Black and Blue Moons
You may be familiar with the term blue moon or more so, “once in a blue moon.” A blue moon is a second full moon within a single calendar month. A black moon is a second new moon within a single calendar month. They’re opposites of each other.
They’re both an occasional occurrence. Both occur once every 32 months or rather every 2.7 years—and sometimes only in particular time zones.
Typically we have 12 moons in a year; 12 new moons and 12 full moons, but when we have a blue or black moon we end up with 13 full moons or 13 new moons depending on if it’s a blue or black moon.
It takes the moon 29.5 days to complete a lunar cycle each calendar month, so it’s rare that two new moons or two full moons can fit into a single month. We never see this event happen in February because there simply aren’t enough days to squeeze in an extra moon.
As far as the color goes, anytime there’s a new moon the sky is at its darkest, because the moon is not illuminated during a new moon phase. The color doesn’t actually mean the moon turns blue or black
How is a black moon different from an eclipse?
The black moon doesn’t necessarily mean an eclipse; however, a black moon could be a solar eclipse, since solar eclipses only happen during new moons. We get a solar eclipse when the Sun, Moon, and Earth align on the ecliptic during a new moon. Basically the moon is wedged between the Sun and Earth. During a total solar eclipse, the moon appears to black out the Sun from our view point on Earth. When this happens the sky gets dark and the light gets a bit weird and almost creamy like in my opinion.
What does a black and blue moon mean spiritually?
Blue moons are associated to mystery, wisdom, growth, enthusiasm, high energy, stronger resolve, and different phases of life. Blue moons are also associated with heightening intuition and psychic awareness. There’s a huge surge of power that comes through a blue moon and many people when they feel it lose control of their emotions because they don’t understand what’s going on and how the energy is affecting them. Rare opportunities and sometimes major disruptions are usually associated with blue moons, too.
Black moons bring your deepest desires to the surface without any inhibition. They can also bring a lot of creativity around the intentions that you set for the new moon. Some people attribute black moons to bringing out the shadow side in people though, too.
It’s said by some that black moons tend to bring more energy and emotions around your darkest feelings, your shadow side, your secrets, and then drama may ensue. Black moons release pent up energy around lower quality emotions and energy. Black moons purge the soul and ego, purge the cosmos and spiritual world. New moons ae all about setting intentions and offers a time to rest, recharge, and take a look at what your intentions are, so with the amped up black moon energy it’s really an opportunity to let go of and purge anything blocking you from being your best self and living your best life. Sit in the darkness, be still, and allow the energy and emotions to run through you, purge, and set fresh, clear intentions that are going to propel you forward.
My take is that whatever is going on inside of you is going to be amplified. Your most inner world will be brought to the surface, your desires and pain may surface. Black moons amp up the energy of a new moon. New moons tend to bring new ideas and lots of growth during that phase, so having an extra new moon to work with is likely to result in some ambitious growth and ideas.
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