A Blood Moon occurs during a full lunar eclipse. The eclipse makes the Moon appear red, earning it the name Blood Moon. And while the current definition is a red Moon that comes from a full lunar eclipse, historically a Blood Moon only occurred with four consecutive lunar eclipses separated by six lunar months each. Discover the spiritual meanings behind a Blood Moon.
Blood Moon and Lunar Tetrads
Historically, a Blood Moon occurred during a series of four full lunar eclipses separated by six lunar months each. The most recent of this type of Blood Moon occurred from April, 2014 to September, 2015 and won't recur until April, 2032. This is also referred to as a lunar tetrad, and there are eight lunar tetrads that will occur in the century between 2001 and 2100. Lunar tetrads in this century include:
Christian Blood Moon Prophecy
Some Christian ministers in 2014 preached the Blood Moon was the start of an apocalyptic prophecy signaling the beginning of End Times. According to the prophecy, when the four Blood Moons in the lunar tetrad correspond with Jewish holidays as it did between April 2014 and September 2015, it signals humanity's entry into End Times. The preachers that promoted this prophecy based their teachings on Bible passages they interpreted to support it.
- Joel 2:31: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. (KJV)
- Acts 2:20-22: The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. (NIV)
- Revelation 6:12: I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red. (NIV)
How Blood Moon Meaning Has Morphed
With high-profile Christian preachers focusing on the prophecy of the Blood Moon in 2014 and the rapid-fire nature of information spread across the internet, the prophecy quickly reached a wide audience. What resulted was the idea that every full lunar eclipse was a Blood Moon, indicating that humanity has entered the era of the apocalypse in which the end of the world is near. In general, total lunar eclipses occur every two to three years.
Significance of the Blood Moon in Astrology
In astrology, the Moon is treated as a planet with its own set of meanings. The Moon is about shifting emotions, while eclipses signal beginnings, endings, and the need to do shadow work. Therefore, the Blood Moon astrologically signals the opportunity for an emotional reset and a deeper dive into your emotional shadows. It can also signal the beginning of a period of emotional cleansing, letting go of emotional baggage, and the start of emotional, and spiritual growth.
Super Wolf Blood Moon Meaning
A Super Wolf Blood Moon occurred in January, 2019. A Wolf Moon is the first full moon in January each year. A Super Moon occurs when the Moon is full and closest to the Earth, thus appearing extra-large in the night sky. Therefore, the Super Wolf Blood Moon occurs when the first full Moon in January is closest to the Earth and in full eclipse. As you might imagine, it is rare that all of these factors align into one event. Like other Blood Moons, the Super Wolf Blood Moon signalled the opportunity for completion of unfinished business and the beginning of a new phase of spiritual or emotional growth arising from the uncovering of personal shadows.
Why the Blood Moon Is Red
Blood Moons appear red during an eclipse because of an effect known as Rayleigh scattering in which particles of light or electromagnetic radiation are smaller than the radiation's wavelength. This is the same phenomena that creates the red colors in a sunset or makes the sky appear blue.
What Does a Blood Moon Mean?
While it may seem that there's a big disconnect between Christian prophecy and the astrological significance of a Blood Moon, in fact they are more similar than you might imagine. Religious prophecy often interprets times of great change and new beginnings as apocalyptic. However, if you look at the Tower card or Death card in the tarot along with other forms of symbolic imagery, such as dream symbolism, the concept of the apocalypse don't necessarily signal the literal end of the world, but rather the ending of one way of being or cycle and the beginning of something new.