• Full Hunter's Moon – October
Hunter's Moon is so named for the hunters who tracked and took prey by the Autumn moonlight. Stockpiling food for the coming winter months was extremely important in days of old - if there was too little, the family would be going hungry by Spring.
At this time, so close to Halloween, and also celebrations such as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and All Souls Day (in Christian traditions), there are many who believe that the veils between the worlds are thin now, and that contacting dear departed loved ones may be possible. At the very least, it is thought that our prayers and remembrance reaches them, wherever they are. Pay close attention to signs and symbols you receive at this time, and keep a notebook and pen at your bedside to record dreams.
There is no denying the magic in the air. Now is a good time to think about nature, and the cycles of life and death that take place throughout the year. Seek your animal spirit guides or totems now - be open to the messages you receive, as they may not be what you expect. This time can reveal much guidance, wisdom, and healing if you tap into it consciously, with a desire to grow beyond your present self.
This moon has also been known as Blood Moon, not only for the hunting and harvesting, but also for the unusual orange-red color of it upon rising. This has to do with changes that take place in the late Autumn atmosphere, and the influence they have on how the moon appears. Wiccan Folk have called this the Shedding Moon, or Falling Leaf Moon, and it holds great spiritual significance in that tradition.
This moon may or may not be a Super Moon, depending who you talk to. There appears to be a bit of debate going on about this among our friends at the Earth Sky Website HERE.