We have all seen a full moon at some point in out lives- weather you're driving home, taking an evening walk with a significant other, or just sitting outside on a nice night looking at the stars and there it is: The Full Moon. The bright, round, cheesy-like orb in the sky- but tonight, we are in store for a special treat. On this night if you look up in the sky on 7:11pm, you will find the sun, moon, and earth lining up during a full moon resulting in a rare total lunar eclipse of a super moon! How freaking cool is that?!
But what is a blood moon exactly and what does this rare occurrence signify?
The full moon almost always appears a coppery shade of red during a lunar eclipse due to the sunlight that is filtered and refracted by the Earth's atmosphere. This is known as the "Blood Moon" or Hunter's Moon by early Native American tribes. These names were then adopted by colonials and here we are now in 2015 witnessing our fourth out of four (Tetra) full moons over 2014/2015. The Earth's shadow can be seen creeping across the moon's face until it has completely covered the moon. Then, when the moon is fully covered by the Earth's shadow- the blood red tinge will appear.
What does it all mean?
The simple answer is, no one really knows. We do know that full moons have been known to impact the tides, and human beings are 70% water. Some believe that full moons effect the body's circadian rhythm. Some ancient cultures believe that full moons and the lunar cycle has an effect on woman's fertility and hormones. Astrologers believe that as this full moon falls in the first degree of Aries (a very agressive fire sign) this eclipse is associated with assertiveness, action, and individualism. You may feel the need to let that certain someone know how you feel about them or something that has been bothering you that you feel the need to get off of your chest. Things might be feeling a bit stirred up during this time, but try to keep your cool and not react till you have worked through whatever it is that is bugging you.
Full moons are also known to signify a new beginning or significant change. This would be a great time to reflect on the people or things in your life and letting go of the ones that are no longer bringing positivity to you. This may be a time when a light bulb goes off and you have a realization or "a-ha" moment. Things are changing and we are all active participants in the changes happening in our lives as well as the lives of others.
With it's mysterious connotations and shorter days, make sure to embrace the lunar cycle and as we transition into a new season, take a moment to appreciate the changes going on around you, set an intention, and devote some time to watch this super blood moon eclipse from a nice, quiet place.
How will you celebrate the Blood Moon?