The first of two (yes two!) October Full Moons falls on October 1st at 21.06 GMT on the 10th degree of Aries, with the Sun on the opposite 10th degree of Libra. It will be visible to the entire world, rather than just parts of it, for the first time since World War II, according to astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt.
It is also a Micro Full Moon, which is when a Full Moon is near its farthest point from Earth (apogee). Because a Micro Moon is further away, it looks approximately 14% smaller than a Supermoon. In addition, the illuminated area appears 30% smaller, appearing less bright. By the way, this month’s New Moon will be a Super New Moon, which occurs during the Moon’s closest approach to Earth, its perigee.
In the Northern Hemisphere, usually the October Full Moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon, however every three years, the Hunter’s Moon is also the Harvest Moon, which is the Full Moon nearest the September equinox. For me, this first Full Moon is the Harvest Moon and the second one, the Hunter’s Moon as it gives more time to finish the grains, fruit, vegetable and nut harvests and for the various animals to fatten up before their slaughter.
All the plant gifts have been gathered, cut, threshed, picked, preserved, pickled and made into jams and chutneys to last through the long, cold dark days of winter. The health of the tribe depends on the amount and quality of this harvest. If it is not enough or of poor quality it will not sustain the weak, very young or very old through the winter. If it is a severe winter, there would be many deaths. A good crop of stores would enable many of the tribe to emerge into the spring.
This year will be the most challenging for many of us in recent times. Have you gathered in all that you need to sustain your tribe? Do you have some that you can give to other tribes, or do you need the support of others to see you through the winter?