The Farmer's Almanac defines a blue moon as an extra full moon that occurs in a season. One season usually has three full moons. If a season has a fourth full moon, it's referred to as a blue moon.
The Cherokee call the December moon the Snow Moon, the Chinese call it the Bitter Moon. Other cultures call this the Cold Moon, the Long Night Moon or the Wind & Rain Moon. On December 31st we’ll have our second full moon of the month, a blue moon with a partial eclipse! Blue moons occur on New Year’s Eve only once every 19 years. The last one was in 1990 and the next one will occur in 2028. However, for those living in Australia and Asia, the full moon doesn’t show up until New Year’s Day, which makes January a blue moon month for them.
Those of us in North America will not be able to see the partial eclipse. It will be mainly visible in Europe, Africa and Asia and across Alaska.
This full moon occurs in the sign of Cancer, an emotional sign, ruled by the moon. It’s in axis with Capricorn, representing accountability, duty and reputation. It’s important to remember balance at this time, between our home and personal life and our career and goals. Balance of our emotions. It’s a time of increased self evaluation and epiphanies.
2009 is almost over and I’m happy to see it go. It’s been a really rough year for me and a lot of you as well, I’m guessing. I’m looking forward to a fresh start in a new year....a new decade. I hope this next year brings us all some peace and joy.