 19 12:24 am 9:24 pm (Jul 18)  26:55 Cancer
Second Quarter Jul 26 4:56 am 1:56 am  03:47 Scorpio

AUGUST 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern USA Time Pacific USA Position
Full Moon Aug 1 11:27 pm 8:27 pm  10:15 Aquarius
Fourth Quarter Aug 9 2:55 pm 11:55 am  17:34 Taurus
New Moon Aug 17 11:54 am 8:54 am  25:08 Leo
Second Quarter Aug 24 9:54 am 6:54 am  01:48 Sagittarius
Full Moon Aug 31 9:58 am 6:58 am 08:34 Pisces

SEPTEMBER 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern USA Time Pacific USA Position
Fourth Quarter Sep 8 9:15 am 6:15 am  16:17 Gemini
New Moon Sep 15 10:11 pm 7:11 pm  23:37 Virgo
Second Quarter Sep 22 3:41 pm 12:41 pm  00:12 Capricorn
Full Moon Sep 30 11:19 pm 8:19 pm  07:22 Aries

OCTOBER 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern USA Time Pacific USA Position
Fourth Quarter Oct 8 3:33 am 12:33 am  15:26 Cancer
New Moon Oct 15 8:02 am 5:02 am  22:32 Libra
Second Quarter Oct 21 11:32 pm 8:32 pm  29:09 Capricorn
Full Moon Oct 29 3:49 pm 12:49 pm  06:48 Taurus

NOVEMBER 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern USA Time Pacific USA Position
Fourth Quarter Nov 6 7:36 pm 4:36 pm  22:32 Libra
New Moon- Solar Eclipse
Nov 13 5:17 pm 2:17 pm 21:57 Scorpio
Second Quarter Nov 20 9:31 am 6:31 am  28:41 Aquarius
Full Moon- Lunar Eclipse
Nov 28 9:33 am 6:33 am 06:40 Gemini

DECEMBER 2012

Phase Date Time Eastern USA Time Pacific USA Position
Fourth Quarter Dec 6 10:31 am 7:31 am  14:55 Virgo
New Moon Dec 13 3:42 am 12:42 am  21:45 Sagittarius
Second Quarter Dec 20 12:19 am 9:19 pm (12/19)  28:44 Pisces
Full Moon Dec 28 5:21 am 2:21 am  07:06 Cancer


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