by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~
Super moon or Supermoon, is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term “supermoon” is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology.
The name SuperMoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, arbitrarily defined as …”a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.”
The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing.
The opposite phenomenon, an apogee-syzygy, has been called a micro-moon, though this term is not as widespread as supermoon.
We have been “lunar lucky” these last few months!
The Dec. 3 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons, including a lunar eclipse. The other supermoons will happen on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2018.
If you only have time to catch one of them, be sure to check out the “extra-special” Jan. 31 supermoon, NASA said in a statement Friday (Dec. 1). The late January supermoon will take place during a total lunar eclipse visible from western North America, the Pacific and Eastern Asia. It will also be a blue moon, too.
A supermoon occurs when the full moon is at the closest point of its orbit to the Earth, which is also called the perigee. That makes the moon look extra-close and extra bright — up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon at its furthest point from Earth, called the apogee.
Supermoon full moons will occur on Dec. 3, 2017, Jan. 1, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2018. The Jan. 31 supermoon will also be a blue moon and occur during a total lunar eclipse.
Pair that up with a lunar eclipse, and you will have a spectacular view of the moon turning dark as it moves out of the sun’s light and into the shadow of the Earth. Only the light reflected off Earth will be visible on its surface, producing a ruddy red-brown color on the moon’s surface during totality.
“The lunar eclipse on Jan. 31 will be visible during moonset. Folks in the eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it,” said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in the same statement. “But it’s another great chance to watch the moon.”
10 Rituals for the Full Moon
When the moon is FULL, this is considered the highest time for manifesting goals, nurturing your passions, full scale healing, encouraging strength and power, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. It is the most potent time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination and any manifesting work that needs extra power. This is the time when the seed you planted at the new moon may have developed.
1. Make a Moon Tonic
Moon Tonic water containing the energies of the moon embody very powerful healing benefits that bring about integral balance and wholeness throughout the body, mind and soul. Clear quartz crystal catalyzes the absorption of lunar energies as well as amplifies the healing benefits.
To Prepare Moon Water
1. Wait for a clear night, preferably on or right before the full moon. put your crystal in a clear glass and cover with one cup of purified water.
2. Check this chart for the exact day of the full moon you have chosen. At sundown, place the glass out of doors in a moonlit place (cover the glass with clear plastic wrap).
3. Remove the glass at dawn. The water is now filled with lunar (and quartz crystal) potency. Drink the moon water every morning to prepare your body, mind and spirit for the stress of the day.
2. Enjoy a Moon Bath
Bathing in the light of the full moon can be an intoxicating experience (even with your clothes on!) If you are able to sit on the ground under the moon’s light, sit in a comfortable position (perhaps on a yoga mat or even a chair). If you are standing, have your back up against a wall or building for support. Drink in the moon with your eyes for a moment. Get lost in the structure and shape of the moon. Feel this reflective light drench you in its bright shower.
Close your eyes and sense the space around you. Listen to the ambient noise (either nature, traffic, crowds…) Make yourself aware of this noise and then, slowly take yourself inward. Bring your attention to behind your eyelids and then slowly move your quiet thoughts to the center of your forehead or Third Eye.
Sense the light of the moon, even with your eyes closed. Take in the drenching light into the center of your forehead or Third Eye as you imagine it lighting up this powerful energy center. Take the time to breathe deeply and absorb the energy from this extreme power source. When you are ready to “dry off”, slowly open your eyes and great the powerful light again, through your eyes.
3. Cleanse Your Crystals
The full moon is the best time to cleanse and recharge any crystals or stones, jewelry or other objects you would like to bring to full fruition. Most crystals can be cleansed under luke warm water, massaged gently with liquid soap or wiped down with a soft cloth. Place your stones in the light of the full moon. It is like recharging a battery. Leave them in the moonlight for several hours or until you feel they have taken in enough lunar energy. Crystals associated with the full moon are clear quartz, moonstone, white quartz, opal, selenite, moldavite, tektite, meteorite and pearls.
