How Super is Your Taurus Supermoon?
Scott Rowland • November 14, 2016 • Lifestyle •
On the brink of uncertainty, trying to glue together the pieces of astrology, I stumbled across the most recent viral concept. The social media gurus calmed that something huge was going to happen: A Supermoon.
But this one is presented as the third Supermoon of 2016 and the 11th time “big things” are suppose to occur this year. November 14 has claimed my brother’s birth of ‘88. Maybe it’s as simple as another celebration? Too bad the election of Trump was on November 8, that shift has brought about a political uproar. I’ll compare notes later.
While things had changed the first 10 full moons, the nature of life is change. I discovered there will always be Supermoons, but there will also be full moons and half moons and all the other phases of the moon, all available to give gracious gifts in due perspective. For me the frequency of what is portrayed as a rarity has turned Supermoons from mystical phenomenon to a beacon of uncertainty compared to its standing reputation as supercharged astrological event. But this one in particular is different.
On November 14, the biggest Supermoon in 70 years will appear in the sky! It will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced! True, Seventy years is longer than most of us have been alive. Mathematically, the moon will be closer to Earth, so it should look bigger than ever. Realistically, we all know illusions exist. Will this one be as influential as the headline’s claims? As far as I can tell, that’s for you to decide.
Today, we’ll be far too familiar with what a Supermoon is like. At least, the nostalgia will last until the 17th rolls around, and electric is due, and the past sets across the psyche.
What is a SuperMoon?
The name Supermoon was originally coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, and became arbitrarily defined as a new or full moon occurring within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth. It will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter. At this point, the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligned, with the Moon in its nearest approach to Earth. Scientists call it a perigee-syzygy.
Notations about “geophysical stress” during the time of a Supermoon were made by Nolle. That doesn’t seem too far from the actions attributed to the full moon. It makes sense that the closer or further away the moon is to Earth, the more its gravity will affect us.
Nolle never outlined why the 90 percent was chosen. That’s where the wild hare got its momentum. That’s why ambiguity spreads rampantly across the inter webs. Theories lacking proof either for or against vague assertions. From what I gather, the heart of the argument is: Do you feel its a “Supermoon” or just another moon on another day phasing through its cycle?
What do I think about the SuperMoon?
While the SuperMoon may be the focus, I am not here to discredit its beauty, but to bring awareness of drawing quick parallels between ourselves and outside forces. The 30 years between the time Nolle coined the term “Supermoon” and its biggest rival in the past 70 years should evoke inquiry.
Where’s the call for the harvest moon and its abundance? The micro moon and its reciprocal gravitational affects? The Black moon and its derivation from the Wiccan ideology? We shouldn’t aggrandize one without bearing recognition to the others.
So where do I stand?
Mysticism is usually tossed aside by pessimism or wholeheartedly accepted without a second thought. I’d like to offer a point of view that lands somewhere in between. I propose questioning what and how you feel during the November Supermoon, and note why you felt it. Was it the moon or did you finally get the R&R&sobriety that facilitates a pure, homegrown, energetic super-charge? Was your dynamic experience astrologically pertinent or did you just experience another day?
I’m a proponent of the beauty that spawns from the full moon. I cherish the balanced gravitational pull. I play the tribal drum circle under the stars. I yearn for that creative spirit, but I’m not convinced the perigee-syzygy is an outlier or impactful enough to fall into the guise its been given.
We want things to be big, huge and exciting. We want life to enliven us. And the Moon does that for people. I can feel a gripping energy from its presence but don’t prescribe that energy as a superpower. The preface is arousing, but I’m not buying into the hype.