This moon will be at it's closest @ 19.08 UK time, on Tuesday April 7th (reaching 357,035 km distance from Earth at its Apogee),and coming only 8.5 hours before the moon reaches lunar perigee (see note below), it's the second of three Supermoons this year and it will be the closest and brightest Supermoon of 2020 (sources:Earthsky.org and timeanddate.com).
A Supermoon is when the moon appears larger in the sky because it is reaches the closest proximity to Earth (known as the perigee*) coinciding with the New Moon or Full Moon. Since the New Moon is only a sliver to the naked eye, the Full Moon Supermoons are much more of a visual treat, when the moon may appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than on any other Full Moon occasion. Although it may not seem all that noticeable to us and of course it will depend on good clear viewing conditions; however due to an optical illusion, it will always look bigger and more luminous when closer to the horizon.
*The moon orbits around the Earth in an ellipse which takes just over 29 days, meaning that it reaches points in the year when it is at its closest (perigee, when it is about 363,000 km away) and furthest (apogee, when it is about 405,500 KM) from our planet. Those old enough might be reminded of Bed Knobs and Broomsticks when Angela Lansbury mentions the perigee and apogee in one of her invocations!
This full moon fixes the date for Easter, as Easter Sunday is always immediately after the first full moon following the Equinox (Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere). So Easter Sunday will be 12th April. This year, that moon appears on Thursday 8th April, which means Easter Sunday falls four days later, on Sunday April 12th. So that makes this Full Moon the Paschal Moon.
The Celts had names for each Full Moon of the year, this is the Alder Moon. At this time of year the Alder is prominent and flourishing on the river banks, with its roots dipping in the water, offering itself up as a magical bridge between heaven and earth. Known as Fearn (pronounced Faerin) it is associated with Faerie Magic; an ideal time for spiritual decision-making relating to divination and prophesy, as well as for honing our intuitive skills. Alder twigs and flowers are well known charms in Faerie Lore, with Alder shoots being used to make whistles and flutes to commune with the air elementals. More about this at thoughtco.com and Celtic Weirdness website which seem to show the same basic information. I'm not sure which one is the original source (if either).
Similarly, Native American tribes named each moon to keep track of the months and seasons. There isn't a standardised system however, as some tribes took a year to be 12 moon cycles, whilst others went with 13 moon cycles. Similarly some tribes worked with five seasons per year whereas others went with four. According to telegraph.co.uk, April's full moon is known as the Pink Moon, but don't be fooled into thinking it will turn pink. It's actually named after pink wildflowers (generally phlox), which appear in North America in early spring. In 2020, the Pink Moon will also be the second full supermoon Full Moon of the year and always appears during the same month as the Lyrid meteor shower.
It is also known as the Egg Moon, due to spring egg-laying season. Some coastal tribes referred to it as Fish Moon because it appeared at the same time as the shad swimming upstream.
Anyway, whatever the weather conditions, it's a fantastic excuse to get people of all ages outside in the fresh air and re-connecting with nature. Something our modern lifestyles and obsession with technology can distract us from doing ...
Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) and the New moon (good for starting new projects) is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives.
Joanna's Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. For a reminder of Joanna's Harmony Healing events, some of which may be available as virtual courses, see this recent Harmony Healing Summer Update. Some downloadable healing meditations have been prepared for use during and after lockdown. On 22nd April 2020, there's also an Equilibium Attunement (this linked page also explains what to expect from an attunement) available for £44.44.
Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. I don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.
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