Thursday, October 05, 2006

October 5 -- Full Moon: Blood Moon

Tomorrow is October’s full moon. It’s called either the “blood moon” or the “hunter’s moon.” Legend has it that this was the last chance hunters had to stock up for the winter, and this moon lit the way so they could hunt at night.

The moon usually hangs low in the sky, an almost orange-yellow, tinged with red. Whatever the scientific reasons for this are, on another level, it makes sense that the moon allowing bloodshed is shaded with red.

This is the last full moon before Samhain. Samhain itself falls during the first quarter (the new moon is on the 22nd). So, this is the last full moon of this agricultural cycle. Some folklore states the final harvest can be no later than the 11th; others that before Samhain itself is acceptable to harvest. Anything not picked by then must be left in the fields for the spirits. Bringing it into the house and eating it after Samhain brings bad luck and illness.

Tomorrow, think about what you’ve brought to fruition in this cycle. And then think about what you still have to harvest before the end of the month. What needs to lie fallow over the winter, in order to replenish and bloom by spring? What needs to be cut away?


At 11:25 AM, Blogger Debra Young said...

I read on one of the astronomy sites that the reddish color is from the moon capturing the radiance of the sun at this time of year--can't recall the astronimical details and explanation, but I think it had to do with the position of the sun relative to the earth and moon and the sun's refracted light. Something like that! I imagine the legend is right.

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Pandora Nicollet said...

Hello, my dear. I just discovered your site ~ I might have told you that I pretty much hibernated the past year or so away. ;)

I'm eager to read through your archives. Love the blog name!



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