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 Explained

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.

2021 Third Quarter Calendar

DateTimeDaySign
January 609:38 AMWednesday Libra
February 405:38 PMThursday Scorpio
March 601:32 AMSaturday Sagittarius
April 410:04 AMSunday Capricorn
May 307:51 PMMonday Aquarius
June 207:26 AMWednesday Pisces
July 109:12 PMThursday Aries
July 3101:18 PMSaturday Taurus
August 3007:15 AMMonday Gemini
September 2901:58 AMWednesday Cancer
October 2808:06 PMThursday Leo
November 2712:29 PMSaturday Virgo
December 2702:26 AMMonday 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

Moon Now: 69%
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous