If you follow taoStyle with any regularity, you already know I am a dedicated star (and moon) gazer, and this week a rare celestial event will grace our skies here in Taos.
Because its visible cycles mirrored the menstrual cycles of woman, the moon has long been held Sacred to the Triple Goddess. Her three incarnations of maiden, mother, and crone were closely connected with the lunar phases of new, full, and old, or dark moon. Robert Graves wrote an entire book about this. The White Goddess weaves the threads connecting all Western Mythology and true poetry, into a verbal tapestry, in the likeness of the Triple Lunar Goddess
Perhaps this recent string of eclipses culminating in this powerful moon, are also closely aligned to the Feminine Rising in our Collective Consciousness at this moment in space and time.
During the early hours of Wednesday Jan 31, there will be a full moon, a total lunar eclipse, a blue moon and a supermoon all at once. The trifecta will be visible mostly from the western hemisphere.
The last time these three elements combined, was in 1866, curiously the year in which The Civil Rights Act of 1866, was enacted on April 9. It was the first United States federal law to define citizenship, affirming that all citizens are equally protected by law.
A blue moon and lunar eclipse, (with the moon being at its closest point to Earth, at perigee and about 14% brighter than usual), along with the moment when the moon, in the Earth’s shadow, takes on a reddish tint, will result in what is being called a Super Blue Blood Moon.
Fellow dedicated stargazers here in the States will be able to see the eclipse before sunrise according to Nasa. For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the event will be visible during moonrise on the morning of the same date in those time zones. January 31.
Good news for us here in Taos, the viewing will be best in the West, according to Nasa, so set your alarms and get outside to take a look!
Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will also have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish. Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging on the East Coast.
The eclipse begins at 5.51am ET, as the moon is about to set in the Western sky, and the Sun rises in the East. It is expected to last about an hour and fifteen minutes. If for some reason, you are unable to watch in person, it will be streamed live online by the Telescope Project, linked below this post. Nasa’s site also streams these events.
Black and White Moon shots by Bill Curry
Blood Moon stock files