October’s Hunter’s Wine Blood Full Moon

Onnellinen Täysikuu!
(“Happy Full Moon” in Finnish)

Welcome to Issue 11 of Volume IV of Earth, Moon and Stars!
(Note that this will be the 11th of 13 full moons this year.)

   While Ms. Luna appeared full Sunday night, she will not be technically full until midday today, Monday (in most parts of the world), and so will appear “really full” tonight. She will also continue to appear full Tuesday night.

In this issue:

    • Moon Names and Art (traditional names, plus some artwork)
    • Seasonal Calendar (Hunter’s Moon/full/new moon dates and times)
    • Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday Nov 4 (United States)
    • Earth Mechanics: Halloween and the Sun (not the Moon)
    • ‘2012’ (yet more on doomsday predictions)
    • Astrology (Grounding| Slow down and take stock | Financial responsibility)


   People have been giving names to full moons since antiquity. Native Americans of the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon, usually related to the weather or the behavior of plants and animals at the time. The association for the month would last until the next full moon. European settlers followed the custom and even created some of their own. 

   This full moon following the Harvest Moon (last month’s) was traditionally called the Hunter’s Moon because (as explained last month) there is still plenty of moonlight just following sunset that is ideal for hunters shooting migrating birds in Northern Europe. The name is also said to have been used by Native Americans as they tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead. Many tribes had their own unique name for each full moon. Other names for this month’s moon included Big Chestnut, Blackberry, Wilted, and Rutting Moon.

   The medieval English called this month’s full moon the Blood Moon or Wine Moon. In China it is known as the Kindly Moon[refs: Everything Under the Moon, The Holiday Whiz, A Witchy LifeKeith’s Moon Page]

Hunter's Moon (borealnz)

Hunter’s Moon (borealnz)

[This photo-artwork by borealnz was found at Flickr’s 45th Man Ray contest page ]

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October Hunter’s Moon [Cyndi Lavin]


 The beautiful beaded embroidery you see here was created by Cyndi Lavin for her Bead Journal Project (a part of her Beading Arts Facebook page) where you can see all twelve of her Moon creations. Cyndi also has her own websites Mixed Media Artist, and Beading Arts, rich with examples of and information on beads, jewelry, and other art mediums.





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October’s full moon: Monday Oct 29 19:50 UT (3:50 PM ET, 12:50 PM PT)
End of Daylight Saving Time: Sunday Nov 4  (2:00 AM local time)
[set your clocks back one hour]

November’s new moon: Tuesday Nov 13 22:08 UT (5:08 PM ET, 2:08 PM OT)
November’s full moon: Sunday Nov 28 14:46 UT (9:46 AM ET, 6:46 AM PT)

[Ref: Moon Phases]

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Halloween and the Sun

    While not directly Moon-related, the date for the celebration of Halloween does appear to be related to the Sun – or more accurately, to the motion of the Earth around the Sun. Though the origin of the word Halloween is Christian (All Hallows’-Eve – the night before All Hallows’ Day), the holiday itself is commonly thought to have pagan roots.

Halloween Moon (Farmer's Almanac)

Halloween Moon (Farmer’s Almanac)

   Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that the holiday is most often linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Old Irish for “summer’s end”. Samhain, in turn, is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. Most commonly it is held on 31 October–1 November, or halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice, which are, of course, determined by the motion of the Earth around the Sun. [Refs: Wikipedia articles “Halloween” and “Samhain“.]

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Each issue this year will include this section where we’ll take a look at interesting aspects of the significance of 2012, especially as it relates to astronomical events.

   Much ado has been made over the past few years about the ending of the Mesoamerican “long count” calendar, with some eschatologists claiming the Mayans were predicting the end of the world, or the end of the world as we know it.

(The above cartoon was found at foozools.com.)

NASA on 2012
   A page on NASA’s website offers a fascinating and informative explanation of one of the more popular psuedo-science end-of-the-world theories being touted this year. I present a digest of it here. Click the reference at the end for the entire story.

