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Soak in the power of the Super Blood Wolf Moon with one of these simple rituals

Soak in the power of the Super Blood Wolf Moon with one of these simple rituals

 

If you haven’t already marked your calendar, then you may be unaware that a Super Blood Wolf Moon is on the horizon. Early in the morning on Monday, January 21st, we’ll watch the Full Wolf Moontake to the sky (look out for it on the 20th, as it reaches peak fullness just after midnight on Monday). This full moon is also a supermoon—meaning it will look bigger and brighter to us down here on Earth—andit’s a blood moon, a name given to a moon under the influence of a lunar eclipse, which turns it red due to Earth’s shadow. All this lunar activity is going to be intense, and, if put to good use, the energy available can positively propel us into the year ahead.

We’ve lined up a few rituals you can partake in during the Super Blood Wolf Moon, each designed to encourage you to reap all the rewards present during this lunar party.

You don’t have to be a practicing witch or even a believer in magic to partake in one or more of the below rituals. All you have to believe in is the ability to manifest goals, self-love, and of course, the power of the moon. Gather everything you need, sit under the light of the moon, and get ready to make 2019 the best year yet.

Take the day to be a Leo.

The Super Blood Wolf Moon takes place in Leo, a fire sign with a lot of energy and selfish tendencies. As Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2019tells us, “[The moon in Leo] draws emphasis to the self, to the central ideas or institutions, away from connections with others and emotional needs.”

Although Leos love to be around others and vibe off others’ energies, the moon rules our instincts and vulnerably, according to author Juliana McCarthy in The Stars Within You. Therefore, this full moon is a good time to turn Leo’s outgoingness inward and regain self-confidence, inner peace and balance, and love for yourself.

Of course, however you decide to give yourself some self-love is up to you. But, to get you brainstorming, we have a couple of ideas. You could first make yourself a Moon in Leo tea, using lemon rind and/or lemon balm, hyssop, and valerian root—all herbs connected to Leo. Or, invest in a Leo-inspired bath bomb. These ones from Etsy seller Little Rubis Magic Bath promote, “vitality, confidence, will power, and the dynamic energy associated with…the sun.”

Remind yourself of your best qualities by making a list in your daily planner or journal (somewhere sacred to you). Repeat a confidence-boosting mantra (I’m strong, beautiful, and worthy of everything positive in my life). Do the one thing that always makes you feel great about yourself—even if it’s just looking in the mirror and thinking, “Wow, I’m hot.”

Ask the moon to give you something you want.

Spells, rituals, and wishes are always more potent during a full moon. And the energy from the lunar eclipse and supermoon combined is really going to amp that potency up to level 10. Get your wishes in a row and get ready for them to come true.

Even if you’ve never cast a spell before, you can still use the moon’s power to help you make a wish. First, ensure you’re in a safe space and get comfortable. Next, some choose to shower before spellwork; however, washing your hands of impurities—both physical and spiritual—will do just fine. Make sure you have your materials with you before you begin, and then envision yourself being bathed in the bright, positive light of the moon (or, get your butt outside and actually bathe yourself in the moon).

Once you’ve established your sacred zone, write your wish on a piece of paper. You can incorporate colored pens and paper into this ritual depending on the wish—money wishes should be written in green, romantic wishes in pink or red, healing in blue, creativity in orange, and happiness in yellow.

As you write, picture the wish coming true. Manifest it in your mind. Sit with your wish for a minute or two and feel the emotions that occur when you think of it happening. Once you’re ready, either burn your wish paper (fire is the element connected with Leo), or keep it under your pillow until the next full moon.

Stitch together a charm bag.

To add fuel to your wish’s fire, work it into a charm. A charm is a magical tool you can create to carry with you throughout your day-to-day. They usually include herbs, crystals, dried flowers, feathers, and sometimes coins or candle wax, all stuffed within a pouch.

