Second Blue Moon of 2018 Arrives Saturday; It’s the Last One Until 2020

At a Glance

  • Watch a livestream the blue moon rising on The Weather Channel app from 9-9:30 p.m. Friday.
  • The next time you’ll be able to witness a blue moon is Halloween night 2020.

The second blue moon of 2018 is set for Saturday morning and will be the last one to adorn the night sky until 2020.

Saturday’s Sap Full Moon, which is also a blue moon because it is the second full moon of the calendar month, is set to peak at 8:37 a.m. EDT.

The first full moon this month occurred on March 2. The next blue moon will occur Oct. 31, 2020.

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A blue moon is not as rare as the expression “once in a blue moon” implies. Although Saturday’s blue moon will be the second in 2018 — the first occurred Jan. 31 — they typically occur about once every 2.7 years, according to space.com.

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Saturday’s blue moon will be the last until Oct. 31, 2020.

(NASA)

The fourth full moon of the year is given the name Sap Full Moon because it marks the time of the year when trees are tapped for sap that makes all sorts of syrup. It’s also sometimes known as the Worm Full Moon because it’s the time when earthworms emerge from their winter slumber, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Not everyone will have the benefit of seeing Saturday’s blue moon, considering the changing spring weather.

According to weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam, people living in the South, Southwest and West Coast have the best chance of seeing the blue moon. However, she notes that it is still several days away and the forecast details remain uncertain.

Others hoping to catch the last blue moon until 2020 may be disappointed. An area of low pressure may bring clouds, along with snow and rain to much of the Midwest and Great Lakes region Saturday morning. Portions of Montana and Wyoming may also see snow showers and cloud cover.

Depending on how quickly a cold front pushes off the East Coast, clouds may block the view along much of the East Coast, Lam said.

Watch a live stream of the blue moon rising on The Weather Channel app from 9-9:30 p.m. Friday.

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New Moon Esbat Gathering Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM CT

WHEN:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Social time starts at 7:00 PM CT

Circle is Casted at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE CHAT ROOM AFTER 7:14 PM CT

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 green candle
1white candle
Sweetgrass, incense or sage – Use to cleanse the space you will be doing the ritual in
 Fireproof container to burn it in
Matches or Lighter
 
The dark moon ( or new moon) is a time for beginnings. A time for you to reflect on the the things working in your life, things that are not, and the beginning of new goals or desires. Before we celebrate this powerful moon time, cleanse  your sacred space with sweetgrass or   and decide on a new beginning for you. Please do this in 3 minutes.
Type in ready when you are done.
EVERYONE: Please type your name and where you are from.
MAIA: I call upon the watchtowers that protect the quarters – north, east, south, and west. Please lend us your energy and protection inside and outside this circle and allow no harm to come to anyone. We call upon the Goddess to walk this circle three times round. With your energy and blessings this circle is now closed.
EVERYONE: As you light the green candle say:
Each day a new beginning
Each new moon a brand new start.
May I find happiness aplenty
And laughter in my heart.
As you light the white candle say:
The slate is clean, we begin anew
The Goddess grants us another day.
To be the best we are meant to be
And be merry along the way.
We will 3 minutes to meditate and see new beginnings- seeds planted, a baby born, college bound, etc. Feel uplifted and happy.
EVERYONE: Type in So Mote It Be at the end of the 3 minutes.
MAIA: We have come together to welcome the new moon and the changes we desire. Our words have been heard and we are free to find our own way.
I thank the watchtowers of the north, east, south and west for protecting our circle and lending us their energy. Please go back from where you came with our gratitude. I thank the Goddess for new beginnings and welcome positive change. Please return from where you came.
The circle is open, but never broken. Go in peace brothers and sisters feeling happy and at peace.

NASA Full Coverage of the Full/Blue/Blood/Super/Eclispe Moon

This link will take you to NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) full video coverage of the special full Moon today. The eclipse happened in the USA early this morning so it was very hard to see it. If anyone got picture of the full…etc Moon please email them to me so I can post them here and on our Facebook page. My email is ladybeltane@aol.com. Thank You. I did not see any of it because just like the solar eclipse in August 2017 the could cover was to heavy.

http://livestream.wiki/lunareclipse/

Dates and Times For December Solstices

Because of the 17 hours difference between Chicago, Illinois, USA and Sydney, Australia the peak of the solstices are happening at the exact same time. When I first started this web site my vision was to bring information out about the Wheel of the Year for anyone living anywhere on Mother Earth. Although I have missed some of the dates and information for the Southern Hemisphere I am going to try to make sure I am on top of getting it done this year.

Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice 2017

Friday, December 22nd at 3:27 AM AEDT

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?n=240

Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice 2017

Thursday, December 21st at 10:27 AM CST

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?n=64

May your holiday be blessed with positive energy, joy, laughter, family, and friends!

