Kelly Spencer - Happy Healthy YOU
(A wellness column by Kelly Spencer: writer, life coach, yoga & meditation teacher, holistic healer and a mindful life enthusiast!)
On Wednesday, January 31st, we experience a totally eclipsed, super, blood, blue, full moon.
It always amazes me when there are rare occurrences, cosmic or otherwise, that we will only get to observe and/or energetically feel, once in our life time.
This is one of them.
This is the first of its kind in 150 years. The last time a 'Full Super Blue Moon' coincided with a Total Lunar Eclipse in North America was March 31, 1866. The energy of the full moon this week will be felt for a few days before and a few days after, for some.
For some, it's symbolism to the potential of what you wish to grow and manifest in your life and the lighting up of the shadows within ourselves which are still needing acknowledgement.
What does all that mean?
A super-moon, as per NASA, emerges 14 per cent to 30 per cent shinier as compared to full moons.
The super full moon can appear much larger because it’s up to six per cent closer to the earth. It is said the energy of the full moon, which can amplify current emotions and state of mind, is super-amped during the super moon. This occurs when the Full Moon is at perigee, the point on its orbit when it’s closest to Earth.
Don’t believe in the effects of a full moon? Ask a nurse, paramedic or firefighter their lunar or 'lunatic' experiences: the stories are usually plentiful.
The Blue Moon takes place on occasion about every two-and-a-half years. We rang in the new year of 2018 with a full moon. This is the second full moon of the month. It's something that occurs every “once in a blue moon.” Simply, a blue moon is two full moons in one calendar month.
Total lunar eclipse is reported, as per the NASA website, as only happening on the night of a full moon, occurring when the sun, earth and moon are aligned, and the moon passes behind the earth. This creates the red hue to the full moon, giving it the name of the blood moon. In this neck of the woods, we will see the red hues in a partial eclipse, starting at 5:51 a.m. and ending at 7:51 a.m.
This cosmic trifecta is a whole lotta potent energy creating shifts and amplifications in our world and in our lives.
The moon shifts water and tides.
Oceanographer Richard Dewey, associate director of science services at the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada states, “It’s one of these things that we need to know that we’re just part of a big solar system and the moon is out there as our best partner.”
The Calgary Herald quoted Dewey. “We’ve got tide gauges out with Ocean Networks Canada and pressure gauges and we’ll be watching to see that, yes, we’re seeing some of the largest tides of the year,” said Dewey, who conducted research from Japan to California and along the British Columbia, Alaska and Arctic coasts. The combination of the gravitational effects of both the sun and the moon on the earth and its oceans creates “king tides.”
Did you know the human body holds 83 per cent water in blood, 76 per cent water in muscles, 83 per cent water in our kidneys, 22 per cent water in our bones and 74.5 per cent water in our brain?
The moon affects and shifts us, and metaphorically can create these 'king tides' within us.
Here are just a few tips on how you can harness this rare and powerful lunar energy, rather than passively allowing it to randomly affect you:
1. What is working?
With the full moon in the fiery sign of Leo and the sun in the sign of Aquarius, it’s a great time to look at what is working for you as an individual and what is working for you collectively? Are you putting too much energy into individual versus external life or visa versa and how can you create more balance? For example, are you a people-pleaser or on the other end of the spectrum, too selfish?
2. What are you ready to release?
Full moon energy is always about release and completion. It is the end of a cycle where we can symbolically examine our lives and how we’ve been living. Perhaps there is old energy you are ready to release? Maybe what you have been doing isn’t working on some level, needing examination and adjustments to some details or requiring you to plant entirely new seeds. The eclipsed moon is amplified energy of this idea of reaping what we have been sowing and then clearing a path for the new.
3. Are you speaking your truth?
This incredibly rare lunation will ignite an inner shadow within and perhaps an intense desire to speak your truth and claim who you really are. You may feel this energy moving through your attitudes and actions of the people around you and through your own life too, as you navigate this rare cosmic event. Don’t hold back, be true to you and speak from your authentic self. Not to create drama, nor to be mean or spiteful, but as a gesture of self-love and self-caring.
4. Can you trust and go with the flow of the tides?
On a regular full moon, we can consciously decide what we want to release. Eclipses have a way of unleashing the release of what no longer serves us, with or with out our consent. Can you trust the natural rhythms of your unique flow of tides? Having an awareness of this potential can allow us to find more ease in any changes that might be going down in our lives right now. Allow the universe to show you the way. Watch for the signs of things coming and going in your life right now and take a deep trusting breath in and out, knowing it’s for the best interest of you. Cultivate the practice of allowing.
5. Are you nurturing yourself?
Full moons can enhance, amplify or exaggerate our emotional state. Full lunar eclipses can magnify, intensify and deepen this affect further. Be gentle on yourself. Nurture yourself. Create loving and peaceful environments for yourself and surround yourself with people that support these qualities. Do activities that feel happy and healthy for you.
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