Upon joining new, boutique – like yoga center few years ago, I came across rather peculiar type of gathering that the center offered – women’s circle. In general, the schedule of such gatherings is usually based on lunar calendar and particularly attached to the symbolism of the New Moon, 11th lunar day and/ or the Full Moon. Each community of women has its own unique structure, etiquette and atmosphere nurturing for the spiritual growth. On those few occasions that I joined women’s circle, I greatly enjoyed dancing, journaling sessions, guided meditations as well as green tea and cacao ceremonies. Every women’s circle I attended I found to be potent, intimate and insightful experience. That said, I have neglected my commitment to yoga for quite a while now which is why I decided to re-establish my good yoga habits as part of my 2018 New Year Resolution ambition.
January 31, 2018 was the day when Super Blue Blood Moon was observed in the sky. This fact was widely acknowledged by the media which is when I also noticed my yoga center holding women’s circle in recognition of this celestial event. I joined the circle last minute; however, in order to be up- to- date on the lunar matters, I oriented myself on some technicalities of the Super Blue Blood Moon phenomenon.
Types of Moon
|Regular Moon||Super Moon||Micro Moon|
|New Moon||Full Moon||New Moon||Full Moon||New Moon||Full Moon|
|When the Sun and the Moon are aligned, with the Sun and Earth on opposite sides of the Moon||When the Sun and the Moon are aligned with the Moon and the Sun being on opposite sides of the Earth
|When a New Moon or a Full Moon coincides with the perigee, the point in the Moon’s orbit closest to the Earth||When a New Moon or a Full Moon coincides with apogee, the point in the Moon’s orbit farthest away from the Earth|
|Moon phase when 0% of the Moon disk is illuminated||Moon phase when 100% of the Moon disk is lit up by the Sun’s rays
Technically, Full Moon phase only lasts a moment. That said, the Moon can appear to be full a day before and after while more than 98% of the Moon’s disk is illuminated
|Super Full Moon looks 12 – 14 % bigger than Micromoon and 7% bigger than the average Full Moon||Micro Full Moon looks around 14% smaller than the Super Moon. Also, the illuminated area is approximately 30% smaller which means that Micro Full Moon looks a little less bright
As for the Blue Moon, it has two definitions while both are a type of Full Moon:
1) Monthly Blue Moon – the second Full Moon in a month with two Full Moons
2) Apparent Blue Moon – phenomenon where the Moon appears bluish owing the rare type of smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere
How often do we have a Blue Moon? By the monthly definition of the term, Blue Moon happens once every few years. If you have ever heard the expression “once in a Blue Moon”, now you have more context to understand the basis of its meaning “something of rare occurrence”.
How often do we observe two Blue Moons in the same year (which is the case of 2018)? The answer is every 19 years. Metonic cycle refers to the period of 19 calendar years (235 lunar months), after which the new and full moons realign on or near the same dates of the year. As such, 19 years from now (in 2017), we will again have another Blue Moon in January and March.
Types of Lunar Eclipses
The Moon does not have its own light. It shines because its surface reflects the Sun’s rays. A lunar eclipse occurs only at Full Moon, and only if the Moon passes through some portion of Earth’s shadow. That shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped components, one nested inside the other. The outer (penumbral) shadow is a zone where the Earth blocks part but not all of the Sun’s rays from reaching the Moon. The inner (umbral) shadow is a region where the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.
|Penumbral Lunar Eclipse||Partial Lunar Eclipse||Total Lunar Eclipse|
|The Moon passes through Erath’s penumbral shadow||A portion of the Moon passes through Earth’s umbral shadow||The entire Moon passes through Earth’s umbral shadow|
|Subtle and hard to observe events, mostly for academic interest||Easy to observe , even with the unaided eye||Easy to observe events due to the Moon’s vibrant red color during the total eclipse (hence, Blood Moon)|
How often do lunar eclipses occur? In most calendar years, there are two lunar eclipses. In some cases, there are none, one or three lunar eclipses.
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