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The Hunters Moon is the full moon that follows the Harvest Moon  usually the biggest and brightest of the year, and nearest Samhain.

Hunter's Moon

The Hunter's moon is the full moon that follows the Harvest moon  usually the biggest and brightest of the year, and nearest Samhain ( Halloween). It is certainly a favorite among witches and other pagans.
Here an owl glides silently over the standing stones of Callanish, or Calanais on the Isle of Lewis, in Scotlandís Outer Hebrides, exploiting itís light. Like the Harvest moon before it, the Hunter's moon position in relation to the sun means it rises just 30 minutes or so after the sunset , this closeness means there is less time without light from the sky, giving farmers and hunters more time to complete their business.
The Hunter's moon is also known by itís Anglo-Saxon name of Blood Moon, as this was around the time surplus livestock would be slaughtered, often packed into barrels of salt before the onset of winter in times of old.
Hunters moon is usually claimed to be  a stolen native American name, but an entry in a 1710 edition of the British Apollo confirms it's use as a name for this moon by country people.  It gives it's name to one of Britain's finest Morris dance sides,  many books and other paintings.
The Hunters moon next occurs on  November 4th 05.22  GMT 2017. 

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Acrylic on canvas 10 x 14 in.

Photo of the Hunter Moon over London in 2009

The Hunter's Moon of 2009

Above is the Hunters moon, otherwise known as blood or Sanguine moon, shining through cloud cover over east London in 2009. Luna photography became a favorite with me that year, see my photo of the Wolf moon.


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