Get creative with your charm and keep it with you until your wish comes true, or indefinitely. When you’re crafting your charm, be picky about what you put in it. Choose ingredients that correspond with what the charm is meant to do. You’ll find the appropriate colors, herbs, crystals, etc. to work into your charm to make it potent and viable.

Take on your final werewolf form.

If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

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Super Blood Wolf Moon Webcasts! How to Watch the 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse Online Super Blood Wolf Moon Webcasts! How to Watch the 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse Online

Super Blood Wolf Moon Webcasts! How to Watch the 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse Online

Update for 3 a.m. EST, Jan. 21: The total lunar eclipse of 2019 has ended. See our full story here!See more photos here!Original Story: The total lunar eclipse of January 2019  promises to be a spectacle to behold, and may be visible to millions across North and South America, weather permitting. But if Mother Nature prevents you from seeing the moon marvel, fear not. You can always tune in to the “blood moon” on your favorite digital devices with some free webcasts.

On the night of Jan. 20, beginning just minutes after 10:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. PST), the moon will noticeably, progressively get darker. The sun, the Earth and the moon will converge in an instance of perfect cosmic alignment to create a total lunar eclipse. The online observatory Slooh will host a free webcast on Slooh.com (you can sign up for a free account). We’ll simulcast that feed on Space.com’s homepage, courtesy of Slooh.

As the sun’s rays pass through Earth’s atmosphere, the light refracts. Blue light, which is visible during the daytime, gets scattered, and the red shades that accompany sunset and sunrise get cast into space. During the full moon phase, the lunar nearside is completely lit by the sun, because the moon passes over or under Earth’s shadow. But occasionally, the moon travels, partially or completely, through the planet’s copper-colored shadow, giving skywatchers a special treat. [Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse of  2019: A Complete Guide]

If weather, location or mobility concerns prevent you from watching the eclipse directly under a clear sky, don’t worry: Plenty of webcasts will broadcast the event.

The online telescope service Slooh will begin its coverageat 10:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. PST). “We stream it live so that people from around the world, no matter their geographical location, can witness this phenomenon together,” Slooh’s resident astronomer, Paige Godfrey, said in a press statement. (This webcast will also appear on Space.com’s homepage.)

Godfrey and Slooh astronomer Paul Cox, plus Slooh storyteller Helen Avery, will discuss the science and cultural impact of lunar eclipses during the webcast.

The Exploratorium in San Francisco will provide live lunar eclipse Facebook, and this broadcast, like Slooh’s, will begin at 10:30 p.m. EST (0330 GMT/7:30 p.m. PST) as the moon moves into the darker region of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra. “The Exploratorium will broadcast a telescope view of the moon live from Pier 15 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero,” museum representatives announced on the Exploratorium website. The museum will be closed during the broadcast.

The Virtual Telescope Project will work with astrophotographers watching the total lunar eclipse from the United States and Panama to deliver a live feed of the stunning event beginning at 10:30 p.m. EST (0330 GMT/7:30 p.m. PST). That project is a celestial-viewing service managed by Italian astronomer Gianluca Masi.

Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood, will also broadcast the event here, beginning when the moon rises on the West Coast, at about 8:10 p.m. EST (5:10 p.m. PST).

You can find a global map, interactive material and total lunar eclipse data on TimeandDate.com. The website will feature a livestream of its own, too. Check the Weather Channel app for another livestream, as well.

Editor’s note: If you snap an amazing photo of the January 2019 total lunar eclipse that you’d like to share with Space.com and our news partners for a possible story or image gallery, send comments and images in to: spacephotos@space.com.

Follow Doris Elin Salazar on Twitter@salazar_elin. Follow us @Spacedotcom and on Facebook. Original article on Space.com.

Here’s the Weather Forecast for the Super Blood Wolf Moon of 2019 Tonight!

Here’s the Weather Forecast for the Super Blood Wolf Moon of 2019 Tonight!

It’s time for the total lunar eclipse of 2019 and if you’re hoping to catch the amazing event, you better check your weather first. The National Weather Forecast for the lunar eclipse tonight (Jan. 20) is basically a coin toss for depending upon where you plan to be.

