This is also known as a Perigee Moon when the Moon is closest to the Earth. Many believe there are 13 Full Moons every year, however the truth is there are only 13 Full Moons about every 3 years. When this happens there are 4 Full Moons in a season either from an Equinox to Solstice or from a Solstice to and Equinox featuring the original definition of a Blue Moon as described further on in this post. When a Perigee Moon also described as a Super Moon is paired with an eclipse we have a Mega Super Moon — something that is even more rare.
Please feel free to add your own comments in the comments section at the bottom of the page. The article tells us the original definition of a Blue Moon referred to 4 Full Moons in one season. The article also indicates a season is defined as the time between a Solstice and Equinox or an Equinox and Solstice. See Table below. From the perspective of Solstices and Equinoxes, there are four seasons in a year and generally three Full Moons occur in each season.
This means there are usually 12 Full Moons per year. This is why the word month comes from the word Moon or Moonth, because it take This suggests that our secular calendar actually does recognize that they are at least 12 Full Moons each year. Looking at this from the perspective of the Gregorian Calendar that was instituted in the years that have two Full Moons in a month are the years that also have 13 Full Moons in a calendar year. This occurs beginning March 23, April 21, May 21 and June 20, Based on the article in Sky and Telescope describing the original meaning of once in a Blue Moon as having four Full Moons in one season, the year and most closely fit that definition.
In addition to the four Full Moons in a season, also featured two consecutive Full Moons in the same sign. Also see table below. This is an event that occurs approximately every three years. Interestingly, two Full Moons in a month, or four Full Moons in a season, occur with the same frequency about every 2. See the tables below However, four Full Moons in a season has greater astronomical significance than two Full Moons in a calendar month.
It is also not connected to the lunar cycle. The Gregorian calendar does however fixate our awareness on a linear way of tracking time through days, weeks, months and years. These dates have been assigned names and numbers and it works brilliantly as a linear way of tracking time. There is another speculation that the original term Blue Moon may have come from the bluish tinge the Moon gets when viewed through smoke.
In this case, the theory is that someone saw the Moon appearing quite blue through the smoke of a large distant fire like a forest fire and therefore the term Blue Moon was a literal description of how the Moon looked. This only occurs when the first Full Moon is in Zero or One degree of the sign and the next Full Moon is in 28 or 29 degrees of the same sign. As already mentioned above, July 22, there is a Full Moon at 00 degrees and 16 minutes of Aquarius. The following month on Aug 21 there was another Full Moon at 28 degrees and 11 minutes of Aquarius.
This exact configuration happened one day later in July and August of with the Moon very close to the same degrees that occurred in Note: This nearly exact recurrence is tracking the 19 year nodal cycle at its half way point.
A topic for another article. January 2 and 31 and March 1 and 31 of due to February being a short month so there is no Full Moon in February of This pattern recurs about every 33 months or 33 Full Moons or 2. This is also sometimes thought to signify a Blue Moon but in this case is not happening with four Full Moons in a season though often four Full Moons in a season does feature two Full Moons in the same sign. When we understand the pattern of what is happening then we can intentionally tune into the magic, getting the most out of the opportunity these Timings represent.
Noticing the Pattern Below are tables of the various types of Blue Moon dates to ponder. These tables clearly show the pattern of about 33 months for all the above variations, except for the one that has to do with seeing the Moon through smoke. One way to work with this information and the dates below is to notice if any of these Timings were especially significant in your personal experience. Also worth noticing is if there were significant events in the world that happened around any of the prior so-called Blue Moon times? In tracking this personally, I had a profound experience with a group down in Peru during the December Full Moon — Blue Moon of four Full Moons in a season see table below that was beyond the beyond of anything I had experienced previously.
In July , there were two consecutive Full Moons in a calendar month. At the time of the second Full Moon during another Full Moon ceremony I was a part of, I had an illumination about a personal situation that had been especially challenging. This Timing also coincided with a powerful Pluto transit to my natal Moon, so the Full Moon activation was a part of that cycle and it turned out to be a further catalyst for an initiatory process I was already experiencing, meaning the two factors were working together to help support my journey and may not have had anything to do with the fact that it was the second Full Moon of the month.