Love Lady Beltane and the CL Staff

White Horse of the Sun (Winter Solstice)

Carved into the chalk of a hillside in southern England, the Uffington White Horse is utterly unique. Stretching 360 feet from head to tail, it is the only prehistoric geoglyph—a large-scale design created using elements of the natural landscape—known in Europe. “There’s just nothing like it,” says University of Southampton archaeologist Joshua Pollard, who points to the Nazca lines in Peru as the closest parallel. Pollard says that because the site is so anomalous, researchers have resisted grappling with its distinct nature. As a consequence, few new interpretations of the site have been advanced since the early twentieth century. “Archaeologists are tripped up by things that are unique,” says Pollard, “and the White Horse has thrown us.” But now, after making a close study of the site and its relationship to the landscape around it, Pollard has developed a theory that connects the Uffington Horse with an ancient mythological tradition.

 

Stories about the White Horse have been recorded since medieval times. One popular legend had it being carved in celebration of an Anglo-Saxon victory over a Viking army in A.D. 875. But excavations in the 1990s yielded dates that showed it was created much earlier, during the Late Bronze Age or the Iron Age, sometime between 1380 and 550 B.C. Most archaeologists have thought that the site was probably a symbol that signaled a prehistoric group’s ownership of the land—their attempt at creating a landmark that was meant to impress outsiders. But Pollard did not find that idea wholly persuasive. “It doesn’t really work that way,” he says. “For one, the way it’s positioned makes it difficult to see the whole geoglyph from the surrounding landscape.” Pollard found that there are other hillside locations in the immediate vicinity that are much more visible, and where creating a totemic image meant to symbolize a group’s identity would have made more sense.

 

Pollard usually works on sites dating to the Neolithic, a period when people erected large monuments, such as Stonehenge, that were often aligned with astronomical events. That experience led him to wonder if the Uffington Horse could have been designed along similar lines, and he investigated how the geoglyph was positioned relative to celestial bodies. He found that when observed from a hill opposite, in midwinter, the sun rises behind the horse, and as the day progresses, seems to gain on the horse and finally pass it. From the same vantage point, at all times of the year, the horse appears to be galloping along the ridge in a westerly direction, toward the sunset.

To read the rest of this article please click on or copy and paste it into your browser the following link: https://www.archaeology.org/issues/269-1709/from-the-trenches/5830-trenches-england-prehistoric-uffington-white-horse

Some Thoughts for Today

May this solar eclipse bring you blessings of love, peace, and harmony.

While everyone is talking about the total solar eclipse and the way it will change the energy we feel and/or use, I felt it was important to explain part of the energy shift and what brings it about.

Many of you have heard or read about the tradition of The Great Rite usually performed on Beltane and has its origins in prehistory, wait let me rephrase that to read, it has its origins when all traditional rites/rituals were handed down orally from priest to priest, priestess to priestess, druid to druid, etc. The Great Rite is the coupling of a high priest and high priestess, whether physically or symbolically, to ensure the ground is fertile to give nourishment to and accept the seeds planted to bring about a bountiful harvest.

The total eclipse is the celestial coupling and marriage of the Sun God to the Moon Goddess. As these eclipses only happen during a new Moon which is a time for rebirth, renewal and starting new things in your life after ridding yourself of negative things in your life during the waning and Dark Moon. Use this time for new beginnings in your life whether they be forgiving someone from an old grudge (which frees you from the negativity of that grudge as well) to kicking a bad habit, to do some deep soul searching for negative things you are holding onto not just from this lifetime but pasts one as well, to trying to get a job or spending more time with your loved ones and less time at work or well any number of things. This is a journey of renewal that you take alone with your spirit guides unless you ask some type of spiritual counselor to help guide you through this journey. So you have the symbolical marriage of all the gods and goddesses along with their consummation of the marriage when the Moon completely covers the Sun, and the Moon phases that promote new growth, you have a lot of potent energy at your disposal to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

So during the eclipse you have the symbolical marriage of all the gods and goddesses along with the consummation of their marriage when the Moon completely covers the Sun, and the Moon phases that promote new growth, you have a lot of potent energy at your disposal to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

Another thing that makes the eclipse special is it falls at the time when Leo, whose planet is the Sun, comes roaring in with its fire. Fire is cleansing element to help rid you of the negativity you are carrying even if it is deep inside of you right down to your cellular level. Just as we leave Cancer and the twin nature of the duality of male and female we all carry inside of us. This is a time where each of us can easily look at the God and Goddess we carry inside ourselves and celebrate all aspects of our human and higher selves.

On thing I would strongly suggest you do not try to do today is astral or Otherworld traveling as the different planes of exsistence over lap and it can be hard to get back to the phyiscal plane of existence we live in. On the other hand is it a great day or eveing for divination and your guides maybe able to show you things and answer questions you may have more clearly.

