October’s Falling Leaves Full Moon

Welcome October Full Moon!

Welcome to Issue 10 of Volume IX of Earth, Moon and Stars!

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   Abbreviated issue this month; most of my recent time has been dedicated to preparing for highly anticipated visit by my daughters this coming weekend. But I still managed to find some neat pics for your enjoyment. Of course, our two fab astrologers Cristina and Dana. And we certainly couldn’t close without another visit from Calvin and Hobbes.

   With all the troubles in the world, I hope you will make some time —  even if just a few minutes — bathing in La Luna’s calming light. It just came to me that she’s like a filter – or perhaps a transmogrifier – that absorbs the Sun’s fiery, sometimes angry, outbursts and converts them into soothing, peaceful waves. May you find tranquility . . .

   These cats have the right idea. And they aren’t forgetting that Halloween is coming . . .


  The moon will become technically full Thursday October 5 at 18:40 UTC, correspondingly earlier in time zones west of the Prime Meridian, later in time zones to the east. (See my December 2014 issue for some clarification about UTC and 24-hour time.)

   Because technical fullness will occur just after sunset at the Prime Meridian, almost all places on the globe will see closest to a full moon Thursday night. But since to an unaided eye she appears full 24 hours or so either side of technical fullness, you will be convinced that she is full on Wednesday and Friday nights, as well. That gives you extra odds if you are dealing with potentially cloudy skies. Check Seasonal Calendar below for exact times in some representative time zones.

   Looking for a name I hadn’t treated in past Octobers, I realized I hadn’t yet featured the second most common name for October, Falling Leaves moon. Details on this and the late Harvest Moon, plus some colorful photos — all in Moon Names.

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  The annual Asian Mid-Autumn Festival – second only in importance behind the lunar New Year. Check out Celebrations for info, art, and haiku.

  Cristina in Zodiac Poetry and the astrologers at Dana’s Mooncircles have more personal insights for you at this Aries full moon. Drop in at Astrology to see what inspiration awaits you.

  Calvin takes Hobbes go on a space trek. See Humor.

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Harvest Moon Late This Year

   As you know, many cultures around the world kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon, appropriate for the season in which it occurred and keyed – naturally enough – to the goings-on in their natural environment . . . the weather, the plants, the animals.

   The prevailing name that the Old Farmer’s Almanac and other sources report for October is Hunter’s Moon, the full moon following the Harvest Moon. But tradition insists that the Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the Autumnal equinox, so the wrinkle this year is that the October full moon, coming so early in October, is actually three days closer to the equinox than the September full moon was, so it’s Harvest Moon this month instead of September as usual. Until this year we featured the Harvest Moon each September since I began this blog in 2011; no other month had been so saturated. Check out my Sept 2013 and Sept 2015 back issues for more Harvest Moon info and fun. And see this EarthSky article When is the Harvest Moon.

Falling Leaves Moon

Hunter’s Halloween Moon
.   The most common name for the October full moon is the Hunter’s Moon, which we’ve treated in past October issues: 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2015 we took a sharp turn into the inventive with the Great Pumpkin Moon – a severely entertaining Halloween issue that I still get a kick out of re-reading. And last year in 2016 it was the Big Chestnut Moon.

   In honor of its being Halloween time again …

Falling Leaves Moon
.  No explanation needed as to why the Arapaho, Chippewa and Ojibwe named this moon “falling leaves. And the Lakota with their poetic “moon when the wind shakes off leaves”.  My go-to American Indians Moons site lists the Sioux (Great Plains, Dakotas, Nebraska) as reserving “falling leaves moon” for November. But these tribes weren’t using the Western calendar, so I’m going to roll them in with the other guys for this issue.

   We’ve all seen falling leaves. Here’s another pic I found that captures this theme and the season. Check out the artist’s source page for the interesting background on his inspiration. (Hint – notice the antlers the young woman is sporting.)

“The Leaf Charmer” ~ Drawing Down the Leaves (by Runique)

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Moon Dates and Times

October’s full moon         Thursday October 5 18:40 UTC; 3:40 pm ADT; 2:40 pm EDT; 11:40 am PDT
.                                            Thursday October 5 9:40 pm IDT; 8:40 am HAST
.                                            Friday October 6 2:40 am  AWST/PHT; 5:40 am AEDT

October’s new moon        Thursday October 19 19:12 UTC; 4:12 pm ADT; 3:12 pm EDT; 12:12 pm PDT
.                                            Thursday October 19 9:12 am HAST; 10:12 pm IDT
.                                            Friday October 20 3:12 am AWST/PHT; 6:12 am AEDT

November’s full moon     Sat November 4 05:23 UTC; 7:23 am IST; 1:23 pm AWST/PHT; 4:23 pm AEDT
.                                            Sat November 4 2:23 am ADT; 1:23 am EDT
.                                            Friday November 3 10:23 pm  PDT; 7:23 pm HAST

November’s new moon   Saturday November 18 11:42 UTC; 7:42 am AST; 6:42 am EST; 3:42 am PST
.                                            Saturday November 18 1:42 am HAST; 1:42 pm IST
.                                            Saturday November 18 7:42 pm AWST/PHT; 10:42 pm AEDT

.                               Check Moon Giant to find Full Moon and New Moon times for your local time zone.

