The Blue Moon’s spiritual meaning always brings strong emotions, feels otherworldly, and makes us ponder what’s important to us in life. During this magical celestial moment, it’s a beautiful time to follow your heart and desires.
Below I answer everything YOU want to know about Blue Moons; the science, the spiritual intentions, the definition, the history; I could go on forever, baby! Let’s do this!
Every full Moon has its own name based on the month or the season in which it appears. Creating a name for each full Moon allowed people to reflect on each season and contemplate how it affects us and the natural world around us. There can be some variation on the full Moon names due to the origins from whence they came, and you can find them rooted in European (Anglo-Saxon and Germanic) and Native American history. I created a guide to each Full Moon, complete with their meanings and how you can celebrate.
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What is a Blue Moon?
A Blue Moon is a rare occurrence in which a second full moon appears within a short amount of time.
There are two different types and definitions of a Blue Moon, and you can feel free to celebrate whichever you’d like!
February, which has only 28 days (29 days in leap years), can never have a blue moon. Months with 31 days—January, March, May, July, August, October, and December—have a much better chance of hosting a blue moon because of their length. On average, a blue moon occurs once every 33 months or full moons, 41 times per century, or about seven times every 19 years. An even rarer event is when two blue moons happen in the same calendar year, which happens about four times per century.Britannica – Blue Moon Astronomy
Seasonal Blue Moon
A seasonal Blue Moon occurs when there is an extra full Moon in a season, determined by the equinoxes and solstices. Anytime there are four full Moons in a season, the third is considered a Blue Moon.
The next Seasonal Blue Moon will be the Sturgeon Moon on August 22nd, 2021
Calendrical Blue Moon
A calendrical Blue Moon occurs when two full Moons appear in the same calendar month.
The next Calendrical Blue Moon will be on August 31st, 2023
When is the next Blue Moon?
The next Blue Moon is August 22nd, 2021, at 8:02 AM EST and is called the Sturgeon Full Moon.
The Full Moon of August is named the Sturgeon Moon to symbolize and represent the freshwater fish easily caught during this hot summer month in North America. These impressive archaic-looking fish are a gray-green color, and their existence can be traced back over 200 million years!
Align your spiritual intentions this month with the impressive and robust sturgeon. They’ve survived millions of years by adapting and persevering through many different challenges. You are just as powerful and resilient whether you realize it or not.
Blue Moon Spiritual Meaning 2021
Every full Moon is filled with incredibly potent energy and signifies the completion of goals and peak vitality. However, Blue Moon’s spiritual meaning and intentions have an extra bit of punch that is very lucky and magical!
Setting goals and intentions during a Blue Moon boosts that full Moon energy even further. Many believe the intentions you set during this time are so powerful and intense; they can continue until the next Blue Moon.
Blue Moons are a time of clear-headedness and a great connection to Nature and the self or soul. Since Blue Moons are a more modern idea, there are no strict traditions, but many still embrace it as a magical and unique time.
Did this term originate with Native American or European folklore like the other Full Moon names?
There are some instances of the term Blue Moon being used as far back as the 16th century, but it was said to be ridiculous or untrue. However, upon much research, it seems that the term “Blue Moon” is a pretty modern phrase when used in the context of two moons in a month or season.
It likely originated from the March 1946 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine, which included an article from James Hugh Pruett titled “Once in a Blue Moon.” He was citing a little-known essay from the 1937 Maine Farmer’s Almanac, but his interpretation was unintentionally inaccurate. In the magazine article, he said –
Seven times in 19 years there were – and still are – 13 full moons in a year. This gives 11 months with one full moon each and one with two. This second in a month, so I interpret it, was called Blue Moon.
However, his mistake gave life to a new characterization and definition for a Blue Moon! Here is a fantastic timeline of how the term Blue Moon was used and its progression by Sky and Telescope –
[Timeline of the tradition of referring to the second full Moon in a month as a Blue Moon]
Before 1930. Maybe a custom of calendar printers; maybe a Czech tradition.
1937. An obscure Maine Farmers’ Almanac uses term “blue Moon” for certain full Moons (though not for the second one in a given month).
1943. L. J. Lafleur quotes the Maine almanac in a Sky & Telescope quiz column.
1946. Citing Lafleur’s column and the almanac, J. Hugh Pruett in Sky & Telescope gives the second-full- Moon interpretation.
January 1980. Deborah Byrd used it in her National Public Radio program, Star Date, the widest exposure of the new meaning so far.
1985. The Kids’ World Almanac spreads meaning further.
1986. Included in Trivial Pursuit.
May 1988. International press coverage piques the public’s interest; the term receives its greatest exposure ever.
December 1990. The decade of the 1980s ends on a New Year’s Eve Blue Moon.Sky and Telescope
Is “Blue Moon” a scientific term? Is a Blue Moon really Blue?
No, it is not a scientific term, and the date of a Full Moon does not typically affect its color. There is some confusion because, in 1883, the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa erupted, and all the ash in the air gave the Moon a blueish-green color. Ash from other volcanos and forest fires have created a similar effect, but remember it’s from the dust particles and not the actual color of the Moon.
Most Blue Moon photographs you see, like the ones on this post, are created using a filter or are edited to look blue later.
The Harvest Moon can sometimes take on a reddish-orangish color and appear much more prominent than usual when it is just over the horizon. This is also due to the atmosphere.
