January 31, 2018: Super Blue Blood Moon in Leo
Yep, you read that right! Tomorrow, we'll be treated to 3 special lunar events occurring in one night. As many of you know, a "supermoon" is the term given to a full moon that occurs when its orbit has brought it to its closest distance from Earth, making it appear larger and brighter than usual. (This is actually called a "lunar perigee" by astronomers, but in 1970, astrologer Richard Nolle coined the more familiar term "supermoon" for the awesome mental visual.) A blood moon is also a well-understood term; definitively "the phenomenon whereby the moon in total eclipse appears reddish in color as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered and refracted by the earth's atmosphere". A full lunar eclipse can usually be witnessed 2-4 times each year
However, there's a misconception that the blue moon is the second full moon occurring in one month. In fact, a blue moon is traditionally the 3rd full moon in any season where there will be 4 full moons. Typically, a season will only have 3 full moons, but approximately once every 2.7 years, there may be one more, making the blue moon event the rarest of the three occurrences... however, all 3 have not happened simultaneously in over 150 years!
So, what does all this mean?! Well, most of all it means that it's a wonderful time to bundle up your kids and go outside to see the spectacular show of a bright, beautiful, reddish moon in the sky! But traditionally, a full moon is a time of bringing your plans and dreams to fulfillment. Due to the extra light, a lot of creative individuals find themselves having trouble sleeping and having extra energy to write, to paint, and to express themselves in whatever way they like to best. Others find themselves filled with social liveliness or affection. Whatever way the full moon affects you, it's a time to radiate your energy and enjoy the excitement of sharing it with others.
In addition to taking the opportunity to harness the natural energies that come from the light of the full moon, you can use the opportunity given to you by the lunar eclipse, as well: Traditionally, the lunar eclipse is a time for "releasing" things that do not benefit you, such as unwanted thoughts/habits that stand in your way of being the kind of light you want to be for others. This message is intensified with its position under the sign of Leo, whose message is one of personal power, integrity, and interconnectedness. After all, the sign of Leo is considered to be "ruled" by the Sun- our greatest source of light, and under which we are all brought together -in astrology.
This symbolism makes this month's full lunar eclipse in Leo a perfect time to let go of old fears and habits that are holding you back. Whatever your obstacles are, remember to treat yourself kindly as you overcome them; the goal is to grow, not to beat yourself up! For example, if you're afraid of failure, you can write down that you release this fear as a way to remind yourself that this is your time to succeed, and that you won't know what you're truly made of until you try. You can focus on letting go of a bad habit, like procrastination, or an unhealthy addiction, such as to sugar or caffeine. This is a great time symbolically to let go of anything in your life that's keeping you from coming into your personal power, standing in truth, and radiating love.
Good luck, enjoy the beautiful eclipse, and keep looking up!