Auras are the area I generally work in, however in the last week I’ve been drawn to lunar energy – between the full moon, the eclipse and the “Blood Moon”, my curiousity has been piqued – I’ve been doing my best to get a crash course in Lunar energy, how the moon’s energy can help us and what the “Blood Moon” that’s been all over the media is all about. In this post, we’ll examine what the big deal is, why it matters and how you can feel the effects of the lunar energy on your interactions with others in the physical and spiritual world. We are often told by metaphysical friends that the new moon is a time to set intentions, clear energy and move forward, but why?
Whether you identify as Pagan, Christian, Hindi, Muslim, Buddhist or Jewish, the moon is a revered figure of worship – it rules our emotions, brings us new blessings and helps clear negative patterns. The moon also allows us to understand ourselves on a personal level – due to its feminine energy it offers a window to our own moods, how we react to them, our habits and memories.
In terms of general lunar energy, the moon can be best explained as an example of yin/yang energy – two halves (Sun and Moon) making a balanced whole. Astrologically speaking, it rules Cancer and asserts itself by helping our friends in Cancer light up the dark with genuine gestures and emotions, as well as showing its ever-changing side by filling them with the need to transition and keep moving, as opposed to staying in one place.
The Sun is a masculine energy (yang) so the Moon represents female energy (yin). Two forces creating balance. The aspects of the moon – waxing, full and waning – are given names in Pagan rituals: Maiden, Mother and Crone, showing their influence as they progress through their cycle and the growth of energy until the moon is full, then its waning power until it passes away to be reborn in the next cycle. Symbolically, the waning moon represents letting go, a quiet time. The new moon represents new beginnings – a fresh start. When the moon enters its waxing phase, it’s indicative of growth, manifestation and attainment. Lastly, there is the full moon.
One of the most consistent beliefs is that the full moon is a time for full power – the moon is at its most energetic, clarity is increased and desires are obtained. It’s a great time to use the lunar energy to charge crystals and tarot cards – leave them out, loose, under moonlight and let the associated element (Water, as the moon rules the tides) wash the negative or constricting energy from them. If you’re in a position where you can sleep with some moonlight on you, you may also notice its cleansing effects – a feeling of refreshment on waking, and less mental clutter.
So, this week there was what’s been termed a “Blood Moon”. The term refers to an eclipse where the sun moves behind the moon, colouring it red. There’s also a lot of chatter around prophecies, energy from the moon and the end of days.
Blood Moon is a relatively new term, and certainly has risen to prominence due to books by John Hagee, a pastor in the US who is using the following to verses to highlight the situation:
Joel 2:31 “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord,” and
Acts 2:20 “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord.”
Adding to this theory are two intriguing factors:
1) This “Blood Moon” is the first of four – a tetrad. There will be four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons) – in 2014 and 2015.
2) In addition, the four blood moons occur across the Jewish holidays of Passover and The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) – this seems to historically indicate a bad/good scenario for our Jewish friends. In 1492, Spain expelled the Jews. On the upside, America was discovered, and many Jews settled there. In 1948, after the horrors of the Holocaust and World War II, Israel was reborn as a nation. In 1967, Israel won the Six Day war and reunited Jerusalem. Understandably, there’s both curiousity and apprehension about the current tetrad and what that means for Israel and the world currently.
Personally, I’m divided – I don’t believe that the “Blood Moon” is a harbinger of death, destruction and judgement, although I do believe that the Moon does have cleansing power when it’s full. I’ll often sit outside in quiet contemplation under the moon, meditating and making the most of the opportunity to reset my metaphysical alarm clock. I’ll always take the time to give my cards and crystals some exposure to the moon, as I want to ensure that the energy that flows through them is fresh and positive. As the moon moves from full to waning, I’ll refrain from reading under the moon or exposing my cards or crystals to it – perhaps it’s superstition, but I feel that as the moon wanes, it draws back its energy, which leads me more into quiet solitude and away from its influence – as mentioned before in our discussion of the moon phases.
I hope this helps to answer any questions you’ve had. No, wait. I hope you have heaps of questions or answers you’d like to share with me. I’d love to either find you answers or gain insight from you. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org