"...if it feels like a true magic might be possible; it is truly a blue moon experience...
-Isabella Koldras, Blue Moon Magic
Samhain (sow-in,) has ancient Celtic roots dating back more than 2,000 years.
"Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain... On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth" -History.com
The Celts marked their new year November 1st. The night before, the line between living and the dead was thought to be blurred.
Adorned in costumes and gathered around bonfires, they embraced the start of a cold, dark winter after their recent harvest. Druids would burn crops as a sacrifice to Celtic deities.
As this spiritual doorway was opened, villagers would attempt to tell one another's fortunes. The Celts thought that it would be easier for the deities to make prophecies on this night, that would see them all comfortably through the long winter ahead.
It was in the 8th century that the Pope took the celebration and smeared Roman Catholicism all over it, designating it as "All Soul's Day, (another way to celebrate the souls of the dead,) and then eventually, All Saint's Day. Both of which were celebrated similarly to Samhain.
All Saint's Day was also known as All-hallowmas, making the night before, "All-Hallows Eve," and would eventually be referred to as Halloween (history.com).
There is something so seemingly eerie and mystical about the thought of a blue moon rising on Halloween, and this will be the first year in a long time that it’s going to be visible across every time zone.
On average, a full moon occurring on Halloween happens every 18 to 19 years. But it normally happens, that a full moon is visible across just a part of the Northern Hemisphere, so not a complete circle. The last time this happened across all time zones was on Halloween night, October 31st, 1944
It is considered a blue Hunter’s moon when it is a second full moon over a period of one month. This one is not significant to anything on the astrological calendar, but we can relish in the spookiness all we want, it is Halloween, after all.
We know that the term “once in a blue moon” is synonymous with something that happens infrequently. While a blue moon is considered to be the rarest of moons, the second full moon in a month is not an incredibly uncommon occurrence. What is rare however, is spotting a blue moon that is actually tinged with the color blue.
The color of the Hunter’s moon doesn’t have much to do with the lunar phase at all, in fact. If we are going to see the moon change color, it will be due to the atmospheric conditions at the time. If that happens tonight, well, I don’t think I’d be surprised, just based upon the direction that 2020 has thrown us in thus far.
It is All Hallows Eve, we are in the midst of a pandemic, the country is divided now more than ever with the 2020 presidential election a mere 3 days away, Halloween falls on a Saturday, and we reluctantly relinquish daylight savings time…the very same weekend. Throw a blue Hunter’s Moon into the mix and for those of us that are superstitious, well October 31st isn’t looking so good.
As we sit in anticipation for this mysterious moon to grace the sky though, I promise it is far more enchanting than it is frightful based on its spiritual symbolism.
Some folks have long chosen to treat the blue moon as an especially magical time, and a few traditions even associate this rare lunar phase with the growth of knowledge and wisdom in the phases of a woman’s life.
According to Blue Moon: Folklore and Definition, the moon itself is considered to be connected to “women’s mysteries, intuition and the divine aspects of the sacred feminine.” And while that may be terrifying to some of you, I say that women’s intuition is exactly what the entire world needs more of right now.
The blue moon phase is often thought to be a time of heightened clarity and connection.
For the sake of it being Samhain and all, I will tell you that some covens were said to perform initiations only during this time because of its energies and ability to strengthen communication with spirits, and amplify one’s own psychic abilities.
So, my friends, tonight as you enjoy your own All Hallows Eve traditions and festivities, (while respectfully social distancing of course,) don’t forget to glance up at the sky and channel some of that lunar energy for yourself.
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