Up in the heavens, there is soon to occur a lunar event the like of which has not been seen for some 150 years. On Jan. 31, there will be a “Super Blue Blood Moon,” a trio of lunar conditions happening all at once.
A super moon is so-called when the moon’s orbit brings it closest to earth (the moon’s perigee), so that the moon looks bigger than normal. A blue moon is a full moon that comes in the same month as the previous full moon. The full moon previous to this one was on Jan. 2, so the Jan. 31 full moon is properly a blue moon. Blood moon is the term given to a full moon when it is fully eclipsed by the shadow of the earth. It is called a blood moon because the shadow over the moon is a reddish hue. You will have to get up early in the morning of Jan. 31 to view the eclipse. It will begin around 3 a.m. and will be at maximum eclipse at 5:30 a.m. The total duration of the eclipse will be five hours, 17 minutes. Most of the eclipse, including the maximum state, will be visible in Tacoma (if the weather cooperates). The moon will have set, however, before the eclipse has ended completely. The eclipse will also be visible in northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, The Pacific and Australia. At this point, weather forecasts do not look promising. Drizzle and cloudiness may obstruct the show, but maybe we’ll get lucky and there will be a break in the cloud cover. Look to the west, just above the horizon, to try to catch a view.
The super blue blood moon is but one of several curiosities that occur early this year. The month of February has no full moon at all. March, however, will see another blue moon. On average, a blue moon happens only once every 2.7 years. In 2018, however, we will have two of them in the first three months.
In Tacoma, there are a number of venues and organizations that schedule events to coincide with full moons. If you wish to do something to celebrate this super blue blood moon, here is a listing of events for you to consider:
- Full Moon/Eclipse Gathering/Making a Brigid’s Cross
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 5 p.m. Crescent Moon Gifts, 2502 6th Ave., Tacoma
This month’s craft project is making a Brigid’s Cross. The crosses are associated with the goddess and patron saint Brigid. Brigid is the Celtic goddess of fire (the forge and the hearth), poetry, healing and childbirth.
Crescent Moon Gifts hosts an open circle and gathering on each full moon. People of all paths, religions and traditions are welcome to attend. No experience is needed and the events are suitable for beginners to advanced. Note: Most gatherings are for adults only (due to meditations and class topics). There is no cost to attend but donations to cover supply costs are accepted.
Every month, the full moon’s purported abundance of positive energies and magical powers are called upon to: create “circle space”; conduct guided meditations that will help you ground, center and connect to spirit guides; hold a class/workshop on a variety of topics, such as astrology, healing, protection, divination and more; create arts and crafts.
Space is limited so please call/contact Crescent Moon Gifts at (253) 572-8339 to reserve a spot.
Suggested donation is $10-15 per person to help with supplies. Any amount, however, is good, and no one will ever be turned away for not having a donation.
- Hermetic Full Moon Ceremony and Ritual Wednesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
South Sound Healing Light Center, 711 St. Helens Ave., Ste. 103, Tacoma
You are invited to come together as a community each month to work with the purported energy of the full moon and to share an ancient ritual in the Hermetic tradition. Everyone is welcome to this non-religious, non-dogmatic approach to self-discovery.
Event cost: $20 with pre-registration or $25 walk-in. Purchase tickets online at: southsoundhealinglightcenter.as.me/?appointmentType=595606.
- Full Moon Shamanic Drumming Journey Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:15-8:30 p.m.
First Spiritualist Church of Puyallup, 341 2nd St. S.E., Puyallup
You are invited to join the circle to learn about — and experience — a shamanic drum journey. This is a non-guided meditation for creating what is called a world-wide “web of light.” Or you may choose to explore what First Spiritualist Church practitioners call traveling to the lower, middle or upper realms of non-ordinary reality to seek guidance from power animals or spirit guides. According to those of the Spiritualist Church, “journeying,” like meditation, is a tool for healing, obtaining information and for spiritual growth. After the journey, participants gather for a simple potluck. You are invited to stay and share this time even if you don’t bring something. There is always plenty.
Please bring: suggested donation of $5; what you use to get comfortable for meditation, i.e. yoga mat, blanket, pillow, eye mask; potluck item and item to be blessed on the altar.
Schedule: 6:15 – smudging, brief explanation of journeying, Q&A, and getting settled; 6:30 – reading of Transmutation News, 15-minute drumming and sharing; 7:30 – potluck.
Hosted by Michelle Regan, Donna Hill, and Shari Hart.
- Full Moon Yoga Thursday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Samdhana Karana Yoga Community, 739 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma
Through yoga movement and meditation, we are able to harness the energy of the full moon to generate healing for ourselves and our loved ones, according to those of Samdhana Karana Yoga. The Full Moon Yoga class begins with some gentle kundalini yoga warm-ups followed by a yoga meditation called the Healing Ring of Tantra Meditation that is done specifically during the full moon. Meditation is followed by deep relaxation accompanied by the sound therapy provided by a 32-inch symphonic gong. The vibrations of the gong are said to provide a deeply engaging and empowering energy that restores the entire system, mentally, physically and spiritually. No previous yoga or meditation experience necessary. Everyone is welcome.
David Bradshaw (Sat Shabad Singh) has practiced kundalini yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) for more than 25 years and became a certified kundalini yoga instructor (Kundalini Yoga Research Institute 200 hours certification) in 2007. He is a research psychologist working with PTSD and other psychological health concerns of service members and veterans. Bradshaw is also a jazz musician (flute and saxophone) and has used both his yoga and music background in research on complementary and alternative approaches for chronic pain management. He enjoys the creative freedom of expression and self-awareness that comes from his mutual love of yoga and music.