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.

2019 Third Quarter Calendar

DateTimeDaySign
January 2812:12 AMMonday Scorpio
February 2602:29 PMTuesday Sagittarius
March 2807:11 AMThursday Capricorn
April 2701:19 AMSaturday Aquarius
May 2607:34 PMSunday Pisces
June 2512:48 PMTuesday Aries
July 2504:20 AMThursday Taurus
August 2305:58 PMFriday Gemini
September 2205:43 AMSunday Gemini
October 2103:41 PMMonday Cancer
November 2012:13 AMWednesday Leo
December 1907:59 AMThursday Virgo

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

Moon Now: 71%
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous