This Sunday, something huge is on the horizon: a supermoon eclipse — or, as I like to call it, a super-full Harvest Blood Moon eclipse.
What’s so super about this moon? For starters, size does matter. This moon’s orbit will be as close to Earth as it gets, so it will look about 14 percent larger than usual (which is essentially the definition of a supermoon).
And then, this huge moon will be thrown into the Earth’s shadow, resulting in a total lunar eclipse, which will start at 9:07 p.m. EST and become a total eclipse at 10:11 p.m. A supermoon eclipse is rare: It hasn’t happened since 1982.
The shadow cast on the face of the moon will appear red, which earns it the name of Blood Moon. It will also be the last of four Blood Moons in a row, which is also rare: It hasn’t happened since 1967 (cue spooky music).
Oh, and I can’t forget about the Harvest part. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the full moon in September goes by the name of Harvest Moon (much like the one in June is the Honey Moon).
For witchy folk like myself, this is an amazingly magical time, ripe for spells of protection, creativity and transformation. It’s even more magical coming on the heels of Mabon, or the fall equinox (also known as the Witch’s Thanksgiving). It’s the point on the Wheel of the Year (the pagan calendar) when day and night are equally long.
From Mabon until Ostara, or the spring equinox, there will be more darkness than light. It’s the time to do magical workings and rituals that reflect on the past and plan for the future, give thanks, protect the home and create balance. What better way to celebrate it than with a lunar event that won’t happen again for another 18 years?
So Sunday night, while the total Blood Moon eclipse is in full swing, I’ll be out in my rural driveway with my camera, tripod and Patriots pride (hey, it’s not only Mabon, but New England vs. Jacksonville. And I’m not making a psychic prediction that my boys will win, but I like my odds!). In between snapping shots, I’ll spend a little time drawing down the moon.
I hope, however, you spend your evening — it’s a magical one — full of fire and brimstone coming down from the skies, rivers and seas boiling, 40 years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria (oh, wait, that’s all from Ghostbusters). Bright Mabon and full moon blessings to all!
Traci York, wordsmith, witch, G33k