Most of us have been taught that a Blue Moon is the second full moon of the month. But you know, you learn something new everyday. According to a 1943 issue of Sky & Telescope, there are usually 12 full moons in a year, or three full moons for each season. However, occasionally a year will have thirteen full moons. This means that one of the four seasons will contain four full moons instead of three.
In ancient times, this gave rise to a lot of difficulty in creating calendars, and calculating when exactly the Blue Moon would occur, and so gave rise to the expression, “Once in a Blue Moon”. Monks, especially found these thirteen moons to be a real headache, because it threw the church festivals out of whack. For this reason, to this day, the number thirteen is seen as being unlucky.
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Barbara-Lynn Freed has over twenty years experience in Shamanism and teaches a 3 year Shamanic apprenticeship called Resurrecting the Old Ways: Walking the Land & Honoring the Spirits in Right Relationship. To find out more about this program and how to sign-up visit her website.