First Quarter

During the first quarter, half of the Moon is illuminated, as seen from the Earth. The Moon rises near the middle of the day and sets near the middle of the night. In northern regions of the world, the right part will be visible, while the left part will be visible in the southern regions. Near the equator, the upper part is bright after moonrise, and the lower part is bright before moonset (the bright part appears and disappears first).

Location: Moon is 90 - 135 degrees ahead of the Sun.

First Quarter Moon Phase

First Quarter Moon Phase Explained

What is a first quarter moon? The first quarter moon, sometimes known as 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 90 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 increasing. Each new lunar cycle is measured beginning at each new moon and the first quarter moon occurs when the Moon is one-quarter of the way around the sky (i.e., along its orbit) from new moon.

2023 First Quarter Calendar

January 2803:20 PMSaturday Taurus
February 2708:06 AMMonday Gemini
March 2902:33 AMWednesday Cancer
April 2709:21 PMThursday Leo
May 2703:23 PMSaturday Virgo
June 2607:51 AMMonday Libra
July 2510:08 PMTuesday Scorpio
August 2409:58 AMThursday Sagittarius
September 2207:32 PMFriday Sagittarius
October 2203:30 AMSunday Capricorn
November 2010:50 AMMonday Aquarius
December 1906:40 PMTuesday Pisces

Positive Attributes

Time of Warrior Maiden as represented by Artemis, Minerva, Bridget, Diana and Athena; the Virgin, not sexless but not reliant on sex or partners. The Good Folk; Extra pressure on plans, add that little bit of extra steam; Instinct and intuition; Courage; Motivation; Friends; Luck. Relates to initial germination of seeds the shoots striving to break their seed case and grow through the dark earth. During this time you’re walking the knife edge. Half Light, half Dark, good time for decisions. Balance carefully. Doorway to the Other places. Continue regeneration and renewal.

Moon Phases

Moon Now: 49%
Moon Phase: First Quarter
Moon Phase: First Quarter