|Section 5: Yehuveh’s Time System, Article 4
New Moon Days
“The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east
shall be shut the six working days;
but on the sabbath it shall be opened,
and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.”
|f I want to see the crescent moon for myself, what would I need to do?” Pamela looked determined, yet baffled. The question was more expressive of her earnest desire than a cry for information.
“First you need a place with a clear western horizon--no mountains or trees to obstruct your
|view.” Greg had been teaching his Original Astronomical Time-keeping Seminar and had made an earnest appeal for his participants to get their lives back in sync with the movements of the sun and moon. Pamela was immediately concerned with how to do this.
Greg continued: “If you live in a valley or in an area with lots of tall buildings or trees, that probably means you’ll need to drive to a higher elevation or someplace with a wide overlook. Then you probably would do well to check a couple of websites to have an idea what nights to begin looking for the crescent moon.” Greg turned to the easel behind him and wrote two addresses on the paper:
“Both of these websites provide an estimate of when the next lunar month will begin and will give you the elevation above the horizon for where you might expect to see the crescent moon and for how long it will remain above the horizon after the sun sets. Remember that these are estimates which will vary widely depending on where you live and what part of a timezone you are living in. For example, if you live very near the eastern edge of the Mountain Time Zone, your apparent sunset time will be almost a full hour earlier than someone living very near the western edge of the same time zone, and the length of time the moon remains above the horizon after sunset will vary a little as well.”
“You say these websites tell us how high the crescent moon should be, right? But what if I have no idea how to tell where to look for that many degrees in the sky. How will that information help me find the moon?” Greg smiled. Pamela’s question was legitimate!
“Now you’re asking an easy question,” Greg teased her. “Finally something I know about!” Holding his arm fully extended out in front of him, Greg bent his thumb against the palm of his hand and made a fist around it. With this neat, tight fist, he turned to Pamela and explained, “Because we are all mostly of the same proportions, this works for everyone. When you hold your arm out like this, the distance from the top to the bottom of your fist is approximately ten degrees. If the website tells you the moon will be at twelve degrees above the horizon at sunset, you hold your arm so the bottom of your fist lines up with the horizon and you will look for the moon just a little above your ‘ten-degree’ fist. If the website says to expect the moon at about seven degrees, you would look for it just a little below the top of you ‘ten-degree’ fist.”
Pamela smiled. “Thank you, Greg. You make that sound so much easier than I expected.”
Originally Written: 28 August 2005
Latest Update: 12 November 2009 Also read the companion article: Months
Complete Study Guide to Article 4
Why Watch for a Crescent New Moon? The “Daily Sacrifice” is Simply the “Continual”
Sabbaths, New Moons, and Annual Feasts What About the Half Day?
How to Keep the New Moons Commitment to Return to Yehuveh’s Time
Pass On What You Know List of All New Moon Texts
Issues of “New Moon Sighting” and “Reckoning Time”
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