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What Is The Gibbous Moon? - Its Definition, Meaning, And Influences

During its cycle, the moon has 4 phases, including; the first quarter, the Full Moon, the last quarter and the New Moon. Between these phases, we speak of the crescent and Gibbous Moon. A moment that does not fail to influence us. Here are the effects and influences of the Gibbous Moon?

What is a Gibbous Moon?

A Gibbous Moon is a Moon that is only half full and is therefore not as bright as a Full Moon. The Moon does not emit its own light, it shines thanks to the Sun. Now, as the Moon revolves around the Earth, the Sun changes the surface it illuminates. The Gibbous Moon occurs a few days before and a few days after the full moon, and at this time, the illuminated portion of the moon is more than a half circle, but less than a full circle.

Waning and waxing Gibbous Moon

Waning and waxing Gibbous Moon

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Why does the Gibbous Moon mean?

The term "gibbous" comes from the Latin gibbum which means rounded or hunchbacked. The Gibbous Moon is not full, yet not completely round, but it still has a rounded shape, hence its name.


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Waxing and Waning Gibbous Moon

The first crescent is located between the New Moon and the first quarter. When this period is over, it is the time of the waxing Gibbous Moon. The last crescent is the period between the last quarter and the New Moon. After the Full Moon and until the last quarter, this is when the waning Gibbous Moon is seen.

When is the waxing Gibbous Moon?

The waxing or rising Gibbous Moon occurs 2 to 3 days before the Full Moon. We know that it is ascending because the circle of the Moon is three-quarters formed and cut off on the left side.

What is the influence of an ascending Gibbous Moon?

The influence of the Full Moon or New Moon is well known. The waxing and waning Gibbous Moon also has a significant effect on human beings!

When the Gibbous Moon is rising, everything is still possible. You begin to see the rewards that you will get during the full moon. However, it is also still a time to do positive things, to do better, and to evaluate the feasibility of your projects. A Gibbous Moon is truly a good time to start something or to form a new habit.

When is the Gibbous Moon descending?

The waning or waning Gibbous Moon, and of course the exact opposite of the waxing Gibbous Moon. It occurs two to three days after the Full Moon. A waning Gibbous Moon can be identified by the fact that it is three-quarters illuminated and cut off on the right side. A waning Gibbous Moon usually rises after sunset and sets after sunrise. When it appears, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish it from the full moon, because it is then almost completely illuminated.

What is the influence of a waning Gibbous Moon?

A waning Gibbous Moon is more indicated to put an end to a practice, such as a bad habit, or a toxic relationship... Here, we can take advantage of this moment to return to ourselves, gently, through simple things, like rest, relaxation, meditation. The waning Gibbous Moon is an ideal time to release tension. Then, finally rid of our bad habits, of what was holding us back, we will take advantage of this moment to make new love encounters and find solutions to our professional problems.

Good to know:

The Gibbous Moons do not appear in the lunar calendar because there is no symbol to represent them and because it is an intermediate phase and not a main phase. To observe the waxing and waning gibbous moons, look at the dates of the next Full Moons and look towards the sky 3 days before and 3 days after!

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By Susan Taylor

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

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