The Supermoons Are Coming

Two Supermoons will be creating excitement in 2021. The first, a Super Pink Full Moon, will be seen in the sky on Monday April 26.

NASA reports that the official moment of the pink Supermoon's fullest phase will be April 26 at 11:32 p.m., however it will appear to be full for three days, April 52 through April 28.  It is named "pink" for this time of year, when spring things are unfurling pink blossoms, not for the actual color to be seen in the skies overhead.

Supermoons are full moons that appear bigger in the sky than they usually do the rest of the year.  According to NASA, during a supermoon the full moon can appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is at its farthest from Earth. That’s because it coincides with the moon's arrival at perigee, the closest point to Earth in its orbit.

The April full moon will be about 222,064 miles away from Earth, a distance that is about 8% closer than the average full moon.  The change in the full moon's distance is caused by the fact that the moon's orbit around the Earth isn't perfectly circular but instead it is just slightly elliptical.

Those whose minds are drawn to astrology and the supernatural are preparing for the Supermoons in their own ways, using a heightened sensitivity for grounding, meditation, or even calling upon "The light of the mother moon" for casting spells and greater manifestation power. 

Noted Astrologer Richard Nolle holds claim to the creation of the term "SuperMoon" in 1979:

"SuperMoon is a word I coined in a 1979 article for Dell Publishing Company's HOROSCOPE magazine, describing a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.  At any new or full moon, Earth and Moon and Sun are all in a line: Earth is in the middle in the full moon alignment, while the new moon happens with Moon in the middle. This coming together in an alignment is technically termed a syzygy.  Sometimes - from a few times to a half-dozen times in a given year - these alignments also happen when the Moon is in its perigee, or closest approach to Earth.  Astronomers call this very special alignment a perigee-syzygy.  I call it a SuperMoon – which is a whole lot easier on the tongue.

SuperMoons are noteworthy for their close association with extreme tidal forces working in what astrologers of old used to call the sublunary world: the atmosphere, crust and oceans of our home planet - including ourselves, of course. From extreme coastal tides to severe storms to powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the entire natural world surges and spasms under the sway of the SuperMoon alignment - within three days either way of the exact syzygy, as a general rule. SuperMoon solar eclipses tend to have a wider sphere of impact, extending roughly a week before and after the actual event. And other lunar extremes (of declination, for example) can extend the geocosmic stress window by a day or two here and there in any case."

If you're interested in the history of SuperMoon alignments in connection with great storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, you'll find a sampling of them in my book Interpreting Astrology (published by the American Federation of Astrologers). But a simple review of the news over the past few years should serve to get you acquainted. Take Hurricane Katrina, for example; spawned from a tropical depression formed within three days of the August 19 SuperMoon. My forecast for 2005 warned of severe storms within plus or minus three days of the day Hurricane Katrina formed, and even specified the Gulf of Mexico as one of the areas at risk in connection with that particular SuperMoon alignment. I've done this for over thirty years now, from articles in the astrology press to the online forecasts at my website, astropro. You can play along at home, using my handy tables of all 20th and 21st Century SuperMoon alignments. (You might even find that you were born under a SuperMoon.)

Examples of the SuperMoon connection with major storms and seismic events abound: the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, the largest volcanic event in the second half of the 20th Century, took place on June 15, 1991 (within three days of a SuperMoon); the October 6, 1948 Richter 7.3 earthquake that struck Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and took 110,000 lives, one of the deadliest earthquakes on record (again within three days of a SuperMoon, allowing for time zones); and the September 8, 1900 hurricane and tidal surge that struck Galveston, Texas on the day of a SuperMoon, which killed more people (8,000 dead) than any other Atlantic hurricane on record and remains the deadliest natural disaster yet to strike the United States. I'm just scratching the surface here, citing only a few historic instances in the past hundred years or so. Look a little deeper, and you'll run across literally hundreds more greater and lesser seismic and meteorological disturbances, from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 to the 1989 World Series (Loma Prieta) earthquake - just to name a couple contemporary notable examples.

More recently, there was the February 28, 2010 SuperMoon, which well illustrates the storm and seismic potential associated with this alignment. As described in my 2010 World Forecast Highlights, the geocosmic shock window associated with the February 28 SuperMoon ran "from February 25 through March 3," signaling a "newsworthy upsurge in moderate-to-severe seismic activity (including magnitude 5+ earthquakes and volcanic eruptions), plus strong storms with damaging winds and heavy precipitation; along with extreme high tides." My forecast described the alignment as "global in scope by definition," but with "special risk zones" including "west-central South America." If you don’t remember it, Google the freakish combination of a monster megathrust 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile, a Pacific tsunami, the "snow hurricane" in the Northeastern US, and hurricane-force killer winds in France - all happening at once on February 27.

For most of us, the geocosmic risk raised by SuperMoon alignments will pass with little notice in our immediate vicinity. In the grand scheme of things, we may live on a little blue marble in space; but it’s still a rather roomy planet, after all. A SuperMoon is planetary in scale, being a special alignment of Earth, Sun and Moon. By the same token, it’s planetary in scope, in the sense that there's no place on Earth not subject to the tidal force of the perigee-syzygy. Of course, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions don't go wandering all over the planet. They happen in (mostly) predictable locations, like the infamous 'Ring of Fire' around the Pacific plate. If you're in (or plan to be in) a place that's subject to seismic upheaval during a SuperMoon stress window, it's not hard to figure out that being prepared to the extent that you can is not a bad idea. Likewise, people on the coast should be prepared for extreme tidal surges. Severe storms on the other hand can strike just about anywhere, so it behooves us all to be ready for rough weather when a SuperMoon alignment forms. 

Astro-locality mapping each SuperMoon can help indicate areas of special risk, but the whole planet is in the bull’s eye when one of these geocosmic shock windows opens up. Don’t be paranoid – but don’t be complacent, either."

Richard Nolle is a graduate of the University of Florida. He holds the Professional Certificate of Proficiency in Natal Astrology from the American Federation of Astrologers, is the author of four books, and a columnist and feature writer for Dell Publishing Company's HOROSCOPE magazine from 1975 to 1992, and his work has been published in all the top U.S. astrology magazines and in the interdisciplinary scientific journal Cycles. His writings are considered mainstream, and not easily dismissed.

While Nasa may take a different view on the power of the Pink Supermoon, headlines around the world are heralding a moment to behold. Even The International Business Times published a piece on April's Supermoon, stating:

"April's Pink Moon occurs in early springtime and is seen as the time for changes, progress and fertility. Rituals associated with the full moon include connecting with nature and manifesting dreams and goals."

Through whichever personal lens one may choose to see the skies this night, one thing is certain: It will definitely be a sight worth seeing.

When the moon begins to wane later this week, you may be tempted to breathe a sigh of relief upon surviving the Pink Supermoon of 2021.  But wait...You are not out of the woods yet.

The second and only other Supermoon of 2021 is looming near.  It appears on May 26, and this one will be even closer to the Earth. 

And even bigger.  


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