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Waxing Moon Circle Calendar

This page describes the theory of how the dates for our main events are determined. It also includes a list of lunar phases and theoretical circle dates for the next year or so, as an aid in long-range planning.

For actual announcements of upcoming events, including special events and last-minute changes, see our Upcoming Events page.

Waxing Moon Circle holds three regularly scheduled events: The main Working Circle, Classes, and Pagan Video Night. The Circle is based on the phases of the Moon. The other two are held on an ad hoc basis.

The Working Circle is held on the evening of the Saturday after Dark Moon (Astronomical "New Moon").

Classes are scheduled by arrangement between the instructors and the students.

Pagan Video Night is somewhat irregular, but when it is held it is usually on Friday evening eight days before the Working Circle. Pagan Video Nights that fall on major holidays or conflict with other major events may be canceled or rescheduled.

A more detailed explanation of the calculations is given below the table of event dates.

Event Dates

Astronomical New Moon
(California Time)
Waxing Moon
Circle Date
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 3:42 pm Aug 2, 2014
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:13 am Aug 30, 2014
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 11:14 pm Sep 27, 2014
Astronomical New Moon
(California Time)
Waxing Moon
Circle Date
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 2:57 pm Oct 25, 2014
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 4:32 am Nov 29, 2014
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 5:36 pm Dec 27, 2014
Astronomical New Moon
(California Time)
Waxing Moon
Circle Date
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 5:14 am Jan 24, 2015
Wed, Feb 18, 2015 3:47 pm Feb 21, 2015
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 2:36 am Mar 21, 2015
Astronomical New Moon
(California Time)
Waxing Moon
Circle Date
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 11:57 am Apr 25, 2015
Sun, May 17, 2015 9:13 pm May 23, 2015
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 7:05 am Jun 20, 2015
Astronomical New Moon
(California Time)
Waxing Moon
Circle Date
Wed, Jul 15, 2015 6:24 pm Jul 18, 2015
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 7:54 am Aug 15, 2015
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 11:41 pm Sep 19, 2015
Astronomical New Moon
(California Time)
Waxing Moon
Circle Date
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 5:06 pm Oct 17, 2015
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 9:47 am Nov 14, 2015
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 2:29 am Dec 12, 2015


How to calculate Waxing Moon Circle Dates

Most of you will never need this. Just use the dates in the table or in meeting announcements. But here it is, for the record.

Waxing Moon Circle dates are based on what astronomers call the "New Moon" and most Pagans call the "Dark Moon": The moment when the Moon is lined up directly between the Earth and Sun. Astrologers and astronomers also refer to this as a "conjunction".

We want the Moon to be at least several hours old (past the moment of conjunction) at the time we start the circle, but still before (or not long after) First Quarter. Here's how we determine when to hold the circle.

Since the lunar conjunction is a lineup of planetary bodies, clocks in different time zones will be showing different times when it happens. So the first thing you need to do is get a list of Dark Moon dates for your time zone. You can't always trust ordinary mundane calendars for this. They may be using dates calculated for a different time zone. Occasionally you may even run across a calendar publisher who's not really clear on the concept of how Moon phases relate to time zones. In any event you may wish to check two independent sources, since I have found occasional errors in some listings.

If there is an observatory in your area check their Web site. They may have lists of dates and times of Moon phases. If not, you may want to try the US Naval Observatory. They have this data, but you will need to convert it from Universal Time (also known as "Greenwich time") to your local time. Another possibility, especially if you are in California or elsewhere in that same time zone, is the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. They have data calculated for California time. Or ask any reasonably competent astrologer. They're used to working with this kind of thing.

Once you have the Dark Moon dates the procedure is simple: Waxing Moon main Working Circles are on the Saturday after the day of the Dark Moon. If the Dark Moon is on any day other than a Saturday, the circle will be on the Saturday immediately following. If the Dark Moon is on a Saturday, the circle will be on the following Saturday. Thus the Moon will be between about eighteen hours and eight days old when the main working circle starts.

For examples of how all this works, refer to the table of dates.

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