This year, we’ll enjoy a rather rare occurrence – a blue moon (the second full moon in a calendar month) falling on New Year’s Eve.* Technically any full moon on the 31st of a month (such as on Samhain) will be a blue moon, since the moon’s cycle is 29.5 days – but a blue moon falling on New Year’s Eve only happens every 19 years. Last time this happened was 1990, and next time it happens it will be 2028.

However, to add to the exciting mix, this full moon will come complete with a lunar eclipse (which those of us in the Americas will not be able to see, as it happens in the daytime for us) as the moon is aligned with both Earth and Sun, and will occur when the moon reaches perigee, or its closest approach to earth, making this a “Super Moon.” So all signs point to this full moon packing a cosmic wallop. (Not to mention the fact that both Mercury and Mars are in retrograde…)

You can find further details about the significance of a Cancerian full moon in Capricorn by plugging in “Cancer full moon December 2009” into any Internet search engine. Astrologers have a wide variety of approaches to interpreting the significance of this Super Blue Moon Eclipse, and I’m sure that all the witches and magicians reading this blog will also have lots of personal experience to pull from when applying it to your own lives.

If you’ve taken a long, hard look at this full moon already (or just a fleeting glance), do you have plans this New Year’s Eve to take advantage of this energy and use it constructively to steer your destiny for the next year?

Will you be doing a New Year’s divination? A full-blown Esbat ritual? Will you just take some time for Capricornian logic and list-making to mingle with Cancerian heart-felt emotions and desires? Will it be a time to find balance between maturity and responsibility, and the emotional ties and need for security of childhood? Will you take this energy and resolve to make more spiritual headway in your life rather than making more mundane resolutions relating to diets and paychecks? Honestly, there are so many ways to interpret the various astrological energies and influences at this Blue Moon that I am very interested to know how different witches, Pagans and magicians will be ringing in the New Year this time around! Please share your thoughts here, and have a safe and happy celebration!


* Except in parts of Asia and Australia, where the full moon will actually be on January 1 for them – and thus they’ll have a blue moon at the end of January, whereas those of us in North America, South America, Europe and Africa will get our blue moon now.

Written by Elysia
Elysia is the Senior Acquisitions Editor for Witchcraft, Wicca, Pagan, and magickal books at Llewellyn. She has been with Llewellyn since 2005 and a fan for much longer. ...