About The Lunar Days

What Lunar Days are

Our ancestors paid a lot of attention to the Moon, its influence on the terrestrial life and its cycles. One of the evidences of this that is not widely known nowadays is the fact that different astrological traditions offer more or less detailed descriptions for each day of the lunar month. We'll be referring to the synodic lunar month, as astronomers call it, or the period from one New Moon to the next New Moon.

The average length of a synodic lunar month is 29.531 calendar days, but it is not constant as the speed of the Moon changes quite significantly over time.

Lunar Days - those that are described in the astrological traditions of the World - are quite different from the familiar calendar days. The First Lunar Day always begins at the moment of the New Moon. Each consequent day begins at the moment of moonrise in the given location. This means that Lunar Days are location-specific: the moment of moonrise depends on the longitude and latitude of the location and so even if two cities are located in the same time zone (say, New York and Boston), there will be a more or less substantial difference between their Lunar Days.

Another detail which is important to understand is that the First Lunar Day can be very brief. Let's imagine that moonrise happened only a few minutes after the New Moon - in this case the First Lunar Day will be only a few minutes long. From the moment of moonrise, the Second Lunar Day will begin.

Most lunar months will have only 29 lunar days but some of them will have the 30th Lunar Day. It can be quite short, however. So the interpretations that will follow will contain a description for the 30th day too.

For some lunar days, the descriptions given by different traditions are more or less similar. There are, however, lunar days, for which descriptions coming from different traditions contradict each other.

I recommend you to follow lunar days and to see for yourself which description of which traditions works for you best of all. With time, you will have your favourite lunar days and also lunar days when you will want to avoid doing anything important.

In this article I will try to give you all the information about the lunar days that is available to me. My two main sources are the book by Sergey Vronsky that was published in Moscow in 1990 and the teachings of the most popular Russian astrologer Pavel Globa. As for the Vedic interpretations, I found them on the Internet several years ago and I mention them in the Astrological Moon Calendar very briefly, simply for the sake of completeness. I have only a very superficial knowledge of the basics of Vedic astrology and if you have a more complete information, please let me know - I will either make a link to it or make it available on the pages of Lunarium.

The next section will tell you a bit more about the sources of information on the lunar days.

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