Super moon
Western Astrology

Super Moons and Black Moons -- Explained!

by Stefanie Weiss January 29, 2014 12:55 AM EST
Super Moons and Black Moons -- Explained! Getty Images
Do you keep hearing that we're about to experience a Super Moon on January 30? And how about the ubiquitous posts about the Black Moon that have gone viral lately? Secretly you have no clue what they mean -- you just sense that its big news. (Don't feel bad -- your friends probably dont know either.)

Let's break it down, starting with the mysterious, yet seemingly ever-present Super Moon. One thing about the term Super Moon is that it was created by an astrologer -- but its now in wide use by astronomers. Score one for astrology!

Richard Nolle came up with the term "Super Moon" 30 years ago, but its really taken off in the last few years. It basically describes a new or full Moon that happens at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in its orbit. This is also called a syzgy in astronomy. Even simpler: this is when the Moon looks HUGE. You can only see it when the Moon is full, however, not during the new Moon because its dark and nearly invisible. There are four to six Super Moons per year. In 2014, we will have five in total.


Share a free sample Friends and Lovers. Are you two best friends and lovers? Try a free sample of this powerful reading today!

Super Moons are thought to bring powerful tidal forces, possible flooding, strong storms, volcanic eruption, and seismic activity. From an astrological perspective, these forces affect not just the earth, but also our bodies and minds making us emotional, agitated, and disposed to a bit of hysteria on or near Super Moons. We too are prone to eruption. Normal new and full Moons are intense, but Super Moons are really, REALLY intense. Demythologizing the Black Moon, Wiccans believe that any time we have two new Moons in one calendar month, we are experiencing what they call the Black Moon. This is analogous to the Blue Moon that gave us the phrase once in a blue Moon (referring to two full Moons in one month).

However, this really has nothing to do with astrology. Its really taken off because in 2014, there are two new Moons in January, so there is a veritable Black Moon sensation. If you're interested in making magic, Wiccans believe that spells on Black Moons are especially powerful. Watch for the first Black Moon of 2014 arriving on January 30, which also happens to be the Chinese New Year: The Year of the Horse.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that astrologers use a point called Black Moon Lilith, which is a midpoint in ones natal chart. Its the apogee of the Moons orbit the point where its furthest from the Earth. This deep, complex part of your chart describes your relationship to creativity, sexuality, magic, potency and the occult. Its understandably confusing because the Wiccan Black Moon, the time of supposed powerful magic-making, has similar qualities to this chart point.

Now that you (hopefully) understand the difference between Super Moons, Black Moons and the Black Moon Lilith in your chart, go forth and share this with your friends!
 
Find your path to fulfillment with a Free Psychic Reading. Call 1-800-749-5790 right now!
 
Can't get enough astrology? Icon fb Like us on Facebook!
 
you may also be interested in...
Will "Hercules" Be a Smash Hit for the Rock?
Is Mila Kunis Really Quitting Acting?
Bey and Jay: Trouble in Paradise?
Happy Birthday, Prince George!
New Moon in Leo: Horoscopes for July 21-27
Jupiter in Leo: Get Your Jolly On!
Saturn and Mars in Scorpio this Summer: Healing and Transforming Our Sexuality
Michelle Rodriguez & Zac Efron: Could It Be?
Eva & Ryan: Will They Tie the Knot?
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello: TLF?
related articles
Rockstar Treatment as Jupiter Enters Leo!
Rockstar Treatment as Jupiter Enters Leo!

"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." -- Khalil Gibran On July 16, when the... read more »

 
Capricorn Full Moon: Integrity and Structure -- or Else!
Capricorn Full Moon: Integrity and Structure -- or Else!

"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not." -- Oprah... read more »

 
Mercury Direct in Gemini: Speedy Communication Returns!
Mercury Direct in Gemini: Speedy Communication Returns!

Since June 7, we’ve been in the muddy slog of the retrograde, retracing our steps and dealing with an enforced slowdown. If... read more »

 
New astro forecast horse 300x250

featured bloggers

Rebecca Roman

Rebecca Roman
Born a Gemini with a Sagittarius Rising, Rebecca has a never-ending supply of energy and is constantly on the search for new and exciting experiences. She is the youngest of six girls in her family and, throughout the years, astrology... read more

Astrology.com videos
3688534036001
3688546748001
3688546747001
3688546759001
3688546759001
3688570197001
3688546763001
3688575855001
3688547342001
3688547357001
3688570225001
3688575867001
3688567293001
ast:div-chinese:vid:asdhlovescope
 
today's cosmic calendar
Today's Planetary Forecast

With tomorrow offering up the next New Moon -- occurring at 4 degrees of Leo -- all of today and a good portion of... read more »

the stars this week!
The Stars This Week

Opportunities! This week brings a host of lucky breaks, although they do arrive in the midst of plenty of exciting... read more »