For the first time in 152 years, the lunar eclipse will double as a supermoon and a Blue Moon

Time to mark your calendars! On January 31st, we have an astrological concoction of cosmic proportions. For the first time in 152 years, a supermoon, Blue Moon, and lunar eclipse will coincide. Even if you’re not plugged in to the astro-speak, you can probably tell this is a big deal — 152 years is a long time, after all. While we had our first supermoon of the year on January 1st, the end of the month holds special energy that we can take with us the rest of the year.

Let’s break it down.

January 31st is a special full moon with tons of extra energy packed into it. First off, it’s a supermoon, which means that during its monthly orbit, the moon is closest to the earth while it’s full. This also means that the moon can appear to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the average full moon.

Not only is it a supermoon full moon, it’s the second supermoon full moon in one month, making it a Blue Moon. We have a supermoon full moon on the first and last day of the first month of 2018; an auspicious omen if we do say so ourselves. On top of being a supermoon Blue Moon, it’s also a total lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon.

NASA explains the cause of the lunar eclipse:

"The Moon’s orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the Earth. About twice each year, a full Moon lines up perfectly with the Earth and Sun such that Earth’s shadow totally blocks the Sun’s light, which would normally reflect off the Moon."

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Eastern United States and look up as the moon rises (you can check the time for that here), you may even see la luna take on a red hue. As sunlight tries to make its way through the atmosphere, the moon will have an eerie glow. This bends the light, casting the moon in a reddish color, which is why lunar eclipses are often known as a “Blood Moon.”

Even if you’re not in the Eastern United States, not to fret. If you want to view this special full moon, you can view it online here. After all, this only happens every 152 years! You won’t want to miss this.

And if you’re spiritually or magically inclined, don’t forget to take some time on January 31st to focus on what you want to grow and manifest in the next 6 months. Full moons are when we focus on what we want to grow, and eclipses are the same energy intensified, opening doors for the next 6 to 12 months to come. Take some time to meditate, journal, and enjoy the energy of the day. No matter how you celebrate, we hope this special occasion brings some wonder to your life.

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