Once upon a Blue moon

During the early hours of Jan. 31, there will be a full moon, a total lunar eclipse, a blue moon and a supermoon. None of these things is all that unusual. What is rare is that they’re happening all together on one day. — from “Something amazing will happen with the moon on Jan. 31” by Shannon Schmoll. Washington Post

The pagan and witching world are all a twitter with the upcoming full moon. Not because there’s a new Harry Potter novel or film to enjoy, but because this week nature will reprise an event 150 years in the making.

On January 31, when you gaze up at the night sky, you’ll see not just a Full moon, but a Blue Super moon that will also be a Blood moon taking place during a lunar eclipse. All these events in one night!

What does it all mean? For starters, a Blue moon is when a full moon occurs twice in one month. The Blood moon occurs during a lunar eclipse, and when “the moon appears to darken as it moves into Earth’s shadow, which is called the umbra. When the moon is all the way in shadow, it doesn’t go completely dark; instead, it looks red because of a process called Rayleigh scattering. The gas molecules of Earth’s atmosphere scatter bluer wavelengths of light from the sun, while redder wavelengths pass straight through.” Not only that, this full moon will also be a Super moon because the moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, making it appear bigger and brighter than usual in the sky.

This should make for a spectacular sky viewing – if the night is clear and there are few clouds. Astronomy enthusiasts will undoubtely take their telescopes and point them skyward to view the event and post amazing photos to their Instagram and Facebook feeds.
FullMoonIn the witching world, many will use the augmented moon display to work on casting spells, dancing around bonfires, and working magic. I know of a few friends who will host tarot reading in their homes, and others who will get together and dance sky-clad (naked) around a bonfire while attempting to contact the ancestors of men-who-love-men.

For me, this is a night to sit and meditate. After, I will bless and charge my tarot and divination oracles by putting the decks on a window sill where I know they will bathe under the moon’s reflecting light throughout the night. In this way, the card decks and assorted talismans will be charged with moon energy. I also will put a glass jar full of water outside so moonlight can infuse the water with its energy and I can use the water later in magical or healing arts.

I have not decided if I’ll watch Wednesday’s spectale in the buff or not. Already, there seems to be a lot of talk on the wires about naked and sky-clad preferences. If I do or not will depend on how bright the night is, how cold, or if it rains. I would prefer doing so with a sexy witch standing next to me holding my magic wand.

No matter where or how you decide to spend the night, I think this is one of those events which merits, at least, a glance. Nature, at her best, always dazzles.