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I am Giovanni and in this article from my “lunar calendar book” you will find the most detailed and easy-to-read online source available for you to delve into and discover everything you need to know about today’s lunar phase as :

  • what moon is today
  • what sign is the moon in today
  • knowing whether the moon is waxing or waning
  • the lunar calendar for sowing, pruning and farm work
  • the biodynamic lunar calendar
  • the lunar calendar for bottling
  • … and much more!

If you want to know more about today’s, this month’s and this year’s lunar calendars, continue reading now!

A lunar calendar is a calendar based on the monthly cycles of the phases of the moon (synodic months), in contrast to solar calendars, whose annual cycles are based only directly on the solar year. The most commonly used calendar, the Gregorian calendar, is a solar calendar system that originally evolved from a lunar calendar system. A purely lunar calendar also differs from a lunisolar calendar, whose lunar months are aligned with the solar year through a process of intercalation. The details of when the months begin vary from calendar to calendar, with some using the new, full or crescent moon and others employing detailed calculations.

what moon phase is it today - moon phases - lunar calendar
moon phase diagram

Since each lunation is about 29 1⁄2 days (29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, 3 seconds, or 29.530588 days), it is common for the months of a lunar calendar to alternate between 29 and 30 days. Since the period of 12 of these lunations, a lunar year, is only 354 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes, 34 seconds (354.367056 days), purely lunar calendars lose about 11-12 days per year compared to the Gregorian calendar. In purely lunar calendars, which make no use of intercalation, such as the Islamic calendar, the lunar months run through all the seasons of a solar year during a cycle of 33 lunar years.

In the past, almost all cultures used lunar calendars, such as the Greek or Attic calendar, the Julian calendar (the Roman calendar) or the Egyptian calendar.

The use of the lunar calendar is still very much in vogue today, e.g. to determine agricultural work such as sowing or pruning plants, or to know exactly when to cut one’s hair. The use of the lunar calendar, on the other hand, is widely used in new cults and within Wicca, or esoteric traditions.

Chapter 2

moon phases - calendar of moon phases for sowing, harvesting and pruning

If you have been watching the night sky, you may have noticed that the Moon seems to change shape every night. Some nights, the Moon might appear as a narrow crescent. Other nights, the Moon might appear as a bright circle. And on other nights, you may not be able to see the Moon at all. The different shapes of the Moon that we see at different times of the month are called Moon phases.

Why does this happen? The shape of the Moon does not change during the month. However, our view of the Moon changes.

The Moon does not produce its own light. There is only one source of light in our solar system, and that is the Sun. Without the Sun, our Moon would be completely dark. What you may have heard called ‘moonlight’ is actually just the light from the Sun reflecting off the surface of the Moon.

The Sun’s light comes from one direction, and always illuminates, or brightens, one half of the Moon – the side of the Moon that faces the Sun. The other side of the Moon is dark.

On Earth, our view of the illuminated side of the Moon changes every night, depending on the Moon’s position in its orbit, or path, around the Earth. When we have a full view of the fully illuminated side of the Moon, that phase is known as a full moon.

But after the night of each full moon, as the Moon orbits the Earth, we begin to see less of the Sunlit Moon. Eventually, the Moon reaches a point in its orbit where we do not see any part of the Moon illuminated. At that point, the far side of the Moon is facing the Sun. This phase is called a new moon. During the new moon, the side facing the Earth is dark.

The 8 phases of the moon – lunar calendar

what moon is today - names and chart of moon phases
names and chart of moon phases

New Moon


It is not possible to observe the moon during the new moon, because the earth is completely between the sun and the moon, preventing the latter from reflecting the sun’s rays.

During the new moon it is necessary to prepare the soil for the period of future fertility, it is recommended to postpone the sowing of all seeds, especially during the first phase of the new moon it is particularly recommended to dig or hoe the garden. second phase let the soil rest.

Crescent Half Moon


during the first crescent phase the moon starts to be partially visible, beginning to describe a half crescent to the left.

this lunar phase is the most prolific to let the soil rest and increase its vitality

First Quarter


In this phase the moon starts to be much more visible and seems to describe a semi-circle or semi-sphere in the sky.

This lunar phase is particularly favourable for sowing and planting everything above ground such as peas, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, pumpkins, flowers, etc…, also good for transplanting.

Root crops and pruning are not recommended as they can cause decay, while cutting and grafting are recommended.

growing gibbous


the waxing gibbous is the phase preceding the full moon, the moon appears almost fully visible except for a small part.

In agricultural work this is the best time to apply liquid fertiliser.

Full Moon


during the full moon the moon is totally visible and shining in the sky, sometimes almost to the point of casting shadows at night.

this period is of rapid germination, but growth may be slow and stunted so only soil cultivation is recommended.

Waning Gibbous


this phase the moon is always shining, it is the phase the full moon happens, but the moon slowly starts to lose its brightness in the sky.

this period is the ideal time to start spraying the plants, sowing the lawn, harvesting all the roots such as carrots, onions, potatoes.

Third Quarter


In this phase the moon has considerably lost its brightness as the earth begins to partially obscure the sun again with its transit.

This phase tends to be the most “arid” or sterile for agricultural work, as the sap tends to flow less and less in the plants, in this period it is advisable to harvest all the crops, avoiding planting and sowing, controlling the growth of weeds, the best period for pruning.

waning half-moon


In this phase the moonlight is very weak and tends to almost disappear completely and be almost obscured, it is the phase before the waning moon.

This period is also suitable for spraying plants with gardening products, planting root vegetables such as turnips, carrots, flowers, and grass seeds instead.

Chapter 3

the biodynamic lunar calendar

Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition.
Biodynamics has its roots in the work of the philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner, whose 1924 lectures to farmers opened up a new way of integrating scientific understanding with the recognition of the spirit in nature, while also incorporating the knowledge of ancient European and Mediterranean peoples.