   One of the most bizarre theories about 2012 holds that on the December solstice a cosmic alignment of the Sun, the Earth, and the black hole at the center of our galaxy will lead to massive destruction here on Earth. The truth is that such alignments occur regularly, and they cause no real harm. Indeed, these three will not even be at their closest alignment during the 2012 solstice.

   In point of fact, we will be no more exposed to the gravitational pull from the galactic center on this solstice than we are at any other time of year. Further, its force on us — at any time — is miniscule. As many of us learned in high school physics, the pull of gravity between two objects decreases not linearly, but exponentially (that is, proportional to the square) as the distance between the two increases. So even though the black hole at the center of our galaxy has a mass of four million suns, since it is 28,000 light years away, its pull on us is a mere one trillionth that of our Sun. (Huge sigh of relief…)

   For a fuller explanation, check out the source of this story: NASA’s “2012: Shadow of the Dark Rift”.

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Carola EastwoodIncreased consciousness and grounding

Here is a condensed summary of what Carola Eastwood writes about this Full Moon in Taurus, in her Planetary Cycles column this month in The Life Connection magazine:

   This full moon in Taurus points the way toward creating more conscious relationships and mutually beneficial interactions, leading us to ground this new, higher frequency energy of Light and channel it successfully into all that we do.

Read Carola’s full article, which includes astrology and horoscopes for each sign, at her Planetary Cycles column.

Carola Eastwood provides in-depth personal astrology readings that open the doorway to fulfilling your life-purpose. Her office is in San Marcos. 760/298-7828. www.HumanDesignForUsAll.com.

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Molly Hall ~ Life Is Good

Here’s a brief excerpt from Molly Hall’s Full Moon article this month at About.com:

   This Moon casts a settled mood…not as frenetic as other lunar peaks. With peak intuitive powers, the chances for practical magic are high. That means shifting a situation at a deep level, or tapping soul wisdom for the answer to an everyday issue.

Eastern Screech Owl (Getty Images)

Full moon over mountain (californiapsychics)

Favored in the high-spirited glow are activities that increase contentment, abundance and pleasure: earthing intensity, taking your time, drawing on inner wealth, creature comforts, nesting, protecting precious vitality through intimacy, relaxation, slow food, beauty, Mother Nature.
It’s a Good Time to do things that remind you that Life is Good:

  • Bloom where you are planted (though stay flexible to change).
  • Take stock of your finances.
  • Look at different ways of generating income.
  • Commit to your art or craft.
  • Allow yourself to move at a slower pace.
  • Consolidate your resources.
  • Prepare your home for winter and fill it with exquisite smells.
  • …(and many more)

   Molly has a lot more on this. For the complete read, including the astrology behind these insights, see Molly’s full articles Full Moon in Taurus in the Houses and “Themes for the Full Moon in Taurus“.

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Jeff JawerFinancial Responsibility

Here is what Jeff Dawer has to say about this Full Moon in Taurus:

   There’s a serious tone to this Full Moon in Taurus, as stern Saturn joins the emotional Scorpio Sun and opposes the Moon in stubborn Taurus. Money matters take the spotlight in these financially sensitive signs, and belt tightening may be required. Although a lack of funds is never fun, potent Pluto’s harmonious aspects to the Sun and Moon suggest that canny investments of resources can stretch budgets and pay long-term dividends.

   The above is from Jeff’s Full Moon in Taurus Horoscopes at tarot.com. Check out the entire report for the full text, plus what this full moon means for your individual sun sign.

Full Moon in Taurus

Full Moon in Taurus

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If you especially like (or dislike) something you see here, or would like to see something in particular covered in a future issue, or you have something interesting about the Earth, Moon, or Stars you would like to share, please leave a comment. I’m always interested in how folks who stop by here are moved/influenced/affected.

Until the full moon in November, here’s wishing you and yours a month of slowing down and increased consciousness.

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The Earth, Moon and Stars blog is published once each full moon with (hopefully interesting) facts and lore about our moon and other sky phenomena. My wish is that you will have fun learning a bit more about our one and only natural satellite and how all of us — people, animals, plants, water, even rocks — are affected and connected by her.


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Aquarian interested in anything to do with the Earth, our Moon, and anything flying around out there in space.
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