To the best of our knowledge, astrologer Richard Nolle coined the term super moon over 30 years ago as a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. By this definition, there can be up to 4-6 super moons in a given year. – http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-supermoon#how-many
This week we had a Super New Moon, and I wanted to take a moment to honour this occurrence.
Full Moons, by their very nature, tend to outshine any other phase, but it is important to note, that the pull of the New Moon is just as strong, and for me holds even more magick, as she is unseen. In a sense, to work with the new or dark moon, you have to be truly attuned to her energy, since she is unseen, she relies on faith.
I felt the pull of her this week, strong and true, and within her darkness I seek and find a guiding light. For She makes you look within to find that source of light, to uncover your truth, and to seek answers internally. In so doing she helps you connect to the source of your own power, and then aids you in linking that power to creation itself.
I honour the New Moon and its potential for growth. If I need to bless a new venture I start my Full New Moon Kalash Puja on this day, and recharge it every New Moon, until it has manifested the results I am working towards – and by this I mean actually putting my own energy and efforts into the results I need, I do my part.
I honour the New Moon within, the shadow-self and give thanks for the protection it has provided me as I journey within for healing and integration of soul aspects.
I honour the New Moon for her connection to the Jaguar Spirit within me. For she too is shroud in darkness. A daughter of the night, each rossette upon her flesh a tribute to the New Moon.
I honour the New Moon as a point of death and rebirth. There is no truer ‘between time’ than that moment. It is a time of release of all that no longer serves you, and the moment when new seeds are planted to nurture through to the Full Moon.
I honour her as a symbol of all three aspects of the Divine, for within her is the birth of the Maiden, the fullness and true depth of the Mother’s womb, and the wisdom and mysteries of the Crone.
I honour the unseen, the mysteries which lay there, and the reminder to have faith.
Live in balance,
Shakti Shaman – your Fireside Witch
SUPERMOONS OF 2016
New moon of March 9
New moon of April 7
New moon of May 6
Full moon of October 16
Full moon of November 14
Full moon of December 14
Biggest During Winter
Supermoons during Northern Hemisphere winter months tend to look larger than Supermoons that occur during the rest of the year. At this time of the year, the Earth is closer to the Sun. Because of this, the Sun’s gravity pulls the Moon closer to Earth, making any winter Super Full Moons look bigger than summer Perigee Moons.
Best at Moonrise
The best time to enjoy a Super Full Moon is after moonrise, when the Moon is just above the horizon, weather permitting. At this position, a Supermoon will look bigger and brighter than when it’s higher up in the sky because you can compare the apparent size of the Supermoon with elements in the landscape – hills, foliage and buildings. This effect is popularly called the Moon illusion.