Once in a Blue Moon


Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Folklore says if one wishes upon a Blue Moon, an enchantment will be granted.

According to folklore, the term “blue moon” has been around for at least 400 years. The earliest known reference to this lunar event referred to an unlikely occurrence or something that could never happen. Over time the expression has evolved to mean something that rarely, if ever happens, thus the expression “once in a blue moon” became common place.

Contrary to the name there is no physical difference in appearance during this lunar occurrence, the moon does not actually appear to be blue. According to most sources, a blue moon occurs when there is a second full moon in the same calendar month. But there are a few sources out there who claim that originally the name blue moon was given to the third full moon in a season where there were four full moons. A blue moons cycle is approximately once every two and a half years.

Historically, each full moon throughout the year was given a folk name to help people remember to prepare for the upcoming season.
For example, the name harvest moon was given to the full moon that occurred closest to the autumn equinox. This usually occurred at the peak of harvest and the light of the full moon allowing farmers to work late into the night.

Many folktales place significance on the blue moon. According to some folktales during a full blue moon, the moon was said to have a face and talked to those in its light. Some pagan beliefs hold the second full moon in a calendar month the knowledge of the Goddess and contains very powerful three-fold the energy of a regular full moon. Special rites and rituals were held only on a blue moon night.

Sill other traditions believe the different moon phases represent the transition of knowledge within the Goddess. The maiden is represented by the quarter moon, the new moon represents the mother goddess and the full moon the grandmother goddess or crone. When the blue moon enters a cycle it is said to be the transition of the crone to the divine level of existence or the great transition.

Astrologically the energy of the full moon works to integrate and harmonize the contradictions in the self and others. During a full moon, the seeds sown at the last new moon are ready to be harvested and utilized. Traditionally, the full moon is seen as a time for meditation and particularly for personal issues and global concerns.

During the blue moon this vibration is said to be three-fold. In some cultures the second full moon was considered a very holy and auspicious day. A time when the veil between heaven and earth is thin and the ability to communicate with the gods and goddess is very powerful. It is considered a very spiritually significant time for prayer and meditation going back thousands of years.

This Blue moon of December falls under the New Year’s Eve. This makes the cycle one of new beginnings, fresh starts, goal setting, and preparations of a powerful year. What better time than this year, on New Year’s Eve.

Contemplate carefully both your needs and desires, while taking stock of your own power. List goals and charge them for the coming year for fruition.
This is also a great time to rid yourself of unwanted habits, emotional baggage, or things in your life that holds you back from being your true self.

An extra full moon is both powerful and magical. We won’t see another blue moon until 2012 and the next Blue Moon on New Year’s Eve will occur in 2028.



Photographs from my own stock
Textures by courtesy of Jerry Jones
Model Goddess by courtesy of mjranum stock at DevianArt.com
Fall fairy by courtesy of shd stock at DevianArt.com
3D model by courtesy of freaky665 at DevianArt.com
Wing brushes by courtesy of www.ObsidianDawn.com
Other brushes from www.Brusheezy.com

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