Symbol for the Moon

by Fraser Cain on October 14, 2008

Symbol for the Moon

Symbol for the Moon


The astronomical symbol for the Moon is easy to recognize: it’s a crescent moon. Both the crescent and decrescent moon symbols are used to represent the Moon in astronomy, astrology and alchemy.

When the crescent is on the right, this is the first phase of the Moon, as seen by the northern hemisphere. Think about that for a second, when you’re standing in the southern hemisphere, your view of the Moon is reversed. So from a southern perspective, the crescent will be on the left. But for people in the northern hemisphere, when the crescent is on the right, it’s the first quarter, just after the new moon. And when the crescent is on the left, it’s in the last quarter, just before the new Moon.

Calendars often use a different set of symbols for the Moon to designate the different phases.

Full Moon

First Quarter

Last Quarter

New Moon

This is the same symbol used for the Moon in astrology, and represents silver in alchemy.

Want to know more symbols, here’s the symbol for the Sun, and here’s the symbol for the Earth.

Here’s more information about the Moon symbol from symbols.com.

You can listen to a very interesting podcast about the formation of the Moon from Astronomy Cast, Episode 17: Where Did the Moon Come From?

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Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today. He's also the co-host of Astronomy Cast with Dr. Pamela Gay.

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