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In Search of a Blue Moon

August 30, 2012

Interior of Fairy House Gateway #1106, Diving Into The Moon

Full moon time is the high point of each month in Faerie, when all normal “work” stops and dancing, singing, and celebration reign for one night. (Actually, there are often celebrations for all three nights of the full moon.)  With all the buzz swirling about Friday’s full moon being a “blue moon,” I thought I’d check with our local Fairy clan to see if they were planning anything special.

Initial response to the question went something like “Blue Moon???!!! The moon’s going to be blue??!!!! But what about the silver light we need?” (The soft, magical light everyone notices when visiting Faerie is derived from moon light but that’s a complicated subject and deserves a post of its own.)

I explained the term didn’t really refer to the color of the moon, that it was just a term for the second full moon in a calendar month. Silence. Puzzled looks. “But your calendar is just an arbitrary arrangement of linear time that’s not really connected to anything in nature. So, because  two full moons that are their usual 29+ days apart fall into the same artificial box you’ve constructed it’s supposed to be something special?”

I muttered something like “I guess I need to think about that” and slunk back to the safety of my computer and the google machine.


The best and most comprehensive explanation I found for how the concept evolved is here. The writer of this site did a wonderful job (including information about moons that actually looked blue!) so I won’t bother to rehash it all but the relevant piece is this: The original definition of a Blue Moon referred to 4 Full Moons in one season . . . a season is defined as the time between a Solstice and Equinox or an Equinox and Solstice.”

The shift from that definition seems to have begun in a 1946 article in Sky and Telescope magazine in which the author reinterpreted the “blue moon” reference as the second full moon in a month. (See here  if you want the whole story.)

Armed with new information, I wandered back to the Fairy circle and tried again. “OK, so this full moon isn’t special in your terms but do you do anything special when there is a second full moon in one season?” I asked. I saw lights in Fairy eyes. Now we were speaking the same language!

“You mean a Blessing Moon!” they sang. “Oh, yes! Those are very special! Double magic for a season!” They went on until they ran out of exclamation marks.

“Are there special ceremonies or songs for that occasion?” I ventured.

“Yes, of course!”

“Ah, do you suppose they might be appropriate for the second full moon in a calendar month?”


“Well, the next ‘Blessing Moon,’ as you call it will be between the Summer Solstice and the Autumnal Equinox in 2013. When the time comes, will you share the special ceremonies and songs?”

“Of course!  Now go away. We have to finish getting ready for the full moon.”

Well, OK, then. I guess I have a year to wait. As for treating the second full moon in August of 2012 as a special “Blue Moon” – there’s something the Fairies perhaps aren’t aware of. When a lot of humans focus their collective energy on a particular date or event, just that act carries power. So, since the collective culture is treating this full moon as something special, it can’t hurt to add your energy. Focus on calm and quiet silver-blue light, blessing the earth and all those you love. And dance, like you would once in a blue moon.

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 20, 2012 6:31 am

    I loved it!!! thank you for sharing, many blessings luv Roxie.

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