Monday, June 3, 2013

Looking back - Knitting with the Moon

Intro
Before I began my foray into knitting by the moon, I did a little statistical analysis on my previous projects. Since I'd kept pretty good records in Ravelry of the dates I started/ended projects, it wasn't too difficult to look up the moon sign, phase and whether it was Void of Course (VOC) or not.
Looking Back 2010-2011
Here's a summary of my data:
Looking back at projects in 2011 and 2010, I started AND completed the most projects while the moon was in a Fire sign. 
Starting projects mostly in fire (36%), followed by water (27%), then earth (21%), finally the least started with the moon in an air sign (16%). 
Completing projects mostly in fire(31%), followed by earth (29%), then water(27%), finally air(12%). 
I did not start or complete many projects while the moon was definitely VOC (only 3% definite). 
But since the moon goes VOC sometimes in the middle of the day it was hard to know for sure. I tracked the days that were ‘Maybe’s. Of the maybe’s, I started 35%, and completed 55% while the moon was possibly VOC.
In terms of phase of the moon, I started (30%) and completed (29%) the most projects while the moon was a Waxing Crescent. 
Though interestingly the next most frequent moon phase for starting projects was Waning Crescent (21%). 
The next most frequent for completing projects was Waning Crescent (22%) tied with Waxing Gibbous (22%). 
The least frequent phase for starting projects was Third Quarter or New Moon (tho this phase spans less of the total month) 
and for completing projects was First Quarter or New Moon (again, these phases only being a day long).
Here are a couple of links I used to identify if the moon was VOC and what phase the moon was in: 
Moon VOC Calendar 2010 
Phases of the Moon Calendar 
Knitting with the Moon in 2012
Since it's now half way thru 2013, I've gone back and looked at 2012. 
From what I've recorded in Ravelry, I completed 26 projects in 2012, only one of which was started in 2011. 
Of those, I started the most projects when the moon was in a Waxing Crescent phase(38%). This was actually the goal as well and what I viewed as the optimal time to start projects. The sign that the moon was in when I started the most projects was Taurus(23%), and Earth signs in general also had the most project starts (46%).
For finishing projects, my goal was to finish them when the moon was waning. But it appears I actually finished the most projects while the moon was in Waxing Gibbous (27%). And I finished the most projects while the moon was in Pisces (15%). The moon was most often in a Water sign when I finished projects (31%). 
As for Void of Course Moon, which I tried to avoid starting projects during, I only ended up starting 15% during this phase for sure, and possibly another 19% but again, without knowing the exact time of my project I can't know for sure. 
For finishing projects I only finished 11% during a Void of Course Moon with a possibility of another 38% when the moon might have been void.
Although I started the most projects with the moon in an Earth sign, the next highest element was Fire (23%), then Air (19%) and finally Water (15%). 
For finishing, Water was the most comment (31%), then Earth, Air and Fire were all tied at 23%. 
For starting projects, Taurus was the most popular sign for the moon at 23%, followed by Aries at 19% and Capricorn at 15%. 7% of the time I started projects in Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Aquarius and Pisces. I didn't start any projects when the Moon was in Leo or Scorpio.
Finishing projects happened most often while the moon was in Pisces (15%), then 11% of the time in Aquarius, Gemini and Taurus. 7% of the time in either Aries, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Sagitarrius or Capricorn. Only 3% in Virgo and never in Libra.
Conclusion
Taurus, which is ruled by Venus, seems to be an appropriate sign for the Moon to start knitting projects. Perseverance and Patience are some of Taurus' keywords which indeed knitting projects require. Venus also seems to be a good planet for knitting beautiful things. 
Pisces, the final sign of the zodiac may be an appropriate choice for finishing projects. Also, my Sun is in Pisces. 

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