Each month, a full moon rises, bringing with it a certain kind of energy that is focused on celebration and manifestation. This month, however, the full moon is a little bit more special than it usually is. On Friday, July 27, the full moon rising in Aquarius is a total lunar eclipse, the longest eclipse of the 21st century. This is also known as a Blood Moon, and it's happening at the exact same time that Mercury is going retrograde for the second time of 2018. Between the Blood Moon rising in Aquarius, Mercury retrograde, and the fact that it's Leo season, one thing is for sure: this weekend is going to be an emotionally charged time for everyone, and getting through it might be kind of difficult for some of us. If you need a little extra boost, there are some meditations that can help you de-stress during the blood moon.
A Blood Moon occurs whenever there is a total lunar eclipse. When the Earth's shadow completely blocks the moon from the sun's light, only a tiny bit of light gets through — this makes the moon appear as a reddish-brown color that resembles blood, hence the name. A lunar eclipse can make anyone feel more emotional than usual, even if you aren't actually seeing the eclipse in the sky (this month's eclipse will not be visible in North America, although we'll still feel its vibes).
The fact that Mercury retrograde begins on July 26 doesn't help matters. Mercury retrograde messes with communication and travel, and can make things feel confusing, upside down, and exhausting. That energy coupled with the extra emotional feelings from the blood moon is going to make it tough to get through the day. Meditation, however, can make things a lot less painful. Below are a few meditations that will help you get through this tumultuous time: