WHEN THE MOON IS IN ITS APOGEE then what should we call her?
by Monique Leurink
BLACK MOON, VOID MOON, DARK MOON, LILITH, DARK STAR
MOON, VOID MOON, INVISIBLE MOON, DEAD MOON, ANTI-MOON...
‘ THE MOON AND I ARE SAYING WITH A SIGH ...’
You Moon, you are capricious indeed.
Even with names you shroud yourself in mysteries!
There is not only much conflicting information about the different hemispheres of the Moon, such as Dark Side, Far Side and Back Side.
There is also much conflicting information about the term of the Moon in its apogee. This text is meant to bring more clarity in this labyrinth of moons.
TERMS MOST USED FOR THE MOON IN ITS APOGEE
Dark Moon - Darkstar Moon - Dead Moon - Lilith - Anti Moon
Void Moon - Black Moon - Invisible Moon - Black Moon Lilith
Before getting down to these terms let us first have a look at the two main cycles of the Moon.
THE FIRST CYCLE - THE MOON PHASES
This is so far the best known cycle that almost everybody is familiar with, both in the world of
astronomy and astrology. Here the Moon assumes different shapes and we know this as the
Moon phases, caused by the interplay of Sun, Moon and Earth. There is ample information
on how to interpret the moon phases, so you may find your way easily. It is not in the context
of this article to dive into the moon phases. To get a better idea of our Moon let us first have
a look at its hemispheres.
THE MOON’S HEMISPHERES
THE DARK SIDE, BACK SIDE or FAR SIDE OF THE MOON
This is the Moon’s hemisphere that is always turned away from earth in her orbit. This is
caused by the fact that the rotation of the Moon is equal to the duration of her orbit around
earth. The Moon’s rotation and revolution speeds are exactly synchronized, so from Earth’s
point of view we always see the same side of our rotating Moon.
For this reason we cannot see the back side of the Moon from Earth. When the Moon is full
we always see the same side of her. Other terms for this Moon’s hemisphere are Back Side
and Far Side of the Moon.
Both the back side and the front side of the Moon receive an equal amount of sunlight.
Therefore there is not literally a dark moon. Yet the term dark side of the Moon exists too.
But this does not refer to the term Dark Moon. Dark Moon is a dark part of the Moon that
does not receive sunlight during a certain period of time. Many people get confused by all
these terms and refer to the back side, far side and dark side as the invisible part of the
Moon’s hemisphere. However, these three terms do not refer to the Moon in its apogee.
When we have a Full Moon twice in the same month this Moon is called Blue Moon. A Blue
Moon may take place every two or three years. However, the Moon will not turn blue. This
term is based on a mistake as a result of using this term erroneously in the English paper
Sky and Telescope in 1946. They corrected the mistake in an article in 1999 but the term
had found its way already in the world. Just like the term Lilith has mistakenly found her way
where we point at the Moon in its apogee. Rumors spread easily....
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