Local wiccans awaken for super blood wolf moon
A total eclipse this weekend will have wiccans across the world celebrating, but each, one local which said, in their own way.
“It’s special because of an eclipse, it is the Wolf Moon, and in the first degree of Leo,” said Rev. Alicia L. Forberth, president of the Panthean Temple of Connecticut. “Some do not like to do spellwork or ritual work during an eclipse. I am one of the ones who do, I see everything as an energy to be worked with.”
This will be the only lunar eclipse of 2019, and “a pretty big one,” according to Dan Wright, a member of the Westport Astronomical Society board of directors.
The moon’s orbit is elliptical, and this total eclipse happens to occur when its closest to the earth. As such, it will appear “just a little bit larger than it is, a small percentage because it’s closer,” Wright said.
In addition, as the sun’s light goes through the earth’s atmosphere there may be a reddish glow to the moon, a phenomenon that has been called a “blood moon.”
“It’s a weird name that caught on recently,” Wright said.
Super blood moon or not, wiccans and pagans often view full lunar eclipses differently.
“Some see an eclipse as negative energy,” she said. “As a witch I do not see myself afraid of anything negative. I’m more on the old school side of things.”
Forberth will be celebrating the eclipse alone, though she expects many of her fellow wiccans will be gathering together.
“I will be practicing solo for the moon. I will be doing ritual in my living room in front of my altar, releasing old energies,” she said. “There is a theme of rebirth going on in my life and the eclipse is the perfect time to do it.”
All full moons are celebrated, though esbats, as they are called, are lesser holidays than sabbats, one of which is coming up in two weeks.
“I am more concerned with the upcoming sabbat of Imbolc the beginning of February,” Forberth said.
The dome at the Westport Astronomical Society will open up for a lunar viewing Sunday night, though Wright said to plan for brutal cold.
Here’s what to expect Sunday night, eclipse-wise:
- Penumbra first contact: 9:35
- Umbra first contact: 10:37
- Total umbral eclipse begins: 11:42
- Total umbral eclipse ends: 12:43
- Umbra leaves: 1:56
- Penumbra leaves: 2:47