October: Hunter's Moon or Harvest Moon
October’s Full Moon is the Hunter’s Moon and every three years it's also the Harvest Moon. It is also called Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, and sometimes Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon.
For millennia, people across Europe, as well as Native American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, and many of these names are very similar or identical.
Full Moon Names
Today, we use many of these ancient month names as Full Moon names. A common explanation is that Colonial Americans adopted many of the Native American names and incorporated them into the modern calendar.
However, it seems that it is a combination of Native American, Anglo-Saxon, and Germanic month names which gave birth to the names commonly used for the Full Moon today.
Harvest Moon Some Years
Every three years, the October Full Moon is the Harvest Moon. This particular name is given to the Full Moon which is closest to the September equinox, which is the start of fall in astronomy. The astronomical seasons do not match up with the lunar month. Therefore, the month of the Harvest Moon varies. Most years, it occurs in September. However, every three years, it is in the month of October.
Hunter's Moon or Blood Moon
Hunter's moon is mentioned in several sources as the Anglo-Saxon name for the Full Moon of October. This is the month when the game is fattened, and it is time to start preparing for the coming winter. Traditionally, this included hunting, slaughtering and preserving meats for use in the coming winter months.
Other names are Travel Moon and Dying Grass Moon. Some also called it Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon, which also refers to the hunting season. However, this name should not be confused with the term Blood Moon to describe a Total Lunar Eclipse.
Hunter's Moon 2018
Oct 24, 2018 at 12:45 pm
Hunter's Moon 2019
Oct 13, 2019 at 5:07 pm
Times for Hunter's Moon can vary by time zone. Dates are based on the local time in Washington DC. Change location
Full Moon Names
- Traditional Full Moon Names
- Wolf Moon – January
- Snow Moon – February
- Worm Moon – March
- Pink Moon – April
- Flower Moon – May
- Strawberry Moon – June
- Buck Moon – July
- Sturgeon Moon – August
- Harvest Moon – September or October
- Full Corn Moon (Harvest) – September
- Hunter's Moon (Harvest) – October
- Beaver Moon – November
- Cold Moon – December