It appears that about half of the United States will have clear skies which will provide a good backdrop for observing tonight’s total lunar eclipse. For the rest of the nation, cloudiness will vary in degree from providing occasional views of the darkening moon to in other cases a complete shutout from viewing the sky show. Check out the weather map below to see what your conditions might be like. If bad weather prevents a live view, you can watch webcasts of the Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse online. One webcast from Slooh.com will be simulcast on Space.com beginning at 10:30 p.m. EST (0330 GMT).

The best views can be found over the Piedmont and the Southeast U.S. coast, including Florida and much of the Deep South, as well as central and eastern Texas and a slice of the central Great Plains, where mainly clear weather is anticipated. [Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse of 2019: Complete Guide]

In the Eastern U.S., a major winter storm will be spinning just off the New England coast. Widespread cloudiness associated with this system will cover much of central and northern New England, as well upstate New York and parts of the Great Ohio Valley and the eastern Great Lakes.

However, a slot of drier and clearing skies will be progressing through the heavily populated “Northeast Corridor,” giving viewers in Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Providence and Boston hope of getting a view of tonight’s free sky show through retreating clouds. [How to Photograph the Super Blood Wolf Moon!]

One drawback for eclipse watchers in the Middle Atlantic and Northeast States will be the blustery, bitter winds and extreme cold that will be settling in behind the New England storm. In many locations at eclipse time the ambient air temperatures will be falling rapidly through the teens and single digits, while wind chill/feels like temperatures, will be in the subzero range. This will make for a rather uncomfortable situation, even if the sky is clear. John Bortle, a well-known and highly respected celestial observer of comets and other sky objects is not looking forward to braving the frigid elements. He writes:

“The prevailing conditions will hardly be conducive to hanging around outside and observing. Each forecast I watch seems to anticipate a lower temperature figure! The latest temperature range for my area is running close to zero degrees. At anything close to that cameras cease to operate and so do observers my age. That, plus the wind here is forecast to gust at 35-45 mph! YUCK!”

Mr. Bortle adds: “The eclipse could prove an event far more memorable for the prevailing weather conditions than the eclipse itself.”

Out West, a series of storms from the Pacific, will produce a large swath of broken-to-overcast skies that will cover much of California, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains, Southwest Desert and the Northern and Central Great Plains, unfortunately denying a view of the eclipse for tens of millions of people.

To obtain the latest weather forecast, tailored specifically for your hometown, check this National Weather Service website: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/organization.php

You will find links to National Weather Service Forecast Offices across the United States, as well for Puerto Rico and American Samoa. Just locate your region and click on the weather office nearest to your location; you be able to get the latest weather outlook.

Where you plan to be, good luck and clear skies!

Editor’s note: If you snap an amazing photo of the January 2019 total lunar eclipse that you’d like to share with Space.com and our news partners for a possible story or image gallery, send comments and images in to: spacephotos@space.com.

Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmers’ Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for Verizon FiOS1 News in New York’s Lower Hudson ValleyFollow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook. Original article on Space.com.

Why does moon in total eclipse look red?

Why does moon in total eclipse look red?

If Earth didn’t have an atmosphere, the moon would be dark – perhaps even invisible – when entirely eclipsed within Earth’s shadow.

During a lunar eclipse, you’ll see the Earth’s shadow creeping across the moon’s face. The shadow will appear dark, like a bite taken out of a cookie, until the shadow completely covers the moon. Then, during the breathtaking time of totality, the shadow on the moon’s face often suddenly changes. Instead of dark, it appears red. Why?

The reason stems from the air we breathe. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth lies directly between the sun and the moon, causing the Earth to cast its shadow on the moon. If Earth didn’t have an atmosphere, then, when the moon was entirely within Earth’s shadow, the moon would would appear black, perhaps even invisible.

Thanks to Earth’s atmosphere, what actually happens is much more subtle and beautiful.

