What is a Hunter’s Moon? The October Full Moon’s Name & Meaning | 2021

What is a Hunter’s Moon? The October Full Moon’s Name & Meaning | 2021

Naming the full moon of each month goes back to the early Native American tribes, who chose each denomination based on the seasons and what they yielded or what they represented.

The Hunter’s Moon is also sometimes referred to as the Blood Moon, Sanguine Moon, Migrating Moon, or Falling Leaves Moon.

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When is the Hunter’s Moon?

The Hunter’s Moon falls in October. It lands between the Harvest Moon and the Beaver’s Moon.

This year, the Hunter’s Moon will reach its peak on October 9, 2022 at 4:55 p.m. ET.

In two out of three years, it’s the only full moon of the month. Every third year, a Corn Moon in September causes the Harvest Moon to appear in early October, making the Hunter’s Moon in those years become a blue moon (the second full moon in one month).



Full Hunter’s Moon Meaning

As the tribes begin to prepare for a cold, long winter, this time of the year was spent hunting for game and stock provisions.

Now that the harvest is underway, bare fields make it easier to spot foxes and deer. Game is now mature and fattened for winter. With the leaves falling, the brush is thinner, giving prey fewer places to hide.

How to Honor and Celebrate the Hunter’s Moon

This full moon usually falls between the Wheel of the Wheel celebrations of Mabon and Samhain.

When the Hunter’s Moon is a blue moon, it’s often very near or on the same day as Samhain, as it was in 2020. Both Mabon and Samhain are harvest festivals that are traditionally honored with a feast. It’s a time to give thanks for the abundance yielded from the Earth before the deep sleep settles in and a blanket of snow covers the landscape.

When honoring the Hunter’s Moon, be mindful of both the transitioning seasons as well as the shifting balance between dark and light. We are entering the dark months; it’s a good time to appreciate the full moon as a consistent source of light to guide us through the dark.

Things are beginning to wind down. We’ve worked hard and seen our intentions and goals come to fruition, and now we start to turn inward again to refocus and rest, just as the Earth does to prepare for new growth in spring. Be sure to reflect on your accomplishments, even if the victories are small.

Now is also the time to start planting the seeds for next year. For example, I spent the afternoon planting fall bulbs so my garden will be full of color in the spring. Try to apply this same mindset to your intentions. What seeds do you need to plant in order to get the blooms you desire?

The Hunter’s Moon is full of intense, sometimes aggressive energy. Channel your hunting mode appropriately and focus on the right target.

Don’t forget that this time of the year is when the veil between the physical and spiritual realms is at its thinnest. You might consider taking an extra moment to remember loved ones who have passed on. Let your ancestors in on this night of reflection and intention setting.

Other tips: I like to use the power of a full moon to create moon water, charge my collection of crystals, and do a smoke cleanse (also known as smudging in some cultures) around my home.


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For more information on full moons, see the 2022 full moon calendar with names, dates, and meanings here.

 

Last updated: October 19, 2021

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