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Super Blue Moon Eclipse in Vedic Astrology


The New Year begins with a Full Moon on January 1st, and is called a “Super Moon” because of its proximity to the earth.

And then the month ends with a lunar eclipse AND a second Full Moon on January 31st!

When a second full moon occurs in calendar month, it is called a “Blue Moon.” A Blue Moon only happens every 2 ½ to 3 years – a long time. That is where we get the old expression: “I haven’t seen you in a Blue Moon.”

Of course the Moon actually does not look blue (unless you have been chugging 901 Blue Cocktails made with silver Tequila and blue curacao or live near a volcano that emitted particles that scattered the red light).

The term comes from when there occurred an “extra” full moon in the Lenten calendar and thereby caused an extended time of fasting. It was a “betraying moon” or “belewe” (translated as betrayer) that betrayed the fasters. So the extra moon in a month also received the name of a “belewe” moon which was later sounded as “blue.”

There is really no astrological significance for a “Super Moon” (an astronomical occurrence) and a “Blue Moon” (a calendar occurrence), yet the Full Moon has a significant meaning for yoga practitioners, and a lunar eclipse (blue or not) is especially powerful.

Here is how the Full Moon affects your practice of yoga, and what to do on this month’s Lunar Eclipse!

The energy of the full moon brings energy and heightened emotions. Psychologists and sociologists have observed there is typically an increase in births, accidents, crimes, emotional outbursts, shopping, eating, sexual activity and healing crises with the full moon.

You may have noticed that yoga classes are always fuller at the time of the Full Moon as people come to balance their emotions and energy at this time of the month.

Scientists say that the pressure in the brain increases by a very small amount – about the weight of a mosquito – but this amount has an effect on our thought processes.

In yoga, the energy of the full moon is often likened to the end of inhalation when the force of prana (vital life force energy) is the greatest. The day of the full moon is considered to be auspicious to accomplish significant activities. The luminous brightness of the moon represents prosperity, abundance, and healing energy.

Paradoxically, the time of the high energy Full Moon is actually optimal for a day of rest, fasting, and cleansing and not vigorous physical activity.

What this means for a yoga practitioner is that this day is optimal for the practices of meditation, pranayama, mantra and all healing forms of yoga.  It is a perfect time to connect with your higher self.

In general, the feminine and softer side of our yoga practice should show on this day for everyone, and for women who are having their personal “moon day” during the Full Moon, it is an ideal time for a Restorative practice.

Regardless of what you choose to do on the day of the Full Moon, choose with awareness.  A centering yoga or spiritual practice can help you integrate and balance the energies of this powerful day to accelerate your healing and transformation.


The Lunar eclipse this month takes away the light of the Full Moon to create temporary darkness. From this darkness, we are able to discern a new light as the eclipse passes. We have the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on our emotional state (Moon).

The energies this day are full of psychic impressions and are not conducive for making big decisions or taking new actions. Instead, it is a time to be meditative, reflective, and work on being centered and avoiding emotional dramas. Often old fears arise, as well as issues around the mother.

On the 31st especially it is important to not be overwhelmed by unfounded fears or phobic energies around us. The Moon this day is in its own Vedic sign of Cancer and in the nakshatra of Ashlesha, the sign of the serpent or kundalini. On this day turn your emotions from commotion to devotion and you can set the energies powerfully for the month ahead.