With 2020’s track record, is it good luck or bad luck that Halloween is going to fall on a blue moon this year? Thanks to September’s Corn Moon, which NASA says will peak on September 2nd, the lunar cycle has aligned perfectly to make that happen this year.
What’s the difference between the Corn Moon and Harvest Moon?
You’ve probably heard of the Harvest Moon before, which is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox (September 22nd this year in the Northern Hemisphere, also the first official day of fall). In two years out of three, September’s full moon claims this title, but when it occurs in October instead, September’s full moon becomes the Corn Moon.
What is the meaning of a “corn moon”? The Native American tribes of North America named the full moons based on the natural events of the season. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, September’s full moon received its name from the Algonquin tribes living in the northeastern US because it was the time of year when they harvested staple crops like corn, pumpkins, squash, beans and wild rice. But because September’s full moon is taking place so early in the month, the Harvest Moon will fall on October 1st instead, closer to the autumnal equinox. When this happens, the September full moon is called the Corn Moon, as it’s the time for harvesting corn.
What is a Blue Moon?
A blue moon, contrary to its name, is not actually blue. Rather, it’s the second full moon in the same calendar month. The Hunter’s Moon on Halloween is the only blue moon we’ll see in 2020. The next one will occur on August 22, 2021.
Is a full moon considered bad luck?
You might think of werewolves and bad luck, but actually, the full moon is a good time to let go of the negativity in your life. It symbolizes goals coming to fruition and is a strong physical and symbolic presence of light in the midst of darkness. In fact, a full moon is the most powerful night of the lunar phases. Everything is more intense, including emotions, which is likely why police officers and nurses have reported regular increases in crime, chaos, and incoming patients, but think of the full moon as untapped energy waiting to be acknowledged and harnessed.
How can you celebrate the full moon?
This is an excellent time to cleanse your crystals in moonlight and smudge your home to remove the negative energy that may have accumulated. On All Hallow’s Eve, when it’s believed that the realm of the spirits is closest to the realm of the living and the barrier between the two realms is blurred, this will be a powerful night. Take some time to meditate on your accomplishments. The full moon symbolizes completion and the height of power; it’s a time to celebrate. Even if you can’t think of any major milestones recently in your life, search for the little steps that carried your forward and focus on that positivity.
The power of the moon
It’s been a year for the history books, and the rarity of Halloween’s blue Hunter Moon is something to be excited about! While some people might be convinced it’s a bad omen, recognize this moon as a source of power and tap into it. If you don’t focus on the light, the darkness will consume you. Paying attention to the lunar cycles and taking 10-20 minutes on the night of the new moon and full moon can help you relax and remind you to find the positivity in your life.
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What are your thoughts? Will this blue full moon on Halloween be good luck, or bad luck?
Award-winning fantasy author, freelance writer, spiritual explorer, and sole founder of Green Witch Lunar Witch. She created her first website in 2016 and published her first novel two years later. Sara spends most of her time writing, creating, and daydreaming.