Hunter's Moon? ~ Pumpkin Moon?


Full Moon Exact: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
9:45am PDT (16:45 UT )

A Random Act of Kindness Lifts Our Spirit

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C. LaCroix and C. Miller
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In the Northern Hemisphere traditionally the Full Moon following the Harvest Moon is called the Hunter’s Full Moon. The origin of the name actually relates to the harvest.

... 1 month after the harvest hunters used to ride out under the light of this full moon to hunt the small animals that came out to forage what was left of the harvest. Star Gazer

Since I’m not a hunter and love animals and pumpkins, I prefer calling this Moon the Pumpkin Moon. Hmmm ... Let's break an old tradition with a random act of kindness. Let's make this a "no hunting" Full Moon and surprise our animal friends by doing something nice for them. Our kindness is bound to lift our spirit and the spirit of the animal kingdom!

The Moon rises in the east as the sky darkens, is high overhead around midnight and sets in the west around sunrise. Catching a moonrise or moonset means you are more likely to see a colorful Moon. The closer the Moon is to the horizon, the more its light is tinted by our atmosphere and our pollution. Maybe you'll get lucky and actually see a pumpkin colored Moon! Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies

... the moon's tilt at this time of the year makes the "man in the moon" particularly visible. Some astronomers believe jack-o-lantern carving was inspired by the rising, orange October moon ..." USA Today 2001 Oct. 31

'Tis the season for a heavenly jack-o’-lantern to be smiling down upon you in the Northern Hemisphere!

Begin looking for the Moon a few days before October 24. How many nights will it look Full to you? Is it rising north or south on the eastern horizon?

On the average, the moon rises about 50 minutes later with each passing day.

Yet, this October 2018 full moon throws a monkey wrench of sorts at us. This full moon swings a maximum of 5 degrees (10 moon diameters) south of the ecliptic (Earth’s orbital plane). For that reason, this particular full moon actually rises after sunset at northerly latitudes yet before sunset at southerly latitudes.

That complication aside, however, if you watch the moonrise each day this coming week, you’ll see the moon rising farther north (or farther left) along the eastern horizon. At temperate and Arctic latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, the northbound moon will rise sooner than the average 50 minutes later for the next several days. At temperate and Antarctic latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, on the other hand, the northbound moon will rise later than the average 50 minutes later.

In a nutshell, autumn full moons herald a series of earlier-than-average moonrises whereas springtime full moons prologue a series of later moonrises.

Source: EarthSky Article: Full Hunter’s Moon on October 24

Note: It's autumn in the Northern Hemisphere during the October 24 Full Moon and spring in the Southern Hermisphere.

2018 Scorpio Full Moon Global Meditation
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Nick Fiorenza says the following about the October 24 Full Moon in his Lunar Planner for October 9, 2018.

This Full Moon is especially potent and exceptionally significant.

The Moon not only conjoins Uranus but the Sun-Uranus-Moon axis also squares the Lunar Nodes [*], forming a highly potent Grand Square. This Grand Square also aspects Earth's Precessional Cross, creating a strong harmonic resonance with Earth.

This Uranus Full Moon Grand Square planetary configuration can create exceptionally unstable geo-physical, biological and emotional resonances for the few days surrounding this configuration, peaking on October 23-24. An increase in seismic activity is also possible.

This Full Moon supports radical, progressive, dramatic or unexpected change to break away from the conformity of the past, or from limiting involvements or life scenarios. There is also a focus upon Juno [*], thus these forces can express into relationships of all types, or regarding agreements in partnerships. It also inspires the application of the higher sciences and impels new discoveries in technology and consciousness.

The new Earth-Uranus annual synodic cycle [*], starting on the Full Moon, synthesizes with the new Venus-Uranus cycle and the new Earth-Venus synodic cycle—impelling radical and progressive change regarding our values and in all matters of the heart. Learn more about Venus cycles.

Note: Halloween is usually depicted with a witch riding a broom in front of a Full Moon. Many people, as a result mistakenly believe there is a Full Moon every year on Halloween. In fact, there was a Halloween Full Moon in 1955 followed by one in 2001 - 46 years later. We'll have to wait until 2020 for the next Halloween Full Moon! In 2018 we have an exact Last Quarter Moon for Halloween at 9:40am PDT (16:40 UT ). By nightfall it becomes a waning Crescent Moon.

A Witch by Starlight ~ Happy Halloween!


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