Tomorrow night, 20/08/13 will see a “Blue Moon”. This does not mean the Moon itself will be blue but rather that it is the third of four full moons in a single season. There are different definitions for Blue Moon. The first and most popular is the second full moon in a calendar month. (This belief came about in a misquoted edition of the July 1943 issue of “Sky & Telescope magazine, written by Lawrence J. Lafleur)
The second and more correct definition is a Blue Moon is the third moon of four in a season– a season being defined as the time period between a solstice and an equinox, or vice versa. Tuesday night’s moon will be a Blue Moon by the seasonal definition, that is, the second definition. This years winter season was between the June 2013 solstice and September equinox. The last seasonal Blue Moon happened on November 21, 2010.
In modern day terminology, the name Blue Moon accounts for times when there are more full moons than is ordinary.
It is believed the name “blue” was used to replace the no-longer-understood belewe “to betray”. It would have been a “betrayer moon” because in normal years the third full moon meant the beginning of spring whereas a blue moon would have meant another month of fasting.
Occasionally you may see a moon that is colored blue. This is because of atmospheric conditions and has nothing to do with a “Blue Moon.
The term “once in a blue moon” mean something rare.
HEIGHTENED EMOTIONS: Right now the Moon is at its closest approach to Earth all Month. Can you feel it? Have you noticed you are picking on little things for no good reason, having very random thoughts or other people seem to be having a go at you? Be aware that we are being influenced by the cosmic weather. The SUN has also fired off M Class flares in the past 24 hours, which will hopefully miss Earth’s field in a couple of days.
Whenever the surface of the SUN is flaring our own inner environment’s rise in awareness as we slough of the old ways in favor of the new and positive for our life. So if you are a little agitated right now, let it pass without lashing out at someone or something you will later feel sadness over. Stay in your own space over the next 24 hours and contemplate the bigger picture of your life. Full Moon this week will bring you personal clarity. Have a great opening to your week!