As many American Pagans were aware, we had ourselves a Blood Moon on night of April 14th/15th. If you are unfamiliar with the term “Blood Moon”, it’s just a bit of poetry the media’s been using to describe a total eclipse of the moon. Often times in these eclipses, the moon does not go completely dark while it is inside Earth’s shadow, but instead turns a shade of copper-red. Scientists have been busy over the past couple weeks explaining that this color is essentially all the simultaneous sunsets and sunrises on Earth at the time of the eclipse. Sunlight entering the earth’s atmosphere and scatters. Short wavelengths–the blues and violets–get a bit more diverted from their original course by the air molecules, but the longer wavelengths–reds, oranges, and yellows–stay more on course. More of them reach the moon around Earth’s edges and are bounced back to us, thus resulting in the red color. The exact color varies between very dark–almost invisible disc–to a very bright orange eclipse. Scientists rank this color variation between 0 and 4 as described by the Danjon scale. Our most recent one was about a 3.
Out here in the Pacific Northwest, we had too much cloud cover to view the eclipse itself (So disappointing! The sky was completely clear up until about 8 pm!), but Hartwood Grove celebrated its energies any way. We decided to use the special esbat to do magical work to help us “work through the energies that would otherwise block us” and to draw positive energy to us after we work through this block.
To this end, we all crafted honey pot spells for different purposes. Mine was to help influence my employment prospects. Others used their pots to sweeten various relationships, smooth bumpy property transactions, etc. After we made our honey pots, we diverted from our typical ‘serious ritual’ format and jumped into S.’s hot tub, where we cast circle, chanted, charged up our honey pots, enjoyed some fellowship, and moon-gazed through the branches of her cedar trees until the clouds swallowed up the moon just as the eclipse was beginning.
If you missed the eclipse, do not fear. It was the start of a lunar tetrad: four total eclipses in a close row with no partial eclipses between them. According to NASA, the next Blood Moon is due on October 8, followed by April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.