Moon phases

What are the phases of the moon

The Moon is known as the natural satellite of the Earth. For billions of years it has been an incredible source of mystery and has been associated with the most disparate activities that take place on Earth since ancient times. The term Moon probably derives from the very fact that this satellite does not shine with its own light but as a reflection, through the light of the sun. The phases of the moon describe the aspects that the moon makes visible in its continuous movement on the earth’s axis. The phases of the moon are constantly repeated in what is known as the “synodic month”, consisting of a total of 29 days. In the past, the phases of the moon practically dictated the rhythms of daily life and still today they influence many aspects (think, for example, of the phenomenon of the tides).

New Moon and Crescent Moon

The phases of the moon are mainly 4. The first 2 are the new moon (also called “new moon”) and the waxing moon (or “first quarter”). In the new Moon phase, the Moon is exactly between the Earth and the Sun. Consequently, the Sun does not illuminate the face of the Moon visible from the Earth and the satellite is not visible because it is dark. This is one of those moments that can be defined as a source of renewing energies. For example, it is easier for trees affected by disease to heal (obviously following a pruning). In the waxing Moon phase, a very small wedge of the Moon is visible as it grows. This is the phase with the greatest ability to empower and regenerate. For example, it is the period in which the most births occur. Also very favored are the grafts, the potting and the grafts of the plants.

Full moon and waning moon

In the full Moon phase (or “full moon”), the Moon is completely visible because, astronomically speaking, it is the Earth, this time, that is between the Moon and the Sun. This is a period of tremendous empowerment of vital energies. It is the perfect time for fertilizing (but not for pruning). All living organisms have the very clear perception of the changes related to the impulses of the Moon which, from waxing, is preparing to become waning. The waning Moon (or “last quarter”) is the consolidation phase par excellence, the one in which the most important thing is to progress. The earth is more receptive at this time so the sowing of vegetables that grow underground is very successful. The use of pesticides and herbicides has also been more successful in this period,

Moon phases: Influence on plants

The phases of the moon have had an incredible influence on plants since ancient times. Today, for many, everything is superfluous as a result of the advent of technology. Yet, by carefully following the lunar calendars, the phases of the moon can be exploited to obtain the best in agriculture. For example, the crescent Moon is the moment in which the foliar developments are particularly stimulated and in which many first fruits are planted such as beans, carrots, parsley, turnip beets. Crops are also favored, especially vegetables to be eaten fresh, but the waning moon period in agriculture is perfect for sowing lettuce, onions, broad beans, lentils or peas. The crops of vegetables to be used for conservation are also favored.

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