October – Blood Moon

Pagan: Blood Moon, Hunters’ Moon, Shedding Moon, Falling Leaf Moon
Native American / Farmers’ Almanac:  Harvest Moon, Sanguine Moon

In the Pacific Northwest, October’s Full Moon arrives on October 29 at 11:50 am.

Nature Spirits: frost faeries, plant faeries
Herbs: pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, uva ursi, angelica, burdock
Colors: dark blue-green
Flowers: calendula, marigold, cosmos
Scents: strawberry, apple blossom, cherry
Stones: opal, tourmaline, beryl, turquoise
Trees: yew, cypress, acacia
Animals: stag, jackal, elephant, ram, scorpion
Birds: heron, crow, robin
Deities: Ishtar, Astarte, Demeter, Kore, Lakshmi, Horned God, Hathor, Hella

Energy: To let go, inner cleansing, karma and reincarnation, justice and balance, inner harmony. This is a good time to align yourself with nature and conducting magickal rituals concerning animal issues.

  • The hunting season begins in October, thus the name Hunters’ Moon or Blood Moon. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead.
  • Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunters’ Moon is generally accorded with special honour, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.
  • The full moon that occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox is called the Harvest Moon.  Most years, the Harvest Moon comes in September, however in some years it occurs in October.

Pagan’s Path
Angel Fire
Willow Grove Magick
Farmers’ Almanac

© A Year And A Day (2012)

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