May 21, 2016 brings us a Blue Full Moon – a semi-rare event that happens when two full moons take place in a single month.
According to E&A writer, Ezra Sandzer-Bell:
It happens roughly twice in one year, once every three years. This is of course where the expression “once in a blue moon” comes from. It just so happens that an even less common variety, called the seasonal blue moon, will be taking place on May 21st, 2016.
During full moons, some people experience an optical phenomenon where light around the moon appears blue. This is called a lunar halo and should not be confused with the astrometric expression blue moon, which is specifically to do with the number of full moons that appear during a calendric cycle.
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This particular moon is also known as the Flower Moon, because according to tradition, May is the time when flowers begin to bloom.
Spiritually speaking, if looking to the moon as a guide for energies on Earth, this moon brings about a time for rekindling the fires of love and spirit. It is a good time to focus on what you’re committed to, and what is in the highest alignment with your heart’s desire.
With this Mercury Retrograde being more hellacious than usual, many of us have been feeling out of sorts, and spiritually drained. Unresolved issues from the past are rearing their ugly head, and childhood traumas may be manifesting through bad dreams, bad moods, and overall bad attitudes. As the saying goes, “this too shall pass” and we are riding out the final waves of the cosmic storm – this coming moon is to be our reminder of what is true, and will allow us to let go of the falsities that have been dragging us down. We still have a few weeks left to go, but the worst is over and June 29th will be here before we know it.
When the 21st of May approaches, surround yourself with items that bring you joy, vibe high, and try to think happy thoughts. Watch your favorite childhood movies, listen to some ABBA, and remember what your heart beats for. If you’re in love, take this day and make a special date with your loved one, surprise them with something unexpected – and expect nothing in return. If you’re single, treat yourself to some pampering and self-care – splurge on a massage, and indulge a bit….do whatever you need to do to feel at your very best.
As always, Full Moon energies are intensified for your intention – so with this lunar cycle carrying an air of love and commitment, focus on what you want most in life, and what you need to make it happen – and most importantly allow.