Once in a Royal Moon…

At the end of January we are going to experience an interesting lunar event.

Not only will it be a Blue Moon (the second full moon of a month) but also a Blood Moon (when the moon, in total eclipse, appears reddish). This is also known as a Blue Blood Moon. So I connected the phrase ‘blue blood’ to royalty…

Isn’t it interesting how the subconscious connects two very different things? So I thought that as I was reading up on astronomy, there may be some other lessons to learn as we look into the night sky.

A (Not So) “Rare” Opportunity?

There are a few things that I’ve done on a blue moon, because I thought it would be something I’d do ‘once in a…’. At the time I was thinking, “when would there be another celestial event so unique?”

That was before I realized that the second full moon in a month isn’t as rare as I had at first thought. They happen quite regularly – every two to three years, in fact. I was surprised, yet not.

What else do we think is limited but happens a lot more often than we think? Negativity and sour relationships, or new connections with others and the opportunity to positively change… ?

Alexander Graham Bell is quoted as saying, “When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

The subconscious mind tends to focus and associate to what we turn our attention – it is a wealth of opportunities or a lack?

Once we realise that what we want and need may be opening to us, we tend to notice it more. Yet we also tend to notice the opposite as well. This is a rule of the mind – what we focus on expands/increases. So what do you want more of – what you want or what you don’t want?

While a flaming red ball lighting the night sky won’t happen for another several centuries from what I’ve heard, there may be some more subtle yet important  phenomena that you  might want to highlight in your mind and in your life.

Savouring a single delicious bite of food, reconnecting with someone you’ve lost touch with and hearing their laugh again, giving yourself the gift of looking into the sky and appreciating the wonders of nature… they are all ‘once in a…’ experience that you can fortunately replicate no matter the lunar movements.

Perspectives in Space 

If you look into the sky to witness the ‘blood’ moon of January, you’ll see that it is, for a time, a bizarre colour of reddy-orange.

This happens because the earth’s orbits between the moon and the sun, and as its light passes through our atmosphere, it interacts with dust and particles, ‘sending away’ shorter wavelengthed colour blue, yet allowing red and orange (with their longer wavelengths) through.

So how does this relate to us? The Sun is always in the sky, even when it is night and we can’t see it directly. Yet it still influences us in the way we see the other bodies in the sky (especially tonight/tomorrow).

Sometimes our early or seemingly ever-present relationships, from our childhood or created through close or long associations (with people or ideas), tend to have an influence on how we see our world. Or how we look beyond into the sky and our own possibilities.

So our filters can ‘discolour’ our lives. Sometimes it can create limiting beliefs or unhelpful norms that we may have inherited in the past yet still carry.

Do we disregard compliments and focus on complaints? Do we have expectations of ourselves that are paralyzing us so we can’t shine through?

We won’t be seeing a blue-coloured moon during this eclipse. We don’t see what we’ve rejected for ourselves in our lives. So what gets through colours our lives.

We can’t remove the ‘volcanos’ or ‘wildfires’ of the past that may have created this filtering dust, but we can understand that our perspective is tinted because of it. With that identification, can shift the way we view ourselves and our world around us, to give a fuller, more vibrant look to our lives.

Interestingly, this doesn’t just happen for negative things – by removing all other parts of the spectrum, we may be able to see more clearly what is left – what color, or influence, we were meant to share.

Marie Currie is quoted as saying, “We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

When you have a goal, what are the strengths and gifts you have to achieve it? If you’re having trouble figuring that out, ask people you love or respect – hypnosis is also a great way to discover your most valuable attributes.

When you filter out all the distractions from the past and the present, you tend to focus the wider band to a single colour / direction to accomplish it more directly and easily.

Appreciating Anomalies

What is an anomaly? It is a deviation from something normal, standard, expected.

Interesting definition.

The problem happens when we associate not being normal with bad. And while we may bring some wonderful gifts to the table, we sometimes think that we need to take a beat from a drummer that does not mark our own rhythm. If you need to read Marie Currie’s quote again, remind yourself that your special presence can be a present in your personal and wider world.

It also may suggest that an anomaly that is not expected can be dangerous. There is always that chance, but often it is the detours of our lives where we experience and learn the most. It is often from going outside our own expectations that we expend our life, our insight and our capabilities.

Sometimes we need to practice moving outside our comfort zone. If it helps, the act of the unfamiliar and the search for novelty is associated with a greater capacity to learn.

By lifting mental and emotional weights while doing something different, we tend to feel good and build the network within our subconscious mind, making us more emotionally resilient and mentally agile. We also tend to get a positive shot of reward center-based chemicals, so trying out new options seems to improve memory and overall wellbeing.

So… what is something you thought you might like to explore at least once? You can always have a story that it was something you’d do “once in a blue moon” – and tonight is the night to do it (don’t worry, there will be another blue moon later on this year!)

Supermoon, Superyou

A supermoon looks large in the sky because the earth is passing closest to a full moon. I’m not sure, in the strictest of astronomical terms, if this month’s moon makes it into the supermoon category, but I’ll take it down just a little to a pretty-big-moon. Wait a second… No, it’s still super to me.

Saying something is “super” doesn’t make it so or does it? Words have power and our subconscious minds tend to fall or rise to the occasion. Do you know someone who, if they were a moon, would say, “well, I’m not as super as Jupiter’s moons” – or maybe it is you?

Comparing ourselves to others doesn’t take in the depth and breadth of ourselves (or others!) and belittling ourselves and our successes tends to have us undermine our magnificence.

Marianne Williamson’s often quoted “We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? … Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you” reminds us to focus on our lovability, our value, our inner worth.

Not only that, but it is our duty. She continues, “We are all meant to shine, as children do… It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

So treating yourself royally – supporting yourself with the help of others or resources specifically meant to keep you full, shiny and resplendent – not only helps you, but gives a model that others can look up to. Not only in the night, but every day.

If you would like any help in supporting your sky-high goals or shiny dreams, or to clear your mental and emotional skies so you can see more clearly and be seen as the magnificent being I know you are and can be, contact me – I’m here to help.

Let me know what your ‘blue (blood) moon experience was – and enjoy.


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