We offer you the astronomy calendar for March 2019. Astronomy is the foundation upon which astrology can operate. Actually, astrology and astronomy were treated together, under the Latin name of astrologia, being separated only by the Western 17th century philosophy. One thing is sure: a good astrologer needs to study astronomy.
Wednesday, 6th March: New Moon
The New Moon is when the Sun and Moon are aligned, with the Sun and Earth on opposite sides of the Moon. The new moon is the first lunar phase, when the Moon and Sun have the same ecliptic longitude. At this phase, the lunar disk is not visible to the unaided eye, except when silhouetted during a solar eclipse. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
Wednesday, 20th March: March Equinox
The March equinox or Northward equinox is the equinox on the Earth when the subsolar point (the point at which the sun is perceived to be directly overhead that is, where the sun’s rays strike the planet exactly perpendicular to its surface) appears to leave the Southern Hemisphere and cross the celestial equator, heading northward as seen from Earth.
The March equinox is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and as the autumnal equinox in the Southern. So, this is the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world.
Thursday, 21st March: Full Moon and Supermoon
The full moon is the lunar phase when the Moon appears fully illuminated from Earth’s perspective. This occurs when Earth is located directly between the Sun and the Moon (more exactly, when the ecliptic longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180°). This means that the lunar hemisphere facing Earth – the near side – is completely sunlit and appears as a circular disk, while the far side is dark.
This full moon is also the third and the last supermoon of 2019. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.
This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon because this was the time of year when the ground would begin to soften and the earthworms would reappear.
In the list of Indian month names published in 1918 by Daniel Carter Beard in his The American Boy’s Book of Signs, Signals and Symbols for use by the boy scouts, the names for the March full moon were: Wind, Little Grass, and Sore-Eye.
The individual names given in Farmers’ Almanac include Worm Moon, Crow Moon, Sap Moon and Lenten Moon.