Blood Moon, also known as Hunter’s Moon, is the first full moon after the harvest moon, which is the full moon nearest the autumn equinox. The name ‘Blood’ Moon could come from the fact that it appeared at a time of hunting for the winter, or from the fact that it is the nearest Full Moon to the Sabbat of Samhain, a time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest and we remember, and contact, the ancestors and the dead.
The Blood/Hunter’s Moon is so named because plenty of moonlight is ideal for hunters shooting migrating birds in Northern Europe.The name is also said to have been used by Native Americans as they tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead.The Hunter’s Moon and Harvest Moon are not brighter, smaller, or yellower than during other times of the year, but all full moons have their own special characteristics, based primarily on the whereabouts of the ecliptic in the sky at the time of year that they are visible.
In the northern hemisphere, the Hunter’s Moon appears in October or November, usually in October. Traditionally, it was a feast day in parts of western Europe and among some Native American tribes, called simply the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon.
Colours: Dark blue, black, purple
Gemstones: Obsidian, Amethyst, Tourmaline
Trees: Apples and Yew