Forty Days with the Moon

To say that the Moon will be Full on Saturday, February 24th is a simple statement of astronomical observation, and yet, it’s so much more. This Full Moon will be at apogee, as far away from us as the Moon can get. It’s like the Moon is stretching the first heaven far and wide, to gather all of the available celestial light into its sphere.

One month later, on March 25th, the Moon comes Full again, only this time it slips through the outer edge of Earth’s shadow, as though also gathering this Earth element into the first heaven, in anticipation of its next bold move in April, when, at New Phase on April 8, it stands directly in front of the Sun, causing a Total Solar Eclipse.

From Saturday’s Full Moon at apogee to April’s Total Solar Eclipse at New Moon, it’s 40 days, a unique rhythm of time, which, measured according to the Moon, is equal to one and a half lunar cycles. This is the amount of time it takes to establish a rhythm in the habit body.

As Rumi wrote, What nine months of attention does for an embryo forty early mornings will do for your gradually growing wholeness.

So, what to do? The February 24 Full Moon happens in the region of Leo stars, which makes it an ideal time for contemplating everything that you love, and even those things that most need your love. Then, build a practice of inner encounter.

This is one way to prepare for the April eclipse, and consider, ancient cultures made elaborate ceremonial preparation for eclipses, and so, too, can we.

With much more to come,


This episode of The Storyteller’s Night Sky airs on Interlochen Public Radio Monday, February 19, 2024, and can be heard on podcasts everywhere, at your convenience. Cover image of Full Moon from February 2019.