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Asian Mid-Autumn Festival

Mooncake Festival
.   In China, Taiwan, Vietnam and other parts of Asia, the focus at this full moon is on the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, which is East Asia’s
harvest festival. Officially beginning this year on October 4 (by the Western calendar), celebrations all over Asia are already underway.

   This holiday is also referred to as the Moon Festival in honor of this full moon. It’s also called the Mooncake Festival, named after a traditional baked delicacy exchanged among family and friends.  It is the second most important festival in China after the Chinese New Year.

   To the Chinese, the festival means family reunion and peace. Quoting eBeijing: “Watching the full moon on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival is the best activity for the whole family. It is a custom for people to ascend towers and terraces and have a good chat in the full moon night while drinking wine and eating delicacies. The scene of blooming flowers, full moon and family reunion is poetic and charming.”

Bashō meets two farmers celebrating the mid-autumn moon

   The above print by Yoshitoshi depicts famous Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Bashō meeting two farmers who are celebrating the mid-autumn moon festival. It is from Yoshitoshi’s collection One Hundred Aspects of the Moon. The haiku in the print reads: “Since the crescent moon, I have been waiting for tonight.” The crescent moon is in reference to the first day of the lunar month, which is always a new moon. The festival is always on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar year, thus making it occur at the full moon. 

   I featured this festival also in last year’s September issue. Check it out . . .

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Moon Travels Through the Zodiac

    Zipping Along. Unlike the Earth – which takes 365+ days to make a complete circuit through the zodiac – the Moon takes just a month to complete an entire round. This means she spends on average only two and a half days in each zodiac sign.

   Opposition. Because at fullness the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun (opposition), it is in the zodiac sign that is opposite the sign that the sun is in. February’s Astrology section has a more detailed explanation.

Zodiac Constellations

Moon in Signs and Void of Course

   Technical astrologers call the times while Ms. Luna is in transition from one sign to the next “void of course”. This is considered to be a sort of neither-here-nor-there state, which many people feel as being unsettled or ungrounded. But as you might suspect, there are a number of ways of looking at and dealing with a VoC moon. Our most recent astrologer discovery Dana Gerhardt offers this interesting and encouraging outlook: “Fall into the Gap” on her Mooncircles website.   

   Each astrologer chooses their own method for calculating times of beginning and ending VoC. You can find interesting (though differing) VoC info and tables at Dr. Standley and at Moontracks.

   Referencing the Moontracks table, we find that Ms. Luna entered the sign of Pisces on Monday (2nd) at 02:26. She will begin exiting Pisces — thus becoming VoC — on Wednesday (4th) at 07:19, remaining void for thirteen hours and twenty minutes. She will then enter Aries at 20:39 and remain there for (1 minute shy of) 50 hours; (2 minutes shy of) 28 hours past fullness. The next day — Friday (6th) — she will leave Aries at 22:38 and remain void for less than two hours, then entering the next sign, Taurus, at 23:56.
(All times here are UTC~Coordinated Universal Time. See my December 2014 issue for some clarification about UTC and 24-hour time.)

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“Illumination” by Freydoon Rassoulirassouli.com

Cristina ~  

Full Moon in Aries

   Cristina (formerly known as Æterna) is a professional astrologer/tarot reader based in Italy, who also runs her own website Zodiac Poetry — “Stars – Heart – Soul”, where her emphasis is on introspection and emotions and her love of words and art. She tells her own personal, revealing story on her About Me page.

   Cristina opens her primal/animal-focused piece this month, which she calls “Fire”, with  this salvo. . .

Fire, in all its emanations – raw power, sexuality, rage, ecstasy – has its own spiritual dignity, its noble, remarkable application, as well as teachings that we should not downplay or overlook. Identifying as “spiritual” doesn’t necessarily have to mandatorily coincide with a constant, uni-dimensional state of equanimity, imperturbability, or even neutrality.

   After developing this thesis in some depth, Cristina brings in La Luna . . .

The Moon symbolizes our habitual responses and instinctive patterns, which, during this Full Moon, are propelled by the Cardinal quality of Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac, and the most individualistic one.

   And finally, Cristina finishes up with . . .

Our fire is precious and life-sustaining, and we need to direct it wisely . . .

   Hopefully that’s enough to tempt you to click over to her full article: Full Moon in Aries “Fire”. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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   Dana Gerhardt is an internationally respected astrologer and a popular columnist with The Mountain Astrologer since 1991. Her ongoing passions are the moon and living the intuitive life. You can read more about her at Dana’s bio. Her website, Mooncircles, is not just a blog by Dana – it is a professionally produced website where Dana features a number of astrologers writing on various approaches and aspects. You will definitely find something to capture your interest.

