Third Quarter

The third quarter moon occurs when the other half of the Moon is illuminated compared to the first quarter. On the day of third quarter, the Moon rises approximately in the middle of the night and sets in the middle of the day.

Location: Moon is 270 - 315 degrees ahead of the Sun

Third Quarter Moon Phase

Last Quarter Moon Phase Explaned

What is a last quarter moon? The last quarter moon, sometimes known as the third quarter moon or a half moon, is defined to occur when the excess of the apparent ecliptic (celestial) longitude of the Moon over that of the Sun is 270 degrees. This means that one-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight and the fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is decreasing. Each new lunar cycle is measured beginning at each new moon and the last quarter moon occurs when the Moon is three-quarters of the way around the sky (i.e., along its orbit) from new moon.

2018 Third Quarter Calendar

DateTimeDaySign
January 0810:26 PMMonday Libra
February 0703:55 PMWednesday Scorpio
March 0911:22 AMFriday Sagittarius
April 0807:20 AMSunday Capricorn
May 0802:11 AMTuesday Aquarius
June 0606:34 PMWednesday Pisces
July 0607:52 AMFriday Aries
August 0406:19 PMSaturday Taurus
September 0302:39 AMMonday Gemini
October 0209:47 AMTuesday Cancer
October 3104:42 PMWednesday Leo
November 3012:21 AMFriday Virgo
December 2909:36 AMSaturday Libra

Positive activities

Release of any negativity, not just banishing it but consciously letting go of it. Continuing any banishing done during the last phase. The third quarter, Full Moon through Last Quarter, ideally brings illumination to the influences of the entire lunar cycle. The fourth quarter, called the "Last Quarter", is from the Moon square Sun aspect through the next New Moon. It can bring a crisis in consciousness. This cycle’s experiences have culminated and one must now prepare for rebirth.

Moon Phases