Understanding Quarter Moons
Quarter moons look like half moons but are named quarter moons because they happen at the first and last quarters of each lunar month.
The 1st Quarter Moon happens in the growing (waxing) stage of the month’s cycle when the Moon grows from invisible at New Moon to a visible circle at Full Moon. The 3rd Quarter Moon is in the disappearing (waning) second stage of the cycle when the Moon loses its light and fades from Full Moon to the darkness of the next New Moon.
When we think of how the Moon’s cycle is divided into four weeks (quarters), the 3rd Quarter Moon’s appearance signals the completion of the third week, which begins the last quarter (and is why the 3rd Qtr Moon is also called the Last Quarter Moon).
About 1st Quarter Moons
Under a 1st Quarter Moon, the energy is one of ‘get out there and do what you need to do’. It’s not uncommon to meet resistance at a 1st Quarter Moon as if fighting with life’s other options. First quarter Moons help us push through obstacles, or realise we need to make adjustments before pushing our luck.
About 3rd Quarter Moons
The 3rd Quarter Moon has less of a ‘needing to push’ energy than the 1st Quarter Moon, as it still has the strength of the full moon. Its vibe is one of wanting to do everything all at once to avoid missing out as the moon wanes. The challenge is frustration that time is running out. We might feel irritated by the push-pull between our own plans and other people’s, or have insight into how to create balance with all plans. The 3rd Quarter Moon gives a hint of what we might be left cleaning up later if we push beyond life’s feedback, or what we might enjoy as fulfilment.