Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

blood-mooncreativecommonssmTonight is a conjunction of several lunar events; it is a full moon, a fairly common occurrence, a lunar eclipse, which happens a few times a year, and a super moon, which can also happen a few times a year.


A super moon is when the new or full moon is at or very near the closest point of its orbit to the earth, usually within 90%, causing it to look somewhat larger than average. Astrologically speaking, super moons are somewhat more intense than your average full moon, although how much more intense is hard to quantify, and can depend on how closely the moon aligns to your own chart.


During a total lunar eclipse, the moon gains a coppery or red hue, one that conjures images of blood and battle, giving it the moniker of blood moon. In truth, it is a phenomenon of the light, and while the shorter wavelengths found in blue and purple are scattered more easily, the longer wavelengths of the orange and red hues are still able to reach the surface of the moon and to be reflected.


Lunar eclipses occur a few times a year, in 2019 there are three; a full eclipse and two partial eclipses. The first partial eclipse was January 6th, and the first and only total lunar eclipse for the year occurred around nine pm tonight, just an hour or two before I sat down to write. We can expect the second and final partial eclipse on July 16th. Lunar eclipses tend to intensify the effect of a full moon, although the full effect of those changes may be a bit hazy until the partial eclipse in mid-July.


A full moon in Leo, as it is tonight, tends to be a good time for creative endeavors, especially those that highlight the more incredible things in life. It is often a good time to find balance between recognition of yourself and the notice of others, but can also be a time of overextending oneself, either physically, mentally, or emotionally. While this is generally true for everyone, the intensity of the effect and the direction it takes can differ from person to person, depending on the type connections it makes to your own chart as well as the degree of proximity to the planetary bodies in your chart.