|original artwork by Andreea Cernestean|
When I was little I remember looking for a Blue Moon because I loved the Moon and thought that surely a Full Moon that was blue would be the most beautiful sight to see. I also thought it would be magickal of course. I always looked for magick when I was little. I was partially right in that the Blue Moon does have extra magickal energy. It unfortunately does not have a beautiful blue appearance on the night it happens.
I think all of us have heard the phrase "once in a blue moon." It typically gets used for things that happen on a rare occasion. In fact there is evidence in history going all the way back to the 1500's when people referred to the Blue Moon as a rare occasion. That's the earliest written reference that I saw in a pamphlet by William Roy and Jeremy Barlow. In a conversation between two characters, one says, “Yf they say the mone is blewe/We must believe that it is true.” I'm sure if we looked hard enough we would find it goes back much farther than that.
A Blue Moon occurs any time we have more than one Full Moon in a month. The only month that you will never find this in is February as there simply aren't enough days in the month to have this happen. Historically the definition of a Blue Moon was an extra Full Moon in any given season. So why did they call it a Blue Moon?
People have been naming the Moons for a long long time. Depending on where you are and what you believe is what the Moon is called. Names like Snow Moon, Flower Moon and Cold Moon helped them to keep track of where they were in the year, for us it helps us to keep track of the Wheel of the Year. What in the world do you do when you have an extra Moon in there? You can see how this could cause complications. That extra Full Moon took on the name Blue Moon.
I was taught in my training that on the night of a Blue Moon the energy is twice as powerful. If you need to work with magick on the night of a Full Moon the night of the Blue Moon will definitely give it an added kick helping to ensure the success of what you wish to do! I was also taught to look for rare events happening around you during the day before, during and after a blue moon. It's a great time to look for things that seem "out of place."
Have a magickal day!
Much Love and Many Blessings,
P.S. Don't forget the Full Blue Moon is tomorrow! There's a Full Lunar eclipse on that night as well! I have readings available if you are interested. You can book them here:
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