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What Is a Blue Moon?

While it would be cool to see a moon that’s the same color as the ocean, a blue moon isn’t actually blue. The term “blue moon” refers to the second full moon that occurs in the same month. This is also sometimes called a monthly blue moon, because if there are four blue moons in a season, then the fourth is referred to as a seasonal blue moon. This year, there will be a monthly blue moon on Halloween night. While Halloween is commonly associated with the moon, this spooky occurrence is more rare and powerful than you might think. Read on to learn more about this unique astrological phenomenon and what it means for your sign!

How Often Does a Blue Moon Occur?

Ever heard the phrase, “once in a blue moon?” It’s used to refer to something that happens infrequently. And in fact, a blue moon is actually quite rare! A blue moon usually only happens once every two to three years. But a blue moon on Halloween night is even more rare – it only happens once every 18 or 19 years.

Why Is the October 2020 Blue Moon Special?

The October 2020 blue moon is notable because it occurs on Halloween night. Talk about spooky! While Halloween is commonly associated with creepy creatures and moonlight, the last time there was a blue moon on Halloween was actually in 2001. However, for the United States, the 2001 Halloween blue moon only occurred in the central and western time zones. The last time there was a blue moon on Halloween in all time zones of the continental United States was all the way back in 1944!

When Is the Next Blue Moon?

The upcoming blue moon will take place on October 31, 2020 – aka Halloween night. The next seasonal blue moon – otherwise known as the fourth blue moon in a season – will take place on August 22, 2021. The next monthly blue moon won’t happen until August 30, 2023. And if you’re wondering when you’ll get to experience some extra-spooky treat-or-treating, Farmer’s Almanac reports that there won’t be another blue moon on Halloween night until 2039!

What Does the Blue Moon Mean in Astrology?

Astrologically speaking, a blue moon on Halloween is a significant occurrence that brings a powerful energy to the spookiest night of the year. Because it’s the second full moon of the month, a blue moon is often associated with second chances. Amplifying the energies further, October 2020’s blue moon is also a Hunter’s Moon – the name given to the full moon that follows the Harvest Moon, which already occurred this year on October 1st. This combination of energies suggests that now is a good time to channel our hunter ancestors and actively seek out what you need for the coming months – including anything you may have forgotten about or that didn’t come to completion earlier in the month. If you’re feeling stuck, there’s no need to worry, because you’re going to get a little extra help! This blue moon resides in Taurus, whose grounding and determined energy can help give you the push you need to see your goals through to completion.

As if the energy of the blue moon and the hunter’s moon weren’t enough, the energy of Halloween itself is also at play. In many spiritual traditions across the world, this night of the year is thought to be when the veil between the living world and the spiritual world is at its thinnest. Therefore, the energy of Halloween itself can be chaotic and unpredictable, full of unknowable and unseeable forces. While the blue moon in Taurus may provide some grounding energy to help balance out the intensity of Halloween night, don’t be surprised if you feel a strong desire to explore the unknown during this time.

What Does Halloween’s Blue Moon Mean for Your Sign?

Should you plan something special? Stay home and ride it out until morning? Each sign is unique, and the blue moon this Halloween is likely to affect each sign differently. Read on to learn what this rare astrological phenomenon means for your sign and how to get the most out of the 2020 Halloween blue moon!

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

You may be tempted to use up huge amounts of energy, Aries, but making the effort to slow things down will be well worth it. Staying grounded and proceeding with unhurried pace will help you avoid any post-Halloween regrets – for your wallet and your love life!

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

This Halloween’s blue moon is yours, Taurus, and it’s going to be powerful! Let yourself be the center of the attention for once – you might even want to plan a virtual get-together to celebrate the holiday with your friends. This is also a great time to think about what you want and who you truly are, so don’t be afraid of a little introspection.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Between the blue moon and your ruling planet of Mercury in retrograde, you may be feeling a little less social than usual, Gemini. That’s okay! Take some time to yourself and think about what you really want out of life. You may be blessed with a few insights this Halloween – allow them to help you course correct your current life trajectory!

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

The energy of this blue moon will have you breaking out of your shell and longing to connect with others. It may be a good idea to plan a virtual get together with your friends. The sense of community and connection is sure to boost your spirits!

Leo (July 23 - August 22)

This is a great time to focus on your career, Leo. Ask for that pay raise, learn a new skill, or volunteer to lead a new project. Most importantly, realize that you’re great at what you do – so don’t let imposter syndrome play tricks on you this Halloween!

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

The blue moon in your fellow earth sign Taurus will inspire you to add some excitement to your life, Virgo. Watch a scary movie this Halloween or try out a spicy new recipe at home! Your sensual side will thank you.

Libra (September 23 - October 22)

This Halloween’s blue moon will have you leaving the small talk behind as you deeply explore your most important relationships. You may also find yourself drawn to your dark side during this energetically intense time. Be sure to pick a spectacularly spooky costume to match your darker vibes!

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

This is the major full moon of your birth season, Scorpio! You can expect to be drawn into the drama of all your most significant relationships – both at home and at work. Consider this your chance to clarify your needs and communicate wisely. Your relationships will only grow stronger!

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

The Halloween blue moon is all about taking care of yourself, Sagittarius. Plan out ways that you can up your wellness routine – having a bath, preparing a nutritious meal, or doing some yoga are all good options. No matter which sensory experiences you choose to indulge in, make sure to give yourself over to it and fully relax!

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

With the blue moon in Taurus, you may be tempted to put work aside in favor of pleasure. Go for it, Capricorn! Put aside the stress of work and let yourself enjoy Halloween night. You may just find yourself having a good time.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

You may feel inspired to connect with your surroundings as the energy of the blue moon surrounds you, Aquarius! You should find safe ways to connect with your family and friends this Halloween, and don’t forget to allow yourself to be fully present in the experience. The grounding influence of the moon in Taurus may help you find the peace and clarity you seek.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Don’t be surprised if you’re feeling chatty this Halloween, Pisces. Your friends will all be itching to connect with you, too. Plan a socially distanced activity together, or just chat on the phone all night. Either way, enjoy a social evening with the ones you care about most!

It’s important to remember that the hunter’s blue moon this Halloween will be a powerfully energetic time. Be sure to take care of yourself and look out for those you love. No matter what your sign is, it’s important to find ways to connect to the energy and use it to your advantage, instead of feeling fearful or fighting against it. Whatever your plans are, this Halloween is sure to be a unique experience. Be sure to stay safe and look out for those around you on this very unusual Halloween night!