What is the lunar calendar?

As you know, the Moon follows a cycle: lunation. From the first quarter to the full moon and on to the new moon, everything is meticulously repeated and therefore predictable (which is useful for your garden or the sea). The lunar calendar details the lunar phase we are in at any given time (but not only). What is it about? How does the lunar calendar work and how can it be used?

The lunar calendar: what is it?

The lunar calendar follows the phases of the moon and has been available to everyone since 1978. This is a precise calendar that can be found in many places, including online. The result of more than 40 years of research and experimentation into cosmic influences, the Lunar Calendar is more than just a calendar: it is a work that is a synthesis of astronomical and ancestral knowledge.
You will discover a detailed analysis of the different lunar and planetary influences.
A lunar calendar is a tool used by many people to take care of their gardens.
Rising moon, waning moon, first crescent, full moon… don't miss any lunar information with this calendar.

Knowing the lunar calendar, the lunation, and the cycle of the Moon can help you! With the Netatmo Smart Weather Station combine this information in real-time with your air quality, weather forecast, or humidity level to be perfectly in tune with your environment.

Follow each phase of the moon with the lunar calendar

What is the lunar cycle?

The different phases of the Moon are called lunar cycles. These phases are:

  • New Moon
  • Waxing Crescent
  • First Quarter
  • Waxing Gibbous
  • Full Moon
  • Waning Gibbous
  • Third Quarter
  • Waning Crescent

All the Moon's cycles (or lunation) are the same and it was, therefore, possible to predict them with the help of a tool: the lunar calendar, describing each phase at each time of the year.
But what do these moon phases represent? Everyone knows the full moon and knows that the visible crescent grows or shrinks every day. Every phase of the Moon means that a different portion of it is illuminated by the sun and therefore visible from Earth. This lunar cycle is therefore caused by the perpetual movement of three stars: the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun.
By the way, do you know why sometimes the moon is full? This is simply because the face of the planet visible from Earth is completely illuminated by the Sun!
The Moon is also rising or falling depending on the season, but this is another of its cycles.

How long does a lunation last?

A lunation always lasts the same amount of time and follows the same phases, from the new Moon to the next, passing through the Full Moon, each crescent, and each quarter. Everything is indicated in the lunar calendar.
This average time is about 29 days 12 hours 44 minutes and 2.9 seconds, although this is often shortened to 29.5 days, also called the synodic period of the Moon.
If you want to be even more precise, apply Copernicus' formula to measure the time between each new Moon: 1/((1/27,322)-(1/365,25))
Note that the lunar calendar is mainly used by gardeners to plant or harvest their plants at the best time.

If you like to garden, or are involved in activities related to plants, the sea, or the ocean, it is better to keep up with the lunar cycle. Use the Netatmo Smart Weather Station to access this information at any time, even from home or with your smartphone. It is very simple!

The lunar calendar, a simple and practical tool to know everything about the Moon

It is now very easy, thanks to technology and the internet, to access an up-to-date lunar calendar in real-time.

The lunar calendar is everywhere: in physical form or the internet

There are several ways to consult the lunar calendar to find out the current phase of the Moon's cycle.
You can obtain a physical paper version so that you always have it available.
On many websites and applications dedicated to the Moon, you can also consult the lunar calendar and receive additional information.
Or you could too, own a weather station (connected or not) that can tell you which quarter or crescent you are in, and when the next full moon will occur.
You should have no trouble finding a lunar calendar to your liking. Since the lunar information is rather simple to establish, it is almost impossible for a calendar to be wrong.

Better gardening with the lunar calendar

The main use of the lunar calendar is for gardening. Indeed, many professional gardeners and private gardeners perpetuate this ancient practice of sowing, planting, and harvesting flowers, plants, and other roots according to the different phases of the moon.
An unfounded myth and never really proven by science for some, a pillar of the garden for others, gardening with the Moon would nevertheless give results. Followers of this practice guarantee that the use of the lunar calendar and its moon phases, helps them to obtain plants full of vitality, beautiful flowers, and more generous harvests.

Among all the plants mentioned in the use of the lunar calendar and its moon phases, you will find :

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Flowers
  • Trees
  • Agriculture
  • Animal feed
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Wood
  • Grass

Note that these are the elements on which the Moon phases are most likely to affect. Others are also sometimes included.
After all, what do you have to lose? Why not try using the Lunar Calendar in your garden?

It is therefore not complicated to have access to a lunar calendar. This is good news if you have a garden, plants, flowers, or other roots, and if you believe that gardening should be done properly: by the lunar cycle and the moon phases. This is also good news if you live near the sea or have business or leisure activities there: if you follow the moon phases, the tide will not catch you off guard!