Saturday, 19 March 2011
Full Super Moon
This Full Moon in Virgo occurs Saturday, March 19 at 2:10 pm EDT (6:10 pm GMT). This Full Moon will be the culmination of those things started with the March 4 New Moon in Pisces.
This Full Moon will also be at perigee, the closest it has been to Earth in nearly two decades, resulting in what some have called a “Super Moon.” Because of this, the Moon will appear much larger in the sky than at other times, and the lunar energy will be extra intense. Now is the time to simply go with the flow of this strong lunar energy. With Virgo’s attention to detail, you can expect this Full Moon to really cement the details of those plans you set forth during the Pisces New Moon (those of enlightenment and altruism).
With the Sun in Pisces in opposition to the Moon in Virgo, there will be a lot of push and pull, give and take, and paradoxical situations. This Full Moon will be about finding that middle ground; let things happen as they will. You will find balance between intellect (Virgo) and your sixth sense (Pisces).
The full moon will appear unusually large in the night sky as it reaches a point in its cycle known as ‘lunar perigee’.
Stargazers will be treated to a spectacular view when the moon approaches Earth at a distance of 221,567 miles in its elliptical orbit – the closest it will have passed to our planet since 1992.
The full moon could appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky, especially when it rises on the eastern horizon at sunset or is provided with the right atmospheric conditions.
This phenomenon has reportedly heightened concerns about ‘supermoons’ being linked to extreme weather events – such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. The last time the moon passed close to the Earth was on 10 January 2005, around the time of the Indonesian earthquake that measured 9.0 on the Richter scale.
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was also associated with an unusually large full moon.
Previous supermoons occurred in 1955, 1974 and 1992 – each of these years experienced extreme weather events, killing thousands of people.
However, an expert speaking to Yahoo! News today believes that a larger moon causing weather chaos is a popular misconception.
Dr Tim O’Brien, a researcher at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, said: “The dangers are really overplayed. You do get a bit higher than average tides than usual along coastlines as a result of the moon’s gravitational pull, but nothing so significant that will cause a serious climatic disaster or anything for people to worry about.”
But according to Dr Victor Gostin, a Planetary and Environmental Geoscientist at Adelaide University, there may be a link between large-scale earthquakes in places around the equator and new and full moon situations.
He said: “This is because the Earth-tides (analogous to ocean tides) may be the final trigger that sets off the earthquake.”
Personally I shall be working with the crystal ball and the scrying dish as all full moons are good for divination!