May whatever you are seeking to change come about in a positive way for you.

May the Lady and Lord watch over and help you dear ones.

 

Posts on United States Total Eclipse

Merry meet and merry greet brothers and sisters of The Craft,

I realize I have been posting only on one topic for the last week or so there is a reason for this. This is an event that affects our energy which affects our spirit and body also in many ways we will not understand until possibly after the event. So I am trying to bring you as much information as I have time to from the scientific view point as well as a metaphysical view point. As Lady of the Abyss has said in a couple of articles I reblogged from Witches of The Craft (Lady A is the person who talked me into doing this as an independent site from WOTC. WOTCis the site that sponsored Coven Life) this maybe a once in a lifetime happening for many people. Aside note there will be another total solar eclipse over North America on April 8, 2024, but more on this one at a later date.Ra, Egyptian Sun God, and my patron god, has blessed me with the time off work on Monday, August 21st to be able to view this celestial wonder, even though where I live outside of Chicago, Illinois, USA, at full eclipse for my area the Sun will only be about 97% covered, I think. Below is a time line for viewing in my area.

Time Phase Direction Altitude
11:54 amMon, Aug 21 Partial Eclipse beginsThe Moon touches the Sun’s edge. Map direction South-southeast152°

57.3°

1:19 pmMon, Aug 21 Maximum EclipseMoon is closest to the center of the Sun. Map direction South-southwest192°

59.4°

2:42 pmMon, Aug 21 Partial Eclipse endsThe Moon leaves the Sun’s edge. Map direction Southwest226°

51.7°

To get more information about this viewing time please click on this link: Viewing Total Eclipse Chicago Illinois

So I will continue sharing eclipse information over the weekend. I will try to record bits and pieces of it with my cell phone and/or Kindle and/or Netbook size computer as the eclipse is happening. If I can do that then all I have to do is figure out how to post some of them with still pictures on here for you. Please if you live in an area where you can see this marvel of our universe take still pictures and do not mind sharing them with others through this website…email mail them to ladybeltane@aol.com Be sure to include a name you would not mind the world seeing as I will be crediting the photographer for the picture and also where in the USA the photo was taken. I look forward to sharing pictures from all across the USA.

As I want to have my altar any other things set up by 11:45 AM CT, I will be holding a short ritual for this event in the Coven Life chat room about approximately 11:00 AM CT. I will have the all the information posted for that on Saturday, August 19th by 12:00 PM CT.

I will be doing a special post-Monday afternoon just for any one who experienced this eclipse partial, total, or whatever to share how they felt, what thoughts were running through their heads, what if any ritual they did during the eclipse. Basically, it will be for you to tell your stroy of this unqiue day in all our lifes. The post will be set up on the first page of Coven Life’s website.

Solar Eclipse – Witchipedia

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth causing the Sun to be fully or partially obscured by the Moon, as seen from Earth. This happens only during the New Moon.

A total eclipse happens when the moon appears large enough in the sky that its disc can nearly completely obscure the sun’s disc, leaving only a red ring around the dark shadow of the moon. This happens when either the moon is closest to the Earth (def:perigee) in its orbit or the Earth is furthest from the Sun in its orbit (this happens in month:July) or any variation on the orbits that cause the moon to appear as large as, or larger than the sun. If the moon is further away in its orbit(def:apogee), or the Earth is closer to the Sun in its orbit (it is closest in month:January), then the disc of the moon will appear smaller than the disc of the Sun and the moon will not fully obscure the sun. This is called an annular eclipse.

In truth, the Sun is roughly 400x larger than the moon, but it is also 400x further away so the two bodies appear approximately the same size in the sky. However, the moon’s orbit around the Earth is elliptical, so it is sometimes closer to the Earth than others and thus, appears larger and smaller respectively. Likewise, the Earth’s orbit around the Sun is elliptical so that at some points in its orbit, the Sun appears larger than others.

A partial eclipse occurs when the moon blocks only a portion of the sun….

To read the rest of this please click on this link: Solar Eclipse

Astronomy magazine’s interactive eclipse 2017 widget

This tool has the answers to your eclipse day questions.
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Where will the eclipse start in your location on August 21?
Count down to the 2017 total solar eclipse of the Sun with Astronomy magazine’s Eclipse 2017 Widget from the makers of the popular SkySafari app. The widget lets you know exactly when the eclipse will start in your location, how long it will last, and when it will end. Use the interactive eclipse path map to simulate the eclipse from any location and figure out where you need to go to experience totality!

The Great American Eclipse is less than a month away. And the key to observing the eclipse safely and successfully is having the right tools…

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: interactive eclipse 2017 widget