Phases of the Moon
Werewolves have a historical relationship with the moon, so it can help to understand the phases of the moon. The normal moon phases that progress over the course of a month are listed below. The entire process takes approximately 29 1/2 days.
Phase 1. The New Moon – This is how the moon phase starts. the moon is between the sun and the earth, and to us the moon is entirely dark – we cannot see it at all.
Phase 2. Waxing Crescent Moon – The moon continues on its orbit and starts to light up in the sun and starts to appear. It is still less than half illuminated.
Phase 3. First Quarter Moon – Sometimes referred to as the “Half Mooon” or “First Quarter”. This occurs about a week into the moon cycle. The moon will appear half illuminated.
Phase 4. Waxing Gibbons Moon – The moon continues its orbit and now appears more than half lit up.
Phase 5. Full Moon – The Earth, Moon, and Sun are in alignment, however opposite to the new moon, the moon is now on the opposite side of the earth. The whole illuminated face of the moon is visible from earth making it appear “fully illuminated”. This occurs approximately 2 weeks into the cycle.
Phase 6. Waning Gibbons Moon – The moon has passed full, and is now on it’s way to appearing less than fully illuminated.
Phase 7. Third Quarter Moon – Sometimes called “Half Moon”. The moon is sill on its way to become unilluminated, and appears to observes that it is only half illuminated. This occurs about 24 days into the cycle.
Once the moon’s rotation is complete, the New Moon will begin again and the cycle repeats.