At 12:25 am Saturday morning (Eastern time), the Moon reaches her fullness in the sign of Sagittarius. This Moon is traditionally called the Flower Moon, also sometimes known as the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.
Tonight, the Moon will also undergo a penumbral lunar eclipse, but although the timing is terrific for viewing in the U.S. and Canada, the passage of the moon’s disk into the Earth’s shadow will result in one of the slightest eclipses of all, administering a mere touch of shadow at the northernmost edges of Lady Moon’s face.
This Moon does, however, bring this year’s first of what astrologer Richard Nolle has coined “SuperMoons.” Richard defines a Supermoon 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…Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.
“At any new or full moon, Earth and Moon and Sun are all in a line: Earth is in the middle in the full moon alignment, while the new moon happens with Moon in the middle. This coming together in an alignment is technically termed a syzygy.”
But a SuperMoon is something more.
“Sometimes,” he explains, “from a few times to a half-dozen times in a given year – these alignments also happen when the Moon is in its perigee, or closest approach to Earth. Astronomers call this very special alignment a perigee-syzygy. I call it a SuperMoon – which is a whole lot easier on the tongue.”
Why do SuperMoons matter?
His article has lots more details, but here is the crux of it: “SuperMoons are noteworthy for their close association with extreme tidal forces working in what astrologers of old used to call the sublunary world: the atmosphere, crust and oceans of our home planet – including ourselves, of course.
“From extreme coastal tides to severe storms to powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the entire natural world surges and spasms under the sway of the SuperMoon alignment – within three days either way of the exact syzygy, as a general rule.”
Richard was one of the several astrologers I know who sounded the alarm about possible catastrophic conditions in March, 2011. This was in part because of the two SuperMoons (Feb. 18 and March 19) occurring during that time, as well as the alignment of other unusual cosmic stressors that were in place. Of course March 11 was when the Fukishama earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster occurred.
Over a month ago (at least that is when I first read it on his site), he wrote:
First up in the 2013 SuperMoon train comes the penumbral eclipse full moon on May 25, at 4° 8’ Sagittarius – the only SuperMoon this year that’s also an eclipse. This one gets the usual three days either way geocosmic shock window. That makes May 22-28 the time to watch for newsworthy storms, extreme tides, and moderate-to severe seismic activity (magnitude 5 and higher earthquakes and volcanic eruptions).
Since this window includes the Mercury-Venus conjunction on the 24th, it’s likely to include notable solar outbursts and high geomagnetic activity. This increases the likelihood of disruptions to electrical and electronic systems and devices, as well as stormy weather. These are factors that could play havoc with infrastructure, communications, networks (e.g. phone, satellite and computer), and travel.
If you must be on the road, in the air etc., at least allow extra time in your itinerary for weather delays. You may be among the lucky ones who escape tangles in transit – but then again, you may not. And if your smart phone, computer, tablet or other high-tech devices get squirrelly – well, try not to act surprised. (The human nervous system is not immune to these effects.)
I mention this because there was, in fact, a 5.7 earthquake yesterday in California, the biggest since 2008. And the interstate highway (I-5) between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. has been cut because of an accident that collapsed the bridge at the Skagit River.
Okay, thank you, Mama Moon! Let’s just leave it at that, please?
Want more upbeat magical, juicy goodies about this Sagittarius Flower Moon, and how you might shape your celebrations in harmony with her? I suggest you visit my friend Rhea Wolf, whose new book celebrating lovely Lady Moon has just been published.
Stay safe this holiday weekend, and may all your rites and pleasures be blessed!