‘Super’ blue blood moon – 31st January 2018

Have you heard about the upcoming lunar eclipse which is happening on Wednesday 31st January? It is quite exciting as it has three things going for it;
1 It is a ‘supermoon’ (when the moon is closest to the earth). Full super moons look massive and are very bright.
2 It is a ‘blue moon’ – the second full moon in a calendar month.
These happen once every two or three years. The first full moon of January 2018 was on 1st January in Cancer.
3 It is a ‘blood moon’ ; a total lunar eclipse where the moon appears red at totality. This is caused by the same mechanism as red sunrises and sunsets. The bluer light rays in the spectrum are filtered out leaving the red hues. This is called Rayleigh Scattering. 

Totality occurs at 13.31 GMT and as moonrise is not until dusk, 16.55 we won’t be able to see the eclipse here in the UK. The West coast of America should have a good view as will the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand. Anyone fancy a quick trip? Photo; Deanne Fortnam from the time and date website.

What does this mean astrologically? Eclipses indicate change and often herald endings and new beginnings. This eclipse falls across Leo – the Moon, and Aquarius – the Sun. It is in a series of Leo and Aquarius eclipses which started in 2016. This axis highlights issues of self and creativity (Leo) and the collective (Aquarius) So it’s a time to consider how you are expressing yourself and what you want to share with others.

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