The Lunar Almanac for Sunday, March 24

The Lunar Almanac for Sunday, March 24

The Moon
Moon Direction: 102.45° ESE↑
Moon Altitude: -3.81°
Moon Distance: 232512 mi
Next New Moon: Apr 5, 20193:50 am
Next Full Moon: Apr 19, 20196:12 am
Next Moonrise: Today10:21 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 87.6%


Moon Lore

Back to the earliest periods of civilization and the moon features prominently as a force of malice. During the ancient Greek period, Hippocrates, widely considered the founding father of modern medicine, tied the power of the moon to human madness. He wrote, “One who is seized with terror, fright and madness during the night is being visited by the goddess of the moon.” This was something the Romans also invested a lot of faith in. The goddess Luna, was believed to have driven her chariot across the night sky each night, hence the lunar cycles. The influence of Luna was said to inspire madness in non-believers. Her name is where we get the word “lunatic” from. Other Greek and Roman goddesses like Artemis and Selene had ties to the moon and were worshipped as such. They were also prominent goddesses of childbirth, so that connection is partly why you continue to hear legends about full moon-induced labor.