moon rise with clouds, mountains and flocking birds
Moonrise Landscape Illustration. Artwork by Twighlightzone

A short guide to finding the moon

an ancient way back to living in rhythm with nature

Edward Hines
3 min readJun 7, 2022


Many of us want to live by more ‘natural’ rhythms.

Artificial light, screens and work schedules may mean that we neither wake nor sleep with much relation to dawn or dusk. But we can see easily enough when it’s day or night.

The moon is another matter. Yet the moon has been the driver of calendars and rituals for as long as humans, and probably longer.

The moon gave us months and weeks — 4 weeks, 28 days is a cycle of the moon. Most people probably know this already, but rarely consider it.

One way to find a closer, deeper harmony with natural cycles is to pay attention to the moon.

Where is she?*

Do you know where the moon is in the sky? Can you track the moon’s progress from day to day and from night to night?

The explanation below is not rocket science, it is easy to follow but I meet many people who have not been given this knowledge. Read on…

Picture a loop around the world that is the orbit of the sun in the sky. The sun rises in the East and sets in the West (where exactly depends on the time of year and the how far North/south you are)



Edward Hines

If you have a body, care for nature, meditate or like martial arts I write for you