Discover the Spiritual Meaning and Interpretation of a ‘Blood Moon’

Written by Alanna Davis
Published: October 18, 2023
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The term “blood moon” sounds foreboding and maybe a little ominous, but that’s far from its intended meaning. Although certain people think it is a bad omen, others take advantage of the powerful energy that this moon offers. Blood moons are rare. That being said, it’s important to use this period of time wisely and set your intentions before it occurs. Today, we dive into the spiritual meaning of a blood moon and discuss how you can make the most of the potent and transformative power it offers.

What is a Blood Moon?

Some cultures believed a blood moon symbolized impending doom. Others thought it a cry for help.

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Most people are used to seeing the Moon shine pure white during the nighttime. Because of this, seeing a red moon can be a disturbing sight for many. A “blood moon” is an informal term for a total lunar eclipse. At some points during its orbit, the Earth passes directly between the Sun and the Moon. While this is happening, the light from the Sun that typically illuminates the Moon is blocked by the Earth. The shadow it casts gives the Moon a reddish tone, which is where the nickname blood moon comes from.

Sometimes, years can pass without a blood moon taking place, making the phenomenon far from a common occurrence. Luckily, these special occasions are usually discussed in the media prior to their arrival, so you’ll probably have time to prepare if you want to observe one. The last blood moon was visible in November of 2022, and we won’t get a chance to see another one until March of 2025.

Spiritual Meaning and Interpretation

While some people believe that a blood moon is a warning that trouble is coming, others believe this is a period of evolution and self-discovery. In essence, the spiritual meaning of the blood moon is a period of rebirth. Too often, humans are reluctant to confront negative emotions that have been welling up inside themselves. This Moon provides you an opportunity to dive into these aspects of yourself. It allows you to grapple with any potential feelings of anger, envy, despair, and sorrow.

Shining a light on the darkness allows you to face it, overcome it, and transform yourself during the process. Harboring these negative feelings is a common human experience and exploring your “dark side” is a worthwhile endeavor. While most people choose to ignore these feelings, you can consciously choose to let go of them and become free.

How Can We Make the Most of a Blood Moon?

Some people report that the blood moon heightens their sensitivity and makes them more emotional.

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It’s important to take stock of your life before a blood moon happens. Try to ask yourself deep and hard-hitting questions to get to the root of your problems. Are you happy and fulfilled with your circumstances? Have you been holding on to grudges? Is there any way you can improve and become an even better version of yourself? Have you been participating in bad habits and holding on to toxic relationships that are better off being let go? Deep down, you may realize that some of the choices you’ve been making are detrimental to your growth and well-being. Take some time to think about the answers to these questions. This will help you determine if you’re really living up to your fullest potential. If you find that you’ve been indulging in a less-than-ideal lifestyle, this is the opportunity to rise up and make a change.

One way to begin the process of transmuting your negative energy into positive changes is through meditation. Quieting yourself down and taking an opportunity to disconnect from the rat race will give you insight into what really matters in your life. Researchers at UC Davis have found that meditation comes with many benefits, some of which are reduced feelings of anxiety and stress, more willpower and motivation, and an increased sense of empathy for others.

Final Thoughts

Although blood moons only happen every few years, these occasions are not the only times you’re able to begin doing some shadow work. What matters most is taking time to self-reflect and set goals for the future.

The powerful transformative power that blood moons have can certainly help you achieve your desires, but it doesn’t mean you can’t start making positive changes any other day of the year. Simply let the blood moon serve as a reminder that you’re capable of alchemizing your negatives into positives whenever you’re ready.

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