Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Guff on Supermoons

Her Only Friend the Moon by Alexander Jansson

Hi Everyone, The 'supermoon' has been getting a lot of attention this week, and since the influence of the Full Moon in Taurus is still HOT, I thought I would share a post from my site - Thoughts on Supermoons.

'Suppermoons" ... here's the guff.

Hang on. I should say, here's my guff. I don't expect everyone to agree.

There are people who swear by 'supermoons', saying the moon is larger at these times, and yeah, it looks larger, by about 14%. But heads up. It hasn't really changed size.

The appearance changes because the moon has cycles of perigee -- when it's closer to earth. (if you can call 357,000 km close).  The perigee happens 2-3 times every 14 months.

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Social Media gets all excited about it, claiming there is stronger astro effect raining moonbeams down on our heads. Like, get out the garlic and the holy water or something.

Me? I don’t give ‘supermoons’ a thought, basically because it's the New or Full Moon that matters astrologically (the lunations as we call them), not the proximity of the moon to earth via the ecliptic. 

I guess you could argue that because it looks bigger, it does more, but then there’s Pluto, you know? 4.28 billion km from New LA.  Not super close … but super powerful. A Pluto transit trumps a lunar one, super or otherwise, by about a million.

What a 'Supermoon' does is generate hype that doesn’t amount to any actual astrology IMHO - but that could be my North Node in Capricorn talking.

Still, it’s not grounded in ancient astrology, or astronomy, the wisdom passed down for thousands of years. It's a 'pre-new age term that popped up in the late 1970s, an easier handle for the scientific 'perigee-syzygy' (try saying that three times in a row).

It's more meaningful to look at what degree the new or full moon is in, and the sign. ie where's this mojo landing in your chart? 

The most recent SM was on the 14th of November, at 22 Taurus and will have it's 'sway' until the New Moon in Sagittarius at the end of the month. 

Thoughts? I'd love to hear your take. 

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Helen Lowe said...

So you're saying there's nothing astrologically significant at all about the supermoon, ie from now until that new moon in Sagittarius at the end of the month?

Or did I misunderstand?

In terms of supermoon excitement it's been too cloudy for me to see it, which has been a bit of a fizz.

Kim Falconer said...

Yes, Helen, that's the point. 'Supermoon' is a term coined in the 1970s for lunar 'perigee-syzygy', the closest position of the Moon to earth during the New or Full phase.

It doesn't influence the astrological significance of a full moon, which, astrologically, is 'in play' until the following new moon resets the cycle.

I think that's the point. People get excited about the supermoon, the perigee-syzygy, but it doesn't add to or diminish any astrological correlation. Hence, 'new age hype'.

Hopefully I don't cope any rotten tomatoes for saying so!

Thanks for dropping in. :)