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lunistice

lunistice (LUN-un-stis) - n., the point where the moon is furthest north or south in its monthly cycle.


Which point being either physical or temporal. The lunar equivalent of the solstice, the point where the sun is furthest north or south in its annual cycle -- so comes from Latin luna, moon + sistere, to cause to stand. Because of the lunisticial nodes are in the same orientation with respect to the stars while the earth is moving around the sun, the lunistices have a different cycle (27.3 days) than the lunar phases (29.5 days) -- phases being determined by the moon's relationship with the sun, which keeps changing as the earth keeps moving the cheese. So if the moon is the most northerly one full moon, six full moons later, it'll be southerly. More information here.

According to the farmer's almanack, the northern lunistice is a time of storms.

---L.
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