On the eve of November 14th, 2016, we will experience an extremely rare Supermoon, with the Moon coming the closest to Earth since January 1948.
This Moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon, since this event won’t happen again until November 2034, so this is not to be missed.
According to Science Alert (and NASA), a Supermoon occurs for the following reasons:
As NASA explains, because the Moon has an elliptical orbit, one side – called the perigee – is about 48,280 km (30,000 miles) closer to Earth than the other side (the apogee).
When the Sun, the Moon, and Earth line up as the Moon orbits Earth, that’s known as syzygy (definitely something you want to keep in your back pocket for your next Scrabble match).
When this Earth-Moon-Sun system occurs with the perigee side of the Moon facing us, and the Moon happens to be on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun, we get what’s called a perigee-syzygy.
That causes the Moon to appear much bigger and brighter in our sky than usual, and it’s referred to as a supermoon – or more technically, a perigee moon.
Supermoons aren’t all that uncommon – we just had one on October 16, and after the November 14 super-supermoon, we’ll have another one on December 14.
“The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century,” says NASA. “The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until 25 November 2034.”
“When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects,” says NASA. “The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn’t take away from the experience.”
In spiritual realms, this moon is also known as the Beaver Moon. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, this particular moon marks the time of year when beaver traps were set. If the traps were set too late, lakes would freeze over, and prevent the capture of the animals and limiting the amount of warm fur trappers would be able to sell for over the wintertime months.
In taking this analogy as a spiritual lesson, this moon’s energy is a catalyst for putting your plans into action now, to stop procrastinating and to prepare for what is to provide you spiritual nourishment and will keep you “warm” during the cold months ahead. The universe responds to specificity, so be specific to your desires, and follow through with your plans. A powerful mantra to keep in mind at this time is “if not you, then who? if not now, then when?” – let the light of the full moon illuminate what you need to see, in order to be what you’re hoping to become, and to become your best self by planning, getting clear, and setting goals that you can put your heart and mind’s energy into achieving.
To learn more about the other significant moon’s of 2016, check out the video below!