Brad Watson

2014-May-16, 04:19 PM

I've encountered many 'experts' who incorrectly state that the "4 phases of the Moon are New Moon, 1st Quarter, Full Moon, Last Quarter". 3rd Grade math has us place 1st Quarter first. The 2nd Quarter is the Full Moon. The 3rd Quarter is just that; it certainly is not the "Last Quarter"! And the 4th Quarter/Last Quarter is the New Moon. Hence, the 4 lunar phases are 1st Quarter, Full Moon, 3rd Quarter, New Moon. Ironically, I've seen astrologers get this right while professional astronomers get it wrong even in college textbooks! When the 4 Lunar Phases are divided into the 8 Lunar Phases, almost everyone starts their chart with the New Moon. Ok, but that's the '4th Quarter' or 'Last Quarter'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_phases

Lunar 'moonths' are 29.53 days long, therefore the 4 phases are roughly 7 days (~7.4 days) each varying due to apogee and perigee. This is where the 7 Day Creation Story of Genasis emanates from; the 4 lunar phases is where the 7 day week and 4 weeks in a month originated. The ancients didn't do fractions. They would keep track of the lunar months by alternating between 29 and 30 day cycles. At Stonehenge, there was one circle of 29 posts and another of 30. Lunar calendars like the Hebrew and Arabic Calendars alternate between 29 and 30 days. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_calendar

The lunar year is 12 lunar months and ~354 days (29.53 x 12) long. Lunar year + 7 day week + 4 days = 365 day solar year. Every 19 years, the synodic (lunar) month and solar year align, i.e. a Full Moon on July 4th (7/4) won't reoccur again for 19 years. This is known as the Metonic Cycle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metonic_cycle

Lunar 'moonths' are 29.53 days long, therefore the 4 phases are roughly 7 days (~7.4 days) each varying due to apogee and perigee. This is where the 7 Day Creation Story of Genasis emanates from; the 4 lunar phases is where the 7 day week and 4 weeks in a month originated. The ancients didn't do fractions. They would keep track of the lunar months by alternating between 29 and 30 day cycles. At Stonehenge, there was one circle of 29 posts and another of 30. Lunar calendars like the Hebrew and Arabic Calendars alternate between 29 and 30 days. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_calendar

The lunar year is 12 lunar months and ~354 days (29.53 x 12) long. Lunar year + 7 day week + 4 days = 365 day solar year. Every 19 years, the synodic (lunar) month and solar year align, i.e. a Full Moon on July 4th (7/4) won't reoccur again for 19 years. This is known as the Metonic Cycle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metonic_cycle