blood moon

Blood Moon

According to NASA and folklore, October’s full moon is called the “Hunter’s Moon” or sometimes the “Blood Moon.” It gets its name from hunters who tracked prey by moonlight during the season of autumn to be able to stockpile food for winter when traveling and hunting became non existent. In modern times, the Blood Moon is typically associated with the first full moon nearest the Autumn Equinox, for us in the Northern Hemisphere that occurs in October. Consequently these same affects can be seen in the Southern Hemisphere on the opposite side of the year, corresponding to the full moons of March, April and May.

The Blood Moon represents abundance, hunting, gathering for feasts before the winter chill sets in and preparations for the cold winter months such as canning and making winter wear. It’s a season of festivals and honoring and giving thanks for the harvest, the stockpiles of plenty gathered by clans and tribes. The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon is a long standing practice in Indiana where a living Native American history re-enactment takes place. Now we use this season (through to Thanksgiving), to manifest and give thanks for the abundance in your life.

Blood Moons happen because of a total lunar eclipse. This occurs when the Earth moves in between the Moon and the Sun, casting a large shadow on the Moon, putting the Moon in darkness. Total lunar eclipses occurs when the Moon happens to be in a Full Moon stage. This means the Sun, Earth, and Moon are in an exact, straight line–None of them are slightly off or in a different plane.

Blood Moon Eclipse

Since an eclipse is an extra special event, it has a special energy and observance. Especially when it’s a rare Blood Moon eclipse. These special occasions are used for honoring and celebrating life, or the blood flow of life. This energy of the moon can be used to energize fertility, abundance, or communicate with spirit. They are usually pretty easy to see if you can catch them so grab some binoculars or telescope and look up!

Blood Moon Calendar

  • May 26, 2021 -“a total lunar eclipse will be visible from the western coasts of North America, from Australia, and from China. However, the ‘blood moon‘ part of the event will last barely 15 minutes. That’s caused by the Moon only just creeping into the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow, the umbra.” ~ Forbes
  • May 16, 2022 – North and South America will finally see a blood moon again on May 16, 2022 (as will Europe and Africa). Helping to make up for the long wait, these regions will get a partial lunar eclipse a few months earlier, on Nov. 19, 2021. Australia and Asia will also see the partial eclipse.
  • November 8, 2022
  • March 14, 2025
  • September 7, 2025
  • March 3, 2026
  • December 31, 2028
  • June 26, 2029
  • December 20, 2029

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