Blood Moon Meaning and definition – 2022 dates and more!

In brief, Blood Moon meaning is something very easy to understand. Spiritually speaking, it’s a bit complex though. This is a phenomenon in which we have a Total Lunar Eclipse, that is: the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon are aligned causing the Moon to enter the shadow of the Earth, called the Umbra.

But why is it called a Blood Moon? Is there any bleeding? What exactly is the Blood Moon meaning?

I’ll write about this in this post and also explain the spiritual part, according to Modern Witchcraft studies.

Unlike the Blue Moon, where the Moon does not change its color, during the Blood Moon the Moon changes its color, getting a reddish hue and therefore being popularly called the Blood Moon. This happens exactly because the shadow of the Earth, the Umbra, is projected onto the Moon.

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Blood Moon Meaning

Blood Moon Meaning: A diagram to explain

The Blood Moon is somewhat rare, just like the Blue Moon. For millennia we have observed the Lunar and Solar movements and our ancestors were already able to predict when Lunar Eclipses and Solar Eclipses would occur.

In this diagram below, you can clearly see all the parts that form a Lunar Eclipse, and then you’ll be totally able to understand the Blood Moon meaning.

Let me explain all the parts of it:

Lunar Eclipse diagram
Total Lunar Eclipse diagram – The Moon enters the Umbra area. Image from Business Insider.
  1. You can see the sun in the left part;
  2. You can see the Earth in the right part;
  3. The dashed line shows the movement of the Moon around the Earth;
  4. The sunlight hits the Earth and projects its shadow in an angular way;
  5. The lateral parts of the Earth’s shadow are called Penumbra;
    • When the Sun, Earth, and Moon align and the Moon stays in the Penumbra we have a Partial Lunar Eclipse (the Moon is not totally covered by the Earth’s shadow);
  6. The central part of the Earth’s shadow is called Umbra;
    • This is the part we are interested now! When the Sun, Earth, and Moon align and the Moon enters the Umbra region we have a Total Lunar Eclipse, the so-called Blood Moon!

Blood Moon in 2022 – When and where?

We’re going to have 2 Blood Moons in 2022 and they’ll be seen from different parts of the Earth. Check below the details and get ready to amuse yourself with it!

Blood Moon on May 15th-16th, 2022

Take a look below to see if the Blood Moon on May 15th-16th is going to be visible for you. The darker red color shows where the Blood Moon is going to be fully visible.

Blood Moon May 15 and 16 2022 Map
The Blood Moon on May 15th and 16th is going to be fully visible in South America mainly. You can check the interactive map on Time and Date website

Blood Moon on November 7th-8th, 2022

Now, take a look at the map below to see if the second Blood Moon of 2022 is going to be visible to you. Again, the darker red color shows where the Blood Moon is going to be fully visible.

Blood Moon November 7th 8th, 2022 Map
New Zealanders are going to be able to see the Blood Moon fully! You can check the interactive map on Time and Date website

When is the next Blood Moon?

If you like to be prepared beforehand, check below a complete list of the next Blood Moons starting on May 15th until the end of this decade:

Blood Moon YearBlood Moon MonthBlood Moon Day
2022May15th
2022November8th
2025March14th
2025September7th
2026March3rd
2028December31st
Blood Moon dates until the end of this decade

Blood Moon spiritual meaning

The Blood Moon spiritual meaning is a bit complex to explain. However, I’ll try to make it simple – mainly for those who are not really familiar with these energies.

Firstly, in Modern Witchcraft traditions, the Sun is considered to be the God. And his journey is depicted in the Wheel of the Year and the 8 Sabbats. Each Sabbat marks a specific moment of his journey.

Second, the Moon and also the Earth, are considered to be the Goddess. When we’re considering her the Earth, she takes full part in the God’s journey throughout the WHeel of the Year. When she’s being represented by the Moon, we celebrate her energy in every Full Moon through an Esbat. In this “Lunar” aspect (yes, you got the name of my website!), she’s depicted as the Triple Goddess and her faces change according to the Moon phases.

Now that you know – or remembered – this concept, we can go further and understand the Blood Moon meaning through this aspect.

Whenever we have an Eclips – Solar or Lunar – we are actually seeing the God and the Goddess aligned, united as one again.

So basically, there are two scenarios:

  • During a Solar Eclipse we celebrate their union, but we “focus” on the God’s energy;
  • During a Lunar Eclipse we celebrate their union, but we “focus” on the Goddess’s energy.

As we’re having a Blood Moon, that is, a Total Lunar Eclipse, we’re going to work with their energy and focus on the Goddess’s one! Remember that it’s also a Full Moon night, so it’s an Esbat too!

That’s it.

In my free ebook “The Book of Moon Spells” you can find a spell for the Blood Moon and also for a Partial Lunar Ecplise. Get it using the button below – and you if can, donate and support my website!

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