When we have more than one Full Moon in a lunar cycle (a month), we call this a “Blue Moon”. In rare occasions, we can have up to four Full Moons in a lunar cycle! These are extremely rare, of course, and regardless of how many Blue Moons there are in a month, they are all rare events and therefore, seen as particularly auspicious times.
In fact, this is where the saying, “once in a blue moon” comes from: to signify the occurrence of an unlikely event.
A Blue Moon is also a Full Moon, and will therefore have the same energy as a Full Moon would have in whatever sign it happens to be in, but at a much stronger vibration.
In addition, each Full Moon that occurs will have its own unique planetary transits and aspects, which will always influence the energy surrounding it. Therefore, if you are experiencing two Full Moons under the same Zodiac Sign within the same month, the second Full Moon’s energy – the Blue Moon’s energy – will differ from the last.
According to Rachel Patterson, author of “Pagan Portals – Moon Magic”, “There is a belief that the Blue Moon holds the knowledge of the Crone and, therefore, all the wisdom of the Triple Goddesses combined. It is also said that the Blue Moon brings a time of heightened communication and connection with the Divine and the spirit world” (2014).
I’ve found that the Blue Moon is also a very liminal time; that is, it seems to have a very special energy that thins the veil between our world and the Spirit World, which ultimately helps to heighten your intuition and aid in astral traveling and Shamanic work. This would be a great time for a guided meditation and visualization exercises.
Patterson also suggests using the energy of a Blue Moon toward the achievement of goals that you have always believed to be unobtainable or just out of your reach, and I resonate with this practice very strongly.
I also believe that Blue Moons represent second chances: Full Moons are always a time of excitement and fruition, and to have two opportunities to experience this energy in any one cycle feels like a gift! It’s as if the Universe is saying that you get another shot at tapping into the Full Moon 🙂 Once in a while, we get a second chance!
Remember, you can tap into Full Moon energy on the day of the Full Moon, as well as the three days leading up to it, and after it. And to get a clearer picture of the specific energy surrounding the Blue Moon that you’re in, be sure to read all about Full Moon Energy, as well as the energy of the Zodiac Sign that the Moon happens to be in.
You can mark the occasion with a simple goal-setting ritual (writing down your goals, creating a new vision board, etc.), but it’s not necessary. Simply observing the Moon and being aware of her energy is enough.
To me, the Blue Moon serves as a reminder that even the most unlikely of events occur naturally from time to time, and absolutely nothing is out of reach. It is therefore a sure cosmic sign to never give up hope, and to hold out for the possibility of being pleasantly surprised.
What does the Blue Moon mean to you? Please share in the comments below!
P.S. Did you enjoy this post? You may also enjoy the rest in my Moon Energy Series: