For this we must go back to the Easter-related Christian holidays. The period of Lent, which begins precisely 46 days before Easter, must contain the Lenten Moon, which is considered to be the last Full Moon of the winter season, which ends at the vernal equinox. Ahhh, now we start to see the need to count the number of Moons per season! The last Moon of a season is sometimes special e. So, the "extra" position falls to the second or third Moon in a season that happens to contain four. Why the third is designated as the "extra" rather than the second remains a mystery—no one seems to know where the Maine Farmers' Almanac got their Blue Moon rule from.
One website I found speculates that Full Moons were simply counted as the "first," "second" and "last" of a season, so that the extra Moon defaulted to the third. So: now all that's left to figure out is the beginning and end of the seasons, which is nice and straightforward—right? Seasons are defined by the solstices times of maximum and minimum daylight, in June and December and the equinoxes times of equal day and night, in March and September.
These are also the days when the Sun moves into the Cardinal signs: Aries and Libra equinoxes and Cancer and Capricorn solstices. But anyone born near the cusp between two zodiac signs can tell you that the date when the Sun changes signs will vary slightly from year to year.
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The Sun actually reaches the vernal equinox position when it moves into Aries anywhere from the evening of March 19 to the early morning of March 22, depending on the year and which time zone you happen to be in. And then there's whether you calculate the equinox by the Sun's actual position or by averaging its position like the Maine Almanac did , or just using a fixed date like the Roman Catholic Church does.
Just as time zones can complicate the date of Blue Moons rendered by the "monthly" method, your method of calculating the equinoxes and solstices can sometimes even change which season winds up saddled with the 13th Full Moon. And we won't even go into the Gregorian versus Julian calendar, resulting in different Easter dates between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches! Suffice it to say that the Roman Catholic Church decided in CE that the vernal equinox, for their purposes, was deemed to reside henceforth on March 21, rain or shine, regardless of what the Sun happened to be doing at the time.
And does a Blue Moon have any astrological meaning? Nope, none that I've ever heard of. What would make more sense astrologically is to look at the significance of two Full Moons in the same sign , Again, see the table below for examples. When there are two consecutive Moons in the same sign, the second Full Moon will always be in the last couple of degrees in the sign.
This alone is significant, since the last degree of any sign is a critical degree. When any planet is 29 degrees "and change" it is in a process of transition from one sign to the next. It is neither officially in the next sign, nor fully present in the one it's leaving. This can be a frustrating energy, full of anticipation and yearning to get on with it in the new sign, yet held back by unfinished business and the need to do closure in the old sign.
It's a bit like walking and being in mid-stride — you haven't landed on your stepping foot yet, and your pushing-off foot is still in mid-push. You're moving, but you're in a kind of suspended motion in between steps. By the same token, the first of two Full Moons in the same sign will always be in the earliest couple of degrees in that sign. This is also significant, since these early degrees are initiatory energy, especially the first degree of any sign.
It's like a newborn babe — innocent and pure; full of potential and bellowing its arrival at the top of its lungs! So this double Moon phenomenon is like getting the alpha and omega of that sign's energy - the burst of new energy and the closure of that energy. To gain insight into some of the differences between the two Full Moons or New Moons, check out the two charts. The charts will often reveal some of the key differences in how you might experience this alpha and omega effect. For example, the Moon will be making different aspects to other planets in each chart. You could also look to the planetary ruler of the sign involved to see what differences there are in its aspects and placement.
Some astrologers feel that two Full Moons in the same calendar month i.
My sense is that this might be more about the person's personal experience, rather than the phenomenon itself. Remember, this was originally something that was created to fit an extra Full Moon into the Christian calendar, not an ancient rite. Any direct astrological correlation there might have been with the calendar months would have been lost long, long ago, since the western calendar has been revised and adjusted many times over the centuries.
However, each definition yields totally different dates and even different years. Going back to our example: The next Blue Moon by the "monthly" definition was July 31, By the older "seasonal" calculation, there hadn't been a Blue Moon since in either August or November, depending on how you partition your seasons and there wasn't one again until August These Moons are listed below.
In the meantime, here is a table with the dates of these various blu-ish Moons between and Watch for any special effects of these Moons and judge for yourself how they might be interpreted.
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Note: All times in the table above are in Universal Time. To convert the date and time to your time zone, add or subtract the number of hours you are from Greenwich. And so on. If you're not sure, check out the time zone of your location at TimeAndDate. All rights reserved. Based on an article by the author originally published in the Summer issue of Cauldron and Quill Magazine.
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Bibliography : URLs current in July However, this sudden blast of honesty is a good thing in the long run, as it means you can stop hiding. Welcome this Eclipse with open arms and open your heart to its lessons. In early December, a Full Moon in your love zone highlights how far your partnership has come this year and helps you to consolidate your love ahead of A Solar Eclipse in your money zone in early January may not be the ideal way to start a new year, but any financial shocks will be short-lived.
Use the New Moon in early February to get yourself back on track, perhaps with a new side hustle or a different approach to upping your income. Also, in early March, rebel planet Uranus arrives in your day to day work zone. This lends an air of unpredictability to your work throughout the rest of the year — expect plenty of changes! Some of these changes will not be much fun, but you will also have the chance to make your own changes and to take back control of your career.
In July, a tense square between Mars and Uranus suggest that travel to and from work becomes an issue- or perhaps you will need to move in order to pursue your career. This is an inconvenience to be sure, but again, behind the disruption you can find opportunities.
In early December, bountiful Jupiter arrives in your money zone — just in time for the holiday season! You can certainly expect an increase in income around that time, but also a shift in your own attitude towards abundance and finance. The Solar Eclipse in late December focuses on what you have versus what you want versus what you need — and your own philosophy on this is indeed changing. Feeling creative, Capricorn?
Good, because is set to be a year when your creative boundaries are pushed further than you ever knew possible. There is tremendous growth ahead for your creative talents and for your spirituality too, all against a backdrop of steady progression in both your love life and your work.
The year begins with a Solar Eclipse in your own sign in early January, prompting you to ask deep questions about who you really are. In late January, a soulful conjunction between Jupiter and Venus brings insight and imagination — expect to take a leap forwards in any creative projects at that time. Watch out for misunderstandings and miscommunications, however.
Three times this year, in January, June and September, Jupiter squares up to nebulous Neptune, and each time you will struggle to get your message across. You may also suffer intrusions into your privacy at these times. Set clear boundaries between yourself and the rest of the world. In early December, expansive Jupiter shifts into your own sign, bringing a huge burst of creativity, warmth, generosity of spirit and optimism. A stunning trine between Jupiter and Uranus in mid-December highlights another enormous surge of creativity: this is the perfect moment for getting ambitious artistic projects off the ground.
By the time a second Solar Eclipse in your sign occurs in the last week of the year, you will have grown significantly. Fast forward a few weeks and rebel planet Uranus also shifts into your fun zone for an extended stay — this is when your youthful, creative, energetic side really takes over and love becomes something of a game. Be careful, however. Your partner may not love your new, slightly irresponsible attitude towards love. In mid-May there could be fireworks when Mars stirs up tempers in your love zone. In July a potent Mars-Uranus square bring jealousy and risk taking to the fore in your love life, encouraging you to live dangerously but also warning you of the consequences if you do.
Lunar Eclipse in Leo Horoscopes: Less Drama, More Love
A Solar Eclipse in early July in your romance zone could mark a turning point, for better or for worse. It sounds dramatic, but you can lessen the tension considerably throughout the year by keeping your love life open-hearted. Go for complete honesty with your sweetheart and try to avoid anything deceptive.
As ever, you are working hard and seeking to improve your lot, and this should get a boost in early February when there is a New Moon in your money zone — make a fresh start in wiping out debts at this point or look to see where an under-used talent of yours could bring in some income. The period between late March and late April could bring some changes at work.