While the months in our calendar were designed to fit a solar year, with 28-31 days in each month, the Moon keeps her own schedule, with a lunar month being about 28.5 days. That means we generally have one Full Moon a month, but every 2-3 years we have two Full Moons in one month (the first at the beginning of the month, and the second at the end). The second Full Moon is called a Blue Moon. For those of us in the United States, we have a Blue Moon on Thursday, 31 May (at 6:04 pm PST). It really is location specific, because when it is 6:04 pm on the West Coast of the U. S., it will be 1:04 am, 1 June in England. That means people in Europe will have their Blue Moon 30 June. Confused? 🙂 I found a site online that explains it much better than I do, answers FAQs, and even gives you a calendar for figuring out when there will be Blue Moons: You will find it at www.obliquity.com/astro/bluemoon.html . Meanwhile, I can tell you that the last Blue Moon was in July 2004, and the next Blue Moon in the U.S. will be in December 2009 for the East Coast, and in January 2010 for the U.S. west of Eastern Standard Time.
Now, why should this matter to you? No good reason, I suppose. 🙂 I’ve heard this little fact is the basis for the saying, “once in a Blue Moon,” which means “not very often.” However, some people also consider the Blue Moon a good time for putting out affirmations about protection, purification, and healing. The idea I find most interesting is to use it for working with goals — review accomplishments and failures since the last Blue Moon, and setting specific long-term goals. Since this Blue Moon is in Sagittarius (with the Sun in Gemini), it might be interesting to set goals regarding expanding your knowledge, and the way in which you communicate. Get creative, and consider what you would like to be doing, or what you want to accomplish by December 2009/January 2010. These would be the sort of long-term goals you could use as a guiding star, with shorter-term goals as stepping stones. For those of you who are into tarot, it might be interesting to get out the Star card and look at it while setting your Blue Moon goals, and perhaps the Moon card as a way of accessing that which you most deeply desire, the goals that often remain unconscious. Don’t just think about your goals — write them down. Put them someplace where you will see them often. It is amazing how something like that keeps the goals in our mind, and we will find ourselves working toward them, even if on an unconscious level.
Now, if you are reading this and it is after the Blue Moon, I’ve been told you can successfully work with Full Moon energies three days before and three days after the Full Moon. What goals will you set? Where do you want to be in two years and seven months?