Earth’s atmosphere extends about 50 miles (80 km) above Earth’s surface. During a total lunar eclipse, when the moon is submerged in Earth’s shadow, there is a circular ring around Earth – the ring of our atmosphere – through which the sun’s rays pass.

Sunlight is composed of a range of frequencies. As sunlight passes through our atmosphere, the green to violet portion of the light spectrum is, essentially, filtered out. This same effect, by the way, is what makes our sky blue during the day. Meanwhile, the reddish portion of the spectrum is least affected.

What’s more, when this reddish light first entered the atmosphere, it was bent (refracted) toward the Earth’s surface. It’s bent again when it exits on the other side of Earth. This double bending sends the reddish light onto the moon during a total lunar eclipse.

Depending on the conditions of our atmosphere at the time of the eclipse (dust, humidity, temperature and so on can all make a difference), the surviving light will illuminate the moon with a color that ranges from copper-colored to deep red.

In December 1992, not long after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, there was so much dust in Earth’s atmosphere that the totally eclipsed moon could barely be seen.

Can anyone know in advance how red the moon will appear during a total lunar eclipse? Not precisely. Before an eclipse takes place, you’ll often hear people speculating about it. That uncertainty is part of the fun of eclipses, so enjoy! And watch for the red moon during a lunar eclipse.

Bottom line: The moon can look red during a total lunar eclipse because of sunlight that’s filtered and refracted by Earth’s atmosphere.

 

The Witches Current Moon Phase for January 21 is The Full Moon

The Witches Current Moon Phase for January 21

Full Moon
Illumination: 100%

The Moon today is in a Full Moon phase. During a Full Moon the moon is 100% illuminated as seen from Earth and is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. The Moon will be visible throughout the night sky rising at sunset in the east and setting with the sunrise the next morning. The point at which a Full Moon occurs can be measured down to a fraction of a second. The time it takes between full moons is known as a Synodic month and is 29.530587981 days long.

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Your Weekly Ogham Reading for Monday, January 21

Your Weekly Ogham Reading for Monday, January 21

 

Fearn-Alder

The third letter of the Ogham alphabet is Fearn it means alder-tree. Alder-bark has been used by many cultures to treat various health problems and disorders, everything from insect bites to tuberculosis. Alder is a very water resistant hardwood and is often used in foundations where water is present. The key points to remember with alder are confidence, shielding, guidance, and standing up to ones enemies. Just as water stands no chance against alder, your enemies are at a loss when you have the protection of the alder.

Fortune – Drawing this Ogham is a sign to remain true to yourself and resist all temptation!

 

 

Huathe-Hawthorn

The Celts often believed the hawthorn to be a portal to the Otherworld. The hawthorn is a hardy plant commonly used for hedges and great firewood. It can even be an invasive species at times. The key points to remember with the letter Huathe are obstacles, walls, and obstructions. Its ability to form a natural wall gives the diviner an idea in what this symbol can mean to them and their lives.

Fortune – To overcome obstacles and walls you must make a personal sacrifice, to gain we must lose something of ourselves!

 

 

Ura-Heather

The beauty of heather flowers is one reason it is associated with the Irish Goddess of love, fertility, and new growth. Be happy when you draw this letter because it denotes love, companionship, and passion. Whether it will be a new love or an old love rekindled, Ura is a powerful symbol and one that may bring great luck in your love life.

Fortune – This Ogham deals in matters of Love. Whether it is new love or rekindling of old love, enjoy the peace and love that comes with Ura!

 

Your Daily Rune for January 21 is Mannaz

Your Daily Rune for

Mannaz

“Man-az” – Literally: “Mankind”

Esoteric: Humankind, awareness

Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.

Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence

Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time

Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)

Divinations: Divine structure, sustainability, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.

Governs:

Self-Actualization
Realization of the divine structure in humankind
Increase in intelligence, memory and mental powers (passing tests)
Unlocking the third-eye hvel, the “mind’s eye”
Activating the dynamics of your own inner Christus, or Higher Self
Awareness of our roles as co-creator with the gods and nature
Mental and spiritual potential’