Blue Moon Farewell

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerOn August 31, 2012 we have the second Full Moon in a month, sometimes known as a Blue Moon. Is it really a Blue Moon? That's the $64,000 question of the day! The original definition of a Blue Moon was that it was the third of four Full Moons within a season. Typically a season (calculated from equinox to solstice or vice versa) has three Full Moons and several religous holidays or other festivals were based on the timing of Full Moons. So when a season had four Full Moons, this threw off the count and interferred with the correct timing for a holiday. The third Full Moon of the Season was considered to be the "extra" one or the Blue Moon, because there are names for the first, second and last Full Moon of each season. So the extra one was known as the Blue Moon.

Today's Full Moon is an odd one. It's the second Full Moon in a month, but it's NOT the third of four Full Moons in a season. The next Full Moon is on September 29th, after the Fall Equinox on September 22nd. So according to the original definition of a Blue Moon, this is NOT one! In fact the next REAL Blue Moon will be on August 21, 2013, but keep reading, and you'll be vindicated.

I mentioned that each Full Moon was given a name. Our July 3rd Full Moon was the Full Buck Moon, since the antlers of buck deer pushed out then. It was also known as the Full Thunder Moon or the Full Hay Moon. Then on August 1st, we had the Full Sturgeon Moon. This Moon is associated with the large fish of sturgeon being the most easily caught. It's also known as the Green Corn Moon, the Grain Moon or the Red Moon. 

Next is today's Full Moon (August 31st) and what is it called? Well in the normal course of things, this Moon would occur in September and it would be called the Full Corn or Full Harvest Moon. This is when the corn is said to be ready to harvest, but the Harvest Moon was reserved for the Full Moon that was closest to the Fall Equinox. This year that occurs on September 22nd and there's a Full Moon on September 29th, which will be the Harvest Moon.

OH OH! That leaves today's Full Moon without a name! So, you guessed it! It must be a Blue Moon!

Now notice that all Blue Moons have an intrinsic quality of being an odd-ball. It doesn't fit the regular pattern that we expect. In fact, it's so different that it sticks out like a sore thumb. Today's Blue Moon is even more so. This Full Moon occurs at 8 degrees of Pisces, a water or emotional sign. Plus it's sitting right next to Chiron, who was a Centaur. Now centaurs were half horse and half human. In fact, Chiron's parents were both gods who immediately rejected him, because they considered him to be a freak. 

Chiron went off to live in a cave and raised himself. He learned all he could and eventually he became the teacher to the god's other children. He also became a great healer and a musician. But this happened after the primary work of healing that first wound: that he was rejected by his parents. So Chiron is known for being associated with wounds and healing them. So today's Full Moon is actually a time when old wounds may come up, not to torment you again, but so you can heal them. It's actually an ideal time to find the gift in those old wounds and heal them. 

Today's Full Moon is also sextile Pluto, which is associated with death, transformation and rebirth. It's also associated with power. The Sun is also trine to Pluto at the same time, suggesting a powerful person or leader. This combination is certainly fitting for our farewell to Neil Armstrong today, who took a leap for mankind when he first set foot on the Moon. Keep in mind that the Blue Moon is an oddity. Chiron was an oddity and stepping on the Moon was even more unusual! 

Today's Blue Moon, (which is technically NOT a Blue Moon, but appears to have no other name) is especially odd. So it's a fitting tribute to a person whose path took took him not only to new "heights" for mankind, but to a whole different planet. Each person has a part of them which is different from others. (This is represented by the planet Uranus, it's sign, aspects and house.) Today I encourage you to heal any wounds you may have had from feeling different from others or being rejected by others when you didn't follow the crowd. This is your opportunity to claim that difference as your own and to cherish the gifts it brings you.

As we say good-bye to Neil Armstrong on today's Blue Moon, let's all use his inspirational "Leap for Mankind" to take our own. Who knows where your different path or talents will take you?