Knowing your cycles and participating in Full Moon ceremonies can help further what ever initiation cycles are going on for you. I have noticed if the Full Moon activates a personal part of my own chart regardless of whether it is a so-called Blue Moon it is extra powerful for me. Shamanically speaking this suggests the potency of the Full Moon Window lasts for at least three days. The Hawaiians use 29 and sometimes 30 phases of the Moon, giving each phase its own special name and indications like when it was a good time to fish, or to plant, or to get married, or to stay home.
Is 12 or 13 the Most Sacred Number of the Moon? In recent years, there have been many articles and books claiming that the number 13 is the most sacred number for the Moon. However, the Moon actually intimately connects with the numbers 12, 13 and If you are tracking the Moon return to a certain zodiacal degree, say zero Capricorn, it will return to that degree every If you divide That means the Moon will cross that point or any other starting point 13 times each year. That is why there are 12 months moonths in a year.
It is important to realize the number 13 for the Moon is NOT what most people think it is. There are NOT 13 Full Moons every year regardless of whether you are tracking a calendar year, or a seasonal year — from one December Solstice to the next. Actually more often than not there are only 12 Full Moons a year. That is why both 12 and 13 are sacred numbers, or sacred patterns for the Moon. Additionally, the 19 year pattern or cycle of the Moon is significant to our personal experience especially when we are turning 19, 38, 57, 76, and This 19 year Moon cycle is related to the Nodes of the Moon and the Eclipses.
The point here is that there is more than one sacred number for the Moon, as the Moon has many patterns that are worth knowing and understanding, because these patterns do play out in our personal and collective experience. The Tables Below show the patterns of the Full Moon occurring about every three years no matter what pattern you are tracking. Full Moon — Eclipse. Feb 19 Full Moon.
Mar 20 Apr 19 May 18 Jun 17 Capricorn wants tangible results, knows what is feasible and what is not, and is most comfortable working within an established framework and known boundaries or limits. Working towards a long-term goal is most satisfying with this influence. When Mercury is in Sagittarius, our thinking shifts from a need to plumb the depths of any given situation to the desire to learn about a wide range of topics. Ideals are sought, our thinking is more optimistic, and our faith increases.
We are more equipped to believe and to persuade.
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What is fair and unfair concerns us most now. However, we are not always very precise under this influence. Deeply passionate relations are the focus with Venus in Scorpio. This is a highly emotional position for Venus. It is a passionate, sensual, and intense energy. Our relationships are immensely important to us, and we may even feel that they consume us. In fact, we tend to want to be consumed by them!
Our drive is toward intense closeness, but blind faith in our partners is extremely hard for us now. Fears of being too vulnerable or of giving up our own power to others are strong. Disdain for mediocrity and superficiality can compel us to create crises in order to feel alive and vital. We tend to feel less motivated to go after traditional goals, and more motivated to pursue spiritual or emotional drives during this cycle. We dislike confrontation during this trend. Our output is variable rather than straightforward, and our energy is similarly up and down. During this cycle, going after what we want becomes less straightforward and more complicated!
Jupiter entered Sagittarius on November 8th, , and transits the sign until December 2nd, Read more about the Jupiter in Sagittarius transit. We approach money and personal possessions in new ways and learn how to free ourselves from certain material constraints. Innovative ways to make ourselves comfortable emerge. There can be abrupt changes with money, valuables, possessions, and income that lead to a reshuffling of priorities or values. Income might come from non-traditional sources or ventures. New ways of doing business, as well as making, viewing, and handling money are likely.
Income and the energy we put into making money can be variable. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives or even our personalities , and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries. If a relationship becomes too settled or predictable, we may crave more intensity and catalytic experience. Jealousies, fears of betrayal, and power games are the shadow side of Venus in Scorpio. We may easily become obsessed with a fear that our partners might be betraying us, or that they are not as consumed and dedicated to the relationship as us.
Our attachments are pronounced now, and we may seek out deeper, richer contact. There could be a stronger sense that we must let something go in order to move forward. Passion, jealousy, possession: these are the kinds of experiences that can flow from the intensity that courses through you at one level or another now — voracious. Venus sesquiquadrate Chiron December Love cannot be forced. This is not a commitment-friendly transit, as we may feel alienated for no apparent reason and unwilling to give of ourselves. Venus trine Neptune December A magical, romantic time.
