31 January 2018 is a very special day. Not only is it the 3rd super full moon in a row, but it is also a blue moon. To boot, it is also a total lunar eclipse. The last time it occurred was about 150 years ago.
A super moon is when the moon is near or on its closest approach to earth and looks brighter and bigger. A full moon is the day when the moon is totally out of earth’s shadow and shines at it’s brightest. Due to the moon cycle being 28 days, some years will have 13 moons. The month in which two full moons occur would contain the blue moon, with the second full moon being the blue moon. We had a full moon on 2 January, thus 31 January’s full moon would be a blue moon.
Below, a extract from my book, Candle Magic For Beginners.
“A lunar eclipse happens when the earth moves between the sun and the moon. The earth’s shadow then falls on the moon, and blackens it out totally on a full eclipse and partially on a partial eclipse. A lunar eclipse happens during full moon at night, and can last for several hours for a full eclipse. The night would be dark (at the time of a full eclipse), while there is a full moon.
As the moon is actually full and at its strongest, you are working with full moon energy. However, if you use the time when the moon is eclipsed in your area, especially a full eclipse, the full moon energy combines with the dark moon. This is an exceptionally good time for war and breaking spells and curses, or letting go of things.”