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Determining Your Personal Lunar Cycle:
New Moon & Dark of Moon Phases

by Samten Williams

Step 1. Identify your Sun-Moon phase-angle degree within the 360° lunar cycle.

Step 2. Determine which of the four Quarters (0° New, 90° First Quarter, 180° Full, 270° Last Quarter) of the Collective Lunar Cycle is nearest your Sun-Moon phase angle:

Step 3. Subtract the difference in degrees between the natal phase-angle return and the nearest of the four Quarters in the Collective Cycle.

165° Sun-Moon phase angle
165° is closest to 180°
Subtract 165° from 180° = 15°

290° Sun-Moon phase angle
290° is closest to 270°
Subtract 270 from 290 = 20°

Step 4. Multiply the difference in degrees (the number you obtained in Step 3) by 2, as the Moon travels 1° every 2 hours.
Sun-Moon phase angle of 165°
15° difference (see Step 3) x 2 = 30 hours. The Personal Lunar Cycle Return for a Sun-Moon phase angle of 165° occurs 30 hours before the Full Moon (180°) in the Collective Lunar Cycle. Using any calendar that lists the times of FullMoons, count back 30 hours from the Collective Cycle Full Moon. This will give you the time of your Personal New Moon.

Sun-Moon phase angle of 290°
20° difference (see Step 3) x 2 = 40 hours. The Personal Lunar Cycle Return for a Sun-Moon phase angle of 290° occurs 40 hours (about two days) after the Last Quarter in the Collective Lunar Cycle. Using any calendar that lists the times of Quarter Moons, add 40 hours to the Last Quarter in the Collective Lunar Cycle. This will give you the time of your Personal New Moon.

Step 5. Count back three days from the time of your Personal New Moon to determine your Personal Dark of the Moon phase.

The Astrological Calendar AFA/Circle Books, (1) published each year, lists the Sun-Moon phase angles for each day at 12:00 p.m. EST. This data can be found in the lower left-hand corner of the block for each day.

Find the date for the degree closest to your Sun-Moon phase angle. Count backward or forward by 1/2° per hour to determine your Personal New Moon. Convert to your time zone, if necessary.

(1.) Michael, Margaret, and Stephen Erlewine, Matrix Software, Big Rapids, MI. The Astrological Calendar AFA/Circle Books, American Federation of Astrologers, Inc., Tempe, AZ, 1999.

 

 
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