Aries Full Moon

   Rather than just one article, Dana’s website features a number of astrologers who offer a variety of personal viewpoints. (This personal approach is one of the big reasons I like her site.) Here are some brief teasers for her offerings at this full moon in Aries:

  Aries Full Moon: Keep Fighting by April Elliott Kent
“The first message in my Facebook feed this morning was from my nephew, marking himself safe in “The Violent Incident in Las Vegas.” [ . . . ]

  Aries Full Moon: Born This Way by Jessica Shepherd
“You know those times when you feel too tender, too fragile, when just about anything can set you over the edge? I was on that edge.” [ . . . ]

  Aphrodite Medicine for a Fractured Full Moon by Dana Gerhardt
“Full Moon rituals are medicine. And the one I offer you this month draws from the potency of Libra–where the Sun sits, sign opposite the Warrior’s Moon in Aries.” [ . . . ]

  3-Minute Moon Ritual by Dana Gerhardt
“Imagine that you have become a Full Moon goddess, capable of balancing the earth and harmonizing its opposing forces.” [ . . . ]

   You can access each article by clicking on its link/thumbnail, or all of the above — and lots more — on the home page of Mooncircles.

Aries Full Moon

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Calvin and Hobbes

 . . . in space . . .

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    Thank you, dear reader, for visiting EM&S this “moonth”. I hope you liked it.

   Here’s a little bit about me and what this blog is about. I’ve been fascinated with astronomy ever since I learned to read. I’m also interested in how objects in the heavens influence people. In this blog I collect facts and folklore (mostly from the Web) about our moon and other sky phenomena.

   If you especially liked something you saw 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 feel free to leave a comment. I’m always interested in how folks who stop by here are moved/influenced/affected by what they encounter here. And please don’t be shy about sharing this post with friends if you like it!

   Note that I have a separate post called ARCHIVES which contains a list of all the titles I’ve posted since the inception of this blog. The titles are clickable of course. Easier and more informative than just the dates that appear in the right-side Archives column. (I’m slowly learning more things I can make WordPress do. There’s a lot there!)

   Until the full moon in November,
here’s wishing you and me and all of us
a month of opening.

~ Moonlight to all!

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   The Earth, Moon and Stars blog is published once each Full Moon with facts and lore about our moon and other sky phenomena that I find interesting. My wish is that you will have fun learning a bit more about heavenly objects, especially 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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  Some folks have wondered why I have an astrology section in a blog that purports to be “science” oriented. I suppose I could cite ancient cultures in which astronomy and astrology were the domain of the same person. And that a broader way of understanding the aim of science is to expand knowledge (the word science being derived from the Latin word  scīre “to know”). My own sense is that while we humans live in a material world that runs by certain rules of physics, we each experience our lives in this world subjectively. It’s what makes us similar and at the same time unique.
   How much do celestial bodies influence our lives? Certainly the Sun and the Moon have noticeable gravitational effects on water and even rocks. Electromagnetic and particle radiation from the Sun has both obvious and subtle effects on just about everything on this planet. Even moonlight affects plants and animals.  I do not claim to know if or how much these and other celestial bodies affect us directly, but I like the wisdom, warmth and humanness that the astrologers I feature express in their writing, and believe that including them not only expands my potential audience, but also exposes folks to ways of thinking about their own lives that they might not have otherwise considered. Let me know your take on this. I won’t make your comment public if you ask me not to.

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    A few detail-oriented folks have inquired about my use (or mis-use) of Initial Caps in words like earth, moon, and sun. In the long run, it doesn’t affect understanding; whether I write ”the President” or “the president”, you still know who I’m referring to. I write “the Northern Hemisphere”, just as you would (correctly) write “the West Coast”; it’s a proper name, and in English we capitalize proper names.

    When it comes to suns and moons it can get confusing. There are billions of suns out there; we have given names to more than 40 million of them, ranging from names given in other languages (e.g., Aldebaran), to less fanciful but more utilitarian names, such as HD 140913. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has decreed that our sun is the only one without such a proper name, although historically and in poesy it’s been called by quite a few.

    Similarly for our moon. We’ve christened all of the other 182 moons in our solar system with names – ours is the only one we call the Moon.

    Since we capitalize the names of all the other heavenly bodies (even asteroids and comets, for pity’s sake), I feel we ought to show at least as much respect for the ones most important to us. The IAU agrees.

    So does Wikipedia. Their Manual of Style says: “The words sun, earth, moon and solar system are capitalized (as proper names) when used in an astronomical context to refer to a specific celestial body (our Sun, Earth, Moon and Solar System): The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System; The Moon orbits the Earth. They are not capitalized when used outside an astronomical context (The sky was clear and the sun felt warm), or when used in a general sense (Io is a moon of Jupiter).”

    Sometimes it’s a fine line. If I write “by the light of the silvery moon”, I won’t capitalize it, because I’m referring to an image of the celestial body, not the body itself. By contrast, if I write, “the light from the Sun reflects off the surface of the Moon,” I capitalize both, because I’m referring directly to the celestial bodies.

    If you inspect the archives of this blog, you will likely see many instances where I departed from this rule. We’ll call these oversights, and eventually I will correct them. Meanwhile, it’s an interesting challenge just to follow it in new writings. Are we having fun, yet?

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About aquarianman

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