The week of the Blue Moon will be particularly special to take advantage of the energy of this moon to ask for protection, love, abundance, and well-being in every way. It is a strong Moon, an “extra” Moon that brings us this year that, without a doubt, has been very complex for all of us.
During this Blue Moon, physical energy is quickly renewed, although the moment can also be accompanied by greater agitation and, sometimes, insomnia, so some cultures recommend having guidance in the form of a shaman, spell caster, spiritual master, to help to manage these energies.
This full Blue Moon is also considered favorable for meditation, spell casting, and different rituals.
As always, experts shamans and spiritual masters recommend that the Blue Moon rituals are carried out by a professional who will be the most competent to deal with all the power that this moon bestows.
What is a blue moon?
Contrary to what one might think after its name, the term blue moon has no relation to the color of the satellite, that is, the Moon, which is the only natural satellite that the Earth has.
The term Blue Moon refers to the succession of two full moons within the same calendar month, or four full moons in the same season, something that happens approximately every three years. As mentioned in the specialized astronomical magazines, there may be two full moons in the same month because the full moon cycle is approximately every 29.5 days, so if the full moon occurs on the first day or the second of that month, there is a probability that a second full moon will appear in the last days, what we would call a blue moon.
But the name of the phenomenon is not related to the actual color of the natural satellite. The moon does not look blue, as a matter of fact, it still looks its usual shade. However, NASA explains that “very rarely” can occur “blue-tinted moons”, due to the presence of certain particles caused by natural disasters. “In 1883, an Indonesian volcano called Krakatoa had an eruption so large that scientists compared it to a 100-megaton nuclear bomb. Much ash from the Krakatoa explosion rose into the atmosphere.” The ash particles were about 1 micron in size, so they could scatter red light and act as a blue filter. Consequently, in the years after the Krakatoa explosion, the moon turned blue. Likewise, the BBC detailed that there were also reports of blue moons in Mexico in 1983, after the El Chichón volcano eruption, and in Washington state in 1980, after the Mount Santa Helena eruption.
How was “blue moon” coined?
But going back to the actual term, the question that arises after having established that “Blue Moon” doesn’t come from its color is about the origin of such definition. As a matter of fact, there are several theories about that name.
Some historians claim that the term “Blue Moon” first appeared in writing in the 16th century, according to folklore expert Phillip Hiscock, a professor at Memorial University in Newfoundland, who has traced the meaning of the phrase through the centuries. He noted that “Cardinal Wolsey writes about his intellectual enemies who ‘would make you believe the moon is blue.'”
Understanding that calling the moon blue was declaring an absurdity. “The phrase was kind of a metaphor for absurdity or impossibility,” Hiscock said. From that moment on, the term took a turn towards 19th century London, as part of the street slang that amounted to “a long time.”
The next literary reference is in 1869, when, in an autobiographical account of a shipwreck survivor, a man wrote about “that indefinite period known as the ‘blue moon'”. Seven years later, the phrase appeared again, this time without explanation. When talking about diet, a character in an 1871 book admits to eating “a fruit cake once every blue moon.”
On the other hand, the reference to the astronomical phenomenon emerged later in the 1940s, when Sky & Telescope magazine published an article in 1946 entitled “Once every Blue Moon”. The author, James Hugh Pruett (1886-1955) miscalculated according to a 1937 almanac and said: “The second (Full Moon) in a month, as I interpret it, is called the Blue Moon.” It was a mistake, but the nickname stayed forever in popular culture.
Blue moon and spell casting
Lastly, it is valid to acknowledge that this astronomical event has been linked to different astrological, esoteric, and folklore theories, which bestow said event with special and metaphysic powers. That is why during such an event, it is recommended to perform their rituals to honor and take advantage of such a powerful happening.
This blue full moon is related to the culmination and consummation, it is considered a good influence to consummate projects, in other words, make things happen.
Last but not least, this should be a moment of introspection, of meditating well on what we want, and of asking for it with the greatest concentration and strength possible.
Upcoming dates for the next blue moons:
– August 21, 2021
– March 2023
– May 2026
– December 2028
– September 2031