January 2018’s Full Blue Moon is on Wednesday, January 31st at 8:27 AM EST; this Full Moon ends the cycle that started on August 21st 2017 with the New Moon in Leo. If you remember that New Moon was a solar eclipse, hence this Moon is a lunar eclipse. The Moon moves into Leo at 1:53 PM on Tuesday, January 30th, and exits Leo at 5:59 AM on Thursday, February 1st. This information is also detailed in my January 2018 Cosmic Concerns post and as in list below. January’s second Full Moon is a Blue Moon, an eclipse, and a Supermoon, all which will provide an extra dose of energy to your magick.
Some people are referring to this Full Moon as a Blood Moon, but this is a bit misleading. Some people call any Moon with red hue a Blood Moon, which is going to be the case with any lunar eclipse; however, Blood Moon is the name of October’s Moon. For clarity, I don’t use the two terms interchangeably, but some do. You will find a lot of people kind of freaking out about this Full Moon, but there’s no need. There’s extra energy, yes, but these events (solar and lunar eclipses) happen every year, and are not the huge deal that some people are making them out to be.
January 2018 Full Blue Moon Timing
- January 30th, Tuesday: Moon void-of-course 11:40 AM, enters Leo 1:53 PM
- January 31st, Wednesday: Full Moon at 8:27 AM
- February 1st, Thursday: Moon void-of-course 5:59 AM, enters Virgo 2:13 PM
I recommend doing your Full Moon ritual on the evening of January 31st; shortly after 8:27 AM is ideal, but any time during the day is fine. You can also do your ritual any time on January 30th after 1:53 PM as well. Regardless, to charge items, they should sit out on the night of the 30th.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to Full Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.
About a Full Blue Moon
Since January already had a Full Moon on the 1st, the January 31st Full Moon is a Blue Moon. The energy of a Blue Moon combines with the energy of that’s month Full Moon – in January’s case the Cold Moon. A Blue Moon happens when a month has a second Full Moon, something that happens roughly every 30 months. What’s interesting about this year is that we will have two Blue Moons, of which this is the first. The expression “once in a Blue Moon” indicates rarity, and the second Blue Moon of 2018 really will be unusual!
For the January 31st Full Moon, think of it as a second chance at the January 1st Full Moon, but with a twist. This Moon is closer to Imbolc, the pagan festival of rebirth, than the previous January Full Moon (which was closer to Yule). The message of the January Full Moon is that we are in the heart of winter and must survive. However, this Blue Moon indicates that our time of patience and hibernation is almost at an end. Soon, we will be born again into the Spring.
Full Moon in Leo
Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac, a Fixed sign, and a Fire sign that ruled by the Sun. Leo is the boss of the zodiac, a sign that gets things done, pushing them forward to completion. The steady energy of a Fixed sign contributes largely to this, just as the Sun gives Leo a warm, joyous, and radiant personality. A Leo is a natural leader, pairing their trademark egotism with a big dash of charm. Like all Fixed signs, these charmers are set in their ways, but a Leo is right so often there’s no use in arguing with them anyway.
Back in July 2017 at the New Moon in Leo I suggested focusing your intentions for this lunar cycle on completing a project that was already in progress. The Leo influence on this Full Moon, coupled with the aspects of a Blue Full Supermoon with a Lunar Eclipse kicker, makes this a great time to light a fire under yourself to turning those Resolutions/goals into action. Consider looking at your resolutions/intentions and listing actionably steps toward achieving them, including things that would have to happen for you to reach your goal. These may not be things that you have control over, but list the steps anyway.
For a Leo Full Moon I recommend working with Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Garnet, Jasper, Labradorite, Sunstone, or Tiger’s Eye. Sunstone and Citrine are the most highly recommended since they are associated with the Sun, which rules Leo. They can be used in crystal grids, charm bags, or charged to be used as pocket rocks. You can also use them for spell work or add their information to your Grimoire.
There are a number of Gods and Goddesses associated with Leo; for this Full Moon you can choose one that you find interesting and add them to your Grimoire. Suggested God/desses include: Amaterasu, Bast, Brigid, Freya, Helios, Ra, or Sekhmet. You can also add information about a Full Blue Moon or Full Moon in Leo to your Grimoire.
Cinnamon, Honeysuckle, Lavender, and Sandalwood correspond to Leo with Cinnamon and Lavender working particularly well for the January Full Blue Moon. They can be burned as candles, essential oil in a diffuser, or incense. You can also use a bundle of dried lavender to smoke cleanse a space.
For this Leo New Year’s Full Moon, I suggest trying the Fire Seed Ritual in Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes, and Lore for Brigid’s Day by Carl F. Neal (pg. 139). The link goes to the section Google Books, though you may have to scroll up; though the first few pages are missing, the bulk of the ritual is intact. This ritual is perfect for a Leo Full Moon just a few days before Imbolc aka Brigid’s Day. If you’re looking to add an Imbolc flavor to this Full Moon, I have posted a simple Brigid Blessing Candle Spell here.
Leo is associated with the Sun and Strength cards in the tarot deck. You can add these cards to your Grimoire or you could do a tarot reading with one of them as a guide.
- The Sun is a card of success and positivity, use the Sun as a guide card and ask what areas of your life will generate positivity and success during the Leo Moon cycle, then pull a number of cards and reflect on them. This spread is useful if you’re ready to accentuate the positive.
- Strength is a card of courage and patience, for this card you should be patient with this year or what your strengths will be during this Leo Moon cycle. This spread is useful if you’re struggling and want advice on how to endure and overcome.
Chamomile is associated with Leo, and it works well for a January Full Moon. If you’re relaxing with your Book of Shadows or writing a gratitude list, having a cup of tea while you do so will add an extra seasonal boost.
This is a new section for the new year, a collection of online resources that relate to a Full Moon in Leo.
Full Moon in Leo Infographic on Witchy Words – This is a beautiful infographic worth adding to your Grimoire or Book of Shadows.
The Leo cycle that started in July 2017 has closed, take what you can from it, and move forward with what you have learned. Blessed be, friends!
“Full Moon Names” on The Farmer’s Almanac
“Full Moon for January 2018” on The Farmer’s Almanac
“Leo” on Astrology.com
“Leo” in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences
Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2018
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