November’s spectacular supermoon was the closest full moon to Earth since 1948. Additionally, combined with the full moon phase, the moon was seen to be 30% brighter in the sky. According to NASA, we will have to wait until January of 2034 to see another supermoon. Along the coastline we can expect high tides called king tides for several days following the supermoon.
In Vancouver the moon was biggest and brightest on November 13, 2016. Unfortunately, as we expected, the weather did not cooperate and it was overcast and raining. Finally on November 14th the rain stopped and the sky cleared for a short time. I was lucky enough to glimpse a window of opportunity to photograph the supermoon in all its brilliant glory. You will see from the photographs that the sky was still quite overcast but the clouds magically opened up right around the moon, providing an eerie quality to the scene. Shortly after shooting several photographs, the supermoon once again disappeared behind the clouds, emerging only for a few minutes later in the evening.
According 20th century mystic and philosopher, G.I. Gurdjieff, “Everything living on Earth, people, animals, plants, is food for the moon. All movements, actions, and manifestations of people, animals, and plants depend upon the moon and are controlled by the moon.”
The moon perfectly eclipses the sun on a daily basis and causes the high and low tides around the earth. Additionally, instead of rotating like naturally occurring orbiting satellites, the moon only shows us one face. From earth we cannot see the “dark side of the moon”.
When the full moon is closest to Earth, its gravitational pull is strongest thereby creating a "lunar effect". Ancient myths associate the full moon with insane or "looney" behaviour. Often those influenced by the “lunar effect” report feeling crazy or strange.
Full moon energies are external and amplify power. Therefore the full moon is said to be a good time to make positive changes in your life. On the other hand, the more subtle new moon energies are internal and gravitate toward introversion. Therefore the new moon is the best time to begin new projects.