During the past few days, I’ve noticed the online Pagan community blowing up in excitement and discussion over the Blue Moon tonight. But the moon that in 1821 inspired a phrase implying the unusual is actually neither blue nor rare. That does not, however, make it any less interesting or special.
The Farmer’s Almanac, Wikipedia, and some other sources explain this misnomer. One definition, the one I knew of and the most modern one, means the second full moon in a calendar month – a phenomenon created by man and his obsession with time, not by any feat of the lunar cycle. An earlier definition comes from the Maine Farmers’ Almanac, which explains that each season normally has three full moons; in instances when a fourth full moon occurred in a given season, the third moon was the “blue” one. Blue moons of the modern variety do not appear every year – the next one is not until July 31, 2015, the the previous one occurred on December 31, 2009.
It is possible for a moon to be blue – if covered by smoke from a fire or volcano a moon can acquire a blue-ish tinge. Imagine if that happened during a calendar Blue Moon – it would truly be a “once in a blue moon” event!
Personally, I find the seasonal definition to be of more significance, as it is based on natural cycles as opposed to calendars. However, that means tonight would not be a blue moon, thus negating this post and my pleasant surprise when finding a month with two full moons. Whether blue or not, tonight’s full moon holds just as much power and significance as the full moons that shine down every 28 or so days.
As for me: the moon is shining through the window and illuminating the bed as I type. The shadows have changed as the moon travels through the sky. Earlier, I took some photos – sadly I don’t have my telephoto or my tripod with me, however. Last night I used the almost-full moon to cleanse my new altar; tonight, after posting, I will sit in front of the window and do a visualization healing exercise. Let’s kick this cold/potential whooping cough; I’m so sick of coughing fits every few minutes! The fulfilled potential energy of the moon will hopefully assist me in achieving my goal of health.