FULL HUNTER’S MOON – OCTOBER – This year the Harvest Moon actually was in September because that’s when it was the closest to Autumn Equinox. Therefore, October’s full moon is called the Hunter’s Moon this year! When October’s Full Moon follows a September Harvest Moon, it is also called the Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon.
The Full Hunter’s Moon gets it’s name from the Native American Indians. Fields of grain have been reaped and deer & foxes come out at night to eat the leftover fallen grain to fatten up for the coming winter. When the Full Hunter’s Moon rises, the moon light shines through the bare tree branches & hunter’s can easily see the animals coming out of the forest. Native Americans hunted during this full moon to store up meat to see them through the long winter. Western Europe and many Native American tribes celebrate the Full Hunter’s Moon as an important feast day.
FULL HARVEST MOON is the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox. (In some years the Autumn Equinox occurs in October so the Harvest Moon can be in October instead of September!) So this FULL MOON is also called the FULL CORN MOON because it marks the time when Native Americans harvested the chief staples of their diet: corn, pumpkins, squash, beans & wild rice. At the peak of harvest farmer’s can work by the light of the full moon late into the night.
FULL MOON VIEWING THIS EVENING! Tonight is the Harvest Moon (meigetsu) & it will be beautiful. The photos here are of Moon Cakes sold in special boxes. Some of the Moon Cakes are made of nuts, mung beans and lotus seeds and special ones have a whole egg yolk in them. When you cut the moon cake in half, there is the bright yellow moon ! How often can you give someone you care about the Moon? Tonight is the night!