Happy Blue Moon Eve!

©Nick K, 1/28/10

Tomorrow night our only natural satellite turns full a second time in one month, making it a blue moon. The Farmers’ Almanac has some information on why we call it a blue moon to begin with. Did you know the last blue moon was New Years Eve 2009, and the next blue moon won’t be until July 2015?

The next full moon – a regular full moon, not a blue one – is on September 30. Given its proximity to the Autumnal Equinox, it will be this year’s Harvest Moon, so-called because the light of the full moon allowed farmers to work long into the night, finishing up that season’s harvests. Or something like that.

For magic(k)al practitioners, this is a rare astronomical event that you should consider taking advantage of. One thought that comes to mind is to buy several of those white 7-day candles (I can find them at my local Wal-Mart), bless and consecrate them tomorrow night, and light one overnight during every full moon for the next three years. When one candle has almost burned to the end, use it to light another candle and so keep the flame of one blue moon alive until the next one. You can do the same thing by blessing and consecrating holy moon water (adding salt, quartz, moonstone, jasmine, or any other ingredients that remind you of the moon), storing it in an airtight container, and using a few drops to boost any future lunar spells.

Even if you don’t practice magic, get out there and enjoy this rare astronomical event!

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