Blue Moon Meaning and Spiritual Correspondences
- Second chances
- Spirit communication
- Clear Quartz (to help amplify the energy)
- Moonstone (great for connecting with the divine feminine)
- Tigers Eye (protection)
- Lapis Lazuli (wisdom)
- Rose Quartz (love)
- Aquamarine (communication)
- Any other crystals relating to the spiritual intentions above
Blue Moon Ritual Ideas and How To Celebrate
Create A Sacred Space
Embrace the Blue Moon’s spiritual meaning by creating a meditation or sacred space and utilize the color blue. Blue candles, cloth, crystals, food, fabric, lighting, or try infused Moon water by adding blue herbs or berries. Don’t feel this is necessary, though! You can use anything that resonates with you! White and black are also some good color options right now as well!
Manifestation and Intention Setting
This is a rare moment of deep spirituality and a heightened connectedness to the universe. As I mentioned above, many believe that the goals and intentions you set now will last until the next Blue Moon. Focus on long-term goals you would like to see come into fruition by the next Blue Moon (you can choose seasonal or calendrical).
Attract your intentions by doing a manifestation ritual to bring your desires to fruition. Even goals you may have previously thought were unattainable.
Write out a letter to the universe expressing your gratitude as if it’s already happened. Be very detailed and use all five senses for your descriptions. Imagine telling a loved one of your manifestation and imagine their excitement for you.
Remember, when manifesting, it’s essential to feel what you’re trying to manifest. Put on headphones and listen to music that makes you feel positive and happy while writing your letter.
When you’re finished, you can either store it somewhere safe or burn it so the intentions will go out into the universe. There are differing beliefs on this, so the choice is up to you.
Some people believe burning allows the energy to flow out into the universe and represents your open and trusting intentions. Others think it’s important to date it and store it somewhere safe for reflections later.
Blue Moon Spiritual Meaning Rituals and Intentions
A Blue Moon is an excellent time for setting powerful intentions and doing spiritual work! Feel free to develop and create your own, but here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Love is a big spiritual intention during a Blue Moon. Find a way to connect with your partner right now. Especially something that gets you outdoors in Nature or gets your creative juices flowing! Maybe take a pottery class together, get a massage, take a cooking class, or try something you’ve always wanted to learn. My hubby and I enjoy going on hikes or drives together and taking photos. We also love to snuggle and stargaze! The choice is completely up to you!
- Spend some time in the bath or shower. I know this is recommended frequently, but this can truly be a wonderful way to connect spiritually. It’s a time where you can be left alone (hopefully) and can focus on your own thoughts, intentions, and breathwork. Make a whole ritual out of the process! Clean your bath/shower beforehand with natural cleaners (maybe you made some out of Moon Water, and here are a few more ways to use Moon Water). Light candles or incense, bring a journal, play music or frequencies, use crystals, add some herbs, bath bombs, or Epsom salts. If you’re in the shower, you can also use a shower tablet or bomb. Once you’re inside the bath/shower, imagine a serene blue light washing over and enveloping you. Blue is a calming color. Let it relax you. If you’re in the shower, use a body scrub to wash away negative energy from your body. Imagine all your tension and anxiety wash down your body and into the drain. When you’re done, use your favorite bath towel and cover yourself with a luxurious lotion. You can stop at this point, or you can now engage in another ritual.
- Depending on what you’d like to focus on, Runes would be a wonderful ritual to incorporate during a Blue Moon. Feel free to create your own set, create a unique bind rune, utilize them for divination work, or add protection runes (like Algiz) around your home.
Stroll In The Moonlight
Think about it; you charge water beneath the Moon. Why not do the same with your own body? Let that magickal moonlight energy fill you up! Make sure and keep this moment calm and serene. Relax and enjoy this moment. Think about what you are grateful for. Bonus points for a walk in the woods, on the beach, or in a secluded place out in Nature.
Seek Knowledge and Wisdom
Some connect the Blue Moon with wisdom and knowledge or the Crone phase of life. Use this time to learn something new! You can seek knowledge from a relative or loved one, especially an elder you respect. Read a book on a topic or hobby you’ve always wanted to know more about (this is why I always say the library is one of the most magical places). Listen to a podcast or watch a documentary. You can also speak to someone of a different religion or heritage so you can see things from another point of view. You are never too young or old to learn more! Don’t forget to add your knowledge to your Grimoire, Book of Shadows, or journal!
I hope this answers all your Blue Moon spiritual meaning questions! You can check out more of the Full Moon series here:
- How To Make Moon Water
- 50 Creative Ways to Use Moon Water
- Dark Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- New Moon Rituals, Intentions, Spiritual Meaning, and Correspondences
- Black Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- January Full Wolf Moon -Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- February Full Snow Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- February Snow Moon Guided Mediation
- March Full Worm Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- April Full Pink Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- May Full Flower Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- June Full Strawberry Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- Buck Full Moon July 2021 Spiritual Meaning | Everything You Need To Know
- August Full Sturgeon Moon Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- September’s Harvest or Corn Full Moon Meaning
- October’s Blood or Harvest Full Moon Meaning and How To Celebrate
- November Full Hunter or Beaver Moon Spiritual Meaning, Correspondences, and Rituals
- December Full Cold Moon Spiritual Meaning, Correspondences, and Rituals
I hope you enjoyed the Blue Moon Spiritual Meaning, lots of love to you and remember as always…