You know when you hear someone say “it happens once in a blue moon” and you know what they really mean is “it never happens”? We have some big news for you… there’s a blue moon happening this week and it’s supercharged: on Wednesday, we’re going to experience the Super Blue Blood Moon, the first of its kind to be seen in the Americas in 150 years. So you know we’ve found some key rituals and meditations to help you welcome in this incredibly rare occurrence.
What’s a Blue Moon?
There are two definitions of a blue moon. The first explains a phenomenon in which the moon looks blue due to dust particles in the atmosphere. That’s incredibly rare. The second, and more common definition, refers to months when we get to see the full moon twice, which is what we’ll experience this month. The last time we had a blue moon by the latter definition was in July 2015. This type of blue moon happens about every two to three years and is the reason we have the phrase “once in a blue moon.”
Ok So Why Should we Be So Excited about THIS Blue Moon?
A couple of reasons. For starters, this one will be a Super Blue Blood Moon. On January 31, our Super Moon will also undergo a total lunar eclipse (this happens when the earth moves between the sun and the moon), making the moon appear red, hence the addition of “Blood Moon.” We add the “Super Moon” to this because this particular full moon will be closer to earth than usual, making it appear larger.
Then there’s the fact that it’s the only one any of us will likely see in our lifetime. According to National Geographic, “the event marks the first time anyone on Earth has seen this celestial trifecta in 35 years — and the first time it’s been seen in the Americas in 150 years.”
When Can I See this Super Blue Blood Moon?
To see the show, you’re going to have to set your alarm for a bit earlier than usual. West coasters will have the best view of the phenomenon but here on the east coast, we can still catch a glimpse before dawn on Wednesday, January 31. We won’t see full totality here, but your best bet is to head out anytime between 5:51am when the eclipse begins, until 7:35am when it ends (the time when we will see max coverage is 7:31am). Keep in mind that because we’ll have sunlight around then, it might get tougher to see much of the eclipse at that time.
Our friends at BlogTO have some suggestions on viewing locations, including Broadview across Riverdale Park, as well as Hanlan’s Point.
Cool, So What Does this Mean for My Cosmic Self?
“While Western Canadians will have the best sighting of the Super Blue Blood Moon, we’ll all feel its effects,” explains Cassidy Thedorf of Radiate Happy. “It’s said that our true selves bubble to the surface during a full moon, so pay special attention to your wants and needs. Heightened emotions leave little room for true nature to hide.
“You may feel your intuition in your body more easily than normal. Pay attention to butterflies in your stomach, tension in your chest, or a quickened heartbeat. What is your body trying to tell you?”
Joey Wargachuk of Happy Soul agrees and adds that it’s important to make sure we’re grounded during this high-energy time: “Like any Full Moon, we are going to feel some intensity as energy inside our water-based body is going to be really excited! This type of Super Blue Blood Moon is rare and only happens every 150 years so expect it to be ten times more powerful. Make sure you’re grounded and ready to let go of some big blockages you may be holding on to! Take a time out to relax and process this!”
What are Some Ways to Celebrate and Embrace this Phenomenon?
Set Your Intentions:
“A surge of energy will leave you apt to move through tasks or areas of your life where you previously felt sluggish,” explains Thedorf. “Since the Full Moon is in Leo, you may feel lion-like strength – harness this! Allow yourself to step in your full power, with lioness (or lion) pride and clear intentions.”
“Put time aside to do you,” says Wargachuk. “Relax and reflect on what you may want to let go of. Grounding with root chakra crystals is a good idea [Ed note: think red and black stones like obsidian, black tourmaline, red jasper, red tiger eye, ruby, garnet and hematite] and meditation is key, but I also say stay super hydrated all day! Set the intention for this moon! Make a big request like finding your dream job, or your soul mate, then let it go! It’s a perfect time to make a once in a blue moon request!”
Clear and Charge Your Crystals – and Your Home:
“This Moon is really going to be high energy so if you want to supercharge your crystals and give them a cleaning like they never had, I would bring them all out to play,” says Wargachuk. “You can lay them out on your window or do a really big grid facing a window.”
Thedorf suggests setting out your crystals on Tuesday night as well as smudging your home “to clear the energy of January’s past.”
Thedorf notes that as we’ll feel the eclipse’s effects for up to 12 months, now is a good time to journal about our long-term goals. Additionally, she notes, “while intuition is high, write down for the next week any nudges from the universe – what feels important to you? What grabs at your attention, with or without reason?”
Join a Circle:
Our friends at Happy Soul will be hosting a Super Blue Blood Moon circle on Wednesday evening from 5:30pm-6:30pm. The event will include a Loving Group Guided Meditation with a crystal grid. You can book a spot for $25 by calling 647-348-0961 or online here.
While any meditation (on your own or with a group) will be a wonderful way to embrace the Super Blue Blood Moon, we have a special treat for our readers in the form of an exclusive meditation from Thedorf:
The end of January often brings with it a sense of dismay over resolutions left behind at the beginning of the year. The Super Blue Blood Moon gives us a rare occasion to revisit those intentions, changing course or steadying direction with the full power of the Leo moon on our side.
- As you reset and reflect, know that you can always begin again. Each breath is a new beginning.
- You may wish to find your breath in meditation, allowing yourself to be immersed in the experience of it. Allow yourself to be your breath.
- Perhaps see yourself receiving your intention on your inhale, and letting go of anything which no longer serves you with your exhale.
- Once you’ve arrived to your breath fully, scan your body from head to toe, noticing any sensations. You may wish to ask your body, “what do I need to know right now?”
- If you find that your mind wanders, gently invite your attention back to your body.
- Once finished your meditation, take a few moments to journal about what your intentions are for the next day, month or year. Your intuition will guide you!
See, we told you we’d be all about making New Age more mainstream this year.
We want to know: how will you embrace the Super Blue Blood Moon? Tell us in the comments!
Want to learn more about intention setting? On February 3, join Cassidy Thedorf for a movement and meditation workshop. You can find the details here.
Lead image courtesy of NASA