There are several definitions for the blue moon, but however you define this phenomenon, it is always a powerful time. The three main ideas for when to celebrate the blue moon are:
- The blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.
- The blue moon is the fourth full moon in a season.
- The blue moon is the second full moon in a row in the same astrological sign.
The first definition is the most commonly used, though the least historical, and is what the next full moon is (the second full moon in the month of January). The second new moon in a calendar month or in the same astrological sign is called a black moon.
Magickally speaking, blue moons are considered extra powerful. The blue moon at the end of January is particularly so, as it is also a lunar eclipse blood moon, where the moon will appear slightly red. To have a blue moon and a lunar eclipse blood moon all at once will make this day powerfully emotional and magickal.
To celebrate this occasion, I’ve created the following blue moon tea blend!
- 1 cup Earl Grey tea (black tea with orange bergamot oil)
- 1/2 cup lavender buds
- 1/2 cup blue cornflower petals
- 1/4 cup German chamomile flowers (optional)
Mix all ingredients together in a glass jar. Scoop a tablespoon of the blend into a strainer or tea bag and steep 3-5 minutes. Drink slowly, while looking up at the blue moon.
Why does this blend honor the blue moon? Let’s take it one ingredient at a time.
Earl Grey tea is one of my favorite classic blends to adapt. It has a lovely, soft flavor of black tea leaves with added orange bergamot oil. Black tea and bergamot oil both pack a magickal punch, and bergamot in particular adds power and increase to all magick. This is perfect to capitalize on the magickal power of the blue moon.
Lavender is associated with dreams and intuition, which is why I often like to drink tea made from this flower at any moon phase. (It is even included in my new moon tea blend.) It is especially appropriate at the blue moon, given the flower’s blueish lavender hue, and to enhance the divinatory aspects of the full moon.
Cornflower is a beautiful flower with a brilliant, blue color. This flower is magickally associated with protection, to guide you through this powerful time.
German chamomile, which has a blue color when in oil form, is another option to add to this tea. I happen to be allergic to chamomile, so there is none in my own blend, but you may be interested in adding it! Chamomile is very calming and is often used to encourage sleep. For this reason, it pairs very well with the lavender, and is perfect for drinking right before bed on a full blue moon.
How will you be celebrating the blue moon?