Full Moon

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It's happening for the first time in 70 years.

Today is going to be really auspicious, if you believe in that sort of stuff. June 20 marks the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year, and a major holiday for many practitioners of witchcraft, Wicca, and paganism. Tonight will also be a full moon, and the two events have not coincided since 1948. Luckily, you don’t have to go outside to experience the wonder of the cosmos—you can watch it all happen online.

Starting at 8pm EDT, Slooh, whose tagline is "space for everyone," will livestream views of the full moon from telescopes on the Canary Islands. It will also interview astronomers about the significance of the two events and talk to “friends at the Old Farmer’s Almanac, who will present the fascinating folklore surrounding the June full moon and the solstice.”

During the Summer Solstice—also known as the pagan holiday "Midsummer" or "Litha"—it is believed that the veil between our world and the spirit world is thin, making communication between them easier. The full moon is also perceived to give extra power to any spells you may be conducting.
According to Hoodwitch, the combination of the two will be especially good for “celebrations of woman power, hexes against murderers and rapists, blessings on upcoming endeavors, money spells, love spells, protection spells, making decisions, personal strength, love and fertility.” Good to know in case your hex against Brock Turner needs some boosting.

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