4. Start A Lunar Journal
A Lunar Journal, is a great way to bring the power of your thoughts, good energy and a generous way to express your true insight on paper. This journal can be used for writing down situations and how you have experienced them. These journals are good places to record your outlook, your goals for achieving a path to your truths and your daily affirmation. It can allow you to look at that information later for understanding inspiration and guidance. Journal from one full moon to the next (about 29 days) and record events, emotions, love life, home life, work life or anything you wish to bring your attention to.
5. Lunar Meditation
Try meditating with the full moon. Similar to the “Moon Bath”, bring yourself outside to greet the moon. If it happens to be cold where you are this night, consider sitting indoors where moonlight can stream through a window. Set an intention for your meditation. What do you wish to achieve in the next 5, 10 or 15 minute meditation? Is it to calm your mind, bring about a certain wish or honor a good deed? Whatever your intention, state your intention out loud and then close your eyes. Sense the light that falls around you. Take several very deep breaths and exhale out all the tension. Use this powerful time to bring forth your intention and release it outward to the Universe. Your positive affirmation and direct intent will be heard. If it is suppose to be, it will manifest. When you are ready to come out of your meditation, slowly open your eyes and great the powerful light again, through your eyes.
6. Moon Gardening
Moon gardening at night is a great way to enjoy white or light-colored, night blooming plants, in addition to those that release their intoxicating aromas in the evening. White flowers and light-colored foliage reflect the moonlight. Not only are these a beautiful sight to behold, or smell, but these night gardens also attract important pollinators. Consider such flowers as night blooming jasmine, moonflower, orchids, lilies or white marigolds.
7. Scent Ritual
Try a ritual with aromatherapy. Light some of your favorite incense sticks, cones or resin. This is a great way to honor the moon and your intentions. The smoke of incense are like prayers, wafting upward to the heavens. Release the smoke with your intentions. Consider using an essential oil diffuser. Electric diffusers work great if you are indoors. If you go outside, take a diffuser where you put essential oil and water in the top dish and light a candle beneath it. Relax outdoors in the moonlight as you take in the scent of your oils. You may want to consider some lunar-related oils such as jasmine, lavender, neroli, cedarwood or pine!
8. Moon Baking
How about a kitchen ritual of making your favorite “lunar treats”. The ritual of baking is both cathartic and healing. Making something with your own two hands as well as something you can nourish and enjoy after your hard work is a wonderful way to bond with others, enjoy the process with yourself or get the whole family involved. Consider these goodies: Crescent Cookies, Half Moon Cookies, Moon Cakes, Croissants, Crescent Moon Biscuits or Moon Pies. You can find all of these recipes on our website: http://www.peacefulmind.com/energy-medicine/astrology/moon-power
9. Connect with Moon Tunes
Moon music is a great way to relax your mind, bring you to another place and time or just help you to de-stress your body. The pull of the moon is indescribable! Romantic and mysterious, illuminating and simply curious, the moon’s magic has been captured in song by some of the world’s most beloved composers, all of which have, in some way, been beguiled by this lunar orb. You may want to consider listening to some of these lunar classics: Claire de Lune, Fly Me To The Moon, Talking To The Moon, Moon River, Shepherd Moons, Shine On, Harvest Moon, Man On The Moon, Moon Over Bourbon Street, How High The Moon, Song To the Moon (from “Rusalka”), It’s Only A Paper Moon, Sisters Of The Moon, Moonlight Sonata, and Moonlight Seranade, to name a few!
10. Discover your Moon Sign
Practically everyone knows the sun sign they were born under, but many people are not aware of the fact that the moon was in a zodiac sign as well, at the exact time and date as your birth. Moon Signs help define our emotional development, or express the unconscious side of our personality. It explains why we do what we do. This is where we retreat for comfort, childhood memories, and peace. It is believed that your sun sign is your conscious thought, while your moon sign is more of your subconscious thought. To learn your moon sign, you need to know the exact time of your birth and location where you were born.