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Term: Blue Moon

DEFINITIONS

Blue Moon: The earliest reference to the concept of a Blue Moon appeared in 1528, where it simply meant something absurd or impossible. Later, because of a difference between the physical world and the Catholic church’s calendar, an extra full moon occasionally appeared at the “wrong” time. They referred to this as a “betrayer” moon, and in Middle English, the word for “betray” sounds similar to “blue.” By the 19th century, a Blue Moon was associated to the seasons. Each season—summer, fall, winter, and spring—generally lasts three months, meaning that there are usually three full moons during a season. Because a solar year does not coincide with the lunar year, occasionally a season will have four full moons. When this occurs the third full moon of the season is called a Blue Moon. In 1946, Sky and Telescope magazine ran an article that misinterpreted the seasonal understanding, and stated that in any month of the calendar year that has two full moons, the second full moon was called a “Blue Moon.” This error caught on and is now the most popular interpretation for the source of the expression. Metaphorically, “once in a blue moon” means something that rarely happens.


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Review of the Celtic Dragon Tarot
Summary: A deck that will appeal to lovers of dragons, especially in a Celtic context. As this deck follows the RWS "standard," it will be usable by beginners and pros looking for an additional deck to add to their collection. A must for lovers of ...
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Celtic Religion
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Secrets of the Conscious Mind
The conscious mind is the "middle" consciousness—the "ordinary" consciousness, the "objective" consciousness, the "aware" consciousness—with which we exercise control and direction over our "awake" lives. With your Conscious Mind you ...
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Svadhisthana - The Seat of Life
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Taking the Door Without A Key
Door Without a Key is an expression used by Dion Fortune in Moon Magic, London, Aquarian Press, 1956, page 91: “I will tell you what I did, putting all my cards on the table, for it shows how we used the Door Without a Key to escape the Lord ...
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Divinatory Practices
There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different forms of divination and clairvoyant practice. The following lists organize some of the more familiar by the major styles. It is a preliminary effort. Analytical Tables of Clairvoyant & ...
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Tarot of the Dream Enchantress Review
Summary: The Tarot of the Dream Enchantress will sweep you away on flights of fancy where you will see many strange and marvelous things, and where you will find yourself along the way. For readings and experiences that are anything but ...
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Astral Projection Story #4 - Astral Guides
While you are traveling on the astral plane, you will not necessarily always be traveling alone. You may meet other astral travelers, perhaps friends or lovers whom you have arranged to meet there. You may also meet (as we shall see a bit later) ...
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Carl Llewellyn Weschcke—Father of the New Age
The New Age has been defined as the "Name for a movement covering a wide variety of practices that were alternative to traditional Western practices, although many have become normative. Included concepts are holistic thinking, mysticism, ...
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The Tarot of Princesses Review
Summary If you have a penchant for Princesses, both real and literary, you’ll quickly bond with this unusual and lovely deck. Princesses, being, after all, human women, allow us to connect on a personal level with the power captured in each ...
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