lu·​na·​tion lü-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce lunation (audio)
: the period of time averaging 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 2.8 seconds elapsing between two successive new moons

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Expect to feel super activated around this lunation. Kirah Tabourn, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Nov. 2022 This particular lunation creates a tense connection with Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Uranus retrograde. Lisa Stardust,, 8 Nov. 2022 Change is afoot at the Aquarius Abode over the next two weeks—peak manifesting time for this lunation. The Astrotwins, ELLE, 7 Nov. 2022 Your transformative 8th house is glowing with the Libra New Moon, beckoning you to shed your skin and emerge from this lunation as a stronger, more powerful version of yourself. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 25 Sep. 2022 This lunation loosely connects with the action planet Mars (which is currently in Gemini), aligns with revolutionary Uranus (which is retrograde in Taurus), and the karmic Nodes of Destiny that are traveling along the Taurus-Scorpio path. Lisa Stardust,, 7 Sep. 2022 Murphy points out that this lunation comes right on the heels of Mars aligning with Jupiter in Aries, which is shooting out fast-moving, go, go, go, energy into the world. Elizabeth Gulino,, 29 May 2022 This lunation marks a fresh start -- so don't look to the past! Chicago Tribune, 28 June 2022 At this lunation, the luminaries are activating the Jupiter-Uranus sextile, a rare aspect that will not happen again until 2026! Narayana Montúfar,, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English lunacioun, from Anglo-French lunaison, from Medieval Latin lunation-, lunatio, from Latin luna

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lunation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lunation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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