As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.
I believe one of the greatest shortcomings of humanity is that people who spend most of the time stargazing, are best left out of society as they are strange, and that the majority who should be stargazing, do not invest the time to just enjoy looking up to God's heavens to observe them.
Since I was a child, I have watched the moon with utter consternation. I knew ever Halloween I could sit as a child awaiting supper and see that huge orange globe rising in the northeast sky as Mom's kitchen window is facing east.
The north window always looked to another state where the had this huge rush slough the farmer would burn off with immense flames....that was until the greedy rich farmer put in a tile to drain it, so something I enjoyed seeing is now gone....except for that evasive moon.
No one ever explains the moon, and when the star heads do, it is so anal deep that it confuses what you need to know to enjoy the moon.
The moon is easy, if you just remember this. It rises in the east and sets in the west just like the sun.
The moon's rising and setting though shifts 50 minutes later each day to to is orbit being shorter in time than 30 days.
Now to find the moon whenever you would like to to solve the mystery.
The first quarter rises at 12 o'clock noon in the east and sets at midnight in the west.
The full moon rises at dusk and sets at dawn.
The last quarter rises at midnight and sets at 12 o'clock, exact opposite of the first quarter.
If you see the moon setting earlier in the west it is waxing, later in the morning it is waning, but it always sets before noon.
It is that 50 minute time change each day, that has it appearing where you do not expect it and earlier in the evening than at night.
The main point in this is, just remember the bold print and forget the more complicated details, as you are not going to be setting your watch by the moon or your seasons. In America, the moon is more opposite the sun in where it sets and rises. In the fall and winter is is in the northeast and northwest, while the sun is in the southeast and southwest. Opposite in summer.
This should make the moon more friendly to you in you at least being to figure out where it should be, and when it is not when you see it, you will know it is not the last or first quarter or full moon.
Enjoy, as the stars are God's story of His creation, and the moon is there to not cause people to go nuts, but to not calm people in the night, instead to energize them to inspire, as all of those lights are energy and do affect people positively, if they would simply be intelligent and admire the gift of the heavens.
Those hours between 2 and 4 am are the perfect quiet times, as nothing is stirring of humanity and the primal screams of all of you creatures is tucked away in bed.