The pleasures of life are experienced fully. Romance is highly favored. We see the very best in people now, and this eases our interactions and takes the pressure off in personal relationships. Venus conjunct Ceres December New insights into relationships and love. Strong attractions.
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We are more concerned with harmonizing than usual and we tend to be agreeable and cooperative. We could feel lucky in love, and we could meet someone who is good for us. Fortunate connections might be made now.
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Feelings of isolation, of not getting what we really want, and of not being loved the way we want to be loved can get in the way of pleasant relations with our partners. The Void of Course Moon is the period of time after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters a new sign. During Void of Course Moon periods, it is generally wise to stick to routine rather than to begin new projects.
Void of Course in Horary Astrology: If you were asking a question and making a chart for the answer, as you do in Horary astrology, it is said that since the Moon is not looking forward to any more aspects in this sign, you would have to say that the answer is not forthcoming; any questions asked at this time would not come to pass. The following tables incorporate the modern planets, but some astrologers do not count Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in void Moon calculations. See Best Time to Start a Business for more details. See also: Astrology of Today — an overview of the day this takes you to my other site, Astrology Cafe.
This Week in Astrology Calendar for December 23 to 29, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus. We can have flashes of insight, but tend to be scatterbrained. Our minds are not peaceful or harmonious under this influence, and irritable tempers, sarcastic speech, and dogmatism are negative expressions of this energy. However, fresh and creative ideas may come to us now. Mercury square Neptune. We find it hard to follow facts, directions, and instructions.
Difficulties concentrating on hard, cold facts are likely; and we may question facts altogether or avoid being pinned down for answers. This is a bad time for signing on the dotted line. Perceptions are confused, unrealistic, or too idealistic to carry weight in the real world. Conversations may be vague. Venus sextile Pluto. If we seize the opportunity, this is a good time for both finances and relationships. The feelings are impassioned, but not in an offensive or unpleasant way.
We are focused and confident, and we appreciate depth of feeling and authenticity in our dealings with others. Mars conjunct Chiron. We may have the opportunity to take the lead, or to take action, regarding matters that lead to healing, cleansing, or teaching now. This can be a time of a release of suppressed energies. We can feel a sense of mission. There is likely to be a feeling of fearlessness when it comes to addressing problem areas, and self-confidence as well.
There is a drive to take positive action, usually to defend or help others or ourselves. See below for day-by-day forecasts and planets in signs. See also Transit to Transit aspects.
Rare Pink Libra Blue Moon and Lilith, Juno Grand Air trine
See also: Astrology of Today — an overview of the day — Astrology Cafe. See also the new Astrology Trends Calendar that includes these daily trends overviews and other astrological events such as ingresses, stations, and lunations. The Moon spends the day in nourishing, receptive Cancer, and we can be quite nostalgic, rooted, and domestic.
The Moon opposes Saturn and Pluto, and we may be frustrated by the little things that seem to go wrong or that pull us out of our shells or comfort zones. We can feel some tension due to our drives to perform or the demands of our responsibilities. The Cancer Moon seeks familiarity, but events, people, and circumstances seem to demand otherwise. Even so, we can readily adapt and turn tensions into winning situations now as the Moon harmonizes with Neptune and Venus and a Pluto-Juno trine point to an excellent time for sharing power effectively in our relationships, as well as for enjoying increased commitment and intensity or passion.
A Mercury-Uranus aspect in force today can point to difficulties following a schedule. This is a scatterbrain aspect — we might have original ideas but difficulty conveying them or making them work just for now.
As well today, Mercury forms a square to Neptune, and we can find it challenging to follow or clearly communicate facts, directions, and instructions. Perceptions may be confused or too idealistic, influenced strongly by wishful thinking and imagination. We may be dealing with deception or self-deception, and it can be difficult to be discriminating. Our minds open to many different possibilities and options, however. We can feel inspired, or we might be thinking in imaginative or possibly impractical ways.
The Moon spends the day in the sign of Leo. Warmth, generosity, pride, and a sense for the dramatic are hallmarks of a Leo Moon. Creativity blossoms and we take pride in our accomplishments. Satisfaction comes from positive feedback from others. The Leo Moon is devoted, affectionate, and generous. The Moon in Virgo harmonizes with the Capricorn Sun tonight, encouraging cooperation and focus. We can feel pleasantly motivated to take care of business, to get organized, or to attend to important details.