Get ready to plan your lunar ceremonies, spirit junkies, because there are three major cosmic events happening next week—all at the same time!—that you need to know about.
On Jan. 31, you will be able to spot a “Super Blue Blood Moon” (try saying that three times fast) as a supermoon, blue moon, and total lunar eclipse all become visible at exactly the same time. And while a supermoon and blue moon are actually quite regular events, lunar eclipses hold particular cosmic significance, and we haven’t seen a trifecta like this for more than 150 years.
A blue moon is really just the second full moon of the month, and on Jan. 31 it will be eclipsed while taking on a breathtaking shade of red as it perfectly aligns with the Earth and sun, which gives the term blood moon. It will also be orbiting closer to Earth than it normally does and will shine about 14 percent brighter than normal, an event called a super moon.
Cosmically, a lunar eclipse is believed to have 10 times the power of a full moon. Rebecca Gordon from My Path Astrology in New York said that this even is particularly relevant to women and signals an ending: “The moon represents emotion, and is more closely aligned with women and femininity. This lunar eclipse will help bring an ending and a culmination to whatever stories and cycles we’ve been holding onto for a long time,” she explained, adding: “For everyone living on planet earth, this can be a time of dramatic changes in our personal lives and an opportunity to leave a longstanding situation or story in the dust. We find after a lunar eclipse that people wake up and don’t feel like doing things that used to feel relevant.”
Specifically, the lunar eclipse might bring an end or a resolution to something that you started in August 2017, because this is when the solar eclipse occurred. “Because the lunar eclipse is in Leo like the solar eclipse back in August it will bring needed closure or a next level to something you began then. This eclipse will bring up a different theme for each sign.” Gordon told Amodrn.
Not everyone will be able to see the moon, and those locations that can will have to wake up early for it. “If you live in North America, Alaska, or Hawaii, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on Jan. 31,” NASA said in an official release. “Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone. For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the ‘super blue blood moon’ can be seen during moonrise in the morning on the 31st.”