Biodynamics has continued to develop and evolve since the 1920s thanks to the collaboration of many farmers and researchers. Throughout the world, biodynamics is alive in thousands of thriving gardens, farms, vineyards, ranches and orchards. The principles and practices of biodynamics can be applied wherever food is grown, with careful adaptation to scale, landscape, climate and culture.

Biodynamic farmers and gardeners observe the rhythms and cycles of the earth, sun, moon, stars and planets, and seek to understand the subtle ways in which the environment and the wider cosmos influence the growth and development of plants and animals. Biodynamic calendars support this awareness and understanding by providing detailed astronomical information and guidance on optimal times for planting, transplanting, cultivation, harvesting and the use of biodynamic preparations.

We all already plant according to the ‘stars’ when we wait for the Sun to be in a certain part of the zodiac before planting; it is too cold before, and too late after. Some research on planting reflects the rotation of the Earth and there is some attention to the cycles of the Sun and the influences of the planets, but our super ‘star’ is the Moon; the Moon has many rhythms that have been considered in relation to planting:

Synodic cycle

The most common lunar cycle is the ‘synodic’ cycle of 29.5 days.
This is marked by the rhythmic rise and fall of the visible aspect marked by the full moon when the Sun and Moon are on both sides of the Earth (opposition), and the new moon when the Sun and Moon are on the same side of the Earth (conjunction, occultation, or occlusion).

The Moon takes 27 days to orbit the Earth, but since the Sun has moved 27 degrees in this time, the synodic cycle is 2 days longer.

Most solar years have 12 full moonsSynodos’ is the Greek word for ‘meeting’. It also means ‘copulation’, suggesting links with fertility. This synodic rhythm dominates tradition and much modern research into biological processes.

nodal cycle

Every 27.5 days the Moon completes a ‘nodal’ cycle. The Sun, Moon and planets have a similar background of stars in their cycles, but the Moon’s trajectory is 5 degrees to that of the Sun. This means that there are two points where these two apparent orbits appear to cross. These are known as the ascending or north node (or the head of the dragon) and the descending or south node (the tail of the dragon). These intersecting points also complete one round of the zodiac in 18.6 years.

Considering the nodal and synodic cycles together brings a familiar and portentous “coincidence”. If these crossing points coincide with the full or new moon, we Earth dwellers witness lunar or solar eclipses. It is for this reason that the path on which our nearest celestial bodies cross the Zodiac is known as the ‘ecliptic’.

Apogee-perigee (apsidal cycle)

Because its orbit around the Earth is elliptical, the Moon is alternately closer to and further away from the Earth on its journey. This cycle lasts about 27.2 days and has a closest point known as ‘perigee’ and a farthest point called ‘apogee’. As seen from Earth and due to the phase of the Moon in this cycle, the Moon is in front of different constellations for shorter or longer periods, with a variation of 30%. At perigee the moon appears larger and moves faster against the zodiac, and exerts a greater attraction on the tides.

The equivalent phenomenon in the elliptical Earth orbit of the Sun is known as ‘perihelion’ (in January) and ‘aphelion’ or ‘aphelion’ in July.

solunar or ascending and descending cycle

Because the earth’s equator is at a 23-degree angle to the ecliptic, all bodies in the solar system appear to rise and fall relative to our horizon. We are familiar with this, particularly away from the equator, because it is synonymous with our seasons and the extra time the sun spends in the sky in summer. During this cycle the moon is sometimes higher in the sky and other times lower. This cycle of rising (currently through the constellations of Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries and Taurus) and falling (Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio) mimics the sun’s low winter position and higher summer passage from horizon to horizon.

Sidereal cycle

A ‘sidereal’ cycle of the Moon lasts 27.3 days and is the time it takes for the stars themselves to be behind the Moon as seen from Earth. This time is also the time needed for the Moon to turn on its axis.

Elemental cycle

one of the leading exponents of biodynamic agriculture Maria Thun uses this cycle, inspired by Neoplatonic philosophy and astrology, and has identified the differentiation of the Moon’s influence (in biodynamic agriculture) when the Moon moves in front of the different constellations of the zodiac.

biodynamic calendar moon phases
biodynamic lunar calendar

In this subdivision we find the following associative scheme:

  • Transit of the Moon in air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius):
  • Transit of the Moon in fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius):
  • Transit of the Moon in heart signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn):
  • Transit of the Moon in water signs (cancer, scorpio, pisces):
    leaf and stem

however, the sowing and cultivation of the plant must take into account not only the lunar transit, but also the phase of the moon as described above, which exerts its action on certain parts of the plant according to its phase

the Earth cycle

The Earth’s rotation appears to cause the Moon, Sun, stars and planets to rise above the horizon and then disappear over the other ‘edge’. Colin Bishop’s research showed large peaks during seeding when the Moon was rising over the horizon (‘Moonrise’). Brian Keats considers that cows chew carob in relation to this lunar day (and the position of the noon sun). A 19th century gardening column in the Astrologer always showed this as an important point in the day. Kollerstrom considers it a crucial marker of the day and uses it in his calendars.

Mornings are good for harvesting food for early consumption and for making cuttings and exhuming seedlings for transplanting, while afternoons favour pruning, sowing and bedding out transplants.

the planets

Each plant and its parts have particular associations with certain planets as well as constellations, so within biodynamic agriculture particular attention is paid to the cycles of the stars, and the relationships they have with the moon.

For example, a plant ruled by “Jupiter” would have a better chance of growing flourishing when the virtues of Jupiter are not stressed by interference from other planets.

(All these principles are covered in the publications of Maria Thun and Nick Kollerstrom and it is to these that we invite you to go for details).

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