4 Ways To Celebrate This Week's Moon

January's second full moon is nearly upon us, and it isn't just a full moon by any stretch. It's also a supermoon. And there's going to be a lunar eclipse the same night, which makes it a blood moon. And, since it's the second full moon of the month, some consider this Wednesday's full moon to be a blue moon to boot.

For the record, not everyone recognizes this week's full moon as a blue moon. As Dorothy Morrison notes in Everyday Moon Magic, calling the second full moon in a calendar month a "blue moon" is a relatively new development. If you asked anyone in the 19th century, a blue moon was the third full moon in a season in which there were four full moons in total (normally, there are only three full moons in a season).

Whether you've accepted the updated definition or you're a blue moon purist, you could stand to benefit from celebrating Wednesday night's moon anyway. It is, after all, still an additional full moon — to borrow Pagan writer Patti Wigington's term, this is basically a "lunar bonus round." If you missed the full moon at the start of the month, now's your chance to observe a January full moon and set any intentions you had when the month kicked off.

Plus, the fact that it falls on the last day of the month shouldn't be overlooked. The full moon is like a spiritual microphone — it'll amplify any efforts you're already making. If you take advantage of the full moon's energy this week, there's a chance you'll still be seeing its effects well into February and beyond.

Read on for four tips on how to make this moon truly memorable.

Work twice as hard.

Morrison notes that the full moon's energy can be a booster shot for any sort of ritual, whether you're charging your crystals or summoning divine power. Luckily, if you aren't the magic-working type, you can simply apply that same belief to your regular old to-do list. Last week's insurmountable challenges may now seem totally doable, or a burst of creativity may offer you a work-around. You could even go for extra credit and get a head-start on next month's assignments. This full moon's end-of-month timing should serve as a reminder that you don't have to creep across the finish line — you can zoom through it at top speed.
Take another stab at your resolutions.

In theory, New Year's resolutions are supposed to start right after New Year's, but life often gets in the way (and it's possible that you aspired to tackle something that, in the end, didn't end up being a good fit for you). If you still wish to make a personal or lifestyle change in 2018, consider Wednesday your opportunity for a resolution do-over — only this time, the lunar phase will encourage you to be more realistic about what you can achieve. It's not exactly thrilling to come up with small, actionable steps (instead of a grand, pie-in-the-sky goal), but you'll be happy you took this down-to-earth route in a few months when you're making real progress toward your end result.
Finally crack open that tarot deck.

It's said that the full moon can ignite your psychic intuition. While you can definitely spend Wednesday night experimenting with a set of crystals or a pendulum, there are smaller ways you can tap into that side of yourself. As far as divination tools go, we'd recommend starting with a deck of tarot cards, since you can do as little as draw a single card and still find meaning in its symbol.
Ask for more.

Since this full moon will be in Leo, you might be feeling a little aggressive. Harness that predator instinct by taking charge in an area of your life where lately you've been acting more like a lapdog than a lion. This Wednesday, you should feel empowered to ask tough questions and lead with bold (if not totally blunt) honesty. In the same way that this illuminating lunar phase can help you face hard truths within yourself, so, too, can it push you to accept the facts elsewhere in your life.
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