For Chandranamaskara - The Moon Salutation

Complete Yoga Breath
with Sound!

Links to Moon series

Moon Phases

New Moon - InvisibleWaxing Crescent Moon

New Moon - Waxing Crescent

1st Quarter MoonWaxing Gibbous Moon

1st Qtr. - Waxing Gibbous

Full MoonWaning Gibbous Moon

Full Moon - Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter MoonWaning Crescent Moon

Last Qtr. - Waning Crescent


January: Full Wolf Moon—Storm Moon—Old Moon—Moon after Yule

February: Full Snow Moon—Chaste Moon—Hunger Moon—Wolf Moon

March: Full Worm—Seed Moon—Harvest Moon—Sap Moon—Crow Moon—Lenten Moon

April: Full Pink Moon—Hare Moon—Grass Moon—Egg Moon

May: Full Flower Moon—Dyad Moon—Planting Moon—Milk Moon (Dyad: Latin for twin stars of the constellation of Castor and Pollux.)

June: Full Strawberry Moon—Mead Moon—Rose Moon—Flower Moon

July: Full Buck Moon—Wort Moon—Thunder Moon—Hay Moon

August: Full Sturgeon Moon—Barley Moon—Green Corn Moon—Grain Moon

September: Full Harvest Moon—Blood Moon

October: Full Hunters Moon—Snow Moon

November: Beaver Moon—Oak Moon—Frosty Moon

December: Long Night Moon or Full Cold Moon—Wolf Moon—Before Yule Moon

When there are two full moons in one month, it is called “Blue Moon Month.”

To learn more about Moon Names, check out the Almanac sites at The 8 Phases of the Moon—Part 3 —Websites

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for Moon Salutation

First 2 steps of the Moon Salutatio.
1st Step - 2nd Step

3rd and 4th steps of the Moon Salutation
3rd Step - 4th Step

5th and 6th steps of the Moon Salutation
5th Step - 6th Step

7th and 8th steps of the Moon Salutation
7th Step - 8th Step

9th and 10th steps of the Moon Salutation
9th Step - 10th Step

11th and 12th steps of the Moon Salutation
11th Step - 12th Step

13th and 14th (same as the 1st) steps of the Moon Salutation
13th Step - 14th Step
The full moon in all its glory as seen from the sun.

Fun Moon Stories
and Thoughts

“The power of this satellite was noted by Cicero, when he observed that ‘Every month the Moon completes the same trajectory executed by the sun in a year....It contributes in large measure to the maturation of shrubs and the growth of animals.’” —A Dictionary of Symbols by J.E. Cirlot, Philosophical Library (1962)

“...sow seed and transplant only with a waxing moon, never a waning moon. The scientists have now caught up with this, discovering the effects of lunar rhythms on the earth's magnetic field which in turn affect growth. The Moon also affects the earth's atmosphere so that statistically it is more likely to rain heavily immediately after a Full or New Moon.” —Old Wives' Lore for Gardeners by Maureen and Bridget Boland (1976)

Artemis - The Greek symbol for the Moon. You can also read about mythology to get better acquainted with the Moon. The Greeks named her Artemis, shown left here with the deer. She was also known as Diana. Greek mythology is a lot of fun to learn.

Another book to read is Carl Jung's Man and his Symbols. He writes, “And though modern space flight has proved that the moon is only a cratered ball of dirt, we have retained something of the archetypal attitude in our familiar association of the moon with love and romance."

There isn't much more about the moon in this book, but it will help you to understand the moon better by relating to all of the symbolism Jung chose to detail about what he calls the unconscious. “What we call the psyche is by no means identical with our consciousness and its contents...” Most people relate to the stories about how the Moon affects the deepest emotions, that it is feminine. She is the Sun's night candle.

Rural Calendar

“The system for planting times is based essentially on lunar positions. The Moon is traditionally the governor and protectress of all green growing things and is considered to be most fruitful in her effects when posited in an Earth or Water sign, especially Taurus, Cancer or Virgo.” —The Phenomenon Book of Calendars 1979-1980 by Giuseppe Maria Sesti-A.T. Mann IV, Mary Flanagan-Painton Cowen. (If you are gardening, it's a good idea to read the Farmers Almanac to keep up with moon information.)

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3 Main Motions of the Moon

In its 29.5-day cycle, the Moon moves through one sign in 2.5 days, which is 12 to 14 degrees per day. It moves 33 minutes per hour, which is approximately .5 degrees every hour. So, the moon moves about 1 degree every 2 hours. There are 60 minutes to 1 degree, to make this simple. Think about this when you watch the ebb and flow of the tides, which change every 6 hours just from the gravitational pull of the Moon! And imagine that while you are standing there watching the ebb and flow, the Moon is moving through space with the same speed as its own diameter—2,287 miles per hour!

“The Moon is the planet of fecundation, the builder of the physical body, the transitory part of our being. It is the tie of life and nourisher on the physical plane. See Revelations 22:1-2: 'and on either side of the river, was there the Tree of Life which bare 12 manner of fruit, and yielded her fruit every month and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nation.' (The Moon's monthly transit through the 12 signs.) The Moon rules the imagination, the creative part of mind.” —Keywords by Paul R. Grell, 1970

Moon Trivia

  • Never marry on a solar eclipse...unless you want to be divorced for sure within 6 months! (JB)
  • Wait three days after a New Moon to take action on any project or something you consider very important. On the fourth and fifth days, get serious about any new beginnings.
  • Sidereal: Time it takes the moon to be conjunct a star in the sky (same spot every month—27.3 days); Synodic month: Normal lunar month, 28-28.5 days with Sun; 29.5306 lunar month (new moon to new moon). There are 13 lunar months. All lunar calendars are based on the Synodic month.
  • By pinpointing the degree of the New Moon in your horoscope every month, an astrologer can tell you where the energies are strongest for you and what action to take in your life for the next month (and into the future by knowing where the New Moon will fall for the next year). New Beginnings...it's like starting over every month. You are given a chance to create a positive direction by the actions you take.
  • Solar eclipses are New Moon—invitations. Lunar eclipses are Full Moons—demand. (JB)

Other sources: The Lunation Cycle descriptive adjectives: Astrology For Yourself by Douglas Bloch and Demetra George (1987); Web sites provided in Part 3; quotes from a brilliant astrology teacher, Jeffrey Brock (JB).

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