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Once in a Blue Moon

This post was written by Anna
on December 29, 2009 | Comments (2)

The phrase “once in a blue moon” is used to denote the happening of a very rare event. Lunar EclipseBlue moons, by definition, are when there are two full moons in a single month (the term “blue moon” applies to the second full moon). Since the moon has a cycle of 29.5 days and our calendar months are generally 30-31 days in length,  the cycle only catches up about once every three years, and we have a “blue moon.”

This year, however, our blue moon (a full moon in Cancer) happens to fall on New Year’s Eve, which hasn’t happened since 1971 (and only four times since 1900); there will not be another blue moon on New Year’s Eve until the year 2028.

In addition to our New Year’s blue Moon, we also have a partial lunar eclipse to look forward to! The eclipse occurs on December 31, 2009 at 10° Cancer. The fourth lunar eclipse of 2009, there will be some friction between the Sun in Capricorn and the Moon in Cancer, so you will need to find a middle ground between your watery Cancer emotions and Capricorn physicality.

Lunar eclipses can be symbolic of endings and letting go. This is a great boost to the energy of the end of the yearly cycle on New Year’s Eve.

Reader Comments

Written By Loretta Wollering
on December 31st, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

Wonderful and true about Dec. 31, 2009 Blue full moon in Cancer. I will be doing a Daoist meditation on this eve. I think 2010 is going to be an incredibly wonderful year for many!


Written By Joy Martinez
on January 5th, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

The full moon in Hawaii was in the middle of the afternoon, 12:42pm I think. I lit a candle…just because it felt right.

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