For many ancient cultures, it meant disaster, apocalypse, the wrath of an unforgiving God. The moon disappears and comes back red… most people never even live to see this happen once. In 1504, legendary continent-ruiner Christopher Columbus used the total lunar eclipse to manipulate Jamaicans into feeding him and his crew. (He then proceeded to murder some of them, as was his style).
This year there will be two, and next year, two more. Four Blood Moons in only two years is extremely rare—before the Blood Moon in April, the last one was in 1967. There will be another one this week on the morning of October 8, and two more next year on April 4 and September 28.
How can a lunar phenomenon happen irregularly? Well, it seems the moon is over humanity and is slowly distancing herself from Earth. Each year, she gets four centimetres farther from us—so this year, she’s the exact distance away that Earth’s shadow covers her perfectly. That’s why we’ll have four Blood Moons in only two years—a total lunar eclipse where the Moon also appears to turn red.
If you missed the one in April, now’s your chance! It should be visible from North America at 6:55 a.m. eastern time on October 8, and will last for more than an hour.
Last Blood Moon, we swear there was something in the air. All of our female friends were feeling down and anxious for no apparent reason—like PMS but 10x worse. If you’re at all superstitious, this is a weird time to be alive.
This Blood Moon, we’re determined to make it a positive experience for ourselves and the Earth! Below are our tips for self-love and positive energy this Blood Moon.
Show gratitude for what you have: words cast spells, so write a list of all the things in your life you’re thankful for. It doesn’t have to be Earth-shattering stuff—good food and cute clothes totally count.
Show love: remind the people around you how important they are and how you feel about them.
Follow your intuition: try to think with your heart and listen to that inner voice if it’s telling you something’s not right. More often than not, your gut is right.
Talk about your feelings: if you’re feeling sad or worried, tell a friend. They can help share your burden and it’s never beneficial to bottle things up.
Pamper yourself: if you are feeling down, take an hour to go for a walk, buy yourself a latte, or take a bath. You deserve to relax and unwind.
Soak up the sunlight: give yourself a dose of Vitamin D and fresh air during the day to up your spirits! Connecting with nature always feels good.
Dress like yourself: wear your favorite outfit, your favorite underwear, or the jewelry that makes you feel most like yourself. If you wear crystals, pick one that’s comforting to you or that balances masculine and feminine energies. A protective stone that’s not too heavy works as well!
Hold a séance if you’re into that: find a patch of grass and one or two other nature-lovers and cast a circle. You don’t have to be a seasoned witch to do so—flowers or salt work to cast a circle, and the Earth loves any sacrifice (wine, herbs, tobacco included).
Let stuff slide: if the people around you are on edge or irritable, give them a break this week.
Do something kind for another person: call your Mom, help a friend with her project, give a sandwich to a homeless person, or even smile at a stranger. Karma is totally real, and any kindness you put out into the Universe is sure to come back to you somehow.
Be creative: channel any overrun emotions into your favorite hobby or activity. Paint a picture, make a collage, write some letters, do anything you enjoy to de-stress.
Meditate on something positive: before you fall asleep, try to clear your mind and focus on something that makes you happy. It can be your favorite tarot card, your favorite place, or even a good memory. It’s amazing how much better you’ll feel in the morning if you fall asleep this way! If any bad thoughts make their way into your mind, acknowledge them and push them aside.
Happy Blood Moon!