With all the hullabaloo about werewolves, I think it’s important that writers know about how the moon behaves. Too often they don’t, which is just sad, especially when works with bad moons get published. Tolkien did his moons right, and he did them so consistently that you can track events to the day using his moon.
The moon rises in the east. Always. If a crescent moon looks like ), it has no business being in the sky at dawn, for such a crescent is waxing, meaning that it rises early in the evening. Likewise, a waning crescent, which looks like (, rises late at night, and will be seen during daylight. As the moon approaches full, it will rise progressively later at night, and a full moon will culminate (be directly overhead) at midnight. The phases of the moon are, in order
- New moon
- Waxing crescent
- First quarter
- Waxing gibbous
- Full moon
- Waning gibbous
- Third quarter
- Waning crescent
Now you have no excuses for having your moons behaving badly. If I read a new story that has a full moon one night, and no moon at all the next night, despite clear skies, I’m going to be pissed.
So, who can tell me what’s wrong with the moon in my banner image?