October’s Full Hunter’s Moon

Why is October's full moon called the Full Hunter's Moon?

October's Full Hunter Moon

As the Native Americans prepared for the cold months ahead, they looked to October’s full Moon as the signal to gather meat for winter. Because of this, the October Moon came to be known as the Full Hunter’s Moon.

Similar to the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s moon rises on successive days only about 40 minutes later than the previous day, making the periods of darkness between sunset and moonrise much shorter. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see both deer and fox that have come in search of fallen grains by the light of the Moon.

The October Moon is also historically accorded with special honor as an important day of feast among both Native American tribes and in western Europe.

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Karen Carroll

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Michelyn Flynn

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The American Indian nations were one of the planets greatest civilizations.They have given us so many different medicines and knowledge and have received so little in return.Thank God for the people. AL


My grandmother was Cherokee. I was born in Robbinsville, NC, and my great greats hid in the forest, didn’t walk the Trail of Tears. In college history courses that is hardly mentioned and only that the inhuman Andrew Jackson was ‘controversial’. This is all so very wrong but the mistreatment of native peoples, no matter how hot it stirs my blood, does not shake my Christian faith. And God gave us all the light, including the incredible moon. I’m old enough to remember when the stars truly filled the sky too.

Finbar Kuehl

I honor our Red Brothers every day! It was a fabulous life style, i,e, following the Buffalo for food and clothing. I am currently reading “Geronimo” and his life story. What a Read!
*** See the Movie; “Geronimo” if you can. It sheds light on the shortcomings of the white men (U.S. Army) and their unfair treatment of this proud race.

William Whitewolf

Attn: Michael Van…
Please consider that the earth just might be 4.5 billion years old, even for a christian.

Robert Glasemann

Sorry can’t do that. Enjoy the blessing!!

Brian Holzmeier

Michael, Zaria said they came here from. Not were evolved here. please read for meaning going forward.Interesting article thanks

Shelia Metcalfe-Farmer

Thank you for sharing this, we need to pass this information to the next generation


Sioux Indians
The Sioux Indians actually came to North America from the continent of Asia about 30,000 years ago. The name Sioux actually means “little snake”, which was given to the tribe by the Chippewa Indians. The features of Sioux Indians that particularly stand out is their long, straight jet-black hair, representative of people descending from Asia.
Generally, the Sioux Indians were nomadic, meaning that they never really stayed in one place for a very long amount of time. Typically they followed the pattern of the buffalo, assuring them that there would be food and clothing wherever they traveled. The Spanish introduced horses to the Sioux in the 1500’s. Once they began to use horses as a means of carrying articles and transportation, life became much easier, particularly since they were living a nomadic lifestyle. The tribe had chiefs designated for various aspects of life, including war, civil rules, and of course, medicine men. The men of the tribe could become chiefs eventually if they demonstrated strong warrior skills.

So on behalf of my ancestors,I thank you for informing people what the blood moon means.


Thanks for this item – more please!

Diane Marquis

Thank you for this piece on the hunter’s full moon and the native american history around it!


Look forward to the education

james fischer

I would surely enjoy receiving your farmer’s almanac and more exciting news in this area.

jody stevens

May my family and I receive God’s Blessing in this Hunter’s Full Moon. Thank you for the information.

Michael Amato

I believe during the full moon on October 18th, there will be a phenumbral eclipse. There will be a slight darkening on one edge of the full moon. Binoculars will help show were the slight darkening of the eclipse will be.

Theresa Connors Elliot

Thank you for the history of the October Full Hunter’s Moon. I look forward to receiving my Farmer’s Almanac e-mail each month with this interesting information. Keep up the great job!

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