Lunar Calendar – 2010

In our daily lives we rely heavily on lunar calendars. We do not just keep track of days and current date but also of all the important events of the year. A lot of people use calendars not to miss appointments and to understand better how they can arrange their errands or move certain events in an emergency situation. And yet, it wasn't the first use of a calendar: the very first to appear was the lunar calendar.

It is common knowledge that during one month we normally have one full moon, which is usually just as bright as the setting sun of that day. However, not many people realize just how often we use information about the moon in our daily lives, in science, in mythology and in many other spheres. Therefore, we must know how to interpret moon sings on a lunar calendar.

When you look at a lunar calendar, the symbols and terminology can be rather confusing, as all of those symbols correspond to certain aspects of lunar cycles. Just like it is with the calendar above, the meaning of each part comes from some legend. This will help you deal with the initial confusion, and all you'll have to do it interpret the terminology.

Beginning of each cycle is the period, when the moon will be more visible, or waxing, with each day. The sign of a waxing moon is a dark semi-circle in one direction. The other direction is for the shrinking, or waning, moon symbol. The two symbols are very much alike and it’s very important that you understand which is which. You might even want to write down the interpretation on the calendar itself so that you will not be confused while reading it. The sign of the full moon is normally the darkest or most visible circle, which is a pure opposite to the new moon which is the lightest and least visible circle, since a new moon can't be seen at all.