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.
Hunters moon next occurs on October 16th 20.05 GMT 2016. This October
will also feature a Black Moon...that is a second dark, or new moon in one calendar
month, they will occur on the 1st and 30th October.
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Acrylic on canvas 10 x 14 in.
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