What is a lunar day
A lunar calendar is based on the movement of the Moon, relative to the Earth and the Sun.
The main elements of a lunar calendar are a lunar month and a lunar day
Lunar month is a time between two New Moons.
Lunar month is a bit shorter that the usual calendar month and lasts approximately 29.5 calendar days.
Lunar month consists of lunar days.
A lunar day is an astrological notion, this is the time between the Moonrise and the Moonset.
The first lunar day of each lunar month always starts with the New Moon.
How many days there are in a lunar month
In Western astrology, the length of lunar days differs. The 1st, 29th, and 30th lunar days may have any length – from several seconds to several hours. The most interesting part that the 30th lunar day may not occur at all. The length of other lunar days are approximately the same and differs from 24-hour solar day by about 1.5 hours.
Therefore, there may be 29 or 30 days in a lunar month. It depends on the ratio of the New Moon moments and the Moon rise on that day.
The amount of lunar days in each month and the time of their beginning also depends on the geographical position of the observer. Geographic coordinates influence the time of the Moonrise, which is the main aspect that defines the beginning of lunar days.
A new lunar day may begin at any time of the solar day – in the morning, during the day, in the evening, or at night. The reason of this is that the beginning of each lunar day (expect the first one) is defined by the Moonrise.
Favorable and unfavorable lunar days
Starting from the New Moon, a critical or unfavorable lunar day occurs every quarter of a lunar month.
They are: the 9th, 15th, 23rd, and 29th lunar days.
The change of the Moon phases occurs at these crucial days, that is why the are considered to be unfavorable.
At this time, the movement of electrical potentials and currents in living organisms changes a lot.
Moreover, from the astrological point of view, the Moon and the Sun create non-harmonious aspects with each other.
Other days of a lunar months are considered to be neutral or favorable.
The favorable days of a lunar month are: the 3rd, 7th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 28th. On these days, the Moon and the Sun create harmonious aspects with each other.
For a more accurate determination of favorability of each lunar day, it’s better to check the aspects of the Moon to other planets.
12-degrees calculation system
Lunar days’ 12-degrees calculation system is used in Vedic lunar calendar.
According to Vedic tradition, lunar days are called Tithi. This is the period, during which the Moon moves from 0 to 12 degrees relative to the Sun.
According to Vedic traditions, there are always 30 lunar days in a lunar month. Each of them has the same length – around 0.95 of a solar day. At the same time, the calculation of lunar days has no connection with the Moonrise.
In Vedic tradition, the following formula is used for determining the lunar day: Tithi = ( [the Moon° - the Sun°] 12°) + 1.
Influence of lunar days on a person
The influence of a lunar day energy on a person is explained by the nature of the potentials and currents movement, both in the physical human body and his emotional body. The Moon symbolizes the water element, that is why it has a big influence on all liquids in the body, growth processes and formation, and on the emotional sphere of a person.
Each lunar days has its own nature, energy, name, and symbol.
The names and the symbols of lunar days are related to archetypes, which convey the nature of the day and its influence on a person.
When considering the full influence of a lunar day on a person, in addition to its number, it is worth paying attention to the position of the Moon in the sign and aspects of the Moon with other planets.
Names and symbols of lunar days
The names of lunar days reflect the energy and mood that they bring with them.
Lunar days in the table view